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Monday, March 26, 2012

Free Shop for Life Giveaway from Handmade Artists Shop

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Today artisans can choose to market their products on a growing number of online sites.  These offer different options. Some provide free stores but charge per listing and take a cut on sales. Others charge a small monthly fee but not listing fees or commissions.  So artisans will have to find what is a good fit for them.


Taking the plunge might be a bit daunting for would-be artisans or those who wish to grow their business on other sites. So for those of you looking for a risk-free store and one that has absolutely no fees of any sort, the giveaway this week will be of great interest.

The Free Shop for Life on Handmade Artists' Shop giveaway is once again being generously offered by Andrew and Kimberly Kitchen, the founders of the Handmade Artists' Forum, a friendly community passionate about handmade designs.  They created the Shop and blog as a logical progression from their Forum. Their site's mission statement was covered in the last giveaway showing what their members particularly wanted from an online craft venue.

Usually the shop costs $5 a month with no listing or commission fees with a discount for a year's commitment. But the winner of this giveaway gets a shop there totally free forever!  No overhead costs and the sales are all yours to pocket.

Kimberly and I also came up with some tips for those of you thinking about opening an online store :

ONLINE STORES TIPS

Find a Good Fit
Many artisans do well selling at craft shows locally but having an online store is also useful. It's not just the extra sales you could potentially make but the store is your portfolio - pictures of the designs you have to offer and which highlight your particular style.

Some artisans have their own dedicated website. Others choose multi-vendor sites. There are advantages and disadvantages with either type. Your own site will only showcase your work whereas selling as a crowd will involve competition but collectively the shops bring in more traffic - someone shopping for a scarf might well decide to check out the jewelry section.

Some questions you should keep in mind while checking out a potential online venue are :
  • Does the mission statement for the market fit with your personal beliefs?
  • Do you want your items associated with the types sold there?
  • Is your target market going to be shopping there?
  • Does the site offer useful seller tools like custom order options, category listings, payment options and so on?
  • Does the site help you promote?
Take Good Pictures
This is probably the single most important task after designing and making the jewelry and the one where many artisans struggle with.  Without good pictures, potential customers will not be enticed to buy.  Kimberley is absolutely right when she said, "Just take a few minutes to cruise around the many selling venues and you will see what I mean; it won’t take long to be bombarded with any number of out of focus, dark, busy background photos…many of which make it impossible to see what the seller is actually selling!" 

"Make sure that your images show off every glorious detail of your work, front and center and in focus without distractions! Show shots of different angles and staged so that your customer feels like they are holding the piece in their hand. Take a critical look at your pictures from the eye of a potential customer and make sure your treasure is shown in its best light."


Write Proper Descriptions
While good pictures showcase designs, they cannot tell the customer how big or small a piece really is because they are unable to hold the piece in the hands.  What Kimberly says is true, "The only way a customer knows these details is from your description. You must be sure to give measurements, in metric and standard if you plan on selling internationally." 

Why not share the story of how and perhaps why you came up with the design?  Including the inspirational background gives the potential customer a connection to the artisan in a way that is not possible with manufactured goods.  Kimberley adds, "By all means let your personality and passion for your work shine through when you are writing descriptions, but don’t forget to include the meaningful information  a customer needs to make a buying decision. Read your descriptions from a customer’s perspective so he or she is not left with more questions than answers."

GIVEAWAY
If you'd like to try your luck for totally free shop for life, all you have to do is make a comment below.

Subscribers need to click on the post title to come to my actual blog. Scroll down and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc . If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments.

This international giveaway ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, April 2, 2012. I will pick a winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Good luck!

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Original Post by THE BEADING GEM
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136 comments:

  1. Count me in to win the Free Shop at Handmade Artists! Also,thank you so much for your article and the tips and advice!

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  2. Would love to win this!!!! Thanks for the chance.

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  3. What an awesome giveaway, some person is going to be extremely happy with this one :) Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  4. I'm in also. Love your blog and look forward to the posts everyday!

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  5. I'd love to win this wonderful giveaway - thanks for the chance!

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  6. Wow - what an opportunity! I'd love to win:)

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  7. What a wonderful idea for a contest! This sounds like a great shopping site... I would love to be part of it!

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  8. What a thrillingly exciting generous giveaway. When reading your article it was like , "someones been pickin my brain". I am lining up for this one for sure. I am sending a huge thank you to Andrew and Kimberly Kitchen for this fabtabulous awesome giveaway...ty

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  9. Lovely giveaway and I'd love to win!! I subscribe to your blog, Pearl, and am a Facebook Fan.

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  10. Count me in! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

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  11. I forgot to mention that I'm also a FB fan & I subscribe to your blog (love it!)

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  12. Thank you Pearl! I love your blog, it is the BEST!! :)

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  13. Would love to win the Free Shop at Handmade Artists! Thanks so much for all the good content on your blog! I've been enjoying following it! =)

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  14. I tried for this giveaway the last time..now I hope atleast the second time works like a charm

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  15. I follow BGJ on Facebook and GFC

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  16. this would be just the nudge I need to start selling online

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  17. It would be a dream come true for me! I can't express how exciting this would be for me and my family. Please enter me in the giveaway for Free Shop For Life at Handmade Artists.
    Thank you for the opportunity.
    Dolly Sarrio

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  18. I have had my shop open for just over a month and it has already paid for itself! I love all the promotions that they do for my items and the flat fee per month. BUT that said I'd love to win a free shop.
    Shared this on my facebook timeline and will also be tweeting it.

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  19. What a great giveaway! I keep thinking about opening a shop but haven't really tried yet.
    I'm a blog follower, a Twitter follower, a Facebook fan AND I shared on Twitter, FB and Google+ so count me in!

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  20. BTW, I LOVE your blog--I almost always find a great idea or tip!

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  21. Add me to the list. I am also a blog follower, twitter, FB. I will also post on FB and the about.com forum!! Whew, think I covered it all..
    Carol
    www.DesigningIt.etsy.com

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  22. I love the whole atmosphere of Handmade Artists' and hope to have my shop set up soon! I shared this on fb, and G+ and it should be auto-tweeting any minute.

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  23. I would love to win this. I've been wanting to start an online shop for a long time, just never was able to decide which one - this would take all the guesswork away! I also get your blog, follow on twitter & am a facebook fan! (all because i love this blog so much!)

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  24. Great giveaway! I'd be interested it that.

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  25. I've been meaning to check out your site. Wonderful tips & advice you posted. Such an amazing opportunity for someone! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  26. Thanks for the great information. I would love to win the free shop. Have a great day!

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  27. A nice opportunity during these slow times! Much appreciated!

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  28. Hey there HAF and PEARL!!

    What an AWESOME opportunity for one lucky artisan!! OF COURSE I'd LOVE a CHANCE TO WIN!!
    I follow your BLOG,FACEBOOK AND TWITTER and I'm sharing on my Facebook and Twitter and my own BLOG...Thanks so much HAF and Pearl!!
    Donna

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  29. I am so in! I am so glad this opportunity is being offered to us.

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  30. Amira's Jewelry DesignMarch 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Thanks so much for making this giveaway possible. Perfect timing too as I've been looking into online shops for artists! Would love to win!

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  31. ^_^ Thank You so Much for your Article, is Great and Thanks for all Tips and Advice ^_^ I love Win the GiveAway and have a Free Shop for at Handmade Artists ^_____^

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  32. My choice has been narrowed down to between Handmade Artists Shop and Etsy and it would be great to have to opportunity to try them. Thanks for the great info.

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  33. Oh I would love to win a free shop for life! Count me in.

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  34. I am a fb fan in fact that is how I saw the givaway post

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  35. Very cool giveaway.

    I would love to win it

    K

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  36. This would be a great start for my business. I would love to start selling my designs, this would be perfect!
    mlb_bowman@yahoo.com

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  37. What a fantastic opportunity! Thanks for offering it to us. So glad I RSS your blog, always such a pleasure to read your interesting articles.

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  38. What a great contest! Would love to win! :)

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  39. Sounds like an amazing opportunity and a whole lot less expensive than buying a lottery ticket. I'll keep my fingers crossed. :)

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  40. I'm already a follower of your fantastic blog.

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  41. And I am one of your fans on facebook too. :)

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  42. Woot! What a phenomenal giveaway!

    I'm a member over at HAF, and they sent out a blurb about the contest on your blog, with a link. I'm so glad they did! I have now found another online home, where I am liable to spend way too much time. :) All your hard work is evident in the awesome content you provide.

    Thank you - for your content rich site, and for hosting the giveaway. The winner is extremely blessed! xx

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  43. Awesome opportunity! Thanks for offering!

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  44. Pearl - love your suggestions about having great photos and descriptions.

    I've just posted about your hosting the "free shop for life giveaway" on my blog.

    http://abeadersblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/free-shop-for-life-giveaway-from.html

    For $5 a month it's a good deal, especially since there are no listing fees or commission fees when an item sells ... and some lucky person is going to win a shop for life and it's hard to beat that kind of deal even with a stick. :D

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  45. I would love love to win a shop like this...I looked at Handmade Artists for a shop and I like what they are about.....I am also a fan on Facebook and a blog follower!!

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  46. I have been thinking about joining for awhile & this certainly would push me over the edge!

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  47. Awesome giveaway!!! Definitely count me in on this.

    I am a fan on FB....tweeted about the giveaway...and will become a follower of this blog as soon as this message is finished.

    dbibb5134 at gmail.com

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  48. I had an HAF shop as "Crescent Maille" awhile back, and they were super supportive and quick to respond & help with any questions. I'd love to give it a try with my new shop, Kumo Temari. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  49. tweeted about your blog post as @kumotemari

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  50. subscribed to your blog as kumo.temari@...

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  51. Winning a free shop for life on HAF would be *awesome*!!!

    I am also a blog subscriber, and follow TBG on Facebook and Twitter... I also +1'd and shared on Google+, and am off to share on FB and Twitter as well!

    Thanks so much for this opportunity! Hope to be the lucky gal that wins this one! :)

    Lisa
    http://freshstringbeads.artfire.com
    lisag966@yahoo.com

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  52. You will probably find this funny, but I don't have a shop yet. I have been praying about what to do, and I'm taking this as a sign that I should just go for it! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  53. What a wonderful giveaway! If I am lucky enough to win you will have given me the confidence to actually set up an online shop. Thanks so much. I live for your blog!

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  54. I would love to win the free shop at Handmade Artists! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  55. What a great way to market your work!

    via facebook

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  56. I am so excited please enter me in the giveaway and thank you so much for the wonderful chance to win.

    Twitted about the giveaway.

    via Facebook

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  57. I would love to win this giveaway! I have been researching all the sites where I can sell my creations for the best one. This would be a great way to "get my feet wet" !

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  58. Hey Pearl,

    Enjoyed the article and info about selling online. Thank you.

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  59. I thought I had entered, but I was having trouble with my internet, so maybe it didn't go through. I'd love to win a shop for life with Handmade Artists.
    http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com

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  60. I follow your blog, KayzKreationz on blogger.

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  61. I follow on facebook. http://facebook.com/KayzKreationzGlassKreationz

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  62. I follow on twitter. http://twitter.com/KayzKreationz

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  63. Just posted on twitter about the giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/#!/kayzkreationz/status/184419363699433472

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  64. Just posted to my facebook page. http://facebook.com/KayzKreationzGlassKreationz

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  65. Wow, what a wonderfully generous thing to do. Thanks for even thinking about sharing such a gift to those of us that might be "on the fence" about listing our creations. Hope this site works for you and your business blossoms.

    Linda C
    Journeys in Jewelry Design

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  66. Looks like a great turn out so far Pearl! Good luck to everyone and we look forward to giving out a free shop for life to the winner :D Please remember though that we only allow handmade, so if your work is not handmade it will be awarded to another artists. Not sure if you mentioned that above or not Pearl but I figured I'd add that fact in for good measure LOL
    Anyway good luck to all!
    Andrew

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  67. Winning a free shop for life would be wonderful. Thanks so much for the opportunity and all the good advice.

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  68. This is great! Thank you Andrew and Kimberly for the generous offer. Count me in. I am a Facebook fan of you and HAS, Twitter follower of both also. I have posted the giveaway on my Facebook and Google+ pages and tweeted about the giveaway. I am also subscribed to your blog.

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  69. Winning would be awesome! I Twittered!

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  70. This would be an awesome win, I need a reason to get an online shop going! Also a FB fan and Blog subscriber.

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  71. Hello! I receive your emails, follow you on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. Holy cow! I sound like a stalker! Lol

    I do enjoy your informative blog very much though.

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  72. Would love to win this! Great Blog, too! I am a blog subscriber, also follow on FB, and Twitter

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  73. This is a contest I would love to win. The Handmade Artists' Shop is great and will continue my shop with them whether or not I win, but winning would be great.

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  74. I would like a chance at a site on Handmade Artists Shop. I am a blog follower and enjoy the tutorials. I would like to win!

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  75. What a great giveaway!! I never win anything but thought I'd try :D

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  76. Great advice, nice article! Thank Pearl.

    P.s. HAF is a great site and community!

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  77. I'm a member at their forums but I don't have a shop there yet.
    I left the link on google+, facebook and twitter.
    btw did I mention that I follow your blog and I'm subscribed to your newsletter. :D

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  78. Wow, wining a free shop for life would be great. Also, thanks for the tips.
    Eggcentricity Jewels

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  79. What a great opportunity! And, as it happens, it comes just as I'm retiring from one career and am about to begin a new career full-time!

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  80. What a great opportunity! And it comes just as I'm retiring from one career and am about to begin another full-time! Thanks!

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  81. What a nice opportunity. The suggestions you gave are informative also.

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  82. I already have a shop on Handmade Artists Shop but I would love for it to be free. I am now following your blog, because I feel everyone has information to share. And I always learn something new that I can apply to my own work.

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  83. Thanks for the tips and the chance to win!

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  84. I so look forward to opening my mail everyday and seeing what new thing you have for me to learn from and to enjoy. Thank you for your commitment.

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  85. Thank you for a very informative blog.
    I would love to win a free shop for life, it`s a brilliant giveaway. Thank you.
    Have shared on Twitter, FaceBook, Google+, Kaboodle, Linked In and Ping`ed it too.

    Linda

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  86. This is great! Just joined Handmade Artists by month to see how it goes. Can't believe the number of views I'm getting on the site...hopefully some sales too. Thanks for the chance!

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  87. I would LOVE to win this. I am going to open a HAF shop in April either way. After learning about all the promotion the owners do for their sellers- it's a no brainer! $5 a month can't buy the advertising HAF shop owners get for free!

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  88. What a great giveaway! Count me in!

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  89. I had (and soon will have again) a shop here...but free would be great!
    Debbi
    -yankeeburrowcreations

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  90. Just discovered your blog. Thanks for the great tips. Great giveaway!

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  91. This was a great post! thanks for the wonderful tips. I can't believe what a sweet deal this is, Free Shop For Life! Wow can't beat it, I would love to win:)
    Nancy Pace

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  92. WoW! Is it me or are your giveaways just becoming more and more awesome? I'm so glad I follow the blog here and on Facebook and Twitter, or else I'd never hear about any of this!
    And I'd be silly to NOT try to win this one!

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  93. Like everyone else here I would love to win a lifetime membership. I also follow on Facebook.

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  94. Spirited, Jewelry Designer offering beautiful and unique "healthy jewelry" without toxic nickle for ownership...Please inquire within...

    My silver jewelry contains only 92.5% silver with 7.5% copper added for metal strength and stability, My copper is always 100% and my gold items are brass plated gold or a given karat when specified.

    This shop is guaranteed nickle-free, thus it is...."nickle-less" designed jewelry...hence, "Nicholas Designs"...

    If you have skin allergies and trouble finding good, SAFE jewelry to wear, come and see me, I can adorn you without scorn.

    http://handmadeartists.com/shop/NicholasDesigns

    designershandmadeshop@gmail.com

    I am new and trying to get off the ground, thank you for any and all support you can give. This is an exceptional and generous offer, I hope a very deserving Vendor receives this honor!
    Thanks,
    Deborah Barrell

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  95. I would be thrilled to win this, fingers cxrossed

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  96. Excellent advice!

    I'd love a chance to win :)

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  97. I wish I could win. I'm your blog subscriber.

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  98. I would appreciate a shop on HAS!
    Thank you !!!

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  99. I tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/#!/FindingCharm/status/185146539625299968

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  100. Pinned!

    http://pinterest.com/pin/207517495300047010/

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  101. Shared on FB!

    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=196982080416477&id=1336869305

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  102. What a marvelous giveaway. I love your blog!

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  103. http://handmadeartists.com/shop/MingleMangled

    I would love a chance to win a free shop. I am just starting at HAF and it would be a great boost.
    Thank you

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  104. I'd love a free shop for life!
    Great offer!

    ...hope this attempt goes through, got an error message the last try.
    ;)

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  105. A shop here with so many other artists would be ever so cool!

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  106. I'm happy for a chance to win! Great blog:)

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  107. I would love a chance to win this prize

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  108. Hey, thanks for the great article! I'll follow you from now on!

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  109. Count me in. Thanks for the tips Kimberly. I'm a big fan and blog follower. Will share giveaway on Facebook and Twitter.
    Thanks
    Linda

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  110. I found Handmade Artists a couple of weeks ago and in the process of getting my things ready to show case. I really liked everything about the site and look forward to setting up shop whether I win or not.
    Thank you
    Renee
    Great tips on pictures for sure!

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  111. what a fantastic giveaway, i'm so excited

    lmurley2000@yahoo.com

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  112. email subscriber

    lmurley2000@yahoo.com

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  113. like u on facebook-lmurley2000

    lmurley2000@yahoo.com

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  114. follow u on twitter-lmurley2000

    lmurley2000@yahoo.com

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  115. tweeted

    https://twitter.com/#!/lmurley2000/status/186582294100848640

    lmurley2000@yahoo.com

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  116. It would be so awesome to win this price. Count me in:)

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  117. Today is the day to pick me to win the Free Shop at Handmade Artists. I've joined your blog, twitter, facebook and pinterest so I'm sure to win.
    Thank you everyone ~

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  118. Love your Blog ! Thanks so much for the opportunity to show my products and being entered in the promotion

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  119. Please include me in your "Free Shop for Life" giveaway! I follow you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and email. Thank You!

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