December 7, 2009

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE SHAREFEST ~ JOIN US IN PROMOTING ARTISTS, CRAFTERS, SMALL BUSINESS, YOU?

12/7/09 UPDATE:  Another free and easy opportunity to share your handmade goods, or get unique and meaningful gift ideas~

Share photos of your handmade items in the Rook No. 17 Gift Guide Gallery on Facebook (be sure to put a link in the description box)





ARE YOU A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER?
--or--
DO YOU HAVE AN ETSY OR ARTFIRE SHOP?
--or--
ARE YOU AN ARTIST OR CRAFTER SELLING ON YOUR OWN WEBSITE?

Or maybe you've just had enough of all the mass-produced, disposeable junk out there and want to give your family and friends something quality...something meaningful....something special this year, but need some direction?

IF YOU CAN IDENTIFY WITH ANY OF THESE, PLEASE READ ON...

THE BACKSTORY:  The microphone on my cell phone went kaput last Thursday, so I was off to the mall to buy a new one (of course, my contract isn't yet up, but that's another story).  I was absolutely shocked, that at 1:45 on a Thursday, our little mall was jam packed with cars -- so much so that mall security was directing traffic!  I vowed right then and there that this would be my last trip to the mall this holiday season.  I am making a committment to shop at local stores or buy online from crafters and artists.  The problem I've run in to is that in a lot of cases, I don't know exactly what I'm looking for, and browsing the millions of Etsy items can be kind of overwhelming. 

So, I came up with this idea:  Why not post a Mr. Linky on Rook No. 17 where friends (that means YOU) and family (although I don't think any of my family reads my blog) can post GREAT GIFT IDEAS from their small business or online shop? 

SO, TO BE A PART OF CREATION OF THE GREATEST GIFT LIST EVER (thinkin' big folks, thinkin' big): 

In the Mr. Linky Widget Box below, start by entering your gift item in the first blank (i.e. "Personalized Hoodie Towels for Tots").  In the second blank, enter the URL of your  website or page featuring that item.  Enter as many items as you'd like.   Simple as that! 



I Took The Handmade Pledge! BuyHandmade.org

20 comments:

  1. awesome idea, how often will you be posting this?

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  2. Great idea! It would only let me post one of my shops though! I have 2- ohbabyboutique.etsy.com and Payley.etsy.com and both are having a buy 1 get 1 free sale from Wed Nov 25-Monday the 30!

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  3. Thanks, Jenn...what a great opportunity! I love (and love to support) handmade :)

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  4. What a brilliant idea!!!!! I am going to have to keep checking back here to check out all the wonderful links. Etsy can be overwhelming sometimes but I am determined to buy handmade or make my gifts this year:)

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  5. This is exactly how I am feeling this year! Thank you for letting me add my shop on your list. I found you from the comment you left on my blog *thanks for that*, love love your cakes ~ off to check the rest of your stuff out!
    Jen

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  6. Great idea! I love hand made products. I'd add my Etsy shop if I had anything in it! I'm trying to find time to "stock my shelves" again.

    I also have a small gift basket business, but it's local and I don't have a website (my business is all word of mouth).

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  7. Love this idea! Thanks so much Jenn!

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  8. I just posted my blog. I just wish the name had shown on the listing instead of my own name..(I wasn't thinking when I posted it)...but I am taking special orders for the holidays for biscottibyfelicia!! I can make any flavor you can dream of!! Plus..I love Lily Allen! Take care..what a great idea.

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  9. Awesome idea! I have a friend who has an ETSY shop so I am going to direct her to your blog!

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  10. ARCO IRIS handcrafetd will be having an after Thanksgiving SALE in my Etsy shop!! (Friday Nov. 27th - Mon. Nov. 30th)20% off select items (which will have their own section) and if you buy any 2 regularly priced item's, your 3rd regularly priced item will be 20% off via PayPal refund. Hope to see you!

    Iris:)

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  11. Very thoughtfull post on"HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE SHAREFEST ~ JOIN US IN PROMOTING ARTISTS, CRAFTERS, SMALL BUSINESS, YOU? ".And I would like to say that I'm living my dream of owning my own business and working from home earning equally or more than the regular jobs by using http://debtfreeliving.ownanewbusiness.com.

    Thanks,
    Peter- Own a new business

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  12. Great Idea!
    Thanks for doing this.

    I'm more of a pre holiday or New Year Store. Custom Photo Greeting Cards, so if you haven't gotten your holiday cards yet...
    Stop By!

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  13. Oh! By the way I forgot to mention, I popped in from SITS! and I'm now following your blog.

    You can find me at
    http://www.jaelcustomdesigns.com

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  14. I love it that you are doing this for handmade artists. There is so much junk out there like you mentioned and it is nice to be able to support local artists :).

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  15. I love this! I bought some of Lee's soap yesterday. Hopefully, I can look around on Friday when I have more time.

    (I'll e-mail you that recipe on Friday, too. It's super-easy.)

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  16. Awesome idea! Thanks! :)

    I've posted my blogshop too: www.shopping-junkies.com

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  17. OOPS! I'm on there twice! ~Sorry~

    I forgot I had done it before, is there a way to delete it?

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