A while ago, we mentioned that we here at the Crew had a few things up our sleeves… for example, as many of you know, we just finished up a very cool giveaway of the new book “Exoplanets” to two of our viewers (congratulations again to Raza Siddiqui and Vicki Knoer!)

Well, it’s time to announce the NEXT one of our awesome projects – at least WE think it is pretty awesome…

To remind everyone, CosmoQuest/Astronomy Cast is one of our sister organizations, and they rely on the financial generosity of viewers who are able to help out in any way. As a way to help supplement viewer donations, give our members/viewers a chance to get some swag, and to hopefully have a little fun along the way, the WSH Crew is pleased to announce that in the next few days we will be launching WSH Crew Auctions. Initially we will be offering some CQX swag (and maybe one or two other non-swag items) for folks to bid on with ALL winning bids/proceeds going directly to CosmoQuest via their Patreon Portal via PayPal.

For the time being, the intent is for the auctions to be open to bidders world-wide, and to charge no shipping fees either. However, depending how things go and what the specific item/destination is, we may modify this policy on an item-by-item basis – changes will be mentioned in each auction should this be necessary.

For now, we are also limiting selling to one account to simplify matters on all levels. If anyone wants to donate an item, let us know and we will figure out the semantics of how to do so.

Finally – this is NOT going to be a publicly accessible system. Bidders MUST be either a member of the WSH Crew Google+ community or a Slack member. This is non-negotiable. We are doing this completely on a volunteer basis and for a bit of community fun while hopefully helping out CosmoQuest.

I hope everyone is as excited about this as we are. We hope to be live with our first auction early next week. For now, if you have any questions, just ask away.

Going forward here, we will be announcing the start of each new auction – and auction winners – over in the #swag Slack channel, so if you are interested, be sure to subscribe to it!