Friday, November 30, 2012

Tophatter–The most fun you can have while spending money!

About a year ago when I first started my Etsy shop I was looking for new and fun ways to get my products name out into the market without a costly marketing fee as I was still in start-up phase.  That’s when I found Tophatter.com.  It’s this really fun shopping website that is set up like a live auction.  I joined the website as a seller, but quickly became a buyer myself too. I wanted to share about the website in time for Christmas because it’s a fun way to buy unique gifts, and they even have specific auctions for “supplies” and wholesale that could help you get things you may need to make your own gifts!

So what is Tophatter all about?
Well when you sign up you make an account and make a little avatar of yourself.  Then, each day there are new auctions and various genres all throughout the day.  You pick which auction you want to join and enter the “room”. 
Auction Tour
Here you will see everyone else that is going to be involved in the auction as well.  On the right hand side you’ll have a complete list of upcoming items that will be available for bidding, including their starting bid price, and their shipping cost.  When an item is up for bid, the auctioneer will do a quick explanation of the product, and open the room to bidding.

This is when you’d click the “bid now” button and your little avatar will raise her/his paddle.  Just as a normal auction goes, people will continuously bid on the item until those bids have come to a halt than the auctioneer will call out, “Final price $xx going once… going twice… SOLD to __________ (hopefully your name here)!  It’s really fun and such a unique website for shopping.  I became quickly addicted.

Here’s a few screen shots to help describe the steps….

As described you have the room on the left, with the item up for bid as the large image on the right, and the bid now button below it.
Auction Tour Bidding
The list of upcoming items are all listed on the right side, and they give you the awesome convenience if you see an item far down on the list, you can click on it and it’ll give you the option to enter your phone number in and will send you a reminder text when your item is up for bid next!
Auction Tour Up NextOnce you make the winning bid on an item, you’ll be prompted to head to the check out page where you simply pay using your Paypal account.  Once your seller receives the payment she’ll ship your item!  Not only is this a fun and unique way of shopping, but you have the chance to really get a wide range of products you may normally not think to shop for.   There are different genres of auctions going on throughout the day as I previously mentioned ranging from Homemade products, Early Bird Auction (random goods), Jewelry, Home Décor, Supplies, Wholesale, etc. 
Just look at these awesome prizes you could win:

Love and Be Loved NecklaceBaker's TwineElephant Ring





(Image sources: L to R:Monique Christine on Tophatter, 42 Things by Jo on Tophatter, 42 Things by KejaDesigns on Tophatter)

Sound like something you’d be interested in? GOOD! Then I have an extra bonus for you too… if you sign up for Tophatter here, you’ll have the chance for $10 OFF your first winning bid! So whatever price is your final payment price, you’ll get $10 off that just for signing up! We all love savings don’t we?
Let me know if you have any questions as I’ve been on Tophatter for a while, but when you sign up they have an easy walk through that will answer a lot of questions, plus a FAQ area that gives great information too!
You can visit their Facebook Page or Follow on Twitter too!

A word from my sponsor:
Have you discovered the addictive new auction site called Tophatter, where buyers bid for sellers’ unique goods in fast-paced virtual auction rooms? From crafts and DIY projects, to antiques, jewelry, home décor and much more, there’s no limit to what you can discover on Tophatter.With live auctions every day, sellers get to showcase their wares from around the world to a community of thousands of buyers, and answer questions via chat as the clock ticks down. Each lot sells in an average of two minutes, so buyers must bid quickly!Tophatter’s auctions become interactive live events where buyers and sellers can hang out, chat, and win. Led by the esteemed Sir Wendell Wattington and his animated family, Tophatter auctions keep the fun rolling in.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tophatter. The opinions and text are all mine and as usual I wouldn’t share about a company or product I don’t truly love myself!

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Oopsie Daisy Décor Pendant Banner Giveaway!

It’s GIVEAWAY time! 

Tausha is the beautiful and incredibly sweet girl behind Oopsie Daisy Décor, the Etsy shop that sells these ADORBALE pendant banners.  I feel like Tausha is my long lost soul mate that lives all the way across the country from me. She’s a few weeks ahead of me in pregnancy and the one I keep screaming out loud at when I see her post pictures of her ADORABLE belly.  She’s too cute for words. So are her burlap pendant banners Smile

She’s giving away one of her banners to one of you guys!  You get to pick which ever you’d like, one of her premade ones, or if you have a word/phrase you have your heart set on, she can make it happen. 
Oopsie Daisy Decor Header
Oopsie Daisy Decor Banner
Oopsie Daisy Decor Banner Close Up
Oopsie Daisy Decor Banner Family
You can pick one of her premade banners, or she’s willing to make a custom one for the winner too!  You have these choices of colors for your banners.

Oopsie Daisy Decor Color Choices
I am wanting one for my Baby Girl’s Nursery!

Now it’s time to enter:

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Holiday Gift Ideas: Etsy Shop Round Up!

Now that Thanksgiving is done, and the chaos of Black Friday is behind us, today we have Cyber Monday!  The day for online shopping and amazing deals all around.

I wanted to round up some of my favorite Etsy shops and spotlight some of their awesome products to help those that may need some gift ideas.  I also have some awesome PB&J exclusive discounts available for each shop!! Great way to save on Christmas gifts, do it from the comfort of your own home, and support those small business owners.
PBJstories.com Holiday Gift Idea Round up of Etsy Shops
I’m just going to jump in and will show each shop title, and one of my favorite products from their shop and list each discount available!


 PB&J Exclusive Discount: 25% off “PBJFALALA” valid through New Years
AffairsoftheArt Canvas
KianaKeiserFineArt Banner
PB&J Exclusive Discount: 25% off “PBJFALALA” valid through New YearsTwo shops, one owner, two different styles.  You’ll see an amazing collection of art pieces in her shops, including the collection of “LOVE” canvas pieces I’m featuring!
Affairs of the Art Etsy Shop
Kiana Keiser Fine Art Etsy Shop

AshleyBridgerDesigns Banner 2
AshleyBridgerDesigns Painting 2
AshleyBridgerDesigns Painting
Ashley does one of a kind GORGEOUS canvas paintings ranging in a wide style.  I am in LOVE with her medium and technique, I love the texture that you can see emerge from each piece.
We’re working on an idea for a unique piece for Baby Girl’s Nursery and I’m so so excited!
Ashley Bridger Designs Website


AvryCreativeCreations Banner
PB&J Exclusive Discount: 15% Off “HOLIDAY” valid through Christmas

AvryCreativeCreations Headband

AvryCreativeCreations RomperHow cute are these Baby Girl accessories!? I am IN LOVE with that headband, and her rompers.  I will be filling my Baby Girl’s closet with some pieces from this shop.


ChaseTheStar Wood Plank Banner
PB&J Exclusive Discount: 10% Off “HAPPYHOLIDAYS” valid through December 31st
ChaseTheStar Wood Plank Sign
We all know I love wall art, pallets, and quotes so how cannot I include this gorgeous piece in my round up!? Love this!
Chase the Star Etsy Shop



EmbellishedLivingBannerPB&J Exclusive Discount: 15% Off “PBJ15” valid through December 8th

EmbellishedLivingWreathI am obsessed with Embellished Living’s wreaths!  They’re SO cute, especially this one.  I actually have one of my own they made personally for me last year and I LOVE it. They have so many different style be sure to check out their shop.


JustFelt&Fabric
PB&J Exclusive Discount: 15% Off “PBANDJ” valid through December 2nd
JustFelt&Fabric WreathAnother gorgeous Etsy shop that makes beautiful wreaths.  I love their added embellishments on theirs too!
Just Felt & Fabric Etsy Shop


LaBelleMadeleine Banner
PB&J Exclusive Discount: 10% Off “MERRYLABELLE” valid through Christmas

LaBelleMadeline Cup Cozy
These knitted accessories are SO cute! I think anyone that can knit is crazy talented.  I love the coffee mug cozies she makes, plus she also makes other accessories like purses. I think the coffee cozies are the perfect stocking stuffers (hint hint) Winking smile
La Belle Madeleine Etsy Shop


Oopsie-Daisy-Decor-Header_thumb3
PB&J Exclusive Discount: 30% Off "PBJ"
OopsieDaisyDecorLove Banner
Oopsie Daisy Décor is one of a PB&Jstories sponsor during the holiday season but that’s not the only reason I’m including her banners! I’m including them because I la-la-LOVE them! She picks the cutest phrases and words to add to them and offers 3 different colors.
Oopsie Daisy Décor Etsy Shop


TheSillyPearl Banner
PB&J Exclusive Discount: 10% Off “YAY” and FREE SHIPPING valid through December 31st
SillyPearlRollUpBag
SillyPearlRollUpBag2
These bags are so versatile! They’re the perfect gift for any mom on the go.  They’re reversible plus roll up for easy and convenient storing.  I think they’d be the perfect bag to have on hand to fill up with your kids toys, etc.. and have in the car. 
The Silly Pearl Etsy Shop


SpunkyFluff Banner
PB&J Exclusive Discount: 15% Off “PBJSTORIES” valid through December 15th
SpunkyFluff Sign
SpunkyFluff Sign2
Another personal FAVORITE Etsy shop!  She has the cutest wall art pieces that are so unique.  They’re wood cut outs of a variety of quotes and sayings, and she even does custom pieces.  I actually have a custom one in yellow for my son’s room. I LOVE them!
SpunkyFluff Etsy Shop


SuzysSitcomStore Banner
PB&J Exclusive Discount: 15% Off “PBJSTORIES” valid through New  Years

SuzysSitcomStore 3D Egg ornament
Are you partaking in a Holiday ornament exchange this year? I think these are adorable and so unique! They’d also be a perfect stocking stuffer for kids too.  They’re 3D ornaments with the most fun designs.
Suzy’s Sitcom Store Etsy Shop


Uncommon Goods Banner
PB&J Exclusive Discount: 15% Off “UNCOMMONHOLIDAYS” valid through December 5th
Uncommon Advent Calendar
Need a new Advent Calendar? I love this adorable one!  It’s so simple and adorable.  She has so many other creative pieces in her shop too that are perfect holiday gifts.
Uncommon Fabrics Etsy Shop


YellowHeartArt Banner
PB&J Exclusive Discount: 15% Off “WINTER15”
YellowHeartArt pillow
YellowHeartArt Sign
I had to include both of these products, I love her style and sense of humor.  Her typography prints are so unique and amazing.  I am dying for this print for my Baby Girl’s Nursery!  And her little character pillows are so fun!
I could fill an entire gallery wall with her prints!
Yellow Heart Art Etsy Shop

pbjcreations banner
PB&J Exclusive Discount: 35% Off “PBJ35” --- CYBER  MONDAY ONLY!
PBJstories Signs
And a personal shout out to my own shop (have to right) ?? Smile
I am a variety of signs available, and LOVE doing custom piece so feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!!!
PB&Jcreations Etsy Shop



OOFTAH! That was A LOT of gift ideas so I hope you at least found a shop or two you didn’t know about before and can hit up their awesome deals they’re offering PB&J readers!
Some are available through Christmas and some have a deadline so be sure to check and shop sooner than later.

Thank to all these amazing Etsy Shop owners for offering such great deals too.

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