You have waited patiently, and now the time has come. I can announce that all items won and bought in the HoHoHoliday FundRaiser have been dispatched. Some shipments have even already arrived at their destinations. You should have received dispatch notifications for your purchases on both platforms by now. Some with tracking numbers, if the value of the orders merited extra care. Where possible, purchases have been combined in *one* shipment, to save on postage costs.
Speaking of postage costs – with the last shipments now on the way, I was able to calculate all the deductions and identify the final proceeds of our fundraiser. Without further ado (more details below), here it comes.
Ok, in case that is too fast, I’ll spell it out. We made four thousand four hundred and fifty-two Euro and twenty-nine Cent.
That’s €4,452.29. Or ￡3821.04 or $5038.21.
What a Christmas gift that is!
Here come the details of our proceeds:
The auctions on eBay made a net profit of €2,154.78.
The fixed-price sale on Etsy generated a net profit of €2,419.62.
On top of that we received donations to the tune of €622.29.
So we had a hefty net profits of €5,196.69. However, we had postage costs of €744.44, leaving us with the aforementioned total of €4,452.29. The costs associated with the fundraiser are always a bit of a downer. Including the fees paid for hosting the auctions on eBay and selling via the Pattern by Etsy platform, as well as postage, we forked out €1,106.29. That is a lot of money. But nevertheless, the ease of transaction by selling through eBay and Etsy is not to be underestimated. It would be impossible to conduct an auction and a sale of this scale *without* the structure and assistance of a web-based shop system. However, considering these overheads, I might look into other webshop systems (Squarespace, Shopify) to see whether they would provide a cheaper alternative for selling in the future. Happy to hear your suggestions/recommendations/experience!
Speaking of selling – some of you very kindly also bought items from my Etsy shop that were *not* part of the fundraiser, so those sales went into my own pocket. A big thank you for that! However, I have reimbursed all transaction fees associated with my own items, and erred on the side of caution. So only the transaction fees incurred by the sale of fundraiser items have been taken from the proceeds.
I hope you have all had as much fun with this fundraiser as I have had. Reiterating what I have said many times before, this fundraiser is not about spending money or donating items, especially if you don’t have much of the former. The actual final figure of our donation is not that important. I don’t want our fundraisers to become a race for ever-higher proceeds, a competition for who spends most money, or a ranking of who donated the most items. It is an opportunity for us as a community to have some fun together while doing some good. And doing so in a way that will create a “virtual” Christmas gift for Richard, showing our appreciation for him. It’s about the FUN, not the FUNDS!
Lastly, with the stunning result of our fan-organised and fan-driven fundraiser now confirmed, it is time for the big and final thank you. In Academy Awards-style I would like to tearfully thank everyone who has been involved in the making of this
film fundraiser, in particular the kind donors who crafted and gifted us items to sell and auction: Michele, Kate, Fran, Adina, Paula, Ellen, Mimi, Andrea, Young, Jane B., Stacey, Poppy, Jane D, Esther, Ani, Graza, Anne and Rachel. Thank you for thinking of the fundraiser(s) and passing on fan items, as well as crafting one-off gems, and putting together amazing fan sets. My thanks also go to all buyers and auction winners who splashed out on items in the sale and on eBay. Your names are withheld for reasons of discretion, but you know who you are, and of course we couldn’t do without you. Thirdly, a big thank you to all participants who donated money to the fundraiser via Paypal. Your contribution is hugely appreciated and means a lot for the overall proceeds. You also know who you are. Lastly, I’d like to thank the countless supporters who have helped by reblogging, retweeting, sharing on other platforms, commenting, suggesting, cheering, signal-boosting and encouraging the talented crafters, generous donors and hapless organiser (i.e. myself). Too many to mention! Together we have packed a nice little big Christmas pressie that will make many people happy: our intended beneficiary LOROS for contributing to the funds needed to supply their amazing service, and through them the families who need the assistance of a hospice provider; our shared favourite actor, Richard Armitage, who has brought us together and inspired the fundraiser; and lastly ourselves – because with our generated donation we have done something pretty cool. Happy Chrimbo everyone!
PS: I’ll get the donation transferred in the next day or two. Notification here as soon as it is done!