Over the past four years Creative Loafing has raised more than $70,000 in our online holiday auction for The Children's Home, a 121-year-old organization providing safe haven for neglected and abused children and helping nearly 12,000 adults and kids annually. Help us break fund-raising records as we enter Auction 2013's fourth and final week.
Week Four: Nov. 5-Dec. 12
The fourth week of the CL Holiday Auction began at 5 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 5 and ends at 5 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 12. Click to see what you missed in Week One, Week Two, and Week Three.
Check out our ebay store for the current week's items. View our official partnership letter with the Children's Home of Tampa Bay here.
ITEMS UP FOR BID WEEK FOUR:
One massive barrel-aged bottle of Cigar City brew, chosen by you Tampa's fabled Cigar City Brewery comes through with another irresistible package for beer-ophiles. The winning bidder will be invited to the brewery to taste, with brewmaster Wayne Wambles, all of the current barrel stock available on the day of the winner's choosing. Since tasting all that barrel-aged beer is hungry work, the brewery will provide food, too (lunch or dinner, whichever is appropriate). The winner will get to choose one beer from the barrel-aged stock, and when it's ready for package, he or she can return to the brewery and personally fill 1 Salmanazar bottle (2.37 gallons, 9 liters) with the chosen brew. Value: Beer, anywhere from $120 to $240, depending on the beer selected. Tasting through all of Cigar City's barrel-aged beer with Wayne Wambles: Priceless.
Buy the cover of CL The most coveted prize of all. Win this item and you get the cover of Creative Loafing on a mutually agreed-upon date to do with what you will (with CL approval, of course). Value: Priceless.
Clearwater Aquarium family membership & a photo with Winter the dolphin An amazing package from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home of Winter the Dolphin, the most famous aquatic mammal in moviedom. This package includes an aquarium membership for a family of 4; a photo op with Winter; a certificate allowing you to wade with one of the aquarium's resident dolphins; a Winter plush toy, book, and documentary; a dolphin painting; and a tumbler, tote bag and t-shirt from CMA. If there's a "Dolphin Tale" fan in your household, this is the gift package for you! Value: $740.
CL editors’ swag bag The editors of Creative Loafing get lots of cool stuff, and now a whole barrelful of it can be yours, from a deluxe Mortal Instruments book set to an Indiana Jones-style whip to a Matt Garza bobblehead from when he was still a Tampa Bay Ray! All this and lots, lots more. Value: Priceless.
Custom parody rap by Big Cheese — written about you! In 2009, Big Cheese (aka Jakeem Johnson, from Tampa) went viral with his Plies parody, “Gimme Dat Bacon.” Recently, he’s tackled Juicy J with his “Grands A Make Her Dance,” a loving ode to biscuits in a tube. What’s your junk food fetish? Maybe Big Cheese will write about it in the style of 2 Chainz? One thing’s for sure, his new tune about you will be funnier than you ever were. Value: Priceless.
Improv classes and a show by American Stage’s Hawk & Wayne Have you ever watched the performers on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and thought, “Gawd, that looks fun. I’d like to try that someday!” Well, here’s your chance. Best of the Bay-winning improv duo Hawk & Wayne are donating a voucher for a 10-session improv class at American Stage, plus a pair of free tickets to their monthly workplace comedy show, It’s A Living. Value: $260.
Wine lovers’ windfall from Duckweed and Ybor City Wine Bar It’s an oenophile’s delight: A case of wine from Downtown Tampa’s Duckweed Urban Market & Grocery Store ($150) and a “Flights for Four” private wine tasting ($100) at Ybor City Wine Bar. Value: $250.
Two PBR’s a week for a year from The Hub ’Nuff said. Value: $400.
Every advance movie screening in 2014 The winner gets first dibs on every Tampa Bay area movie preview in 2014 that Creative Loafing gets passes for. That means you’ll see a total of at least 75 movies for free before everyone else. Start bragging now. Value: $750+.
Vinyl shopping spree with the CL music editor Leilani Polk takes you to five indie shops around the Bay area: Microgroove and Mojo Books & Music in Tampa; Daddy Kool, Bananas, and Planet Retro in St. Petersburg. Your winning bid gets you two LPs from each for a grand total of 10 records, and Leilani offers counsel throughout. Value: $250.
Your own personal Warehouse Arts District trolley tour Trolley tours of St. Pete’s Warehouse Arts District are a major attraction during the city’s Second Saturday Art Walks. Now you and 29 of your closest friends can have a trolley tour all to yourselves, featuring stops at five galleries and a finale at Duncan McClellan Gallery’s Hot Shop, where you, as the host, will get to take home a glass vessel created before your eyes. Value: $750.
Trashy Treasures & Dunedin Fine Art Center family membership A family membership to the Dunedin Fine Art Center promises all kinds of enrichment, plus with this item you get four admissions to DFAC’s Trashy Treasures, Tampa Bay’s most beloved art garage sale, and Contain It!, truly the most fun you can ever have inside a POD. Value: $100.
Three-day juice cleanse from Squeeze Juice Works A three-day cleanse consisting of five pints per day of nutrient-rich fruit and veggie juices tailored to your taste preferences from Best of the Bay-winning Squeeze Juice Works, now located off Fourth Street on 30th Avenue N. in St. Pete. Value: $140.
Get your MOSI on — and your Mojo, too A Fowler Avenue frolic! Two (2) tickets to MOSI, the museum that has fun down to a science, and two tickets to the museum's IMAX Dome Theatre; four (4) tickets to the adrenaline-fueled adventure of the MOSI Sky Trail Ropes Course; and a $50 gift certificate to Mojo Books & Music. Just down the street from the museum, Mojo is Tampa's largest used book and record store, where you can look for more info on that crazy science exhibit you just saw while sipping a tasty cup of coffee. Note: MOSI/IMAX/Sky Trail tickets expire 3/31/2014. Value: $150
City Bike rentals for 4, plus a stop at Cafe Dufrain/Cry Baby Cafe See Downtown Tampa on two wheels with a gift certificate from City Bike Tampa ($172) for a day of bike rentals for four, and use your $50 gift card for a bike break at either Cafe Dufrain on Harbour Island or its newly opened sister establishment, the Cry Baby Café. Value: $252.
Beautiful baskets from Cleanse Apothecary and Aveda plus a big Massage Envy bonus A sampling of $200 worth of Aveda hair and skin products, plus a $50 gift card for use at the Aveda Master Studio in St Petersburg ($250); a gift basket from Seminole Heights’ Cleanse Apothecary featuring soaps, bath salts, milk bath and more ($175); and two gift cards ($78 apiece) from Massage Envy, one each for its South Tampa and St. Pete (Fourth Street N.) locations. Value: $581.
SavvyCard Pro package SavvyCard is an innovative and flexible mobile Web platform designed for networking and sharing information on the go. This package includes a full visual customization, concierge setup services, and hands-on training to help the recipient get the most out of this new technology. Value: $249.
Schwarzkopf Sporting Clays foursome Pull the trigger on this auction item and help support a good cause. The winner of this auction gets a slot for a foursome of shooters in the 20th Anniversary General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Memorial Sporting Clays Classic. The event benefits The Children’s Home, and takes place on March 29, 2014 at Tampa Bay Sporting Clays. Value: $600.
Folk dolls from Feathered Serpent & gift certificate from Sherry’s Yesterdaze A pair of handmade dolls from abroad ($45 each) donated by Feathered Serpent in St. Petersburg, and a $50 gift certificate from Sherry’s Yesterdaze Vintage Clothing & Antiques in Seminole Heights. Value: $140.
Sonos Play:1 Wireless Speaker A compact, flexible wireless speaker that will deliver crystal-clear sound anywhere you place it. An indispensable gift for the music lover from Rick’s Home Theatre Store in St. Petersburg. Value: $199.
Miller Lite Party Deck pass for Bucs vs. 49ers on Dec. 15 A pass for two people to see the Bucs/49ers game from the exclusive and always-festive Miller Lite Party Deck area. Includes three Miller Lites per person and $10 food credit per person. Value: $300.
Custom-painted wakeboard from the Red Bull Wake Open 2012 Painted by Jacqueline Ann Frierman for the Wake Art Project, this board — entitled “If Elephants Grew on Trees” — was the Creative Loafing People’s Choice award winner as voted by the crowd at the Red Bull Wake Open two years ago. The winning bidder also gets two cases of Red Bull. Value: $750.
SEO Analysis by ThinkTank Your SEO analysis includes a full site review using ThinkTank's powerful SEO software. ThinkTank will provide a complete blueprint for getting your site honed to search engine perfection. One of their experts will walk through the analysis and your site in a one-hour in-person consultation at ThinkTank headquarters. They'll answer any questions you have about your site and how to drive more traffic to it. This powerful information and consultation can drastically improve the success of your on-line marketing efforts. Visit ThinkTankConnect.com to read more about Search Engine Optimization, including the new Hummingbird update from Google. Value: $500
Pictures, pizza & more: Gifts from FMOPA, Bavaro's, Cafe Dufrain, Reed's and Black & Denim An amazing array of goodies, including 1 Florida Museum of Photographic Arts membership and two books from the FMOPA bookstore ("Instant: The Story of Polaroid" by Christopher Bonanos and "Face Book" by Chuck Close); a $25 gift certificate to Bavaro's Pizza; a $50 gift certificate good at both Cafe Dufrain & Cry Baby Cafe; a collection of Reed's crystallized ginger candies and beverages from their line of sodas and sparkling fruit juices; and four $25 gift certificates to hip local designers' boutique Black & Denim in Ybor City. Be the winning bidder on this item and you can get all your holiday gif shopping done at once (but no one will notice if you keep some of it yourself). Value: $350.
Furniture painting made easy at Design Buy Consign A furniture painting workshop for two from Design Buy Consign in Temple Terrace covers six different methods, including distress, multi-color wash painting, crackling, dry brush techniques, aging techniques, and applying wax to your finished piece. You will leave the workshop with six beautiful samples and the knowledge to transform an old piece of furniture into a new one-of-a-kind creation. Value: $300.
Wellness exam for one dog or cat from Bayshore Animal Clinic Make sure Fido and Fifi are at their best. The exam includes a medical examination; applicable vaccinations; a fecal parasite exam; a heartworm test (for dog); a feline leukemia/FIV test (for cat, if needed); and a six-month supply of flea and heartworm prevention. Value: $375.
Rowdies Fan-ny Pack Here’s to a Tampa Bay “football” team that doesn’t lose every single game. Cheer on the Tampa Bay Rowdies with a friend at a game next season in really sweet seats and get a signed ball. It’s high time you joined Ralph’s Mob! Value: $100.