In March, the Lowell PTO will host it's annual Spring Online Auction, our largest fundraising source for the year. This event raises a significant portion of our funds ($13,978 last year) that are used throughout the school year. So that means 100% of that money goes towards teaching supplies and resources, family events, after school clubs, student scholarships, and more.
Below is a FAQ, for those that are new to the Lowell auction or this is your first time using an online auction site, we hope this is helpful (just like using Ebay). Please let us know if you have other questions. (email us)
One important Note: When registering it's important you use a valid and often checked email address. Email is the main form of communication from not only the auction site but from us as well (ie if you win and when and where to pick up ).
What is an online auction?
An online auction is a website, in this case Biddingforgood.com, in which the Lowell PTO offers products or services to participants to bid on.
When is the auction?
Begins Saturday, March 4th at 8am. Ends Saturday, March 11th at 2pm.
What is the Lowell PTO Auction URL?
Who Donated the items?
The items were generously donated by many businesses; locally, regionally and nationally. We also have local companies that were kind enough to sponsor this event as well, you will notice their logos throughout the auction site. All items on the auction website were solicited by Lowell parents.
Who can participate/bid in the auction, is it only Lowell families and staff?
ANYONE can bid on items in this auction, this is not just for Lowell families or staff. In fact we encourage you to share this with as many people as possible. The more bids we get the more money we are able to raise.
Are the items available for bid just from Watertown?
Not at all, as a matter of fact we have items available geographically dispersed throughout MA, New England, and the US. There over 230 items so far to bid on.
What are the categories of items?
Automotive care, Books, Summer and Vacation Camps, CDs, Clothing, Restaurant/Dining , Electronics, Food & Gourmet Items, Golf Times & Sports Gear, Health & Fitness, Home, Jewelry, Kids Birthday Parties, Lessons, Memberships, Memorabilia, Museum Admissions, Services, Spa & Beauty, Entertainment and Sporting Tickets, Toys, Travel, Unique Experiences, Watertown Specific and Wine!
What is the process to get donations and when does it start?
This is a pretty long process for the PTO, we begin the planning in Oct and start to solicit for item donations around Nov. There are over one thousand emails that have been sent out, numerous phone calls made and in person visits to request, solidify and pick up donations or sponsorship's. This is a true team effort!
How does the auction work?
The PTO uploads all the donated items to the auction website and includes a description of the item and information that donors would like shared (ie expiration dates or exclusions). You can search through the category for items or you can enter in a company name etc to search. Once you find an item or items you want to bid on you simply place a bid. Some items have set bid increments (meaning if the last bid was 25 dollars and there is bid increment of 5, you will be required to bid 30) and some do not. This site is pretty intuitive so you will be told what your next bid amount should be.
How do I become a Bidder?
As a bidder, you will need to visit the auction website, and register yourself. The registration is fairly straightforward, any issues please email us.
How do I know if I was outbid or if I won an item(s)?
You will be notified via email if you placed a bid or if you are outbid or if you win.
So please make sure you use a valid and often checked email.
How do I pay and get my item(s)?
The Lowell PTO will accept cash or check, made payable to Lowell PTO, for all items. We are not able to accept credit card payments.
When is Item pick up and payment?
March 12th, 1:30-3:30, Watertown Public Library, Lucia Mastrangelo Meeting Room (2nd floor).