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Fundraising Auction: Handmade Beer and/or Dildo Cozy

Cross-posted with Skepchick Events.

The SkepchickCon fundraising auctions are back this week with another one-of-a-kind handmade item, a bottle (or large dildo) cozy that Jodi Thibeault crocheted during the Godless Fiends Fabric Arts Hour, part of Freethought Blogs Conscience 2, the online freethought con. You can see the video here, where Jodi not only creates this BEFORE OUR VERY EYES but also dedicates it to SkepchickCon (near the end of the video).
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The bidding starts at ten bucks. Click here to check it out.

We’ve also got a few other items back up for bid, some at reduced prices, including a Noisy Astronomer Google Hangout, Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Humorotica, a handmade custom rose statement necklace by Beth Presswood of Godless Bitches, and two sets of two geeky t-shirt throw pillows (here and here).

The auctions end starting at 8pm Eastern on Sunday, April 20. Check out the full list of items here.

As with all our other auctions, this is a donated item to help us raise money for science activity supplies and informational materials as well as expenses to bring out scientists and other experts to SkepchickCon, all of which we cover on our own dime. We do not profit from this or get a cut of the CONvergence ticket sales, which is one of the reasons we are doing these auctions. We could really use your help. Read more about SkepchickCon below or at the official website.

Be sure to also check out Amy’s interviews with some of the guests we’re bringing to SkepchickCon, including Bug Girl, Dr. Siouxsie Wiles, and Anne Sauer.

If you want to go but need help with the cost, or if you’d like to help someone else go to the con, check out Amy’s I Love Science at SkepchickCon fundraiser.

For those of you new to the purpose of these auctions and/or SkepchickCon, here’s the rundown:

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SkepchickCon is the science and skepticism track at CONvergence, a sci-fi/fantasy conference held in the Minneapolis area every July 4th weekend (this year’s dates are July 3-7). For SkepchickCon 2014, not only will we have the usual panels and workshops, we’ll also be hosting all-day science and art activities and salons in our track room. Plus, we’ll have Roving Science, science experiments we can do throughout the con, such as with people waiting in lines.

As I mention above, we do not get a cut of the con ticket sales, so all expenses are completely covered by Skepchick. We do not profit at all from this con. If you can spare even five bucks, you can donate directly through Paypal to [email protected] (skepchick [at] skepchick.org).

Can’t afford to donate but still want to help out? Contact me at [email protected] (skepchickevents [at] gmail.com) for information on volunteer opportunities (from things you can do from the comfort of your own home to helping out at the con itself).

We also accept donations for future auctions. Have a quirky item you’re willing to part with that the Skepchick audience might like? Will to create or donate a handmade item? Have ideas for auctions you’d like to see? Let me know in the comments or by email.

Thanks so much for your support!

Featured image by Patricia Change. Other photos by Julie Michelle. SkepchickCon logo design by kick-ass artist Beth Voigt of Mad Art Lab.

Melanie Mallon

Melanie is a freelance editor and writer who just moved to a small town outside Minneapolis with her husband and two young kids. When not counting how often the words "pride," "liberty," and "freedom" are used in local business, road, and pet names, she spends her time wrangling commas, making colon jokes, and raising her two kids to be critical thinkers. She is the managing editor of Skepchick Events, a Grounded Parents admin, and a Skepchick contributor. You can find her on Twitter as @MelMall, on Facebook, and on Google+

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