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!
9/19 | 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
-- 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.
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. :)
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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!