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Wear Star Wars Every Day auctions: new batch is up!

Just in time for the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, it’s the new batch of #WearStarWarsEveryDay auctions. I’m turning apparel items that were donated for me to wear in my charity fundraising campaign for Collateral Repair Project into an additional way to raise funds for them to continue providing assistance to refugees.

Here’s what we got this time:

In the first batch of auction items, the two Star Wars Celebration exclusive shirts sold, raising $81 for Collateral Repair Project. Don’t forget to check out the fundraising results & breakdown of what I wore in the main wear-a-thon of my Wear Star Wars Every Day fundraiser – we raised over $7,900 for Collateral Repair Project.

Wear Star Wars Every Day final fundraising report

It’s almost the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, so while everyone has Star Wars on the brain, time to check in to see how the Wear Star Wars Every Day fundraising campaign did! In the last nine days of 2016, #WearStarWarsEveryDay raised over $2,800 for Collateral Repair Project from thirty-eight donors, which put the total amount raised at $7,935.50. Talk about a big finish! The month of December alone saw donations totaling over $3,800 or nearly half of the total of the project – it looks like everyone was waiting to see if I would make it to the end of the year with my goal of wearing a different Star Wars apparel item every day! We even had a donor chip in the equivalent of a dollar a day! I greatly appreciate everyone’s contributions and I know that Collateral Repair Project also greatly appreciates everyone’s generosity.

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to CRP, or donated or lent apparel to me, or otherwise supported the project. Here’s the week 52+ video to recap what I wore in that final week (plus last two days of the year):

I’m amazed that we were able to not only cross the $5,000 threshold in week 51, but we just kept getting donations to push us over $7,500 total, and over $6,000 on the GoFundMe. Just to put it into perspective, $7,935.50 is enough to have Collateral Repair Project provide food for 100 families of four for a month plus purchase 100 sets of school supplies for kids plus purchase 75 mattresses for adults. Still want to make a contribution? You can still help us out by donating at the Wear Star Wars Every Day GoFundMe page, or purchasing Wear Star Wars Every Day apparel up for auction on ebay.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what I wore for Wear Star Wars Every Day. Every day I wore a different Star Wars apparel item, from shirts to hats to costumes to baby clothes – one new item each day, with a bonus item on one day for a total of 367 articles of clothing.

  • 111 items (30%) were owned by me (or Mrs Jawa or Baby Jawa)
  • 217 items (59%) were lent from Wear Star Wars Every Day supporters
  • 39 items (11%) were donated to Wear Star Wars Every Day

We had 3 aloha shirts, 1 bandanna, 3 baseball jerseys, 1 belt, 3 bowling/racing shirts, 2 button down shirts, 5 costume or costume pieces, 1 cover, 1 dress, 1 happi coat, 17 hats, 2 henleys, 1 hockey jersey, 2 long-sleeve shirts, 5 baby onesies, 1 pair of pajama pants, 2 polo shirts, 1 scarf, 1 set of shoelaces, 1 skirt, 2 soccer jerseys, 4 and a half pairs of socks, 1 pair of sweatpants, 9 sweatshirts/sweaters, 2 tank tops, 1 necktie, 2 work shirts, 2 wrist sweatbands, and 288 t-shirts.

Overall, I wore 3 items from Adidas, 5 from TeeFury, 6 from We Love Fine, 9 from Teepublic, 12 items from Her Universe, 13 from Disney (or runDisney), 21 items from Fifth Sun, 21 items from Mad Engine, and 36 official Star Wars Celebration items (covering all the Celebrations as far, except CII). Items came from Ireland, Mexico, Jordan, Germany, Malaysia, Japan and the UK. We had a small number of items from the 1970s and 1980s, a few more from the 1990s, but most from the 2000s and present. All kinds of stuff covered, from individual movies to books and video games and even the Ewoks cartoon, Star Wars In Concert, and the canceled Detours animated series. Items from fan groups included 6 items from Rebel Legion and 23 items from the 501st Legion as well as from about ten different podcasts and sites.

Some of our biggest lenders/donors of apparel are Ian Camaclang (5+ donated), Todd Felton (10 items lent), Margaret Mays (12 lent), Ryan Chung (12 lent), Tom Mascari (12 lent), Kristen Hidalgo (10 donated, 2 lent), Mediocre Jedi (13 lent), Brian Sims (13 lent, 1 donated), Danielle Janda (15 lent), James Sebree (18 lent), Paul Farquhar (25 lent).

Prizes!
For the final push in late December (12/21 to 12/31), I had offered some cool prizes in a random drawing of donors, and we had a lot of donors in this time frame – almost fifty!

  • A set of four Star Wars Topps trading card series books donated by Abrams ComicArts, including two signed by the series editor, Gary Gerani. Winner: Lillian N.
  • A set of four Star Wars Topps trading card series books donated by Abrams ComicArts, including two signed by the series editor, Gary Gerani Winner: Annalee H.
  • Star Wars: Ahsoka novel signed by both the author, E. K. Johnston, and the voice of Ahsoka Tano and audiobook narrator, Ashley Eckstein. Winner: Susan D.
  • LEGO Star Wars: Chronicles of the Force, signed by authors Cole Horton and Adam Bray. Winner: Amy F.
  • Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown Advance Uncorrected Proof by Joe Schreiber. Winner: John V.
  • Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt audiobook on CD, written by Chuck Wendig, read by Marc Thompson. Winner: Trina G.
  • Star Wars: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume One donated by Abrams ComicArts. Winner: Christine M.
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume Two donated by Abrams ComicArts. Winner: Terry F.
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume Three donated by Abrams ComicArts. Winner: Michael W.
  • Star Wars Galaxy: The Original Topps Trading Card Series donated by Abrams ComicArts. Winner: Mediocre Jedi
  • Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel hardcover by James Luceno. Winner: MC Y.
  • Star Wars: Aliens of the Galaxy by Jason Fry. Winner: Nerf
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi paperback by Kevin Hearne. Winner: Maia M.

Big thanks to everyone who donated in the Week 52+ timeframe (from Dec 24 on into 2017): John V., Jennifer Q., Kyle L., Jazz K. R., Shehryar S., Nerf, Mediocre Jedi, Amy F., Tara M., Nick D., Oei One, Lillian N., Anonymous, Yav, Gerard T., Anonymous, Lynn N., Anonymous, Gregory H., Tom H., Diane O., Cyndi G., Brian C., Tony B., Chickaphant, Eliz, Anonymous, Lillian N., Amy W. N., Trina G., Christine M.-K., Holly F., Patricia B., Caitlin S., Michael W., Maliha S., and Margaret M. Also thanks to Ian for donating a shirt worn in week 52, and Dani and Stuart for lending me apparel for week 52.

The final nine days of 2016 covered the holidays and some of my favorite Star Wars clothing items. We had a scarf, a Christmas-themed shirt, a shirt that was a Christmas present, and finished the year with my favorite Star Wars hat, a Captain Rex cap from The Clone Wars, and an Ewok aloha shirt. Every day I wore a new and different Star Wars apparel item, my daily pledge makers will chip in $4.65 to Collateral Repair Project! This review for Week 52 covers December 23 to December 31 of my wearathon, and an update on fundraising for Collateral Repair Project, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance, education, and community support to urban refugees. With many borrowed and donated items still unworn, I unofficially kept my streak continuing for another two weeks into January, which can be tracked on this album of the Wear Star Wars Every Day Facebook page and ended with a Baze Malbus running costume.

Get more info on what Wear Star Wars Every Day is all about, or make a donation via GoFundMe.

And the winner of the Star Wars Notebook Collection is…

Last week, for Star Wars Day, we had a prize drawing for the Star Wars Notebook Collection, a set of three sweet notebooks featuring classic A New Hope artwork on the covers, graciously given to us from the good folks at Chronicle Books. The winner of our contest, randomly selected from the entries, is John Markham. He will be getting the notebook collection, released earlier this year to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars! Thanks to our friends at Chronicle Books and watch for more prize drawings!

Time for some Wear Star Wars Every Day auctions!

While I finished up the wear-a-thon part of my Wear Star Wars Every Day charity fundraising project after completing the entire year of 2016 by wearing a different Star Wars apparel item each day, the project is now moving onto a new phase with extra fundraising through the auction of donated clothing. Starting us off for Star Wars Day and the first week of May, we have five t-shirts and a hat up on eBay for folks to bid on. Or you can just donate directly to the Wear Star Wars Every Day site to benefit Collateral Repair Project, a non-profit that provides emergency assistance, education, and community support for urban refugees in Amman, Jordan.

Here’s what we have in this first round of auctions, with 100% of the proceeds going to Collateral Repair Project:

Win a Star Wars notebook collection!

Since Star Wars Day is coming up later this week, let’s kick May off with a contest! Chronicle Books recently released a Star Wars Notebook Collection to celebrate the 40th anniversary of A New Hope. This three-pack of blank lined notebooks features iconic ANH artwork on the front, back, and inside covers, as well as spot quotations throughout the notebooks. Each notebook has about 60 pages, and is 6 x 8.5 in. Perfect for keeping a journal while you’re waiting for some escaped droids to show up and start you on your hero’s journey. Thanks to our friends at Chronicle Books, we’re giving away one three-notebook set to a random winner!

Want to win? Simply leave a message in the comments of this post by the deadline of 11:59 pm EDT on May 5, 2017, and we’ll announce a random winner on May 7. We can ship the book to a winner in the U.S. or deliver it to you in person if you’ll be attending Origins Game Fair in Columbus in June or San Diego Comic-Con in July.

Good luck and May the 4th be with you!

And the winner of the Jeffrey Brown Star Wars coloring book is…


Last week, we held a prize drawing for the new Star Wars: Darth Vader and Family coloring book featuring the artwork of Jeffrey Brown, donated by Chronicle Books. And the winner is Stephanie! She will be getting a copy of the coloring book that contains tons of the best Star Wars scenes from earlier Jeffrey Brown books, like Vader’s Little Princess, converted into coloring pages, and includes nine new art pieces just for this book. (Adorable Wookiee and other books for illustrative purposes only.) Thanks to our friends at Chronicle Books!

Watch for another prize giveaway this week!

Win the new Jeffrey Brown Star Wars Coloring Book!

Want to get your hands on a copy of the newest Star Wars coloring book, Darth Vader and Family, featuring the art of Jeffrey Brown? Thanks to our friends at Chronicle Books, we’re giving away one copy to a random winner. This adult coloring book has carefully translated the artwork from Jeffrey Brown’s bestselling Darth Vader and Son series, as well as nine new images featuring Darth Vader interacting with young Luke and Leia. Now coloring enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy their favorite moments from the series on larger format pages. The Darth Vader and Family Coloring Book goes on sale March 28, 2017.

Want to win? Simply leave a message in the comments of this post by the deadline of 11:59 pm EDT on March 31, 2017, and we’ll announce a random winner on April 1. We can ship the book to a winner in the US or deliver it to you in person at Star Wars Celebration Orlando (April 13-16).

Happy 20th anniversary, TeeKay-421!

Congratulations to Belgian Star Wars fan club and site TeeKay-421 upon reaching their twentieth year! You’re now as old as the Star Wars special editions and the Galaxy of Fear books! As one of the longest-running Star Wars fan clubs still around, with their own website, print magazine, and podcast, TeeKay-421 has been a mainstay of great fan content for not only Belgian fans, but Star Wars fans around the world, with several TeeKay staff also being frequent contributors to Star Wars Insider magazine and StarWars.com. Hats off to our friends on their “Twintig Jaar” celebration, being held today in Antwerp. We’d say that in another year, your club will be old enough to drink, but that’s just in America, so bottoms up to Tim, Kevin, Sander and the rest of the gang! Proost!

Wear Star Wars Every Day: Week 51 & Final Drive!

We’re currently on the final week of the #WearStarWarsEveryDay fundraising campaign for Collateral Repair Project and we had a fantastic week 51: over $1,000 raised in just the week from December 16th to 23rd, from sixteen donors! I put out a call to bump our total over $5,000 and you responded – by the end of week 51, we’ve raised over a total of $5,064 including the GoFundMe and offline donations. And we’re keeping the momentum going, hoping to push the Wear Star Wars Every Day GoFundMe alone over $5,000 – and as of 12/27, we only need $300 more to do it, so make your contribution today, before the year ends! Did I mention cool random prizes as a thank you? Yes, yes I did.

In probably our biggest week of fundraising yet, I’d like to thank a whole bunch of folks for donating to Collateral Repair Project, and I want to start with Mediocre Jedi, who issued a Twitter challenge. For each retweet he got about his challenge for helping Wear Star Wars Every Day within 12 hours, he would donate a dollar, and that added up to $162 raised! Also big thanks to all these other donors: Ian, Anonymous, Stuart, Nancy, Maia, a different Anonymous, Charity, a different Ian, Miguel, another different Anonymous, Linda, Leah, Annalee, MC, and Brendan. Wow! That’s a lot of thoughtful and generous people. Plus I’m grateful for Dunc and Lillian donating some wear for this week, and Annalee and Stuart lending some cool threads.

We went from celebrating the release of Rogue One to some outerwear to mark the start of winter this week, with shirts, a custom-made cover, a fleece and a Poe Dameron pilot costume jacket (courtesy of Baby Jawa). Every day I wear a new and different Star Wars apparel item, my daily pledge makers will chip in $4.65 to Collateral Repair Project! This review for Week 51 covers December 16 to December 23 of my wearathon, and an update on fundraising for and the latest happenings at Collateral Repair Project, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance, education, and community support to urban refugees.

Get more info on what Wear Star Wars Every Day is all about, or make a donation via GoFundMe.

Plus, there’s soon going to be a way to help support Collateral Repair Project beyond 2016 – Soon, I’ll be putting up donated apparel on eBay with proceeds going directly to CRP. So this might be your chance to get your hands on some of the really rare threads I’ve worn that were donated to the project, including this week’s STARZ The Force Awakens fleece. Stay tuned!

Wear Star Wars Every Day: Weeks 49 & 50 and the year end final push!

My #WearStarWarsEveryDay fundraising campaign has surged into December, and has plenty of cool looks in the lead up to the opening of Rogue One. Since I was so busy with preparing for my local Rogue One premiere event, I wasn’t able to assemble a review for Week 49 last week, so now you get a Death Star-sized video covering both Weeks 49 and 50. Also, we really could use your help to get us to a nice big number for the end of the project at the end of the year.

When I started Wear Star Wars Every Day and selected Collateral Repair Project as the charity I wanted to raise funds and awareness for, I had no idea how long the project would end up going or how much money I would be raising for Collateral Repair Project’s work in helping urban refugees in Amman, Jordan with emergency assistance for food and heating, education and wellness programs, and community building. And now after nearly a year, I’m hoping to top $5,000 in funds raised – and we’re almost there! As of 12/20, we are at almost $4,300 with 11 days left in 2016 ($3,180 on GoFundMe, $1,167 from offline donations). Can you help in pushing us over the $5,000 mark? You can quickly donate via the GoFundMe, or contribute via other methods to Collateral Repair Project directly.

I had originally set a very ambitious goal of $10,000 when I began this fundraiser, and would love to reach that goal, but I think that it would be awesome to finish strong at $5,000 or even higher. So if you’ve been on the fence or just had it on your to-do list but haven’t gotten around to it yet, now’s the time to make that tax-deductible contribution. *Cue Sarah McLachlan sad music* $20 is enough to provide a mattress to a refugee, while $50 is enough to provide a family of four refugees with food for a month. And I got a whole pile of cool prizes to reward those who donate from 12/21 to 12/31, including the leftover prizes from the November prize drawing and more!

In the two weeks from December 2 to December 15, we had nothing but t-shirts, including a lot of unique designs. Thanks to Ian for donating several BustedTees.com shirts, and to Danielle and Stuart for lending some cool Star Wars wear. Plus I show off my custom shirts for my prequel movie premiere events as we head into the launch of Rogue One, with a shirt made just for the event. There’s a cool Disneyland shirt, and some treats from San Diego Comic-Con, and even a custom-printed Star Wars Customizable Card Game shirt of everyone’s favorite frog-dog, Bubo.

And big thanks to our donors in this time period: Susan, Christine, Kristen, and Jennifer. All four of them made some solid contributions to boost our fundraising total to over $4,000 (roughly $2,900 on the GoFundMe and $1,100 in offline or direct donations).

Every day I wear a new and different Star Wars apparel item, my daily pledge makers will chip in $4.65 to Collateral Repair Project! This review for Week 49 and Week 50 covers December 2 to December 15 of my wearathon, and an update on fundraising for and the latest happenings at Collateral Repair Project, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance, education, and community support to urban refugees.

Get more info on what Wear Star Wars Every Day is all about, or make a donation via GoFundMe.

Plus, there’s soon going to be a way to help support Collateral Repair Project beyond 2016 – Soon, I’ll be putting up donated apparel on ebay with proceeds going directly to CRP. So this might be your chance to get your hands on some of the really rare threads I’ve worn that were donated to the project, including that sweet BB-8 lighter thumbs-up ladies tee from Star Wars Celebration Europe that I hinted that you could get your hands on, way back in August. I had hoped that I would have been able to start these auctions before the holiday season, but we’re still waiting for ebay to add Collateral Repair Project to their list of charity auction partners. Stay tuned!