Are you ready to blow some serious money for a great cause, and score some sweet gifts in the process? Then start bidding NOW at the Mercury's Online Charity Auction! Not only do all proceeds go to benefit OUTSIDE IN—a fantastic local organization devoted to rescuing homeless teens and disadvantaged adults—you can win some of the best packages we've ever offered! Such as...

TWO PASSES TO SXSW AND TWO PLANE TICKETS TO GET THERE! (Are you freaking kidding me? And the opening bid is only $1.99? I said, ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?)

THE FILM SCRIPT TO TWILIGHT, AUTOGRAPHED BY SCREENWRITER MELISSA ROSENBERG! (Does it come with a shirtless Jacob Black? No? I still want it!!)

GUITAR LESSONS FROM CHRIS FUNK OF THE DECEMBERISTS! (Plus an Epiphone Les Paul Studio electric guitar, so you'll have something to learn on!)

A GEEKTASTIC PACKAGE FROM DARK HORSE! (Featuring tons of autographed stuff from Joss Whedon, Mike Mignola, Zack Whedon and more!)

A "WALK-ON AND GET KILLED" ROLE IN THIS SUMMER'S STAR TREK IN THE PARK! (You'll be playing a red shirt... so what did you expect would happen?)

DESIGN THE COVER OF THE MERCURY AND MORE! (Get a juicy feature about YOU, a glowing review about YOU, and somone's face on every page of the paper... oh! That's YOU, too!)

And believe me when I tell you, there is SO MUCH MORE! Over 70 awesome packages featuring food, music, clothing, celeb experiences, comic books, baby stuff, movies for a year, bicycle stuff, private parties... and we're just getting started. So what are you waiting for? Get competitive with your generosity, and help out a great charity in the process with...

All bids start at $1.99! Bidding ends at 5 pm on Friday, Dec 11!

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