This year, people are spending less for the holidays. The search is on for meaningful gifts, not just expensive ones that do not really impress anyone with how much you spent. What better place to find the perfect gift that someone really wants than at Etsy.
Etsy.com is a marketplace dedicated to selling handcrafted items. Many of the shops are run by people who love to craft. The artisans put their hearts into their work, so you know these are quality items. The items are priced reasonably for handcrafted items. It is definitely your place to buy and sell all things handmade.
To counter all the malls and chain stores having sales the weekend after Thanksgiving, many Etsy shops are offering sales from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Black Friday is the day after Christmas when most people hit the stores. Some of those stores are open at 4 a.m., meaning you have to get up ridiculously early to get in line. Cyber Monday is the day everyone goes back to work and buys everything they couldn’t beat anyone else in the store to online. Save yourself time and hassle and shop Etsy this weekend. It’s open 24 hours a day (no getting up to get in line) and always accessible (no stealing time from your real job to get the deals). Check out Etsy.com for all the deals this weekend.
One particular group on Etsy – the Capital (Washington, DC) Region Etsy Street Team is offering a terrific team sale this weekend. The following stores have contributed items for a Gift Box, to be given away through a random drawing. Several stores are also offering discounts.
To enter, post a comment on the Crest Blog (http://etsycrest.blogspot.com/2008/11/m-l-l-is-4-letter-word.html) along with your name and email address. The winner will be announced on the afternoon of Friday, December 5th. To find the stores listed just search for their names on Etsy.
Athena’s Olive Tree
Gift Box Contribution: Layered Candy Cane Soap Bar
Discount Offer: I’ve placed 42 items on sale and will be giving away a free item to a random person who purchased from my shop in the month of November… and I’ll be giving 5% off any order placed ON black Friday! Ends Midnight EST.
Gift Box Contribution: I am offering up one of my wet-felted wool scrap yarn balls. Multicolored ball about 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
Discount Offer: I am offering free shipping on all items.
Gift Box Contribution: an attractive reusable tote!
Gift Box Contribution: Small fabric wallet or credit card holder.
Discount Offer: Free Shipping
Gift Box Contribution: I am offering up a pair of new jade and sterling silver earrings. Valued at $8.
Discount Offer: free gift-wrapping on all items, free shipping on orders over $30. Early bird special: Make it a gift set! Limited number of free earrings with the purchase of a necklace.
Designs by Erin
Gift Box Contribution: 2 knitted bangle bracelets: 1 light green & white cotton yarn, and 1 baby blue acrylic and blue Lion’s Brand Homespun yarn
Gift Box Contribution: Set of 4 yo-yo coasters in blue
Discount Offer: 20% of everything in shop
Gift Box Contribution: a pendant (value $15)
Discount Offer: free shipping to the US (discounts overseas)
Generations Tie Dye
Gift Box Contribution: A 12″x60″ hand-dyed blue and gray silk scarf
Gift Box Contribution: organic holiday cookie sugar scrub
Discount Offer: 20% off all items in my store
Gift Box Contribution: a fused glass pendant.
Discount Offer: $5 off on every $25 spent at my shop with free shipping on orders of $50 or more.
Gift Box Contribution: a small redecorated spice tin (“Warm Fuzzies”) that the recipient can fill with glitter, bath salts, powder, or tea, spices, etc.
Sale: Free shipping!!
Gift Box Contribution: a duo of Christmas pins, Santa and Mrs. Claus
Mishutka Design Studio
Gift Box Contribution: Victorian Pink Rose Tags (Set of 6) delicate roses and lovely pink ribbons are perfect together in these Victorian style gift tags. Delightful vintage tags to decorate your gifts! Or use them for scrapbooking and as bookmarks.
Gift Box Contribution: Original upcycled bookmark and an original watercolor Christmas theme card
Discount Offer: Free shipping
Gift Box Contribution: On the Go Pouch – A cute little Japanese fabric pouch to stash you stuff!
Discount Offer: 15% all items in my shop
Silver Dot Jewelry Designs
Gift Box Contribution: Crystal Rose Necklace A faceted rock crystal quartz briolette is accented with a lovely rose gold vermeil charm and suspended from sterling silver chain. Necklace length will be made to customer specifications. Necklace retails for $33.50
Discount Offer: BOGO Sale – Buy One item and get lower priced or equal value item at 50% off.
Shelby B’s Designs
Sale: 10% off all sales, and a free stitch marker to match your yarn purchase!
Gift box: Skein of sock yarn.
Sale: a set of two notemarkers with every purchase and free gift wrapping with all orders over $45.
Gift box: baby blanket.
Sale: Buy one get one 1/2 off all prints 8×10 or larger.
Gift Box: 5×7 photographic print, matted and signed
Wild Honeysuckle Creations
Gift Box Contribution: A pendant or ornament.