Add New Item

To add a new item, starting from the main Auction Dashboard, the fastest way to start the process is to click on the + symbol in the Items block. This will open the Add Item dashboard.


You will need to decide at this point which item Item Types you will be using for the specific item you are creating. (Also see More Ways To Add New Items at the bottom of this page.)

Add Item Dashboard


An example showing the default "Online" Type (one of the most commonly used Item Types).
A complete view of the "Add Item" example above.


The full Add Item page for an Online type item.
Item #Assigned automatically or manually set.
TitleThe short description or name of the item.
TypeSelect from pre-set types, see Item Types.
Item CategoryA category you define to help you organize the items in your auction. An item can only be in one category. See Item Categories.
TagsTags are used to filter information in an item search and reports. An item can have multiple tags. See Where Tags Can Be Used In Auctria.

Item Types

To select a different item Type than the default Online option, click on the drop-down selector.


Not all Item Types are created equal, some Item Types will have sections of properties that are used specifically with that item type and some will not have properties that other item types do have.

Property SectionsOnline1Silent1Live1PartialRaffle PrizeFor SaleDonation
Basket Items
Biddable Items
Bidding Rules2xxx
Online Bidding2xxx
For Sale Items
Ticket Items3x
Admission Tickets3x
Raffle Tickets3x
Donation Items
The Property Section labels above are clickable!

When Adding A New Item, changing the item Type will dynamically change the Property Sections available to be used based on the item type selected.

Table Notes

  1. Biddable item types - these are used to auction items to the highest bidder.
  2. These properties are mostly used with "Biddable" items (What Are Biddable Items?).
  3. These properties are are item type specific in their usage.
  4. This property can be edited from the Images and Links tab after item creation.


The main Item section (see example above) is where the Item #, Title, Type, Item Category, and Where Tags Can Be Used In Auctria are initially set for the item as needed. These can be edited afterward (see Edit Item Details for more information).

Item Number

You can either assign an Item # or let the system assign one automatically. Each item in your auction will have a unique item number (often referenced as Item#). Item numbers are not required to be just numbers, you can use combinations of numbers and letters although keep in mind each item number must still be unique.


If you manually enter a numeric value only when creating the new item it will also update the Next assigned item# value in the main Item Dashboard. See How To Set The Next Item Number for more information. You can also Renumber Items later, if needed.


The item must have a Title. This is often best as a one-line descriptive name for the item. The item Title will be used to identify the item on Bid Sheets; in Bidder Statements; and, in the Item Catalog and Item Details elements.

Common Property Sections

There are a number of Common Property Sections used with all Item Type. These Common Property Sections are all optional and can be updated later as needed.


The Description property section allows for a longer text area providing more information about an item. When shown online, any URLs in the description will be converted to clickable links.


DescriptionText providing more information about the item. When shown online, any URLs in the description will be converted to clickable links.
Terms and ConditionsAny Terms and Conditions that would be included on Bid Sheets etc. for the item.
Reference NumberAn open field that can be used for any external reference for the item.


The Pricing property section is where you set additional values and related costs such as the Value (often used with For Sale Items as the selling price). See Pricing under Edit Item Details for more information.

You can set a Taxable Value, the item specific Shipping Cost (see Shipping for more details), and a Sales Tax Category as needed.


ValueThe monetary denotation of the item can be shown in the catalog or on a bid sheet. If the value is left blank or marked as 0.00, it will be omitted from the field. You can also enter -1 in this field to prompt the item to be deemed as 'Priceless'.
Taxable ValueIf the item's taxable value is less than its stated value because some portion of the item is tax deductible. This might be used with Tickets items which are, for example, $200 each but only considered $75 taxable.
Shipping CostAmount to charge for shipping to winners of this item.
Sales Tax CategoryThese are user-defined. You can use these to organize items required to be taxed. See Sales Tax for more information using Sales Tax Categories.


If an item was donated, the relevant Donors information can be recorded here. You can note which Organization member Solicited the item as well as set a Receipt-able value and note if the Donor requested a receipt by checking the information only box for Receipt required.


Donated byThe person or company providing the donated item.
Add Another DonorUse this link when an item has multiple donors.
Solicited byUsed for the name of the person that approached the donor about this donation. This is, by default, an internal piece of data.
Receipt-able ValueThe value to show on the Donor Receipt if different from the item value.
Receipt RequiredA checkbox to let you track if a Donor Receipt has been issued for the item, this is informational only.


The Options property section provides various management options for the item.


Is basket lot/package?If selected, the Contents tab will become available, allowing you to define the items in the basket lot/package. See Basket And Packages for more information.
Is gift certificateIf selected, the item will be identified as a gift certificate. The system can generate a simple gift certificate for each of these items.
Is eventThis item represents a scheduled event, eg. a concert or dinner party, that is happening at a specific time.
Highlight itemIf selected, this item will be shown when using the Highlights condition in an Item Catalog. See Configure Items Displayed for more information on this.
Exclude from catalogIf selected, the item will not be shown in either the online or printed catalogs.


Items can have Images associated with them. You can add Images when you are creating the item in this section. See Add Or Modify Images And Links under Edit Item Details for more information.


Images can be uploaded from your computer or be selected by providing the web address (URL) of the image. When an image is uploaded, it will be resized as needed although the aspect ratio is never changed.

For the best results we recommend using images that are approximately square. Images that are narrow and rectangular typically do not look best when formatted into the space available on the different catalog and item pages.


If you are using Internet Explorer and run into problems with images or uploading, we recommend using (and switching to) a more modern browser such as Microsoft Edgeopen in new window, Chromeopen in new window, or Firefoxopen in new window.


The Consignment property section is used when managing Consignment Items.


Consignment categoryThese are user-defined and can help organize the consigned items being auctioned.
Consignment MinimumThe minimum cost for a consignment item.
Consignment MaximumThe maximum cost for a consignment item.


The Other properties section allows you to set a Location (mostly used for referencing where an item is being stored) and the Bidsheet Closing Time (and informational field only).


LocationThis can be used to enter the location of the item at the in-person event of storage location, this is often a table number where the items are displayed during an in-person event. It can be shown on some forms.
Closing TimeThis optional text field is intended to be used when auctioning a Silent type item so this Closing Time can be printed on the item's bid sheet.

See Other for more details on these settings.


The Forms property section is where you can override and/or add text to be used on the specific forms listed.


Display Page TextIf set, this text is used on the display page instead of the description.
Bid Sheet TextIf set, this text is used on the bid sheet instead of the description.
Certificate TextIf set, this text is used on the certificate instead of the description.
Catalog TextIf set, this text is used in the auction catalog instead of the description.
Statement TextIf set, this text will be shown on the bidder statement.

See Form under Edit Item Details for more information.


The Notes property section provides a free-form text field where you can add notes about the item. These are generally kept as internal notes.



The Basket property section is only available with the Partial item type. If you have Basket And Packages that already exist you can assign the Partial Items while you are adding them.


Biddable Property Sections

There are three Biddable item types (Online Items, Silent Items, and Live Items), each using the three relevant property sections.

Bidding Rules

The Bidding Rules property section is one of the most important for Biddable items as it sets the key values of the Starting Bid, Bid Increment, Buy It Now Price, and Reserve Price.


Bidding Rules
Starting BidThis is the lowest bid that will be accepted to start bidding on the item.
Bid IncrementThis is the minimum amount above the current winning bid that will be considered.
Buy It Now PriceThis is the maximum bid amount that can be accepted for the item.
See Buy It Now Only Items under Key Topics: Items for more information.
Reserve PriceThis is the minimum bid amount required to win the item being auctioned.

If you are stuck on what values to set for your item's Bidding Rules there are a lot of ideas to work with on our Pricing Examples page.

Online Bidding

The Online Bidding property section sets the Closing Mode for the items as well as offering the opportunity to set specific online bidding start and end times for the item.


Online Bidding
Closing ModeControls how the items closes as part of online bidding. This field is intended for use with the virtual live auction controller.
Override online visibility startUse this override field if you need to set a visibility start time other than the auction default. If left blank, the auction default time is used.
Override online visibility endUse this override field if you need to set a visibility end time other than the auction default. If left blank, the auction default time is used.
Override online bidding/sales startUse this override field if you need to set a start time/date other than the auction default. If left blank, the auction default time is used.
Override online bidding/sales endUse this override field if you need to set an end time/date other than the auction default. If left blank, the auction default time is used.

Recommended Reading

The following User Guide pages have more information on how these settings affect auction items.


The Availability property section for Biddable items enables Allow multiple winners as well as set the Quantity available of the specific item.


QuantityThe default quantity is 1. If you have more than one of an item, you can enter the actual number of the item you have available. For Auctria to manage bids/sales of multiple items as individual items, Allow multiple winners must be checked.
Allow multiple winnersIf selected, the system will allow more than one bidder to win the item.
Max per bidderMaximum number that can be bought by a bidder (multiples only).

More Reading

The following User Guide pages have relevant information on how these settings affect auctions.

For Sale Items

The For Sale Items property section provides settings for the Quantity available of an item as well as the ability to create Coupon Codes for the item. Aside from the Quantity value (which is optional), you can generally leave all of these fields as-is when creating your For Sale Items.

It is not recommended to create a Tickets item using the Add New Item routine. Please use the Adding Or Modifying Tickets function for this.

Ticket Items

The default Ticket Item setting is none which means the For Sale item is going to be a simple purchasable item. This option can be changed by selecting a different Ticket Type from the drop-down selector.


Admission Tickets

When the Ticket Type is set to Admission the Admission Ticket Items panel will be added to the page. This is set correctly when using the Adding Or Modifying Tickets function.


Raffle Tickets

When the Ticket Type is set to Raffle the Raffle Ticket Items panel will be added to the page. This is set correctly when using the Add Raffle Ticket Item function.


Other Tickets

The Other Ticket Type option is available for other types of uses, for example, "drink tickets" may be an idea. There is no significant difference between the None and Other option aside from the item being recognized as a "Tickets" item.

For Sale Availability

This Availability section works slightly differently from the Biddable item types use of these properties.


More Reading

Most of the For Sale Availability properties are set during other processes that create For Sale items, such as, creating admission Tickets or Raffle tickets.

The Quantity and Max per bidder values set the limits on the number available and the number an individual bidder can purchase respectively.


The Donations property section manages Donation Items specific values.


Setting a Fundraising Target will only affect the specific item and it will trigger a Progress Tracker element on the Item Details page of the Donation Item.

Also see the following for more information on some of the Donations options:

Save the Item

Once you have filled in the information needed, click the Save Item button under the Actions sidebar. If the item is added successfully you will see a confirmation message at the top of the screen and a link to the details page of the newly created item at the top of the page. Well Done!

More Ways To Add New Items

There are a number of ways items can be added to an event.

Last reviewed: September 2023
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