A Note on Fan Item Recycling

Do you realise it is only four and a half months until the next birthday auction? Hahaha, sorry, just kidding you. It’s not as if I am really planning ahead at this stage. But I *am* assuming that there will be demand for another birthday auction this year, again??? Not least because I received two packages yesterday that made me think of the next auction. Let me tell you why.

The first parcel I unwrapped yesterday, is from KellyDS. It’s the top one in the image above. And to my surprise it contained a whole array of wonderful items that are intended for the next auction. Explains Kelly:

I was hoping you could make use of these in a future auction. The 2 audio books I listened to once each. I enjoyed but I’m just not an audio book person. The Hannibal movie was given to me by another fan. It’s not something I want to revisit regularly, too dark! The Plushie I requested after I saw it in a different auction. I displayed it proudly for a while but it’s been living in a drawer the past few years. Hopefully someone could make it “real” again.

In other words: Kelly has somewhat moved on from Richard. Impossible, I know. But well, such, apparently, is the power of the Dan…ย  The point is: Instead of committing her once coveted and dearly loved fan art and fan items to the bin or to eBay, Kelly is passing it on so that it all can find a new home somewhere, brightening another fan’s day. That is a wonderful thought, and I just thought I’d mention it here for all those of you who may at some later stage move on. If you do, don’t throw those bits and pieces away, please. Pass them on to another fan – or to me for an auction. We’ll turn well-loved items into a charity donation. That’s three times the joy from just one item: the original owner, the auction winner/second owner, and the charity in whose aid we are auctioning off things. This is an idea that in the past has been trialled by a particular fan who prefers to remain unnamed. She has generated a large share of the donations that we have been able to pass on. She was downsizing and let go of some special items. Thank you for that. And a big thank you to Kelly for doing the same now. You are a star! ๐Ÿ˜˜

Another star who sent me gorgeous items that will end up in an auction, is LoLo. She not only had Flat Richie to look after, she also put together a massive parcel for me.

Those peanut butter M&Ms were definitely for me and not for an auction. I’m afraid they are already gone, too. And then there was a whole package full of goodies for crafting and for auctions.

I loved unwrapping the items – although they are not necessarily for me. LoLo is the originator of the Zox trap craze, and she enclosed several in this package. Some are for me, but some are to be auctioned. The many small rectangles are a whole heap of mint tins. (Not quite sure whether all of them work – there are some that don’t have a hinged lid.) There are a few new designs there that I had to laugh out loud at.

Wonder Woman and Superman… And that Hangover tin ๐Ÿ˜‚… We’ll see what I can come up with. And then there were a few more items that relate to LoLo’s place of residence – and which will turn up in the auctions as we get to them. In any case, it was a fabulous surprise for me – and like Kelly’s parcel, this one also holds plenty of items for future auctions. So, many many thanks to LoLo for the fantastic gifts and the great donations. You rock! ๐Ÿ˜˜ But we have to put a stop to this because the postage costs ($61 ๐Ÿ˜ฑ) are daylight robbery and it really, really makes me wince when I think that you coughed up all that money.

So, anyway, the upshot is: Get ready for the Charity Auctions 2019. If you are a (ex) fan who’s moving on, consider the auctions for donations. That way, what may have been my baby initially, is a true community effort. That makes it so much more meaningful for all of us. In any case, I continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of my fellow fans – not only towards me personally, but also for our on-going auction project. Thanks to all of you.


41 thoughts on “A Note on Fan Item Recycling

  1. The hangover mint box would be perfect for S3 Guy ๐Ÿ˜€
    In the first episodes heโ€™s so distraught that he looks drunk. And then black and yellow are his colors ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. Only 4 1/2 months? Crazy. Yes please to another auction. What a lovely package from Lolo – and great tins. Senior Moments (shouldn’t that be mo-mints?) would make a great shrine for the Jane Hotel, polo neck, photos we don’t like.

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  3. The RBG tin is so cute!! So thoughtful and wonderful of Kelly and LoLo to send you great swag!!!! What a wonderful fandom !! Thank you for sharing your gifts w us as well! Hope the daughters b Day is beautiful and memorable today!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ๐Ÿฅฐ


  4. what a great range of tins, i saw some fab soap tins a few days ago that would have been perfect for Claude Monet but they weren’t hinged…boo
    lovely thought from Kelly too!
    need to get my thinking cap on and see if i can come up with something crafty/special for the auction!


  5. Gosh, what a fantastic haul ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Yes please to another auction – such fun. I need to put together a package for you soon… the bits and pieces are mounting up nicely!


    • Oh-oh, “mounting up”??? ๐Ÿ˜„Sounds like a mega package with monster postage. And I don’t want anyone to pay so much postage when that money could go into much worthier causes!!


  6. I would say parting is such sweet sorrow but I haven’t left completely, still a Richard fan just not a super fan. doesn’t Francis Red Dragon look so cute though?! I hope he finds a good home ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Another auction is always fun for us! But hopefully not too much work for you!? The morning after tin would be great for some shots of Daniel after a night with Esther โ€” there are even the pics of him smoking in bed! Although I canโ€™t imagine waking up and screaming in horror โ€” unless it was Francis!

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    • Ah no, the auctions are a well-oiled machine at this point. I know how to do it, and even though they do take time, it is all worth it, so no complaints from me.
      I have noted down the Morning after suggestion!

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  9. Some of those mints are priceless! ROFL! My kids would pick the memory mints for senior moments one for me as they think I am ancient (as I was reminded on my recent birthday).
    Great idea on the recycling! I’ll have a rummage and see if I have anything I could offer…


    • *hehehe* on the senior moments. Yes, we are totally ancient – at least in the eyes of our kids.
      As for fan recycling – this was just a reminder, not a plea ;-). So if you ever find you are not interested in RA anymore, *then* it’s time to let go ๐Ÿ˜‰


  10. Ooh I was hoping for another auction. Itโ€™s always exciting to see a sneak peek of each yearโ€™s crafted/donated items up for bidding. Kelly and LoLo sent some great items to share. The added bonus is not only will they make the lucky bidder happy but a worthy charity benefits too. I may not have any spare auction items to donate this year but I will definitely be bidding. Maybe you could use some help with postage as well?


    • Oh D – you have done so much for the auctions over the years. You really have contributed double – by bidding and by donating. I’ll keep you updated about the next auctions, and if there is need for postage help, I’ll let you know. Thanks for the lovely offer xxx


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