Monday, February 2, 2009

Ready for A Challenge? Spread the Love, Baby!

spreading the love copy

  • The economy sucks. Joblessness is high. Etc, etc.
  • Lots of stuff we buy is made in China or other developing nations.
  • I spend too much money at Target.

  • Instead of spending $25 this month at Target or [insert your big box chain store of choice here] on random clearance items, little nick knacks, and things we generally don't NEED, spend that money on Etsy or local shops and artisans.
  • Tell me you want to participate and I'll create a list in my sidebar of participants.
  • Take the badge from my sidebar and put it on your website.
  • Blog about your purchase.
  • Get excited about your cute new earrings, wallet, camera strap, scarf, whatever!

  • More money goes to a person, not some CEO. Independent artists and shops rule.
  • Made in the USA (or where ever YOU live). Yay. Sweatshops suck.
  • Etsy sellers are totally more cool than the big guy. (When was the last time Target gave you a freebie in your shopping bag? Or friendly emails? Seriously. I got candy hearts and stickers with my last Etsy purchase. Lovely.)
  • Economy is happier.
  • You are happier.
  • You get to be in my sidebar.
Want to participate?
Leave a comment below with your blog address (if you have one).
Grab this badge:
spreading the love badge
And check out Etsy and Jamie's awesome shopping blog!

PS: You can spend as much or as little as you like - I just want to encourage you to check out Etsy and local shops.

PPS: No, this isn't just a scam to get you to buy my stuff. Seriously! I really believe in Etsy and how awesome it is.

PPPS: February is here. And I'm still going strong with Operation Happy. Yay. (And Operation No-Leg-Shaving, but that's another, TMI story.)


  1. Ooo! Fun!! I'm totally in! :D

  2. I love new challenges! :0) I'm in as well!

  3. I actually just bought something from Etsy the other day. Yay!! When I get my little purchase, I'll be sure to blog about it. I heart Etsy. Like, a lot. :)
    Now, if only they sold things like razor refills and cat food, I really wouldn't have to go to Target! lol

  4. This is REALLY cool, but can I do this AFTER I check out Target to see if they have the new Orla Kiely houseware stuff?

  5. Cool challenge, but sadly, I am not even in a position to spend $25 at Target on random nick-knack/clearance/whatever items, and thus I don't have the money to spend on Etsy stuff (oh how I wish I did!). I've really had to cut back since my savings is depleted from buying a house! I will sit this one out but I drool over Etsy stuff a lot at work, does that count?

  6. I'm in!

  7. I spent 17 bucks on Jan 30 at Target. And I love the Milanos and book and lip gloss I got.

    But... I am up for the challenge. In fact, I made a 17 dollar purchase at Etsy just tonight!

  8. YES! this is so in line with the changes I've been trying to make in my life!


    I'll do it on both my blogs if you want :) Write back and I'll share that address too! (I'd just rather not link it because it's got my real name and then that's searchable!)

  9. I'm definitely in especially since I LOVE Etsy and any excuse to shop there. Etsy has its own button link next to my email and bank, that is how high it ranks to me.

  10. This is a really great idea. Let me check out Etsy and I'll let you know if I'm up for it!

  11. Encouraging me to spend money...OKAY! (haha, kidding about the encouragement part) I love Etsyyyyy.

  12. saw the button on this blog. i too am in!

  13. looks like fun!!!! i'm in!!

    Please stop by my blog - hopefully spreading the word will help!!!

  14. Local Pizza! Yessssss!

    Check it out y'all.

  15. I was just thinking that I've never purchased anything off Etsy and how much of a shame that is!!

  16. I have purchased a number of things from Etsy in the past. And what I love about it is you forge a relationship with the actual artist, not some customer service rep or even worse, cashier. (Not that there's anything wrong with cashiers...)

    Count me in.

  17. Just bought my boy's valentine's gift on Etsy... and a prize for my blog giveaway. I'm so in.

  18. Count me in! I bought few things on Etsy already and my BF's Valentine Day's gift is from there too! Now I'll just have to write about it.

  19. i'm definitely want in on this please!!

  20. Great idea!


  21. I know I'm totally late on this, but count me in! I love etsy and handmade stuff! And that bag of yours I have? Still working wonderfully!

  22. we just bought a dog, kind of randomly, and that is sucking the life out of my bank account at the moment-- but I would LOVE to buy some more Etsy stuff! When we get closer to month's end I will see if I can make it work. Fabulous idea!

  23. I love this! Count me in, a little late. (Just catching up on blogs now)

  24. Okay so totally late, but I think I've already started this challenge.. ready to die from the cuteness I've purchase this week: (that's my husband's)

    I can't wait until my guitar strap gets here!!!! eee!!

  25. Just thought I'd update you on the status of my challenge!

  26. I'm a little late to the, challenge... but I'm in! In fact, I bought something from YOU on Etsy! :-)


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