2013 Charity Handbag Auction Outcome

As many of you know, I held my first charity auction last November to raise money for Stomp Out Bullying, an organization that addresses and teaches both kids and parents about bullying and provides support for victims.  The actual process of receiving the funds from those sales and sending them along to the charity took much longer than I originally anticipated.  Now that the funds have finally made it to the organization, I wanted to provide a proper recap of the auction for you and share my experience.

We raised $3,841.82 for Stomp Out Bullying.  I was floored by the response and support my little auction received!  I had thirty listings total (which you can see on my original announcement post here if you like), which included mostly an assortment of my rather large handbag collection as well as some sunglasses and jewelry items.  I chose to use eBay’s Giving Works as my charity auction platform, which allows you to designate anywhere from ten to one hundred percent of proceeds to one or more of the verified charities listed on their site.  I earmarked 100% of the proceeds of my auctions to go to Stomp Out Bullying.  Once the auctions were live I was shocked by the amount of traffic and bids they received!  All in all, the fundraiser was a success, with just two listings not properly sold.  The auctions closed in mid-November.  After I sent out the items to the winners I had to wait about three weeks for the funds to hit my Paypal account.  Once they did, I was easily able to send the money directly to Stomp Out Bullying through PayPal’s Giving Fund program.

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At this point I decided to reach out to Stomp Out Bullying, because I wanted to be absolutely sure they received the funds from PayPal’s Giving Fund.  They were delighted to learn of my successful charity drive and explained that it could be months before they saw the funds, but that they would let me know when they did.  I decided to hold off on sharing my recap with you until I was certain the money had been successfully delivered to the charity.  I received a wonderful letter earlier this month informing me that the funds were finally deposited to Stomp Out Bullying:

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Please do not be concerned – the address listed on this letter is my public mailbox, not a personal residence.

If you’d like to hear more about my first charity auction experience, check out this video:

I hope to hold another auction this fall, including the two bags that didn’t properly sell (the Kate Spade and Disney Dooney & Bourke if you’re curious), as well as several other bags and items I am tucking away.  I want to thank each and every one of you who participated in my fundraiser through bidding on the items or just offering your support and encouragement.  Your support is benefitting an amazing organization that provides crucial support and learning for our children.  Big Hugs!

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* I am not affiliated with Stomp Out Bullying or Love Our Children USA, just a supporter.  All items I sold in the auction were provided by me. *

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17 thoughts on “2013 Charity Handbag Auction Outcome”

  1. Although I wasn’t a lucky winner of any of the handbags I am delighted to see the recap of this awesome charity auction! And what a deserving charity! Bullying is alive and rampant and as a mother of two elementary school-aged children I remind them DAILY to be kind and considerate towards people. It’s my reminder as they leave the door for the school bus. “Love you kids. Remember to be kind and considerate today.” Thank you for selflessly donating your items and better yet, your time, towards such a worthy cause. 🙂
    Mindy
    http://www.thesuburbanlife.com

  2. Wow, great job! That is a great response to your first auction. I didn’t find you until recently, so I look forward to participating in your next auction!

  3. As a mom of 2 boys-one of which has been bullied constantly at school, I appreciate what you are doing.
    My son isn’t the same kid because of being bullied and as a mom that is heartbreaking. What a kind, selfless thing to do-thank you.

  4. Well done Jen! What an amazing amount of money-I’m sure it will make such a difference! What a great idea and so generous of you to donate the items you did. I will keep my eyes peeled for the one later in the year and see if I can contribute in any way. Also, a question on another topic entirely, will you still be writing your ‘week in review’ posts on your blog even though you may not be vlogging it anymore? I really enjoy those posts but understand if you want to strip both that and the vlogging as I imagine it is a lot of work. It is a shame that you are stopping your weekly vlogs-I really enjoyed them-but you have to do what is right for you. I never comment on YouTube as people are so cruel but think it is a good idea to turn the comments off….why should you have to put up with that? No excuse for rudeness, if people don’t like it then they shouldn’t watch. Sorry….will get off my soapbox now lol! Do what makes you happy and keep smiling 🙂 xx

  5. WOW! That is simply fantastic and such a worthwhile cause to donate and become more familiar with. Props to you for using your YouTube platform to influence such positive results through creativity! Keep doing you and what makes you happy 😀

  6. Congratulations Jen, on a great job raising money for a wonderful cause! I am new to your blog, so I did not realize that an auction was on-going, but I will keep an eye out for the next one! Awesome job!

    Pat F.
    Las Vegas

    1. As i mention in both the video and blog post, that address is a public mailbox, not a personal residence. No need to worry!

  7. Another awesome success! Hopefully this will inspire us all to step up and find a worthy cause for our time and money!

  8. Hi Jen. Since you love Disney so much, another charity you may consider is: Give Kids The World if you have a future auction. Just a thought, it is an amazing charity doing amazing things!

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