Bid in the online auction from Aug. 21 to Aug. 28 to win great prizes and support conservation! Visit our auction website to preview items now.
Auction FAQs and Instructions
Will auction items be available at the Aug. 27th Conservation Celebration event?
No. This year the auction will take place entirely online. You do not have to attend the event to participate in the online auction.
Who can participate in the Online Auction?
The auction is open to everyone 18 years and older. You must be 21 years and older to bid on any alcohol-related auction package. We encourage you to share the link with your friends and family.
To participate in the auction from the convenience of your home, register to create an account with the bidding host site. Be sure to save your login information and password. Please note that the password can only include numbers or letters. You do not have to create an account to simply view the items but will be prompted to create an account upon bidding. We recommend bookmarking this direct link to the auction so you can check back frequently. www.biddingowl.com/conservingcarolina
What technology will I need to participate?
To view and bid on auction items, you will need access to a computer or mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet with internet connection. To receive text notifications regarding your bids you must provide your mobile phone number upon registration with BiddingOwl.
How do I make a bid and view auction items?
Detailed instructions on how to view auction items and make bids are included at the end of the FAQs.
How do I win a prize for the most bids?
The person who makes the most total bids during the auction will win a Conserving Carolina hat and prize package. Each bid you make whether you win or lose the item will be tallied. This is not related to the amount of money you bid. The goal is to bid as much as possible!
Please remember that by making a bid on any item for any amount, you are agreeing to pay that much for the item should you win and you will be responsible for prompt payment.
Can I pay with cash or check by mail or in-person?
Winning bidders will be notified via email on Aug. 29 and will be responsible for prompt payment. An email invoice will be automatically generated and sent to you from BiddingOwl and will include a payment link. You may use this link to pay via Paypal or credit card. However, you are not required to pay via Paypal. If you would prefer to pay via cash, check, or credit card over the phone, please contact Jenn Tutor at email@example.com or 828-697-5777 ext.209. Please consider paying with cash or check to help us avoid credit card processing fees.
How do I pick up my items?
The auction will close automatically on at 8:00 pm on Sunday, Aug. 28. Winners will be notified on Aug. 29 via email. To receive your items, you must have already paid for your items via credit card, or by bringing cash or check with you when you pick up items. Pick-up will be available at 847 Case St. Hendersonville, NC 28792. Pick-up times are as follows: Monday, Aug. 29, 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm and Tuesday, Aug. 30, through Friday, Sept. 3, 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. For curbside pick-up, please call 828-697-5777 upon arrival and a staff member will bring your item to you.
If you need to make special arrangements, please contact Jenn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auction gift certificates can be mailed to winners upon request, but shipping for physical items is not available.
Can I still donate an item to the auction?
Thank you for your interest. Please contact Jenn Tutor at email@example.com about auction item donations.
What is the purpose of the auction?
The online auction is a fundraiser for Conserving Carolina. Funds raised from the auction will be used for conservation, restoration, and inspiring appreciation of the natural world. To learn more about the impact of this fundraiser, and the projects it makes possible, please visit www.conservingcarolina.org.
Who do I contact if I have other questions about the auction?
Please contact Jenn Tutor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-697-5777 ext.209 during normal business hours for assistance.
Register a BiddingOwl Account
BiddingOwl is the platform that is managing the bidding for the virtual auction. If you registered for the virtual Conservation Celebration and/or purchased a trip raffle ticket, you still need to create a BiddingOwl account to place a bid. Please save your login information. If you do not remember your login information, use the Forgot Password prompt upon signing in.
You will be asked to enter your name, contact information, and a bidder display name. Your bidder display name will be visible to other bidders. You are welcome to use an alias or ‘Anonymous’ if you would like your bidding to appear anonymously, but please include your real name in the First Name and Last Name section so we know whom to contact if you win any items. To receive text message notifications, enter your phone number under Account Details. You will receive text messages when you’ve been outbid. If you do not have a mobile phone, you can enter a landline number in the cell phone number box.
Go to www.biddingowl.com/ConservingCarolina. Then click on the red Login/Register button at the top of the screen.
You can edit your account information at anytime by selecting the green My Account button at the top right of the screen and selecting Account Details.
Go to the auction website at www.biddingowl.com/ConservingCarolina and login using the red Log In/Register link at the top right of the screen.
If you have trouble with the login, you reset your password. Only alpha-numeric characters are accepted for your password.
At the top left of the homepage there is a green All Items navigation menu. Click the dropdown arrow to view items by category or select All Items. This will take you to the page of all the auction items. Now the fun starts!
Search by Categories:
You can view specific item categories by using the green drop down menu at the top left of the screen. Select the category of choice to see items specific to that category.
You can also sort items using the green Sort Items menu on the top right of the screen. Use this drop down menu to sort items from high to low or low to high bid. This will sort items based on the amount of the current highest bid for each item.
To view an item in more detail, click on the picture of that item. This will take you to that item’s description page. On this page you will be able to read the details, see the current bid, and make a bid.
Return to view all items:
To return to all items view, you can select the back button on your internet browser or use the green navigation menu to select All Items.
If you are ready to bid on an item, select that item’s picture to bring up the full description.
To place one bid at a time, use the Bid text box. Enter your bid into the Bid text box. You must use bid increments according to the Min. Bid Increment amount that is listed below the bid box. You can come back to the item and place a higher bid using this feature at any time.
The Max Bid Feature appears for each item after a starting bid has been placed. Enter the maximum amount you're willing to pay for the item. The online platform will increase your bid as needed to keep you winning until your max bid is reached. (For example, I place a $100 max bid. The starting bid is $50, with increments of $10. If someone else bids $70, the system will automatically bid $80 for me. If no one else bids, then I win the item for $80. If someone else bids $110, then the system stops bidding for me.)
To see a list of all items you have bid on, select the green My Account button on the top right of the screen, then select My Bids. You can also use the My Bids section of My Account to set a Max Bid for any item that you have already bid on.
Thank you for your support of Conserving Carolina!