Friday, January 9, 2009

What's In The Box?

I just wanted to let you all know about this wonderful group of people that I have met on Etsy. It all started with one of the most amazing women I have met, Elissa. She decided that she wanted to have a contest, What's In The Box, in which the lucky winner got $1000 worth of items from her Etsy shop, FromMyHandsToYours. That's right! One individual gave away a $1000 prize! And she did it for the sheer pleasure of making someone else happy. Someone that she had never even met! Very Oprah style, I must say!

Well, during the commission of this, lots of people joined together in the What'sInTheBox forum on Etsy. Afterall, all you had to do to enter the contest was to post in the forum. That is where I began to converse with this incredible group. After the contest was over, Elissa wanted to do it again, and by this time she had inspired others to want to share their beautiful creations and fabulous vintage items. So, What'sInTheBox evolved into a group of people that wanted to share with others, just because they could.
In the end, 50 people each donated $20 Gift Certificates to their Etsy shops, making another $1000 prize for one lucky winner. Along the way, there were almost 14,000 posts! Posts of people that wanted to enter, posts of people promoting their shops, posts of people promoting other shops, posts of admiration and, most of all, posts of people helping others and getting to know people that they never met. People that would never come together if not for What's In The Box. So, on December 26th, a winner was drawn. And, as should be expected, no one wanted the fun to end...they didn't want to lose this place to come and chat with their new friends.

Naturally this meant that What's In The Box would have a Round 3! As with everything in life, improvements must be made, so this time around there are a few changes. As amazing as it must be for one person to win all of those Gift Certificates, wouldn't it be great if 50 people could win a Gift Certificate? So that is what Round 3 is. When we have 50 shops that want to be involved and will donate a to the prize, this time there will be 50 drawings! That means that 50 different people could each win a $20 Gift Certificate. That means we could end up with 50 happy people instead of one!

If you would like to be involved, either to donate or just to enter and try your luck, all you have to do is post in this forum, What's In The Box, Round 3, and while you're there, check out all of the wonderful things that the featured shops have to offer!
You can also go right to the What's In The Box blog, where Elissa kindly features some of the items from Featured Shops, as well as bios to let you get to know some of the Featured Sellers. You may even to find fun new information and contests.

...And don't be surprised if you find lots of new friends there!

Here is the current list of Featured Sellers for Round 3: - DESTASH, jewelry, scarves, shredded t's - ONE OF A KIND & Custom Jewelry - CUSTOM jewelry at AFFORDABLE prices - one of a kind creations - handmade and vintage jewelry - handmade bows and clippies :) - stunning handmade pendants - handmade quality bath and beauty - unique glass tile pendants - Fine art photography - decorative/tole painting - Unique Children's Clothing

I will continue to update this list as we add Featured Sellers!

Thanks for your time, and enjoy shopping around for what YOU could win!

LizardQueen Jewelry


  1. omg i dunno what to say! thanks so much for all your support! its people like you that make WITB so special! if you ever need ANYTHING i am here for you peaches :D

    ps you are a NATURAL at this bloggie thingie :D

  2. Whats in the box is an inspiration to us all. I have gained so many friends on this thread.
    I was the 2nd round winner and even though I won all of these fabulous gift certificates from these amazing artists I can honestly say the friendship has meant more to me than any prize.
    We would love anyone that is interested to stop by and visit us. We love the company and love supporting all of you that create handmade items. We welcome you with open arms and a warm heart.
    Blessings to you all!

    Denise McCoy

  3. what a truly PRETTY blog, Lizard!

    you guys are just awesome. :)