Auction items needed by this Sunday, April 23

Con or Bust’s annual auction is its principal source of funds for the next twelve months, and right now the auction does not have nearly enough things on offer. If you’d like to submit something for auction—please do!—you should do so by this Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (time zone conversionscountdown).

Anyone at all can offer something to be auctioned; all you need is an email address. Con or Bust tends to run heavy on books and writing-related offers, for obvious reasons, but crafts, care packages, that good-condition piece of clothing or jewelry that you just never wear—anything legal, practical, and morally and ethically appropriate is welcome. Here’s more information, or you can jump right to the Submit an Auction form. We’ll even host your images for you!

Again, this is the main way that we raise funds for the entire year, and right now the list of things on auction is pretty short compared to prior years (browse through a Google Docs index, or view all the tags). It’s full of cool stuff, don’t get me wrong! But not nearly as much of it as I would like, considering that in 2016, Con or Bust was able to commit to providing $19,237.00 in direct monetary assistance to fans of color/non-white fans—an amount that did not come anywhere near meeting the requests that we received. We do everything we can do keep administrative expenses at a minimum, and everyone who works on Con or Bust is a volunteer. (You can find the full details of our 2016 finances at the annual report, or learn more about Con or Bust generally.)

So: if you can offer something for auction, that would be extremely welcome; here’s more information and the Submit an Auction form. If not, here are some other ways you can support Con or Bust—including, as always, spreading the word.

Thanks very much!

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Bidding is now open and will end Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown), EXCEPT that last-minute bidding on an item will extend the bidding for that item. More information.

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