Monday, July 18, 2011

Giveaway - Free Shop for Life on Handmade Artists' Shop

Are you hankering to start your own online handmade craft store but are afraid of the additional costs?  Or are you an established artisan looking for more ways to sell your wares?

Here is a sweet giveaway for you. A free shop for life at the Handmade Artists' Shop (HAS) for one lucky winner!   No monthly fees, no listing fees, no commission charges, ever. Sounds great, doesn't it?

It's also a timely giveaway because Artfire recently announced  they are getting rid of their free (basic) shops.  So if this affects you and you don't want to pay for a pro shop, try your luck here!

HAS is the newest of the 3 online ventures by the couple of chain maille artisans behind Making the Best of It (MBOI) whom I have featured before. Both Andrew and Kimberly Kitchen are so passionate about handmade designs, they started the Handmade Artists' Forum (HAF) as well as the accompanying blog to build a friendly community of like-minded individuals.

About a year ago, they began HAS, a logical progression from the forum as many artisans needed an online venue.  As with any new beginning, there were some growing pains. The original site was not as user friendly as they liked. So they recently relaunched HAS using a different platform which is now "100 times better than our old platform!"

HAS charges $5 a month ($50 a year, a savings of $10) but has no listings and no commission fees. It's a very inexpensive way to have a website showing your wares. The shop is extensively promoted via Facebook, Twitter, Plurk and Stumbleupon.  They also do paid advertising through Google Adwords and Project Wonderful. (In the interest of full disclosure, I have indeed spotted their HAS Project Wonderful ads on my blog now and then).

One thing I like about HAS is the emphasis on addressing some of the pet peeves artisans have about other online market places. Their top priority is for handmade.  No commercial supplies (unless they are handmade supplies like ear wires, clasps, polymer beads or lamp work beads you make), no unaltered vintage, no mass produced items and no resale listings.

I asked them how they would define handmade.  This is what Kimberley had to say :

"As far as our definition of handmade, we racked our brains to find a line…and found out that there isn’t one! There is so much gray area that we couldn’t make a definitive rule. What we decided was that if you buy mass produced charms and put it on a mass produced chain, we don’t call that handmade. We feel that handmade, including bead stringers, must put a bit of themselves into the piece. A person that buys a stash of beads and puts them together is showing their talent and creativity in their own way. I say this because if I handed the same stash of beads to 10 people, they would string them differently from each other! If I handed those same 10 a batch of charms and chain, they would all look the same.

We don’t expect knitters to shear the sheep and spin the yarn any more than we expect all jewelry artists to create their own beads and findings (though those who do are so cool!) but we do expect to be able to see your personality in each piece. Because of all the gray area in the what is handmade argument that shows up on every forum and site, we are taking everything on a case by case basis and doing the best we can to keep HAS a purely handmade marketplace where our vendors can stand proud amongst other artists."
  Well said!

HAS is definitely a safe, family orientated site.  No mature items are allowed. I count myself as a broad-minded person but some Etsy listings sure do make my eyebrows shoot up!

HAS also does feature designer articles on their front page in a fair manner. There is no favoritism. Someone who makes low sales will have an equal chance of being featured as does a hot seller. It is first come, first served so long as your shop has a minimum of 10 items. Makes sense as there is no advantage in sending visitors to a near empty shop.

GIVEAWAY
To enter this wonderful free shop for life giveaway, all you have to do is make a comment below. Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. Please say so in the comments. The giveaway ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, July 25, 2011. I will pick a winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to come back and check! Good luck!

Subscribers : To comment, click on the post title to return to the blog post. At the bottom, click on "Comments". If you do not have a website or online store, use Name/URL - and leave the URL blank.

Please note :
  • Commenting should be quicker now the bad blog code snippet has been removed. - thanks again Carol, for helping me locate it! The blog now loads fast for those affected. So if you missed commenting on last week's book giveaway, there is still time (until 6 pm EST today)
  • All giveaways are international unless stated otherwise.
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Original Post by THE BEADING GEM
Jewelry Making Tips - Jewelry Business Tips 

171 comments :

Sarah Villaflor said...

wow.. pearl.. this one is a cool giveaway... the will be-winner of this giveaway is really lucky.

11BOLDstreet said...

A venue which features ONLY handmade...what a concept!!! Please put my name in the barrel :) I'm also a Facebook follower.

The Meadow said...

Sweeeet! I was really bummed when I found out I would be losing my artfire basic shop :( Winning this giveaway would be a lifesaver!!! I'm a facebook and twitter follower!

Lauren said...

I'm a facebook follower and a subscriber.

I'm glad you brought to my attention that they revamped the site. I remember the first release, I might never have gone back to the site if it wasn't for this giveaway.

I am a little leery about the fact that it's only handmade, though. I love the idea, but I know that a large portion of sales/traffic on other sites is generated by supply sellers. No harm in trying it out, though.

Cate said...

Great opportunity, Pearl! Thanks! I would love to win this, especially with my potential book deal in the works! I also am a blog subscriber and follow on Facebook. (when Facebook lets me see the posts from pages I have "liked." Honestly, it is such a crap shoot sometimes there.)

WindDancerStudios said...

I'm in the middle of migrating my ArtFire inventory to my Etsy and was thinking how nice it was going to be to only be tending to one shop. So I must be a little off in the head lol but sign me up Pearl!

Blog, Facebook and Twitter follower!

Dana

Carol Bogdanowitz said...

I would love to win this. I am a blog subscriber and Facebook follower. I make handmade jewelry, you can visit my facebook page..Cai's Unique Designs. This is a wonderful opportunity. Thanks!

9616a8d0-b13c-11e0-add6-000f20980440 said...

I'm very glad to hear of this site! And even happier to try it winning this for free!

Cheryl said...

I'm a blog subscriber and I follow you on twitter and facebook. I look forward to your great posts every single day. You never disappoint me, either.
I would love to win this free shop for life. HAS looks like a beautiful site and I would like to add a venue.
Please add me to your giveaway..thank you!

deadchickens said...

Those fees are much better than Etsy!

(facebook and blog subscriber)

Shirley said...

Wow, free shop for life. Hope to win this too. Will check out their website soon. Seems cheaper rates compared to Etsy.com

Ruby said...

This would be so terrific to win!! Thanks so much for the opportunity to bring home a forum where an artist can showcase their handmade goods and not have to worry about costs. Some of us older crafters (I'm 58, disabled and live on Social Security) have to very carefully watch our few dollars...there are times when even $5 a month is a lot!! Thanks again!

Divya N said...

This is "The Giveaway" of the year...as a person affected by artfire's new policy (unable to pay fees in dollars!!) This is just a dream come true for me. I have been making some cool stuff recently and I really hope that I win it

Divya N said...

I follow you through GFC and like you on facebook

SweetwaterGifts said...

Great giveaway, Pearl! Sounds like a great site. Please add me to the drawing. I follow the blog, Twitter, and FB.

Rea said...

yay what a giveaway!! here to try my luck too;+). May the lucky winner make the very best of it!!

starryhomecrafts said...

What a great opportunity, it sounds like a great venue. I tweeted and liked it too.

quiltingpug said...

What a great idea.

Jennifer Minard said...

I was searching for something just like this. Etsy.com is good, and I like it but this sounds worth checking out also. I am a small time jeweler, but have plenty of room to expand.

kpeebles said...

I'm so excited about this giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to enter! I'm also a blog subscriber.
Katrina@ecoFashionistasJewelry.com
www.ecoFashionistasJewelry.com

Shirley said...

Pearl, once again, a great giveaway. I'm so glad you chose to write about this site. I didn't know about them, so I will definitely go check it out. As a fairly new blogger/beader, all the options out there can be overwhelming. Thanks for your clear, concise blogs. :)

Trish said...

Wow - this is an astounding give-away! I have had this on my mind for some time...but money always gets in the way (the lack of, that is!) This would be oh, so neat!
I have had some bad experiences in the past, but this place is the real deal, and it would give me great joy to be able to put my things here!

I think I'm a follower (know you are on my Google reader feed - also facebook and twitter.
my site: http://beadblessed.com/

Jen said...

Would love to get in on the drawing!

Emily Radulescu said...

This could be just the site I am looking for...thanks for the giveaway!
I am a subscriber and follower on facebook.

Shirley said...

I'm also a FB fan.

Angie Hart said...

That would be awesome. The winner would definitely be lucky! I make handmade jewelry too. (mostly a mix of chainmaille and beads) Count me in! I am also a follower on Facebook. :)

The Bling Weaver said...

Just found you from a Facebook link through Blue Buddha Boutique! I think HAS sounds like an awesome and inexpensive way to get started. I've been looking for something like this! A free shop for a year would be awesome! I just became a Facebook follower as well. I hope I win, but anyone who does will be soooo lucky!!! Lori

Terri Faye Jewelry said...

Fantastic! I'm so glad there is now a place that's fair, all handmade and user friendly. Thanks so much!

Ann Sanicola said...

Sounds like an awesome giveaway!

rockcreekcreations said...

Yeap, I'm in the same boat as a lot of people. Don't want to pay the $9.95 at Artfire. Hate to pay the listing cost and commission at etsy...but still want an online presence. I would love to win the giveaway!

Silver Dreams Design said...

I saw this on facebook and think it's an amazing giveaway! Looking into HAS was on my list of to-dos for this week already. A free shop would be a delightful bonus.

terri d said...

HAS sounds like an awesome site. I don't get as much product made as I would like to, because I'm not into making the same thing over and over. So there's more creativity involved, and I don't know about others, but mine has to be rekindled from time to time. I would love to be involved!

Nina said...

you're awsome, too:-) I really enjoy being a subscriber and FB follower -- one of the few blogs I really do read every day!!! And I'm primarily a painter, not a beader.

Would love this opportunity since $$ are what's been preventing me from opening a shop.

Gina said...

What an awesome opportunity for artisans to build their business! I checked out their website, and really like it! Please count me in, I am a blog, twitter, and facebook follower. Gina

Laurie-Anne said...

Great blog Pearl! So nice to meet you.

Please enter me for a chance to win.

Thanks,

Laurie-Anne

bugsdesigns said...

WOW would love to win this just starting out and would love to win it thanks

Karen said...

This is a timely give-away for me, since I am getting ready to open my own shop. I will definitely check this site out as well, since their fees are much lower than either Etsy or ArtFire.
I follow your blog and love it.

Diane Ballum said...

Wow, what a great giveaway!!! I hope I win, but will be happy for whomever does win!! Thanx for the opportunity!

Anonymous said...

thank you for the opportunity to win!

gabriela kranbuhl said...

thank you for the opportunity to win!

Deci said...

I would love to win this! It sounds like a wonderful venue for my jewelry!

Deci said...

I follow via RSS.

Lorijo said...

This looks like a great place to join. They are "liked" by me and I need to go back and check out the rest of the site :)

mlsjewel said...

I would love to win this!!!! I had thought about starting and Etsy or Artfire Shop but this would be so much better. Thanks for the chance to win!!

Julie said...

I love this blog! I read it everyday and have made many aware of it.

YoursTruli said...

This is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a site that I believe has unlimited potential plus there is the bonus of being able to converse with a wonderful community of other artisans there.
I have followed and love your blog, facebook and twitter for some time now Pearl :)
YoursTruli

George said...

Hi Pearl, thanks for This chance. Enjoy reading your posts.

George

Www.whatknotnow.blogspot.com

Kathy said...

Way cool, Pearl! What a way cool thing to offer (and to win for some lucky person)!

Joanna said...

The site looks interesting - love that it is not overwhelmed by commercial stuff.

Joly Jewels said...

Woooooooow. What a chance! I'm feeling lucky! :-)

www.facebook.com/jolyjewelsbelgium

Karoger said...

Awesome giveaway :) I am sick of etsy, they took away alchemy now the chat rooms are being taken away. I am definitely looking for somewhere else to list my items :)

Rose said...

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone. Thanks for giving me a chance to win a free shop. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed.

Debbi Andersen said...

Great giveaway as i just started making handmade items!!!

Debbi Andersen said...

I also just started following the blog!

Regina said...

What a wonderful giveaway...thank you!!! I am one of your new blog followers and LIKE you on facebook (they so need to add a LOVE button..LOL) SO hoping to be your winner but will jump up and down for who ever is....so exciting!!!

Debbi Andersen said...

and following on FB!

BobbiWired said...

Wow - What a generous giveaway!! I already have a shop on Handmade Artists - but free for life would be very cool. I am a new blog follower and facebook fan - so glad to have found your blog - Thank you Andrew and Kimberly!!
wrap happy,
Bobbi aka BobbiWired

Christa said...

What a great giveaway and what a wonderful opportunity to the lucky winner! Thank you for making this possible.
I am also a facebook fan.

AimeesRockWorks said...

Lovely write-up! The Handmade Artists Forum is one of my most trusted locations for questions/answers/and afternoon giggles. Great group of folks. :)

TG Bears said...

Great giveaway.

TG Bears said...

I follow this blog with GFC

TG Bears said...

I am a Facebook Fan

TG Bears said...

I follow on Twitter

iKnitQuiltSew said...

Wonderful post about HAS! The winner will be absolutely thrilled with the functionality this great platform!

lamarianafrias said...

Oh my God! This is what I have been praying for! I have to win!

Perri www.ShaktipajDesigns.etsy.com said...

Hi Pearl! New blog follower, and am happy to follow you in my Facebook and Twitter streams!!!

Thanks for the wonderful opportunity - for whoever the lucky recipient is! This is the kind of thing where if one person wins, we all win just as much in a sense of community. :^D

The Eclectic Spririt said...

Maybe this will get me motivated to finish my projects and post them on line for sale!

BohemianGrove said...

What a wonderful opportunity! HAF and HAS is a great place for getting your items viewed and sold. I am also a FB follower! Thank you!

BeachGlassGems said...

I would love to win this, just starting out with my jewellery and finding some sites are too expensive to maintain.
Will be looking forward to your blogs.

Kristi said...

What a wonderful giveaway! Been looking to start selling but monthly fees scare me so this would be wonderful! Though will check them out more also!

Kristi said...

Also, I am a blog follower!

Vinces Jewelry Gallery said...

Would be a great thing for me to win. Need a good site to post my handcrafted black coral jewelry items. thanks for the invite. I will follow on facebook and tweet. vinces jewelry gallery

Irena said...

Wow! What a cool giveaway!

For My Sweet Daughter said...

what a great prize!

For My Sweet Daughter said...

I am a follower!

Audrey said...

What a generous offer!!!
That would be so cool!!
I am following your blog,
following you in twitter and
liked your facebook page :D

Audrey Fetterhoff aka AudreyGardenLady

Wildcard said...

I would love this!I am a blog subscriber and follow on Facebook and Twitter!

GrandpaToys said...

You are, indeed, awesome, Pearl! I learned of your blog at the Handmade Artists Forum. And, your blog has offered a helpful summary of HAS.

My shop is located at http://www.artfire.com/users/GrandpaToys

Thanks!

Jennifer Causley said...

What a generous Give Away and great opportunity for Handmade sellers! Thank you!

fatdogbeads said...

WoW!!! just read about this! Super nice giveaway! happy to discover your blog. I only "attempt" to blog...and am not very good at it!

Thanks again!
Bobbi Helms
fatdogbeads

Katy said...

This is a great giveaway! I love your emails and I'm a fan on Facebook.

Handmade Artists' Forum said...

Thanks Pearl for hosting this giveaway for us. We work very hard to support handmade, (seems like 24/7) sometimes LOL
We wouldn't want to host our giveaway anywhere else but here with you Pearl. Your writing skills are second to none and you can even make us sound good LOL
Andrew
Handmade Artists' Shop
http://handmadeartistsshop.com

GrandpaToys said...

And, perhaps, I should add I have benefited from having a free shop. Winning a drawing would be even better than their very reasonable professional rates.

http://www.artfire.com/users/GrandpaToys

GypsyGoods said...

I want to throw my hat into the ring, so to speak (for the giveaway).

I am following your blog, signed up for your newsletter, liked you on FB and left my comment here. What a fantastic giveaway!
Thanks so much,
Kathy G.
GypsyGoods
http://www.artfire.com/users/GypsyGoods

Laura M. said...

I love this giveaway! What a great opportunity!

Keep up the good work with your blog.

sondaggi(at)cox (dot) net

Laura M. said...

Also, I am a blog subscriber.

sondaggi (at)cox (dot)net

Zoraida Bros said...

Thank you for this great, informative post on Handmade Artist Shop. I have been considering opening a shop there. I currently have a studio on Artfire - http://zoraida.artfire.com. I am fan on facebook as .https://www.facebook.com/artzjewlery#!/artzjewlery and would love to win a shop on Handmade Artists Shop! Thank you for the all the info.

(via email)

Donna's Artisan Designs said...

Wowzers!!! A FREE SHOP??? Oh MAN!! I REALLY need this badly!! I didn't even know that AF was discontinuing their free shops...Oh well...more opportunity with a HAS shop I say!!
I am a twitter AND facebook follower and fan also!! :-D

Julie said...

Thanks for introducing us to HAS. I think Etsy and Artfire needs some good competition.

(via email)

Artisan Originals said...

Wow, the site sounds like a great idea! I didn't know AF was getting rid of free shops; bummer.

I just may look into it! Thanks for the info. I'll have to make sure but I think I follow your FB and I see your posts on the Copper Wire Jewelers site. :)

Val~

Bernoulli's Attic - Susan said...

This is a wonderful write up for the Handmade Artists' Shop and I completely agree that Kimberly and Andrew are awesome people. Thanks for sponsoring this giveaway and now that I've found you, I'm a fan on both Facebook and Twitter. Great info here!

hjmart said...

WOW! What a fantastic giveaway! I am an etsy seller, so this would be another great opportunity to showcase my work! Love Handmade Artists' Forum Team! Thank you for this giveaway! Helen

I am a Blog, Facebook and Twitter follower! I also just tweeted this article :-)

http://hjmart.etsy.com

grannyscrafts1912 said...

thank you wonderful idea
twitter fan and facebook
would love to have a store at handmade artists shop. Handmade is a awsome gift to receive and give.

Terry said...

Wow, what a great opportunity! I'm just getting started selling my work and this would help so much. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

BN Farrington said...

Wow! This is a great give away. I was very sad to hear Artfire was doing away with Basic. I'm in for trying to win this slot. I do have a website http://memebevscreations.web.officelive.com

crazyinsanitycreations said...

Subscribed, following on FB and Twitter!
This is an amazing give away!

Ali Bean Baby said...

Great give-away! I went from Pro to basic shop on ArtFire last month, thinking I would try out the HAS.

Am now a Facebook and Twitter fan, and subscribed to your blog!

Azure Islands Designs said...

As I know you know, this is an amazing give away!
I follow every where, but then you knew that as well!!! :~)
Cheers

Su Visaya said...

Pretty awesome giveaway! I'm a blog subscriber, twitter follower (FortunesFav), and Facebook follower.

Laura Graham said...

I found HAF a few months ago and I love those people! I introduced my self, listed my shops and participated in the Facebook feature where all took turns sharing each others info on our Facebook page. I had a great time meeting all the crafty people and have had a lot of traffic come from the forum. I would love to have a shop there as well. Thanks for hosting this great contest!

Almost Precious said...

Sounds like a concept whose time has finally come. Please toss my name into the hat.

I'm a follower of your blog and a facebook friend. And, though I know it doesn't count, your etsy shop is on my etsy favorites list and you're in my etsy Circle, I'd really perfer to have the old forums back than the new Etsy Social Circles. :D

Deborah in the Briars said...

What a great opportunity. Thank you. I have been putting off starting a site on my own. I am trying to come up with a name. At least 30% and up to 100% of the profit from anything I sell will go straight to charity. I am thinking maybe For Every Season Jewelry or Blessing Jewelry or some such....any suggestions are most welcome. Thanks and God bless your day, deb

Red Rose said...

This is the best giveaway that I have ever seen. I would love to win this. I'd be the first edible ( that I know of) to join and it would be an honor. I'm also a subscriber and a follower on Facebook and Twitter. I've been in debate about joining for quite some time now and even $5/month can be tough when sales are low to none in the economy. This is just wonderful
I'm keeping my fingers crossed and so happy to get to enter!!

Crafty Day Dreams said...

What a great giveaway! I will be stopping by and checking out HAS. Please count me in, and thanks for the opportunity...I'm a blog follower, twitter follower and Facebook too.

Linda said...

This giveaway is a fantastic opportunity to start an online shop for my hand crafted jewelry. I'm a follower of your blog.

judy said...

I have been searching for an online shop for my jewelry. I think I may have found it. It sounds wonderful!

Glasstastic Treasures said...

I'd love to get back on HAS again. I'm following your blog.

sis5of11 said...

What a great giveaway!
I am subscriber and FB fan!

Finding Charm said...

Heard about you from HAF email alert about the giveaway. Thanks so much. I've been thinking about joining.
I just subscribed to your blog, Liked you on FB and Following you on Twitter.

gelfling50 said...

Fabtabulous Hello: I am a blog and facebook follower ...I am a crafting fool and have sold my handmade items at craft fairs , shops, etccccccc but would love the chance to sell with you guys. This contest is fabtastic and congrats to who ever wins....I sure hope it is me but not gonna hold my breath or anything...lol...Thank you so much for this opportunity though...Good luck to one and all

Julicia's Creations said...

Such a great giveaway Awesome opportunity to have a new Venue for only Handmade...
Im also following your twitter under JuliciaCreates and liked your FB page as Julicia Hernandez and also subscribed to your Blog so Good Luck everyone and God Bless

KayzKreationz said...

Thanks. This is a wonderful giveaway. I'd love to win this. I'm one of the Basic shops on Artfire losing my shop. I've never had good traffic there or any sales, so it's just not cost effective for me to pay for a shop, even though I've been there since 2008. I'd love to have a HAF shop.
http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com

KayzKreationz said...

I follow your blog.
http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com

KayzKreationz said...

I follow you on twitter.

http://twitter.com/KayzKreationz

KayzKreationz said...

I didn't know if we were supposed to tweet about the giveaway. But I tweeted it.
http://twitter.com/KayzKreationz

CraftyMama said...

Awesome! :D

Becky Davis said...

I think this is an awesome opportunity to grow away from Etsy. I've seen some "x" rated things listed, and that's not what crafting is about. I'm so ready to move on.

KayzKreationz said...

I "like" you on Facebook.

http://facebook.com/KayzKreationzGlassKreationz

KayzKreationz said...

I posted on my facebook wall about your giveaway. Didn't know if this counted or not.

Joan said...

Thanks so much for this opportunity. I love the HAF Forum and winning this would be fantastic!

Joan(AT)LTDBeads(DOT)com

Joan said...

And I also subscribe to your blog via email. Thanks again!

Joan(AT)LTDBeads(DOT)com

Susan Forsythe said...

Thanks for giving us such a wonderful opportunity. I'm sure whoever wins will be very very happy -- that goes for me too, of course! :D

Shaylynn said...

Oooooh, this sounds wonderful.

Shaylynn said...

Blog follower!

Shaylynn said...

Been follower on Twitter for a few months!

Tubby Tabby's Jewelbox said...

Sweet, I've been contemplating opening a HAF shop, so FREE would definitely be the kick in that pants I've needed. Already a member of the blog and the HAFteam and just became a fan of the FB page. Didn't realize I wasn't already. Good Luck to everyone!

Much Love and keep up the good work. —Jodi

Tubby Tabby's Jewelbox said...

oops, forgot to mention, I also follow HAFShop on twitter. I'm just full of HAF love! ♥

Piluca said...

Fantastic giveaway. Fan on twitter and FB.

My page https://www.facebook.com/elrincondelapulga1

Lindley @ Amethyst and Amber said...

I've followed them for a while now and keep meaning to check them out. What a cool giveaway!

Tracy Ponder said...

Amazing giveaway...as a kid would say..."Pick me, pick me!"...LOL I am a blog subscriber, I do follow you everywhere especially on Facebook and also on Twitter. You are a part of my natural daily routine as my first cup of coffee. Thanks for the opportunity Pearl to win this. I do believe even if I am not a winner I will be checking them out for serious consideration for a new home. My handmades deserve it

Jenny said...

Looks like you have quite a following here. I'll toss my name in the hat.
Never heard of that site but the internet is always changing. Never hurts to try new things. Even if I don't win, never hurts to have your eggs (be them polymer clay covered ones) in more than one basket.

Jen

Denise Wood said...

Good Morning – I would like to post a comment and enter your contest. However, I don’t think I had success yesterday and I have tried today too. I am enclosing my post in case you can help. Thank You!

(via email)

You're entered! Pearl

Jennifer said...

How wonderful! Its so hard trying to sell on "handmade" sites when my poor little shop is overwhelmed by resellers!

The Homespun Loft said...

Hi-- Glad to enter your giveaway. Am a new follower on Facebook, Twitter and this blog.

I was one of the free Artfire accts but never made sales there. Had a couple people contact me there and made sales on Etsy! (go figure). Am loving Etsy. Am happy with the low fees and the community there...and I also sell on Ebay.

TheVelvetBox said...

How I would love to win this, it would be a welcome change. I am not having such a great time with Etsy, maybe the change would do me good!
Thanks Pearl for the chance!

Beadroe said...

Thanks for the wonderful information. I had not heard of this service. I will definitely check it out.

Beadroe said...

I am also a follower. Thanks

kittyd said...

I'm a follower, and a twitter follower. Not sure if I followed you on twitter before today, but I do now! :)
This is a great opportunity, thanks Pearl! :)

http://www.artfire.com/users/KittyDJewelry

KipperCat said...

This sounds like a great site. I'd love the opportunity for a free shop!

KipperCat said...

I'm also a blog follower.

KipperCat said...

I also shared this on FaceBook.

mickstonedesigns said...

I would love to be considered for this opportunity. I am a follower of this blog. Thanks!

Carol Gubbe said...

Wow, What a wonderful opportunity! I need to look into this site soon. This sounds very reasonable!

VanishingPearl said...

This looks like a great opportunity! I still haven't figured out how to sell well on Etsy. I'd like to give HAS a go.

Miss Sarah said...

I would love to win this!! I'm always on the lookout for somewhere else to market my business! :)

Thanks for the giveaway!
joyfullysewn at gmail dot com

http://www.artfire.com/users/auntiechrisquiltfabric said...

Looks like a great venue.Would love to give it a try.Did all of the above follows and likes!

Lil' Bit Sassy said...

OMG how I would LOVE this!!! I do follow HAF on Twitter and am a fan on FB as well. I also am a newsletter subscriber and belong to the group.

Handmade Artists' Forum said...

WOW great turn our Pearl! Can't wait till you announce the winner. It is so nice to see all the comments of people that would like to join our shop. If you don't win please stop by and join anyway, you will not be disappointed!
Thanks again Pearl
Andrew
Handmade Artists' Shop
http://handmadeartistsshop.com

Andrea said...

Hi! I am following you on twitter, liked you on facebook and am following your blog.

Sweet Emmie Bowtique said...

GREAT timing! I was about to open a shop at HAS this week! I liked you on FB, am following on twitter, and subscribed. :)

pinkcloudsandangels.artfire.com said...

Hi, just joined HAF. Would love to try it! It has a very professional feel to it.

smartwentcrazy said...

Awesome giveaway! Good luck everyone!

Roxanne at Eight Cat Design said...

Cool giveaway! Pick me, Gods of Random!

2) I follow on Twitter

3) I'm a fan on Facebook

4) I subscribed to this blog

Shaiha said...

I have to give this a shot. I don't have a shop yet because of my lousy picture taking skills but I would like to eventually get one. This sounds like the perfect way to start.

Shaiha said...

I follow you on twitter

Shaiha_

Shaiha said...

I liked you on FB

Shaiha said...

Oh and of course I follow your blog :)

WireBliss Design (Mei) said...

The more shops the better :)
Great giveaway.

WireBliss Design (Mei) said...

I am your blog follower Pearl.

WireBliss Design (Mei) said...

One more - I follow on Facebook too.
Have a beautiful weekend.

IndieCEO / GalleriaLinda said...

Great blog - just discovered you through LinkedIn! Am going to RSS into my iGoogle too!

This is the best giveaway. I keep up with HAF/HAS but have not been much of a participant yet. A free shop would be very special to many of us.

I had and/or today followed you on my twitter accounts:
@gallerialinda
@gallerialindaloft
@IndieCEO (my artists' marketing blog)
@Linda_Harrell

And, liked you on Facebook:
/gallerialinda
/linda_l_harrell

Thank you!
Linda

Deana said...

Awesome giveaway, I like how they are running their site and was thinking of signing up wether I win or not!

Deana said...

I subscribe via email also

GlowGirl Fibers said...

Just came upon this site and am VERY interested in finding out more. I love the concept of truly handmade!!
Thanks!!
Deb
glowgirlfibers.com

Tadasana said...

Wow. A free lifetime deal? I'm in! I just found this venue through a friend of mine on facebook. Looks interesting and I may have to join even if I don't win. :) I'm also a facebook fan AND a blog subscriber!

Charlotte said...

What a great way to point us to another online marketplace option. Thanks!
-Charlotte

Kim @ Red Tree Studio said...

This is a wonderful opportunity & a very generous give-away! Also thinking about signing up even if I don't win since Artfire will no longer have the free option :j

(FB Fan & Blog subscriber).

TwinMum2006 said...

What a great giveaway! So excited for the person who wins.

I'm also a FB fan.

Debra - Sew Bizzy Gifts said...

Extremely nice give-away! The info about HAS is excellent. I hope the site does well and lots of new artisans sign up. I may be one of them even if I do not win!

Thanks again for this opportunity. I enjoyed reading your blog for the first time today.

Tanya Davis Logan said...

Wow that would be awesome! I was online looking for free or nearly free venues to sell my jewelry. :)
I'm a subscriber via Google Reader.

rrrock said...

I HAVE WANTED TO START AN ONLINE LINE SHOP ...SOMEWHERE..BUT IT ALL SEEMS A LITTLE CONFUSING AND EXPENSIVE. WINNING THIS WOULD CERTAINLY BE A GREAT WAY TO GET STARTED , BUT EVEN IF I DID'NT WIN I THINK I'M GOING TO START ONE UP HERE ANYWAY.
THANKS

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