As the auction wraps up, it is time to share our thanks to everyone who has made it a success

  1. To those who donated items – thank you! Our fan created and donated items were the biggest hits this year. Without you, the auction would have been much smaller.
  2. To those who have been bidding – thank you! Without you, the auction would not have thrived like it did.
  3. To those who spread the word – thank you! Without you, far fewer fans would’ve known it existed.

Since July 1, 2009 we have listed 76 items which sold, and we have our final 17 items online now. Not only am I thankful for your participation in the auction, but I am extremely grateful for your patience and understanding when it comes to the management of the auction. With the exception of a handful of items, all of the photos, listings, packing, labeling, shipping, etc. has been done out of a spare room in my house when I am not working full-time and being a mom. There is multi-tasking, and then there is multi-multi-tasking.

In the interest of transparency, when an item’s shipping could not be paid via Paypal**, I have covered shipping costs at the post office personally. Sometimes shipping costs more than eBay estimated*** and sometimes it costs less, but the end result is our charities will receive an awesome donation thanks to all of you. I am even entertaining the hope that we will reach $2500 USD. If the decision is made to extend Campaign Five beyond August 31, 2009, then our fandom has the opportunity to raise that amount even further.

That. Is. Awesome. So, thank you!

Don’t forget, this is the last week. Feel free to spread the word one more time.

**Paypal only allows USPS Express Mail and USPS Priority Mail for international packages and select services for Domestic as well. I would estimate 15-20% of the auction items could not have shipping paid via Paypal so far.

***Note to self: Large Flat Rate box to France? $54, not $25.