Category: 2014 Auction

A box of books and goodies from Western Massachusetts in a large priority mailer box

Item Name & Description: A box of books and goodies from Western Massachusetts in a large priority mailer box.

I loved Maria’s box of goodies from New Orleans so much that I thought it would be fun to offer this. The box will include our new Peter Dickinson kid’s book, Emma Tupper’s Diary, Eileen Gunn’s new collection, Questionable Practices, and a couple of random Small Beer titles.
And! Maple syrup! Local chocolate (if I can find it!). Kale! (Ok, probably not kale.) And more and more local goodies until the box is full..

Starting Bid: $25

Notes: [admin note: priority mail means US only]

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An uncorrected proof of Benjamin Parzybok’s Sept. 2014 novel Sherwood Nation

Item Name & Description: In drought-stricken Portland, Oregon, a Robin Hood-esque water thief is caught on camera redistributing an illegal truckload of water to those in need. Nicknamed Maid Marian—real name: Renee, a 20-something barista and eternal part-time college student—she is an instant folk hero. Renee rides her swelling popularity and the public’s disgust at how the city has abandoned its people, raises an army . . . and secedes a quarter of the city.

Even as Maid Marian and her compatriots build their community one neighbor at a time, they are making powerful enemies amongst the city government and the National Guard. Sherwood is an idealistic dream too soon caught in a brutal fight for survival.

Sherwood Nation is the story of the rise and fall of a micronation within a city. It is a love story, a war story, a grand social experiment, a treatise on hacking and remaking government, on freedom and necessity, on individualism and community.

And, it is not out until September!

Benjamin Parzybok is the author of the novel Couch and has been the creator/co-creator of many other projects, includingGumball Poetry, The Black Magic Insurance Agency (city-wide, one night alternate reality game), and Project Hamad. He lives in Portland with the artist Laura Moulton and their two kids.

[Admin edit: in comments, the author offers to send the winner “the winner a lovely postcard, probably with a drawing or two, that may be used as the book’s bookmark.”]

Starting Bid: $5

Notes: US/Canada only

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Dutch Spiral Bead Bracelet made for you by Madeleine Robins

(Posted on behalf of Madeleine, who was having technical difficulties.)

Dutch Spiral Item Name & Description:This is one of my favorite beading patterns to make. I will make a Dutch spiral bracelet of the three beads of your choice–the spiral can be very interesting with, for example, a slightly larger or differently shaped beads used for the spine. (The bracelet shown here is made from beige 11/0 seed beads, green matte finish 11/0 seed beads, and 11/0 silver-lined cylinder beads.)

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: These are lightweight, so I can ship pretty much anywhere, usually within a month of the winner selecting the colors, sizes, and finishes of the beads.

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Spiral Bead Bracelet made for you by Madeleine Robins

(Posted on behalf of Madeleine, who was having technical difficulties.)

SpiralItem Name & Description: I will make a bracelet in a simple spiral rope pattern, with beads of your choice. The picture below is made with two colors of 11/0 seed beads, but it can be made with two different size of beads. This is a neat, sturdy bracelet but not a bangle (that is to say, it drapes around, rather than circling, the wrist).

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: These are lightweight, so I can ship pretty much anywhere, usually within a month of the winner selecting the colors, sizes, and finishes of the beads.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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Rulla Bead Bangle made for you by Madeleine Robins

(Posted on behalf of Madeleine, who was having technical difficulties.)

Item Name & Description: I will make a bangle from rulla beads in colors of your choice. Rulla beads are cylindrical beads with two holes drilled across the barrel (rather than lengthwise) which allows for some nifty patterns. This is a sturdy bangle with a little bit of flex.

Rulla Bangle

Rulla-closei

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: These are lightweight, so I can ship pretty much anywhere, within a month of the winner selecting the colors and finishes of beads.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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The Brian Lumley Companion – Special Collector’s Boxed Edition

Item Name & Description: The Brian Lumley Companion – Special Collector’s Boxed Edition, donated by Tor Books.

book cover
Brian Lumley Companion – cover
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Brian Lumley Companion – as packaged

Description:

Edited by Brian Lumley and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winner Stanley Wiater,  The Brian Lumley Companion is an indispensable guide to the life and works of Brian Lumley.

In The Brian Lumley Companion, Lumley aficionados will find an overview of the author’s career; essays comparing Lumley and H.P. Lovecraft; a lengthy interview with Brian Lumley which delves into the heart of his relationships with the writers and editors who inspired him and the fans who support him; and analyses of Lumley’s short fiction and novels. An interview with Bob Eggleton gives insight into the development of his striking covers for the Necroscope series and other Lumley works.

The Companion also includes complete listings of the first publications of each of Lumley’s novels, short fiction, and poetry. Major attractions are the detailed concordances that focus on individual novels and series, including the three Psychomech titles, the Dreamlands and Primal Lands series, and each volume in the Necroscope series.

This is a limited-run clothbound edition in a collector’s boxed casing. This edition is now out of print.

Starting Bid: $30.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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Subversive Cross Stitch: your choice

Item Name & Description: Your choice of any kit or pdf at www.subversivecrossstitch.com, completed by me, shipped to you (profanity at link)

Starting Bid: $15

Notes: final product will be shipped to you unframed.

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Con or Bust Auction Index Has Been Updated!

As of eight minutes ago [*], I have gone through all the auction items and updated their high bids and number of bids on the auction index. You can filter the index to find items with zero, one, two, or three or more bids, using the drop-down menu at the top of that column; sort the index by price, by clicking on the “high bid” hyperlink at the top of the column; and of course browse everything in a handy condensed form.

[*] This has to be done manually, which is why I date-stamp it up at the top. Also, the comments will contain the final word on the amount of a bid, not the spreadsheet, in case I typo a number.

Later in the week, I’ll update the index again with high bids and also with moderator’s picks for overlooked stuff. Meanwhile, why not check it out?

Note: you can still submit items for auction! And keep an eye out, as I have at least a couple more things for tomorrow.


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Dolly and the Cookie Bird by Dorothy Dunnett

bookItem Name & Description: a paperback of Dolly and the Cookie Bird by Dorothy Dunnett.

This is the second-published of Dunnett’s Johnson Johnson mystery series. The copyright page of the book says “First Vintage Books Edition, September 1982”; the ISBN is 0-394-71164-5. The book is comprehensively out of print in the US; used copies appear to be going for $20 and up online.

Starting Bid: $3.

Notes: will ship in the US for free; outside the US, please ask.

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“The Truth About The World” necklace by Elise Matthesen

(Posted on behalf of Elise. — Kate)

necklace close 1 Item Name & Description: “The Truth About The World” necklace by Elise Matthesen. Made of glass, stone, and sterling silver, with a sterling silver clasp; about fifty-eight inches long.

Elise says the necklace has this name “because the beads have a lot going on, and the more you look, the more you see. I love these beads.”

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Starting Bid: $25.

Notes: Bidder to pay shipping (anywhere).

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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