Help Us Help One of Our Own!

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The Academy of Handmade community is coming together for one of it's own! Our assistant and community manager Nessa lives in Puerto Rico and we've had very limited contact with her. But we know from her family that she is safe and her home's damage is minimal, but the situation around is still one of a long road to recovery.

That is why the artists, makers and shop owners of Academy of Handmade's community are coming together to do an auction to raise funds for Nessa and her family. Nessa's job as a virtual assistant is 100% online-- as you can imagine with no power, internet or phone that that is very difficult to do.

Helping Nessa also helps her family and her local community. She has mentioned in our limited contact with her that people are surviving because people are sharing resources. Help us help Nessa and her community recover through bidding on our auction. 

AUCTION DETAILS + RULES

Please read the details below to understand how to participate.

BIDDING TIMELINE

Items will go up for bid in groups and rolled out over two days: Tuesday, October 10 and Wednesday, October 11. You can start to bid immediately when items go up. Bidding will end Monday evening October 16 on a rolling basis. Times will be posted on each listing when they end.

HOW TO BID

A minimum bid will be posted. The bidding begins when the first person writes that bid in the comments. To raise a bid, post the next with at least an increase of $1. You can raise the bid by more than $1, as well! Bidding wars are encouraged. ;) You are also more than welcome to bid on multiple items.

HOW TO PAY FOR AND CLAIM YOUR ITEM

Once the bidding has closed and winning bid has been announced/confirmed, please DM the @aohcommunity with your email WITHIN 48 HOURS AFTER THE AUCTION ENDING so we can send you an invoice via Paypal. If you don't pay the invoice WITHIN 48 HOURS AFTER WE INVOICE YOU, we will move on to the next highest bidder.

ITEMS UP FOR BID

The items are embedded below. Please take a look at them and get ready to bid!

YOU MIGHT BE WONDERING...

WHAT IF I JUST WANT TO DONATE?

You totally can! Click the button below to make that happen.

Donate

How do I spread the Word?

Please refer your friends to our Instagram page where the auction will happen: https://www.instagram.com/aohcommunity

IS THIS TAX DEDUCTIBLE?

It is not because we are not a charity and the funds are going directly to an individual to help them.

why aren't you just doing a gofundme?

Two reasons: 1) we want to involve the creativity of the community that Nessa championed and support our makers while supporting Nessa and 2) GoFundMe takes out more fees than what will be taken out after we've processed through our own website. 

WHAT ABOUT SHIPPING?

The shipping is on the maker and will be typical 1st class mail unless the maker decides to upgrade you. :)

WHAT ABOUT INTERNATIONAL ORDERS?

We are only taking orders from the US & Canada.

WHEN CAN I EXPECT MY ITEMS?

After you pay your invoice and have given your address to the maker, typical processing and shipping times apply (about two weeks!). If you don't have your items within two weeks of giving the make your address and working through any other details, please let us know! Obviously, you should have a shorter fulfillment time for online gift certificates.