The holidays can be stressful. Shopping for gifts can seem like a second job in-and-of itself. But as Leslie Knope once wisely said, "You have to remember what's important in life: friends, waffles, and work. Or waffles, friends, work. But work has to come third." So cut the work out of gift-giving and instead treat yo-self (and friends and family) to some Parks & Recreation props, currently up for auction from now until Dec. 1. Plus, some of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to at-risk youth organization, LA Conservation Corps, so you can over-spend on props like Duke Silver's fedora and vest totally guilt-free.
More than 280 props and costumes from Parks & Recreation are currently available via Screenbid, with some minimum bids starting at $25. The online bidding began Monday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. EST, but don't worry — you have until Dec. 1 to set aside some cash for that Mouse Rat album you've always wanted. Word to the wise, though, there are some hidden, fine-print fees you'll want to factor in as well. According to Screenbid, each purchase is also subject to a 24 percent buyer's premium, in addition to shipping and handle prices — so make sure to factor in those costs as well before you bid on one of the many items from the show's seven-season run.
In case you need more convincing and if you haven't already spent your entire next paycheck on theoretical bids, there are some seriously stand-out items from the collection that any Pawneean would be proud to own.
Take, for example, the framed photo of Leslie and Ann, which as any fan of the show can attest, is basically the definition of #FriendshipGoals. "Ann and Leslie knew they were sisters from different misters the moment they met," reads the description on Screenbid's website. "How else could such a special friendship grow so strong, so fast? This framed picture of Leslie and Ann is a great reminder of what true friendship looks like." And yes, while in real life, friendships may be priceless, this prop is not. Right now, it is going for a cool $275.
Are you an aspiring entrepreneur who always saw a little bit of yourself in Tom Haverford? Need a reminder that not all ideas are meant to succeed? Perhaps you'd prefer this 3-piece set of glass Snake Juice bottles. Snake Juice not included, FYI, but let's be honest: would you really want to drink a liqueur that's "a delicious blend of many kinds of alcohol, coffee, sugar, and ingredients"? You're better off using them as "a party golden standard to work towards," as per the recommendation in the listing's description. The trio of bottles is currently going for $700.
There's also a ton of super-sweet Li'l Sebastian shirts, a "small" Sweetums soda cup, an obnoxiously-awesome set of Councilman Jamm's "JAMMED" license plates, a signed photo of Johnny Karate himself (which is basically a signed photo of/by Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer as Johnny Karate, and therefore worth all the money), and so much more. This is literally the best auction ever, as Chris Traeger might say.
And in case you forgot, portions of the proceeds from the sale of all items will go to LA Conservation Corps, "which provides at-risk youth with job skills training, education and work experience with an emphasis on conservation and service projects that benefit the community," according to their website. Good stuff for a good cause. How can you say no to that?
Regardless of whether or not you cast a winning bid, one thing's for sure: Today, we can all be Pawneens.