Outside the Box AiA Annual Fundraiser

Artists in Action would like to thank all those who have participated in our past auctions whether at the AiA booth during the Salem Art Fair or online in 2020. We truly appreciate your support. All proceeds from this annual fundraiser directly benefit our organization to help our artist community continue to thrive. We hope the winning bidders enjoy possessing the artsy boxes as much as we enjoy making them.

Bidder’s Guide | Outside the Box 2021

Outside the Box Auction Duration

Starts: 8:00 AM on Friday, July 16
Ends: 8:00 PM on Sunday, July 25

Direct Link to Auction Site

The auction will be conducted online using Better World. This non-profit organization provides a modern fundraising platform to other non-profit orgs free of charge.

Outside the Box Auction Site

Browsing & Registering to Bid

Enjoy browsing the artistic boxes made by AiA members and local artists. Tap any listing for more details, additional images and to place a bid. When you tap the Bid button, you’ll be prompted to register a new account or log in with an existing one. A user account with Better World is required to place a bid. When registering, you will be asked for your name, email address and to create a password. You’ll also need to enter payment info (credit or debit card). Requiring this in advance keeps the auction honest, making sure there are no ‘trolls’ bidding with no intention of paying.

Card Charges for Auction Items

Your card will be charged for the auction item(s) at the END of the auction and ONLY IF you are the highest bidder. If yours is not the winning bid, your card will not be charged. Card data is not stored at Better World; they use Stripe, an industry-leading payment processing service provider that handles billions of dollars of secure transactions every year and are certified to the most stringent level of PCI compliance. After the auction, if you choose to do so, you may visit My Account > Payment Methods on the Better World site to remove your card details.

Tips Are Accepted for Better World (Optional)

Because Better World is non-profit that provides their fundraising tools free of charge to other non-profit orgs, they accept tips to help support their mission; so we encourage giving them a small tip. If you choose not tip, that’s ok – simply deselect the box at the top of the bidding page. NOTE: Unlike the auction, they will process your card for the amount of any tip right away.

About Better World


The starting bid for all of the artistic boxes is just $20 ($5 less than our at-the-fair price in previous years), and bidding will be done in $5 increments (same as in our booth). All bids are final; they cannot be retracted. You can see the status of your bids by going to your Account > My Items page. Please note that shipping costs are NOT included. We will ask for an additional donation to cover postage if shipping is necessary.

Email Notifications: Bids, Outbids, Winning Bids

You will receive an email when you bid. If you are out bid, you’ll receive an email notification easily directing you back to the site should you like to bid again. Shortly after the auction ends you will receive a congratulatory email letting you know which items you’ve won and what happens next. Alternatively, you can visit your Account > My Items page to see the status of every item you have bid on.

Set a Maximum Bid (Optional)

A convenient feature is the ability to set a maximum bid, which is the most you are willing to spend on an item. When you do this, the system will auto-bid for you whenever someone else bids less than your maximum. This way, you do not necessarily need to keep a close eye on the auction. Your max bid amount is not visible to others. Bidding will be done in $5 increments.

Fulfillment, Pick Up & Out-of-Town Shipping

At auction end, winning bidders will receive an email directing them to a unique fulfillment page for each item they’ve won. There, an AiA coordinator will correspond with each person about their item and coordinate shipping if necessary.

If you’re local to Salem, Oregon, you may pick up your box at Art Department, 254 Commercial St NE between Tuesday, July 27 and Saturday, July 31. Business hours are 10:00–5:00; closed on Mondays. Please be prepared with your receipt to show you are indeed the new owner of the box.

Visit Art Department’s Website

If shipping is required, we will request an additional donation to cover the cost of shipping. We will let you know the amount, which will vary depending on the weight of the item and the location to which it is going, and direct you to the page on the auction site where you can make that additional donation.