How You Can Help Support Silver Art Collector

In 2013, I created the  Silver Art Collector website to provide free and useful resources and information to the community of collectors that enjoy the silver art hobby like myself. Since that humble beginning the site has grown to be widely used by many people in our hobby both new and experienced alike. Since the beginning, the expenses of hosting and maintaining the website have always been personally paid for by myself. In late 2017/early 2018, SAC underwent a major overhaul to a new software/hardware platform costing over $4000 in development/software fees and raising the monthly costs to over $200 per month.  I’ve been asked several times by others (and I’ve probably even asked myself) why I do this especially when there is no gain to be had financially.

The reason I do it is because I love the hobby, plain and simple.  I also have made great friends along the way and truly value those friendships.  It has given me a great opportunity to talk with others and to teach some as well as to learn from some. However the thousands of hours of intensive labor behind the keyboard working on pictures and adding items to the website, along with the thousands of dollars spent, do take a toll and does cause me to ask myself if others value the service as much as I think they do.

From the beginning I made a commitment to myself that I would not charge for the resources made available on SAC and that the full set of features would be available to all users for free. And I will continue to honor that commitment as long as my name is attached to SAC. A few folks, less than 5, over the years have given of their time by volunteering to help behind the scenes to add items, do quality control, update pictures, etc.  But with over 800 users registered on the site I feel I need to provide other ways for our users to help give back to SAC as everyone can’t volunteer due to not having the time or know how to do so. So now with the new platform there are more ways for everyone to help support SAC.

Whether it’s shopping in the store, donating a few extra dollars at checkout, or giving through our dedicated donation areas, you are not only helping to cover the monthly expenses required to keep SAC up and running, but you are also helping to invest in new features and resources for the future . I understand that not everyone can, or will, be able to buy/give to support SAC.  My goal is not to pressure or guilt you into doing something you don’t want to do, but to provide you different ways to give back and show your appreciation to SAC, myself, and the other admins who have given many, many hours of volunteer work to make SAC the premiere resource for the silver art community on the internet.

To mail in a donation in the form of a check or money order send to:

Tony Crouch
PO Box 160
West Paducah, KY 42086

 

Select a Donation Option (USD)

Enter Donation Amount (USD)