May 16th, 2011

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Giveaway results

Mistress Caitlin's Closets Unlocked was this weekend, and my thanks to everyone who came -- it was, frankly, an astounding success. As far as I can tell, everyone wound up taking *something*, even the ladies who came in pretty skeptical, and a number of friends were able to get a bunch of really useful items. I wish everyone well with it: you honor Jane with this, and she'd be very happy to know that she's still helping out her friends.

Being a fly on the wall was really quite a bit of fun for me. Saturday especially, as I was sitting upstairs and getting to hear the repeated chorus of, "Oh my *god*" as ladies entered the garage and finally understood the sheer scope of the thing. (It's an exaggeration to say that we had as much as a department store -- but we had more than many consignment shops and boutiques.) And it was delightful getting to say hi to a lot of friends, and see them having fun with the toys. I only wish I could have been a fly on the wall downstairs, which I gather was delightful chaos. (Stories and thoughts are more than welcome.)

The timing worked out well. Most of the closest friends came earlier on Saturday, and many took a *lot* of stuff, which is great. Sunday was mostly OES folks, who took most of the gowns and other fancies. In the end, we wound up with only two gowns left, and very little of the rest of the clothing -- better than Susan and I could have hoped, much less expect. On the order of 95% of the clothing was gone by the end of the weekend. The remaining couple of gowns will go to Eastern Star Grand Chapter this weekend (SCAdians should think of a cross between Coronation and Birka), and the rest of the leftover clothing will go to appropriate charities.

This leaves us with the racks and hangers. There are still around 10 leftover clothing racks, and a big pile of pretty nice hangers, left in Susan's garage. She'd really like them to go away, so she and Mark can put their cars back in the garage. She and I are each keeping one or two, but the rest really need to go away. So please write to me if you'd like to claim one or two, and make arrangements with her to pick them up. It's pretty much first-come-first-serve at this point -- we just want them to go away. (And anyone who wants hangers, just talk to her and come by: I gather that there are lots.)
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Giveaway photos, and yet more racks

Before the great giveaway started, Mark took pictures of the house. Those who couldn't make it, or got there late, might be amused to poke through the album, and see the sheer scope of it all.

There are still a few more clothing racks available, so please speak up if you're interested in one. And Susan's reminded me that there are also four shoe racks, each of which holds about 30 pairs, for those who have a fair number of shoes that need organizing -- same first-come-first-serve policy, so please take them away.

And I should note for those who weren't there this weekend -- this is only part one of getting my hands around life and house. The books are yet to come, along with jewelry and garb. That'll be in another month or two: hopefully they will, like the clothes, find good new homes...
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Madame Burlesque Kickstarter

For those who are fans of the Boston Babydolls: they're trying to put together an especially high-production-value show, and are doing fundraising for that. If you're interested in donating towards that, they've set up a Kickstarter page, which I always like for projects like this -- it lets you donate provisionally, with the donation only happening if they raise enough to actually pull off the job...