The fundraiser fun always starts earlier for me than for you – not in terms of preparation.
That’s not always fun as such, but a necessary precursor – which I am not complaining about here, btw. No pain, no gain, and I am happily and fully prepared to put in the graft for the results at the end. But in terms of the offers of handmade contributions I receive by e-mail and the many packages that arrive on my doorstep by the donors, crafters and contributors to this ongoing project. Even though the items are not for me, they still cheer me up.
This 👆🏻 is a little glimpse of the goodies that have arrived here since our birthday fundraiser. The images are just an example of the kindness with which you are following the project – by putting together parcels full of love and donations.
And actually quite a few gifts for me. Undeserved, but definitely not unappreciated! I am stunned by your generosity, both to me and to the fundraiser. Thank you! Anyway, the reason I am writing about this and posting some pictures, is just because of teaser #1 for the upcoming #HoHoHolidayFundRAiser. You may spot some bits and pieces in the pictures above although, as I said, many of those items were gifts for me – and NO, you are not getting the chocolate. That’s MINE! No further comment from me *evillaugh*
Ok ok. The pictures are not conclusive. Here is another hint.
That’s a tiny glimpse of my beloved spread sheet. It lists the names of the donors (so that I don’t forget
again who to credit the donors) and allows me to keep an overview over the number of items that will be in the auctions.
So here you can already see who has contributed to the December auctions.
And yes, that is the auctions only. There is a separate list for the donors and donations of custom/handmade items that will be available in the fixed-price sale, so some names have not popped up in this list yet.
Of course, my screen shot cuts off the item details. Occasionally you may be able to guess what the item in question may pertain to, but for the moment, I will leave you guessing.
However, from the numbering (although starting from 3, not 1) you can see that we will have a massive array of items on offer. As I have
tiresomely said before, it’s a longer list than I had planned. But well, I just feel bad turning generous offers of donations away and disappointing fellow fans who would like to contribute. Yes, there will always be another auction, but it feels mean to put people off until later.
There will be DVDs and audio CDs, fan sets, one-off custom-made items, decor items, fan memorabilia, books and more. Many items are pre-loved. And you know what? I actually love that! There are some items in there that may actually have been sold a couple of times in the auctions already – and been re-donated by their respective buyers. And that is, in effect, true sustainable gifting! Rather than buying new, we are actually re-using and re-selling items multiple times. How cool is that?
So, for the moment, this is the list. Who knows, there could be more, or the list might become smaller, depending on the decision to create fan sets with multiple items. But you can already see who contributed to the auctions this time ’round.
My thanks go to Adina, Andrea, Ani, Anne, Ellen, Esther, Fran, Graza, Jane, Jane, Kate, Michele, Mimi, Paula, Poppy, Stacey and Young. Your donations are very welcome and appreciated, and I can’t thank you enough for your generosity and ingenuity in putting together your contributions.
And yes, ok, I promise I will drop some more conclusive hints tomorrow!
And just as a reminder: You will find all the auctions from next Saturday on eBay. You can access them via my eBay page HERE. You’ll get notification that the auctions are live via my blog – where I will post a short summary of all the items with a picture, description and link to each individual auction. Larger and more detailed images of the items as well as further information will be added in the respective eBay listings.
Remember that we send anywhere in the world, even if the listing should say otherwise. (Occasional glitch in the past!) Please note that the #HoHoHolidayFundRAiser is a private and non-commercial fundraiser. We’re all amateurs here, with no commercial aspirations. The proceeds of the auctions (= revenue minus postage costs, eBay listing fees and transaction fees) will be donated to British hospice care charity LOROS, in lieu of Christmas presents for Richard. The donation will be made after all auctions and the fixed-price sale have ended on December 1st, all items have been paid for, and I have worked out and deducted the fees. I will notify you here on blog once that is done.