WE HAVE DONATED!!!
$710 to NAMI of Greater Chicago
Confirmation # 4TR815666X4607810
$710 to Thresholds (still pending apparently but they use a different online bank system)
Paypal ID# 8T5626667D933223N
****This apparently did NOT go through their system as I discovered today when checking my paypal account (remember, computer closed down for a week or so). I got on the phone with them to MAKE SURE that the third time is the charm, the extra benefit of which is that they are sending a note to Black Phoenix as well. Yay Thresholds!
The brief message I left for both is as follows:
This money is intended as a memorial donation in honor of my mother Rosemary Mullen who died tragically on July 29th, 2008. It is the result of much collective contribution and effort to produce a memorial charity auction in her name and raised with the generosity of the fans and creators of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfumes. My mother was a sweet, kind and very creative woman whose presence on this earth was a gift to all who knew her. We are very sorry for her loss but hope that this fund can contribute to your worthwhile organization and reach out to those in need. Thank you so much for your efforts.
AGAIN, I cannot thank everyone enough for their contributions.
I send you all roses galore, or the flower of your preferences, and hopes for much sweet-smelling joy and happiness in 2009.
2008 gets last licks in
My computer has been KABLOOEY (hardrive) since about 4 days ago. Sorry for late replies. I'm limping along tonight thanks to an IT friend but will not have internets for long. I've tried to reply to most and am happy you've got your packages. Please alert me to any problems (PLEASE) and I will WILL update ASAP with the donation info.
Unbelievable. Clearly in need of a house blessing or something.
ALL PACKAGES SHIPPED INCLUDING WILLCALL PICKUP!
Everything is out and should be reaching your hands very shortly.
Thank you so much for your contributions and help in making this happen.
"But Ann, what about the donation? Isn't that the most important part?!"
Because I seem to be trailing disaster behind me like the wake of the Titanic...I apparently put my paypal credit card in a "very safe" place. Grrrr!
I am sweeping through the house for the upteenth time before giving it up and transferring to my bank account to write checks/use my debit credit card, something I really REALLY wanted to avoid doing for several reasons.
a. Takes too long.
b. Charity money should not mix with my money.
That's just me. If I can't possibly avoid it I will.
By Monday I hope to have either
a. Found my Paypal credit card
b. Begun the transfer (5 days and then donation)
c. Checked into the unlikely (by their websites) possibility that someone on staff will accept a paypal donation, but I'd like to speak to someone in person for that.
Preferable pick is A. Please *please* A.
I will put up the donation as soon as it happens.
I really thank everyone who contributed in making this possible and send you all super-hero capes and big hugs.
PS Kids are mostly better if still a little fragile and emotional, thanks for those that asked. M. is sickly. I'm holding out. (Fingers crossed. It would be my third course of antibiotics in less than 30 days. :P )
Please contact me if you have any concerns as I am happy to reimburse shipping cost for seriously behind items. My only excuse is that I have found myself overwhelmed with the magnitude of the auction itself, the variety of health problems that have beset me and my family, and generally the painful emotional resonance this auction has for me.
********Again, please let me know if you would like to have your name added to the charity letter (such things might be printed in their newsletters, FYI). I appreciate each and every bid and am so glad we are going to make such a difference for these charities.
ROUND FOUR CLOSED!
THE SMELL GOOD FOR ROSE MENTAL HEALTH CHARITY DRIVE IS OVER!
<3 Thank you, thank you, thank you so much to all bidders, donors, and participants! <3
Total Raised in Round Four: $469! Biggest round ever!
Total Raised in Auction: $1395.5
Total 10% Sales: $19.85 or rather 20 because that's silly.
TOTAL DONATION = $1415.5!!!!
I'm going to put that at $1420 for evenly split donations between
NAMI = $710
THRESHOLDS = $710
Please email or message me if you would like your name added to a list of people behind this donation. You are all amazing!
We did good. Now this money will go and do more. Thank you all.
I will begin notifying bidders and sending out packages late tonight and Sat. (I'm gone all day in another city on Fridays without computer access.) Thank you all again for being such great people and congratulations to us and to those in need.
Happy Birthday to my Mom. I hope she's very happy tonight.
SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST
Special Lab Donated Items <3
PRISTINE! Perfect! Untouched!
The Unheavenly City BID = $30
Shanghai Tunnel BID = $30
Lydia BID = $12
Bid these beauties high! <3
As added incentive, I will contribute a sniffy of Crumpet Rebellion to any Convergence Bottle sold (win them all and I will give you a 1/4 imp instead). Please check the rare imps below for a full imp of Crumpet available for bid.
**HONEY SN 5ml bottle BID = $12
Just cresting an imp inside. Oil just under Laboratory on label.
Generous donation by Persephone1976
(local drop offs, direct ship)
BLACK LACE 5ML BID = $50
Full, untouched, pristine
WINTER HOLIDAY STRESS RELIEF SET BID = $35
Who couldn't use a little less stress?!
1/2 bottle of Winter Holiday Stress Relief Elixir
1/2 bottle of Winter Holiday Stress Relief Bath Oil
In original packaging, $2 more to ship due to weight and size.
This will come with a frimp of
Reindeer Poop! (Just 'cause)
TRICK OR TREAT 2006 5mls
Treat #2 1/2 BID = $12
Wonderfully sophisticated on, it's the candybox scent.
Trick #1 a little over 1/3 BID = $15
Terribly sexy...or is that terrifically. It's good stuff!
MB: Closet BID = $10
MB: Underbed BID = $15
Rarely seen 5ml low partials with roughly 1 1/2 imps in each (Closet is over the top of the M, Underbed is just under the top of the M), bid separately.
Rare and Beloved Imps
CRUMPET REBELLION BID = $18
full imp cleanly decanted
1/2 imp ORANGE BID = $38
inspired by Gaiman
(will likely remote ship if it doesn't arrive in my hands at close of auction)
PUMPKIN KING BID = $59
the King of Scents!
SWALLOW'S BLOOD -- *Exquisitely rare* TAL $10
ANACONDA BID = $10
FRUITCAKE Imp BID = $15
REINDEER POOP BID = $15
CINNAMON SUGAR COOKIES AND EGGNOG BID = $25
15 YEAR-OLD PATCHOULI sniffy BID = $8
Not a BPAL. This is a scraping of some patchouli single note I'd been keeping for *at least* fifteen years, probably closer to 18. Essentially a small sample of extremely aged patchouli tar scraped into a ml vial. The patchouli...it's in perfect, unbearably beautiful condition. I tried to portion some out as a gift, but it's just unimpable, and thus I used the resin on the dropper to do this. You can sniff it as is, scrape it onto your skin, put some alcohol in the vial and make a spreadable patchouli single-note, whatever floats your boat. You may get inspired to save your own bottle in a very dark, cool, corner for almost a fifth of a century. It's VERY good.
PICK UP! BID = $50
Your own personal shopper!
No longer must you pine to live in the most BPAL-friendly city on earth!
No obligation other than to decide what you want.
I will pick up and ship from any ONE (1) Los Angeles WillCall, Salon or Dark Delicacies. L.A. WILLCALL includes any TAL or BPTP items that area available, however, you will need to pay more shipping for Trading Post items. YOU PAY FOR ANY BOTTLES ORDERED. Paypal must be deposited 1-2 DAYS before pick up. No last minute add-ons! YOU PAY SHIPPING. Pick ups that are obviously for more than one person or a decant circle will be declined for obvious reasons. Offer limited only by limits the lab may place upon such things (one bottle per customer, etc.).
May be held in waiting for 3 months. Offer evaporates after this. (I've a baby coming and it could get a bit tricky, but you can ask for exceptions if you have an idea of what you want done.)
A NOTE ON POSSIBLE FRIMPS: This offer was originally intended as a simple favor, and I foolishly didn't foresee the likely interest in possible lab gifts. I'm happy to split frimpage fairly but cannot promise separate gifts *should there be any*. Again, I'm happy to split anything, however, I'll be going because I love the product too, and it's not worth it to me to sell that fun away. I really have put a lot of effort as well as personal favorite scents behind this charity drive, so I hope that caveat doesn't seem overly selfish.
What are you bidding on?
Well, what's it worth to you to have this done?
Guaranteed. Any time you ask.
$3 $5? More? Let's find out.
ROUND THREE ENDS!
***Shipping has not been happening. My apologies. I'm just getting very sick and very tired and having a hard time getting it done so I'm making stupid errors which I have to fix. Please note that there will likely be a shipping delay on Round Four as well, but hopefully not much. Many of you have asked me to hold your wins until the end of this next round so that's fine but if not and you haven't received your shipment please let me know so I can fix it and refund your shipping ASAP. I *am* reliable about such things and I *will* get them to you, but things are a little hard right now.
Total Raised in Round Three = $290.5 YAY Round Three!
Total Raised in Auction Thus Far = $926.5 Squee!!! We're almost at $500 donated to each. That's the best I was hoping for and I still have some excellent stuff reserved for Round Four. I'm so proud of this community and very glad to be a part of it!
Tally from LJ, forum, etc. sales still a pathetic $17.85 but I'm still working on it. :)
Please forward payment to vampyre at oxy dot edu with much thanks and the knowledge that we will be doing some real good for people who need it.
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PUT YOUR LJ NAME AND WON ITEMS IN THE COMMENTS SO THAT I CAN KEEP TRACK!
Non-international shipping is $3 or $3.5 if you want a DC#. International rates go by Post-Office regulations. PLEASE NOTE: If your win comes from a donation to be shipped by the donor, that it will go through paypal twice. I *WILL* make sure they get the $3, $3.5 or $$ to ship, but to avoid any monies depleted from the donation fund, please *consider* chipping in something for paypal fees. :) It would be a kindness.
Round Three has ENDED! ROUND FOUR BEGINS ON SUNDAY!
Several lovely people have offered up donations. Due to time considerations, these will be shipped from their origin. Items in question are marked with ** and indicated as such. Locally donated items will be shipped by me. Anything that requires an international shipping rate will be marked as such.
Special Lab Donated Items!!!
5ml PRISTINE PERFECT!
Dark Delicacies Valentines
DIARY OF A LOVESTRUCK TEENAGE CANNIBAL BID = 17
I MARRIED A VAMPIRE FROM PLANET X BID = 20
from the Dogs Playing Poker Series
STRANGER IN CAMP BID = 25
Bid 'em high folks and much thanks to the lab! <3
MI-GO BRAIN CANISTER *with* SQUISHY BRAIN included BID = $15
MIDWINTER'S EVE BID = $11
RED LANTERN 2008 BID = $12
Celebrate the holidays with a little
SPIKED PUNCH! BID = $20
FULL 5ML UNTOUCHED STILL IN BUBBLE WRAP
Wonderful scent, delightful inquisition
**ADORABLE BOTTLE OF PINK MOON 2007 BID = $15
Low partial - 1 imp left
Beautifully donated by asqmh
L'Estate BID = $25
From the Four Season Inquisition
**Wonderfully donated by Persephone1976 but she's a local so I'll pick up and ship.
MAMA CHAOS BID = 20
My Mom's life was exceptionally chaotic.
In honor of this,
4 Chaos III blends
CMXXX slightly less than 3/4
DOG PLAYING POKER SET BID = $25
INCREDIBLY RARE, HTF beautiful set with *delightful* pics and full descriptions on the imps!!
A BACHELOR'S DOG, A BOLD BLUFF, HIS STATION AND FOUR ACES, KELLY POOL, NEW YEARS EVE IN DOGVILLE, ONE TO TIE - TWO TO WIN, RIDING THE GOAT, SITTING UP WITH A SICK FRIEND, STRANGER IN CAMP
**Now with PINCHED WITH FOUR ACES 1/2 decant via a lovely donation by Persephone1976 <3
BABY MAMA CHAOS BID $15 (bid stands)
Some people find these heartbreak heaven, to others they're a testing adventure. What will it be for you?
15 Chaos III imps
Rare and HTF Imps
MB: Underpants BID = $10
Doc Buzzard (3/4) BID = $15
Voodoo Queen BID = $16 (bid stands)
Pumpkin Cheesecake BID = $10
Sugar-Slathered Candied Apple BID = $8
**Generous Imp Donations by asqmh
Sniffy set: BID = $6.5
of Storyville, Crumpet Rebellion, Gypsy Queen and Underpants
Black Moon & Schwarzer Mond Original BID = $11
SINGLE NOTE BID = $5
**Coffee Bean 1/2
kindly donated by ifinena (to be shipped from her, international rates)
****AUCTION THREE CLOSES FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28TH AT 7PM PST*********
SECOND AUCTION OF SMELL GOOD FOR ROSE IS FINISHED!
TOTAL RAISED FOR CHARITY IN SECOND AUCTION = $264 Yay you!!!
AUCTION TALLY THUS FAR: $636!
Tally from 10% of forum, LJ and elsewhere sales: $17.85
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS!
ITEMS WILL BE SHIPPED MON dependent on payment.
Please add $3, $3.5 or international shipping rates to total
Direct payments to vampyre at oxy dot edu and much MUCH THANKS
for your contributions to mental health!
PLEASE LET US KNOW WHEN YOU RECEIVE THE PACKAGE and if it made you happy. I just need to clear this out for new items/comments and will now do so by just making the dang things invisible.
TO BID: Please feel free to comment or to send me a message via LJ, should you wish to keep your name and bid private. Both these items time stamp, and so should be decisive in the case of a close bid. Highest bids will be continually posted.
SHIPPING: Shipping will be $3.50 with delivery confirmation within the US or to Canada. International are usually a dollar or $1.50 more depending on location. Expedited shipping available by request. Please pay within three days of close of auction and put your LJ name and winning items in the subject heading for ease of record keeping.
AUCTION DURATIONS: Auctions will run at weekly intervals with continually refreshed items of joy. Please check back regularly and be alert to when a particular auction ends. The final auction will end on December 4th, my mother's birthday.
I am very honored and delighted to be able to say that BLACK PHOENIX ALCHEMY LAB has selflessly donated several bottles. I am stunned by their kindness, generosity and the way they consistently step up to the plate for the cause of good. Excuse me if I gush a bit over the amazingly wonderful Beth, Ted and anyone else who conspired and consented, particularly Wickedgoddess who saw the thread and asked if she could ask. It is of course the exquisite talents of Beth and Brian which makes us fans of the product, but I have certainly become a big fan of the *people* at the lab. If I was in any way crafty, I would make them all capes and shirts with a giant letter S, because they are all superheroes in my book. Spaced throughout the next several auctions, items donated by Black Phoenix will be marked as such and are indeed, lab-fresh and untouched. <3
OTHER VERY SPECIAL DONORS: Girleevviill, Persephone1976, Ifinena, asqmh, burning_bryght
WHY I'M DOING THIS:
My mother died tragically after a lifelong struggle with mental illness.
To honor her memory, I've initiated this auction in an effort to raise funds for mental health issues. For details on what happened you may check the thread at the BPAL forum. http://www.bpal.org/index.php?showtopic=38805&hl=
If you have any questions after that, please feel free to PM me on the forum or message me here as I'm trying to keep the focus on the more upbeat aspects of helping people we're still able to help and giving folks a shot at a bunch of rare, cool scents they might enjoy. Smell good for Rose, and for all the others out there.
The two charities I'm planning to donate to are
NAMI of Greater Chicago: an alliance for the mentally ill
THRESHOLDS: which helps with psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery
All monies from the auction will go straight to the charity, minus paypal fees alone. Please note that shipping costs go into shipping items, and thus do not get added into the tally. If you think this is unreasonable, just let me know.
In addition, I'm donating 10% of ALL my forum and LJ sales to this cause for the month of November 4th to December 4th. *Please check those threads and see if there's anything you'd like.* It is my intention to put up most of my extensive collection at this time, either in the auction itself or in the sale. Hopefully we can raise a lot of money for these underfunded charities. A photo of the check(s) and donation letter will be posted after December 4th.
If you find yourself so moved during this season of giving and want to make a straight up donation to a mental health charity, NAMI has many branches all over the US and mental health issues tend to be traditionally underfunded and underrepresented charities. And...if you feel like making that donation in the name of Rosemary Mullen, I and my mother thank you.
I have a lengthy and I believe good history of sales and purchases on the forum, ebay and here on various LJ channels. My BPAL forum feedback has LJ feedback in it as I still haven't gotten around to doing a LJ feedback page. However, I'm happy to provide a list of references if you like, as well as links to my forum feedback under SUEDONYM and my ebay which is VAUDEVILLE.
TOTAL RAISED FOR CHARITY IN SECOND AUCTION = $264
SECOND AUCTION ITEMS
**LAB DONATED** Bat's Day 2007
DOOR 13 BID = $15
QUEENS SALON BID = $25
Original Black Moon SET 2006 5mls BID = $50
Schwarzer Mond full, Black Moon at label,
Irrelevant and Disturbing Surreal Crawdad Dream 5ml New Pristine
BID = $12
Salamander 5ml plus 3/4 imp GNOME! BID = $17
UNRELEASED AND DISCONTINUED GOBLIN SQUIRT SET BID = $12
Dungeon and Doc Constantine's Medicine Show
Full 1/2 imp set of DARK DELICACIES POES BID = $15
Full imp of Black Lace included <-Donated by Persephone1976
FULL SET OF WUNDERKAMMER CARDS and SCREAMING MANDRAGORIA IMP BID = $12
CARNIVAL NOIR IMP SET BID = $10
Gypsy Queen and ORIGINAL Midway
RARE AND BELOVED
Crumpet Rebellion BID = $30
Dead Man's Hand BID = $15
June Gloom BID = $5
La Fee Verte BID = $6
SPANKED! BID = $30
1/4 imp of Red Ginger with Original Lab hand label BID = $10
TOTAL FOR AUCTION ONE = $372!
Auction One Items:
TOAD HALL BABYDOLL XL
TOAD HALL 5ML
SNOW WHITE ATMOSPHERIC SPRAY
10ml of HELLION
5ml BLACK LACE
CONVERGENCE 12 samples: Imps of Storyville, Voodoo Queen and Doc Buzzard
Imp of Scorpio '04
Imp of Ingenue
1/2 imp of ORANGE
THESE WERE ALL SHIPPED OUT UNLESS INTENDED FOR LOCAL PICK-UP
THANKS SO MUCH! The charities well deserve it and we're over halfway to donating to both! You folk are the best!