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Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! We’re celebrating ours this Saturday due to scheduling conflicts. I am looking forward to some ham and dressing. Meanwhile, this is my first year working retail on Black Friday so wish me luck. I’m very much afraid I’ll need it.

We’re having a sale for Black Friday in the shop – we’re offering free shipping to the US and Canada until December 1st, and heavily discounted shipping everywhere else til then as well.

some items from the shop
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A few days ago I made a couple of purchases on Etsy. One of those purchases was from the shop UglyKitty where I bought an UglyKitty pinback button. The proceeds from which went to a great cause in honor of theUgly Kitty Pin world’s cutest ugly cat, Quasi. The money is donated to the Cool Cat’s Rescue Center where Quasi was adopted. (Don’t visit that page unless you’re prepared to find yourself wanting to adopt a dozen kitties.) Since October 2006, over $2000 has been raised by UglyKitty’s shop alone and it’s really no wonder because she has some fantastic stuff in stock.

Dragonfly Cosmetic CaseSpeaking of helping cat shelters, TackyHandmade donates 10% of shop sales to Town Cats of Ocean City in Maryland. It’s a no kill shelter for the feral cat community in the area.

Want to help out some dogs as well? Check out PocketfulofSunshine’s DT Collection which benefits thethinking of you Florida Boxer Rescue. 50% of the sales from this collection go to the volunteer based organization.

New FriendOr help out cats and dogs all at once by searching Ensorcelled Minds‘ shop or TJGems shop for the tag “charity.” Buy a card from Ensorcelled Minds and 15% of the proceeds go to the Southern Ontario Animal Rescue. It’s foster care and adoption charity for orphaned animals. Buy a charm or jewelry from TJGems and the full sale price goes to to Holly Hedge, which is a sanctuary for dogs & cats in the UK.

Ladybug Earrings

Big PurpleYou can also buy anything from Mittens’ shop where 10% of every sale goes to the NSPCA.

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So, I don’t know if you’ve heard about ArtFire or not, but essentially it’s new competition to Etsy. They currently have a deal going on where you can sign up for a flat rate of $7 USD a month to sell. I was planning to get an account with them before the weekend was up because I’m intrigued and they look like a good place to sell.

Today, however, Etsy apparently bought Google AdWords for “ArtFire” and somehow the ArtFire crew found out about it. (Sounding like a high school drama yet?) To me, that just makes business sense. You have new competition, you do what you can to keep ahead of them. No big deal. However, ArtFire posted about it on their Twitter. A little while later, this was posted to their Twitter: “LOL! So we called them out on it, and they got rid of the Adwords, haha I guess they didn’t want it turning into a big story, too late!”

I’m sorry, am I the only one who this really bothers? That is totally unprofessional. It really bothers me because I don’t know that I want to be part of a business that talks smack about the business practices of their competition and then proceeds to post things like that on a feed that many of their users and their competition’s users read. Does this concern anyone else?

edited to add Apparently there’s a promo button for them that says “‘Etsy should be scared” as well. How classy.

edited again: Tony, the head of ArtFire, has left a nicely thought out response to all of this in the comments. Please read them to see his take on the situation (and my reply, should you be interested).

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Untitled Elephant I’ve always been drawn to elephants. They were my favorite wild animal when I a kid, and they’re my favorite wild animal now. So one of the charities that’s important to me is The Elephant Sanctuary. It’s located here in Tennessee, just outside of Hohenwald. I posted a picture last time of a drawing I had done of an elephant. I’ve listed it in the shop with $5 of the proceeds going to the Sanctuary. Listing it got me wondering what other kinds of items people were selling to promote their favorite charities…

Phyllis Mufson of Personal Treasures donates all of the profits from Personal Treasures and its sister store Mufi Jewels to help support Charity OrRough Tourmaline NecklaceLabradorite and Hessonite Earringsphanage in Robertsport, Liberia. She sells some lovely items, like these pretty earrings and this amazing necklace. Her husband, Bill, served in the Peace Corps in Liberia and his work with the refugee and orphan children is benefited by her sales. You can find out more about their story at Phyllis’ blog.

Goods 4 Girls - Cloth Menstrual Pad Also donating towards good works in Africa is the shop Mellygirl2007. The organization Goods 4 Girls sends environmentally friendly reusable menstrual pads to schoolgirls in various countries in Africa. Often times these girls must miss school during their menstrual cycles due to inadequate menstrual supplies. At Mellygirl2007, you can buy cloth pads to be sent to these girls.

Returning to the subject of animal charities, Michele of mvegan5 on Etsy founded and co-leads EFA Artists Helping Animals which unfortunately appears to be closing soon.

Kissing Cow Cards

Ivory Mint Birdy PinHowever, Michelle donates 10% of all her store item sales to a Charity of the Month, always helping animals. And really, when you can get items as cute as this pin or these cards, it’s a win/win for everyone – human and animal.

I’ve found several more shops and items that I want to highlight but I’ll save those for another post. Keep in mind, though, that you can buy some really wonderful gifts for your friends and family while also giving to the world at large. It’s a great way of celebrating the true spirit of the season.

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