The Item form contains over 25 fields; only 5 are required. Limiting your data entry to the data that is actually needed for your event will save time and avoid confusion.
Images are most useful when viewed in the web/online catalog. You can also add images to printed descriptions sheets (only the primary/first image will display for each item), but the cost of color printing is significantly higher. Customers with Gala only events, that don't drive guests to the web catalog to preview items, often choose to add images only to items that will not be physically displayed at the event.
Categories are only used to filter the web/online catalog and sales results. They do not display in printed materials. If you're running a gala event and won't be driving your guests to the web catalog to preview items, you can limit your categories to those you wish to report results on (if any).
Location is most useful to track when items are being stored in various locations prior to your event. Many customers only note location when an item has special instructions (eg. perishable, needs to be picked up on date/time).
Solicitor is most useful for private schools that track progress toward fundraising obligations and/or noting/tracking donations obtained based on a personal connection between solicitor and donor.
Status, Ready for Print, and Description Complete? are designed for reporting purposes only and have no programming effect. They are most useful for events with large teams handling data entry and/or when different people are entering basic item info vs. crafting description text.
Elaborate, subjective Description text is great for items in the web and printed catalog, but dense text is less effective in printed description sheets as Gala silent auctions are often crowded, with less than ideal lighting. . . Choose the style/extent of your description text based on where most of the active bidders will be viewing it.
The primary purpose of a Gift Certificate is to provide the necessary info and instructions for redeeming it. A copy and paste button is provided to add the item description to the Gift certificate text, but don't forget to provide the redemption instructions as well.