Benefit Bidding strives to find fun and exciting auction items.
In one of our planning meetings with the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce, we suggested “First in Buffet Line” as a warm up item for our live auction. To make the item even more desirable and increase audience involvement, we also suggested that the winning bidder would also be allowed pick the table that would be last to pile their plates with the delicious spread of food.
When the auction started, the bidding got fast and furious between bidders at two separate tables. First in Buffet Line ended up selling for $1,100! When the winning table selected who they wanted to go last, they quickly replied that table that’s been bidding against us! I quickly turned to the other table and informed them that the winning table wanted them to go last – BUT if they matched the winning bid I would let them go second. They quickly accepted my offer and purchased “Second in Buffet Line” for $1,100. This item, quickly raised $2,200 for the chamber – an item that was no expense for the non-profit.
Selling first in buffet line raised so much excitement that it ended up on the front page of the Midlothian Mirror (see photo below).
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About Lloyd Cooper
Lloyd is Benefit Bidding’s founder and lead auctioneer. After his graduation from Missouri Auction School in 1990, he founded Lloyd Cooper Auctioneers. He is an active member of the Texas Auctioneers Association (TAA), National Auctioneers Association (NAA), graduate of the Professional Ringman Institute, graduate of the NAA Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) program and holds the CAI designation from the NAA. Lloyd previously served on the Board of Directors of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Northeast Texas Chapter. Lloyd is a U.S. Navy veteran. In his free time, Lloyd is an amateur vintner and owns a private vineyard. He has dabbled as a brewmeister and received a national award for his American Pale Ale. Lloyd enjoys golfing and sporting clays, skeet, and trap.