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Etsy Swap 2014

I am a sucker for a good mail swap – and by sucker, I mean I just cannot help but jump in! Turns out giving is one of my favorite things in the whole world (just ask my husband about our giving budget) and I love being able to pick out the perfect gift for a friend. 
I also am super into the idea of community and what a wonderful way that we as bloggers can move past our computer screens and into each others worlds! Essentially, #etsyswap2014 is a giant gift exchange where everyone participating gets someone to stalk and send happy mail to! Someone else also has you so a secret package comes your way! To sweeten the deal, you are totally supporting small businesses and shops and I just love everything about all of the above! Megs of Rivers & Roads and Amy of Taking Steps Home decided to host an etsy swap one day and now it is a seasonal thing – every spring & every fall. So if you missed out on this one, make sure to follow them on social media so that you don’t miss the next one! 
WHAT I RECEIVED:
Meg of Me With Three had me and when I saw her name on the package, I knew it was going to be good. She filled the box with so many golden goodies and kick A Target supplies (seriously!!! Nate Berkus!) Meg sent some coffee from a local roaster (I love that) but it exploded a bit with the altitude change and so I needed to throw it into a mason jar to help it stay fresh! Journal, sharpies, to-do, list, and all things cute for my office! This girl knows me so well! 
WHAT I SENT:
I found out that my secret stalking partner was Charlie of Charlie Jaymes and I was thrilled because I think she is adorable. I love her style and her blog so I knew it was going to be easy to shop for her (it would be kinda like shopping for me!!!) I was hopping to get in everything before I needed to go to Arkansas for my little sister’s wedding but no such luck – thus my package was in the mail the day after I got home from my trip – a little late but it still made it! 
Tote Bag – Brooksih
Washi Tape – Thatch & Thistle
Chocolate
Wallet – Elah Tree
Wooden Earrings – Open Door Traders
DID YOU PARTICIPATE?
WOULD YOU EVER JOIN IN ON SOMETHING LIKE THIS?
  • I'd love to participate in this – or start a swap on this side of the pond!

    <3 dani
    http://blog.shopdisowned.com

  • Dani! You totally can! We accept international participants! Please join us for our swap in the spring? Okay? Okay. 🙂

  • OH MY GOODNESS. Meg did SUCH an awesome job. Nate Berkus?? Love all of the things he has at Target. And those letters and that adventure notebook? My heart can't handle the goodness.

    And Beth! Love that bag from Brookish…I seriously almost ordered a bag from them for my partner. Haha! Good job!

  • Charlie H.

    You seriously did so amazing! I'm so in love with everything! (Insert heart eyes emoji here). Wearing my earrings today! And using my bag tomorrow (and everyday for that matter).

  • OH MY GOSH SO PERFECT!

  • Natalie

    Oooo! So perfect! What an amazing way to spread some cheer! I love this Etsy swap idea- It really gives shop owners encouragement too!Beautiful pictures as always-what a great gift giver you are, thanks for including our oak studs and spreading the word about ODT 😉 annnd love your haul, those goods are snazzy!

  • Natalie

    Oops, I commented as as guest- this was Natalie@OpenDoorTraders.com

  • Amy

    oh. my. goodness.
    MEG DID SO GOOD! i LOVE LOVE LOVE what you got! (that journal!) and list! and coffee (haha altitude explosions!)
    and i love what you sent too! eeep! soo fun!

  • The coffee exploded??? Like the bag or the actual beans?! So crazy!!!

  • OH this is amazing! Totally didn't catch it this time, but ahh I love that Adventure journal. The gold detailing on all of this makes my heart swell a little bit.

  • YEAH! The sides of the bag split. So all the coffee beans were fine, just all over the place because both side of the bag pooped open! SO weird!

  • Oooh I so should have done this!

  • What great swaps!!! This is honestly my favorite swap I've participated in!

  • Ahhhh! I'm totally swooning over all the gold! And that Adventure Journal!

  • YESS!!! And the Great Christmas Exchange is coming soon which is also open to internationals!

  • OKAY!

  • YES! Love Brookish.

  • Oh girl! Minted 🙂 http://oakandoats.com/2014/09/how-to-thank-you-notes-giveaway.html

    I am also so glad you love all the things!

  • I agree!

  • For reals. you cannot go wrong with GOLD. OFFICE. SUPPLIES!

  • But for reals. GREAT job! I am so in love!

  • YES! No worries – the Great Christmas Exchange is coming up soooon!

  • yes! No worries – the Great Christmas exchange is coming up soon and you should totally join in on that!

  • Yes! I totally love the community!

  • HAHA! Love that! I love sharing your wonderful goodies!

  • Washi tape is always a good choice!

  • Gold for days!!!!!!!!!!!

  • So beautiful!! I'm going to have to check out all of those shops now!

  • I love everything, everything, everything Meg picked out for you. Gosh. That journal. I love it.

    Here, here for Brookish! 🙂

    Also, my favorite thing is that an Etsy seller commented on this post of yours. I think that's one of the best things about the Swap – we're helping small businesses earn money for the amazing things they make. Happiness all around!