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… 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! 😘
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 😂… 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! 😘 But we have to put a stop to this because the postage costs ($61 😱) 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.