Our holiday charity auction—a benefit for Northwest Harvest—is running hot and heavy. Bidders are battling it out over all the packages, ranging from autographed posters to dinners cooked by culinary gods to VIP festival passes. With just days to go before bidding closes, there are still great deals to be had!

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Six thousand dollars worth of Vespa—a brand new scooter and all the necessary gear—is currently going for an obscenely low bid of $2,600. You can bid that sucker up and get it for a song! The Doe Bay getaway (10 people in a well-appointed cabin in the San Juans and a keg of Mac & Jack's beer), valued at $1,200, is currently $610! The collection of men's and women's fashion from American Apparel, Retail Therapy, Reputation, Bouncing Wall, and Wackyjac ("His 'n' Hers Fashion": briefs, fleece sweats, dresses, hoodies) is worth nearly $1,000. Right now it's going for $255! Go, bid, buy!

Looking for something freakier and more unique? "Dina Martina Covers the Song of Your Choice" is currently going for a mere $66! Go, bid, buy! The package where art trifecta SuttonBeresCuller comes to your house for a drinky-drinky tree-trimming party is a steal right now at $26!

While thoughtfully random gift baskets are a Strangercrombie tradition—packages like "Holey Crap," a collection of perforated pleasures, which includes gift certificates and swag from Mighty-O Donuts, gift certificates for piercing and jewelry from Deep Roots, and Nothing in This World, the Paris Hilton 12-inch single—this year we've added a bunch of stocking stuffers, including gift certificates from Triple Door ($50), Silver Platters ($50), and Love Zone ($40, plus a basket of sexed-up goodies).

Who gets online and bids for Strangercrombie gift items? People just like you!

"I kill a lot of time at work reading the Slog," says Christopher Cowgill of Port Angeles. Now Christopher is giving back by bidding on a Sonics basketball game with Sherman Alexie, the Showgirls screening with David Schmader, and Drunk of the Week. Richard Snyder of Beacon Hill, a librarian at a local junior high school, is gunning for a couple of packages, including "Theater Nerd" (tickets to the Paramount, ACT, the Rep, the 5th Avenue, and more) and the Archie McPhee grab bag. "If it's for a good cause and you get something beneficial out of it," says Richard, "well then all the more reason to bid and get excited."

We're excited, Richard—excited about being shameless sellouts! That's right, a whole issue of The Stranger is on the block this year! You can buy the cover, a news story, a book review, an art review, an entire page of the paper, Drunk of the Week, whatever!

What else? How about the screenplay for Shortbus signed by John Cameron Mitchell? Or the couples' session with Mistress Matisse? Or the VIP passes to Bumbershoot, Sasquatch, the Capitol Hill Block Party (with keys to your very own private porta-potty!), or KEXP shows? The current bidders for all of these items would be dirty, low-down thieves if they got them at their current prices—so what are you waiting for? Go, bid, buy!

And remember: Doing your holiday shopping through Strangercrombie not only means getting the best gifts that have ever been auctioned off anywhere, but also helping a worthy local charity that feeds the hungry. We can offer you something for everyone on your list plus a warm feeling in your innards for contributing to a good cause and the predatory thrill of competitive bidding!

What are you waiting for? Hit www.thestranger.com/strangercrombie and bid the shit out of these freakishly wonderful gifts. It's all for you. It's all for charity.

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And remember: If you pay more than a package's retail value, the extra is tax deductible!

Strangercrombie! Everybody wins!

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