Open Auction

The open source solution to help you manage your Auction.

The Open Auction is an excel spreadsheet, specifically designed to help you plan and execute your auction. It has been created with non-profit organizations in mind. Its only requirement is MS Excel.

The Open Auction consists of several worksheets; each one designed to manage a different part of the auction process. The system helps with the following areas:

  • Manage vendors and their donations.
  • Manages attendees and paddle numbers.
  • Records bids on live auction items.
  • Records bids on silent auction items.
  • Manages raffle items, 50/50 draws, and cash donations.
  • Generates invoices for checkout.
  • Controls Expenses.
  • Generates auction items lists and silent auction bid forms.
  • Generates thank you letters with results from the auction.

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in Feature Requests
by Sam R • | | 0 comments
Since the spreadsheet seems to work best when you are using the "Main Menu" to go between all of the different sheets, it would be nice to have a "Main Menu" button on each sheet. I dont have a problem navigating the different sheets but I know some of my users would more
by Lana • | | 1 comment
Is it possible to show the vendor on the auctioneer items report? We are having a charity auction and would like the auctioneer to announce who donated the item to the auction. The auctioneer items report would be perfect if it had that information. Thank you.
by bmasella • | | 6 comments
Is there a way to summarize from checkout ALL items purchased via Bid Number... Raffle, 50/50, Auction, etc... and do printed AND emailed receipts?

Online / Network / Multi-user access

in Support
by Rebecca • | | 3 comments
Hi, Can this be uploaded to our server or networked on an intranet permitting several users to access it at the same time? We'll need 2 clerks entering winning auction info (one for silent and one for live) as well as 2 cashiers (one for cash and one for credit) thank you


in Support
by Rich • | | 7 comments
This tool looks great but I'm just getting started. I have started adding items into the "All Items" tab, but it won't let me move forward because a "Category" is not chosen. No category types show up in the drop-down and I can't add one by typing it in. How do I designate more
by Frank • | | 2 comments
We have all of our auction info in excel is there a way to import or copy and paste this info into the software? Thanks Frank
by Sandra • | | 5 comments
Hi, I just downloaded the software today and can't seem to get the Live auction items to show up on the Live auction tab. I can enter them in and categorize them on the All Items tab, but when I go to the Live auction tab, none of my items show up. The Silent auction tab works fine. Any more
by Angela • | | 1 comment
Hi, Is there a way to make the attendees' email addresses show up on the receipt at checkout? I'd like to put their street address information in this line as we need that for payment purposes but would like for it to be included on the receipt as well. Thanks, Angela
by Cliff Fenwick Gibb • | | 0 comments
It appears that the digitally signed certificate has expired for Open Auction which makes it difficult to use. While we investigate a permanent fix, here is a workaround to get you going. These instructions will guide to to remove the digital certificate. What this means is that every time more

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in User Questions
by mel • | | 2 comments
Hi, Id like to store more information for the bidders/attendees. Ive duplicated the code used for attendee 'firstname' or 'email' and adjusted the column numbers its meant to be displayed in. ive named the active x text input box to match. Im getting compile error saying variable is not more
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