The auction will still be launching November 1st, but it will be later today (1st) Arizona time in the US.
OK - We had some eBay glitches (It was taking forever for the items to show up), but the first batch of items are now up. You can view the items by clicking on

We're going to be launching the auctions in three stages over the next two weeks Smiler

Sorry for the delay, folks!
Thanks Iarla.

I don't need to crystal ball to be able to see that there's possibly going to be some unexpected expense for me over the next few weeks. Wink
Hey, whatever happened to the "I Love Peter Green" hat? A friend of mine was waiting to bid on it, but I don't recall it ever showing up. Is there more stuff to be had?
There is indeed a whole 'nother round of stuff to get up there. I had meant to get it up last Friday but I hit a pocket of extreme busyness.

With the exception of two items which I'm sending out tomorrow, at this stage, everything has been sent out to folks (Including you hexed!).

I am going to post a full report once the final bunch of stuff has been listed.

I've saved some of the best for last (including the PG hat!)
Here's my latest post from the Blog:

Our bi-annual auction has been running throughout the month of November and our third and final wave of items for sale will launch on Thursday, November 20th.

We had initially planned to just do two weeks, starting on November 1st, but we got a number of last minute item donations and so we've decided to do a third round with those items. The first two rounds, starting on November 1st and 6th were very successful, and extremely well supported, so thank you!

While the proceeds haven't quite touched the forum hosting cost yet (About $1500/yr), we are planning to use a large amount of the proceeds towards redevolopment of the site in general.

Why An Auction? is entirely volunteer run. With the exception of the unwavering support of the Frenz of The Enz fanclub, who have donated many of the items for this year's item, we are not funded or supported in any way by record companies or management. We occasionally get some moral support from the musicians themselves, but for the most part it is a labour of love from fans to the fans.

While the main site itself has been static for some time (but not for long), even though all the work is done for free by fans, the site still incurs fixed running and hosting costs every month. These costs are kindly and happily covered out of pocket by the site's founder, Debbie. We held a very successful auction in 2006, the proceeds of which we put to work. These covered the following:

  • The initial costs to the development team of building the Crowded House site

  • Hiring a programmer to rescue the old discography database and bring it back to basic working order

  • About one month of hosting Smiler

This time we're aiming higher. The proceeds of this year's auction will be spent on the following:

  • Completely overhauling the entire site. Tearing down the old, and building the new. It's old and patchwork, and needs more than a lick of paint.

  • Largely expanding the scope of the discography, and improving on the existing structure.

  • Implementing as many of the ideas mentioned on the Frenzforum over the last year that we have time and budget for.

As always, a lot of the work will happily be done bye the team for free. We do however have to hire a little outside help, and cover some costs to take the site where you deserve it to be.

The new site launches on February 1st 2009!

We are accepting ideas and input from fans as to what you guys want to see on the site. We're also still looking for PHP programmers to help out too! Email Iarla.

A big thank you as always to Peter Green for the support, and also the following fans who have already donated items to this year's auction.

  • Perri Campbell

  • Jennifer Granozio

  • Marie Lombardi

More info on the auction can be found at
Hi all,

The auction is now over, and I wanted to send out an email to say a big thank you to those who supported the auction. The following folks were very generous with their donations:

Peter Green (As always Smiler ) – Who donated the vast majority of the items we sold, and plugged the auction every chance he had.
Jennifer Granozio – Who back some time ago donated all of those badges that were a big hit in this years auction.
Perri Campbell – Who donated some CD singles to the auction AND bought some stuff from the auction.
Marie Lombardi – Who donated a whole bunch of stuff to the auction, some of which we held on to until the next one.

The following folks bought stuff from us and supported the auction:

Margaret McLaughlin
Doug McNamee
Jeannie Bernier
Nikolaj Lind Christensen
Moshe Freedman
Andrea Donohue
Scott Mackenzie
Chris Bartolick
Elizabeth Steenson
Kiersten Frankowski
Jenny Nicholson (A big shout out to Jenny who was very generous in her purchases)
Jennifer Sciacca
Perri Campbell
Tracy Nicol
Andrew Kiernan
Tania James
Mary Brown
Linda Willcox
Richard Ronayne.

Quite a few of these folks supported the auction multiple times, and so we’re extremely grateful.

We raised quite a bit of money, some of which immediately went to cover some of the forum cost, about a quarter of all raised went to USPS, PayPal, and eBay in fees and shipping costs. The rest is being spent on hiring some outside help to write some of the code that we need to make the new site work. I’m working on the brief for the new site, and I welcome input to that.


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