Monday, May 14, 2012

Big Etsy Contest

One day a month or so ago, one of the Vintage Jewelry Sellers on Etsy e-mailed me to say I was in the Big Etsy Contest. I had no idea what that was so headed on over to see what it was all about. Now, I’m a leader of the big Etsy Contest Team and just have to tell you all about this Big Etsy contest idea and the person behind the curtain….

Since 2008, Spacefem has been shopping on Etsy and in 2011 she decided to open her own shop.  She is a “30-something electrical engineer, pilot, php programmer, Kansan, sewing nerd, and mom” and the brains behind the Big Etsy Contest. And, she’s got one hell of a sense of humor!

Now, I have no idea how bots work or how to even start setting up a site like the Big Etsy Contest.  Evidently, Spacefem does because this one is cool.

The Big Etsy Contest pulls a few hundred items from the Etsy marketplace and puts them head-to-head, two at a time, so you can pick your favorite. Items are pulled by price, with the day of the month corresponding to the item prices.

Up to 25% of the items are from people who've submitted their stores and want to be in the contest, the rest are from random new listings from the marketplace.

The contest contains handmade and vintage items, but not supplies.

If you have an Etsy shop, you can sign up for free, pick a day to compete, and join in the fun. Thousands of votes are submitted every day so you're guaranteed a few views, and publicity from winning, or even just placing, doesn't hurt either.

If you're a shopper looking for deals you can search for the best items by price, or browse coupon codes that signed up shops are offering contest voters.

To mix things up, there are often theme days: 

Hue Tuesday -  items tagged with a specific primary color are grabbed.

Welcome Wednesday – items are pulled from Etsy's newest shops.

Theme Thursday – “Themes can be anything from animals (unicorns!) to materials (yarn!) and aren't published anywhere in advance, because I can never make up my mind what the darn theme should be until the last minute.”

Swanky Sunday – “We vote on items that cost more than $31, based on where we're at in the month. So on the first Sunday it's things I probably can't afford, and by the last Sunday it's stuff that I definitely can't afford."


For more info check out the contest blog at
or at twitter @EtsyContest
or the Etsy team

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