Welcome to the third official Etsy Swap!! A year ago, Amy came to me with wanting to start this swap, and I fell in love with the idea. Our first swap was pretty small as we were just getting started, and our second more than tripled in size! We were so excited about the amount of participation and decided we should do the swap more than once a year. So here we are hosting our third Etsy event! Thank you to everyone who has supported us and encouraged us to continue. This is so fun for us and we love meeting all of you!

Amy and I both love Etsy and supporting small handmade businesses. We also love blessing others via snail mail. This swap is the perfect combination of the two.

So what is an Etsy Swap and how does it work?
We are so glad you've asked! Once you have signed up for the swap, bloggers and non-bloggers alike are assigned a person to shop for based on that individual's favorite things. They shop on Etsy, package up their gifts, and ship them off to bless someone else. The Etsy Swap is like a great big secret gift exchange! What is not to like?? You in? Great!

9/9 | Sign ups open
9/19 | Sign ups close & giveaway ends
9/23 | You will receive an email with your partners' information. Happy shopping!
10/7 | Deadline to mail off your package
10/22 | Etsy Swap link-up

A minimum of $25 for the Etsy item(s).

-- Please feel free to use our hashtag #etsyswap2014 as you document your Etsy Swap journey!
-- If you are a non-blogger signing up for the swap - please participate in other social media outlets (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc)
-- Feel free to grab our button and share it on your blog.
-- Commit to the price range - no one wants a sour sally. ;)
-- Make sure you browse through the social media links your partner has provided (blog, pinterest, etsy, instagram, etc) to get an idea of their style.
-- Please make sure to mail your package out ON or BEFORE the deadline. If you are running late, please contact us.

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1 | Do I have to be a blogger to participate? 
No ma'am/sir! Every one is welcome!
Note for international participants: We will be pairing up all international participants with each other unless there are U.S. participants who are also willing to ship internationally.

2 | What is the price range? 
We've settled on $25, but you're welcomed to spend a little more.

3 | Do I send anything more than what I've purchased off of Etsy? 
You don't have to, but we've noticed that since the start of the swap, everyone adds in a little something extra (Target's dollar spot, your favorite coffee/tea sample, a little sweet treat, etc). We highly suggest sending a personalized note to help connect with the person you're swapping with! Be sure to include you contact information so they can get in touch!

4 | Am I sending/receiving from the same person? 
Nope! This is more of a secret santa style swap. This way you get to know two people - the one you're sending something to and the one who sends you something!

5 | Should I contact the person I'm sending to? 
If you don't have to, then please don't. Part of the fun is the mystery! We will provide you with their contact information in case there is a miscommunication or you've shipped late (try not to!) that way your swap partner is informed!

6 | I never received my Etsy product / I'm not happy with what I received. 
Ugh, we dislike this very much, but unfortunately it happens. We sometimes have people sign up who don't follow through on their commitments, and it really ruins the experience for others. We try our best to make sure everyone understands their commitment prior to signing up - you are given a partner, a price range, and a list of likes - we hope for you to lovingly follow through on your end. Please remember that with any sign-up you run the risk of having a flaky partner and you might not receive your gift. The best we can do is ask you to be a woman/man of your word and follow through with your commitment. If you are not happy with what you've received, we are super sorry! Try to put a positive spin on it - you sent out an awesome package to your partner and were a blessing to them! We want this swap to be more about the giving than the receiving anyway. Go bless the socks off of your new friend. :)

We wanted to say a little thank you for participating in the swap, and what better way to make this happen than with some Etsy shop giveaways?! Everyone that enters the swap automatically gets one entry - after that we will have additional entries to support the shops that donated!


HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN! This giveaway is run via Rafflecopter with several ways to enter! The giveaway will end on September 19th at midnight, and one winner will be selected at random and announced! The winner will be contacted by email. All entries will be verified, so please play by the rules! Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks so much for participating!! I can't wait to see all of the wonderful Etsy items you give and receive! Don't forget to hashtag #etsyswap2014 along the way! Happy swapping!

meg pitts said...

Woo hoo! Loved doing this last time!!

Rachel said...

This sounds like so much fun!

Madison said...

Yayy! I can't wait! Thanks for putting this on y'all!

Nicole Maxfield said...

This sounds amazing! I signed up, and am so excited! I missed out on the 2014 mug swap, but I'm so glad you and others are hosting such a wonderful thing!

Nicole Maxfield said...

The Google Form didn't ask for my email address, though. I did add it on to the rafflecopter giveaway as the first entry!

Chelsea Ward said...

YESSS! I'm so excited for this! I loved the spring one, can't wait to start shopping around on Etsy again!

Elizabeth Mayberry said...

PICK ME! PICK ME! Gift Giving is the best thing EVER!

Amy said...

Nicole! i'm so glad you said something! i actually commented on your blog asking for your email address haha - we noticed the email flub right after posting so we quickly fixed it - but not before a few awesome sign ups came through! so if we could get your email that would be great! :) THANK YOU!

Britt Hanson said...

I am so excited!!

Hayley Gildersleeve said...

This is one of the most wonderful things I have ever encountered. So excited to be part of the swap!

Tess said...

Looking forward to this swap. Such a fun idea!

Nicole Maxfield said...

Sorry it took so long, I didn't even get a chance to touch my laptop last night! My email address is: :)

Amy said...

no worries!! Thank you Nicole!!!

Meg McIlvaine said...

Yay! It's so fun!

Meg McIlvaine said...

It is! It is!

Meg McIlvaine said...

Woohoo!! So glad you're participating, Madison!

Meg McIlvaine said...

Yay!! Thanks for donating to our giveaway, too! :)

Meg McIlvaine said...

You win! ;)

Meg McIlvaine said...

Yay! Me too!

Meg McIlvaine said...

Haha!! I love that you think that! Can't wait to send out partner assignments!

Meg McIlvaine said...

So glad you're joining in on the fun!

jkfacee said...

Just signed up! :) I'm so excited!
I just blogged about the swap, too.


Meg McIlvaine said...

AH! Yay!! Thanks for sharing the love! :)

Mandy said...

Meg, I can't remember if you're an Influence member or not, but I just remembered that there's a member directory for shops on there. A lot of them have discount codes! I've been meaning to check more of them out, so this swap is the perfect excuse to find the time to do so. I'm excited! =)

Meg McIlvaine said...

I'm not a member yet...but I'd love to be! I need to look into it some more. :) That directory sounds awesome!! You should totally use it for this!

Sarah Bee said...

I'm bummed I missed it! I hopped over from My So Called Chaos!

Meg McIlvaine said...

Sad!! We should be doing it again in the spring! So check back! :)

Hannah Olson said...

I absolutely love this idea!! I also missed the swap (sniff!) but I can't wait to join in on the fun next time it comes around! :)

Meg McIlvaine said...

Saaad! :( Join us in the spring! It will be so fun! :)