Sunday, April 19, 2009

Cleveland Handmade Giveaway Rules

Giveaways on Cleveland Handmade are a great way for us to attract new visitors and get the word out about our team and individual members. We intend for this to be a monthly feature, although if there is enough interest we may increase the frequency. Entrants will be asked to choose their favorite item from the giveaway shop as well as their favorite item from another CH shop so that this is a promotion for more than just the person sponsoring the giveaway.

If you would like to participate in a giveaway, here are the rules:

1. One CH-hosted giveaway per member per year.

2. Your item must be valued at $15 or higher. Those who make less expensive items can put together multiple items as a group to reach the minimum.

3. Your item and shop must be in the spirit of "handmade" and represent Cleveland Handmade well. Mass-produced items that are only minimally altered will not be considered, even if they qualify as "handmade" by Etsy standards. Team leadership reserves the right to decline any giveaway item offered or participation from a given shop for any reason.

4. Your giveaway item does NOT have to be something you have listed in your shop, although it should reflect the quality and style of what is in your shop. For example, if your thing is modern sterling silver jewelry, your giveaway should not be a paper bookmark.

5. Your giveaway should be an actual item, not a gift certificate or free shipping or anything like that.

6. You must have good photos and at least a dozen items listed in your shop to participate. We're putting our best foot forward here and asking people to take a look around, so you should represent the team well.

7. You are responsible for shipping the giveaway item to the winner at your expense. Entries will be open to people in the United States only, because international contest law gets complicated. If your item gets lost in the mail, it is your responsibility to replace and reship the item. We want happy customers.

8. Giveaways will be scheduled first come, first served, although we may do some slight mixing of the order to prevent similar items from being offered one after the other. (Variety is good.)

9. Team members are not eligible to win prizes.

10. Giveaway entries will be open for one week. Winners will be chosen via the Random Number Generator. CH will contact the winner and pass along their shipping info to the giveaway sponsor.

11. We reserve the right to adjust or modify these rules at any time.

To be considered for sponsoring a giveaway, enter your info here:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Team Challenge: May Flowers

By popular acclaim (that is, seventy billion exact same suggestions), the next challenge is May Flowers. Submissions will be accepted until noon, May 4. Voting will be May 5-11, and the winner will be announced May 12.

Go here to enter your entry:

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Waterloo Arts Fest application

The Waterloo Arts Fest in the Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland will be held June 27, 2009. They are seeking vendors. You can download more information and an application here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Cleveland Handmade Promo Postcard!

this set of postcards is full! please convo smashing if you are interested in future postcard spots :)

we are going to print postcards with photos of (up to) 15 different items made by Cleveys!

each photo (if we get 15 shops to participate) will be about an inch square and our ClevelandHandmade logo will also be featured. the back of the post cards will give the name/URL of each shop featured on the front along with a blurb about our team and how and where to find us.

we can inexpensively print a large number of postcards if 15 shops pitch in to cover the cost of printing. these cards can then be distributed to team members to pass out at shows, leave at coffee shops or even mail to local boutiques and galleries. it's really important that we have team info to pass out at Oddmall, too! :)

depending on the number of participants (and when my coupon code expires), we could ideally get 3000 postcards for just under $10 a person.

please contact Kathy at smashing AT cox DOT net or convo "smashing" on etsy if you are interested or have any questions.