Holiday Shop Hop 2011 - Are You In??

Okay ~ so here's the scoop :

"Holiday Shop Hop" - My idea is to have a “Holiday Shop Hop” for a weekend on our blogs with a link to each other's shops so all our friends, family and internet connections can ‘hop’ around our shops/websites and shop for some wonderful handmade goodies for their family and friends for the holidays.

Carved Wooden Snowman Ornament by Gordon W. Baldock

When: Saturday and Sunday, December 3rd and 4th, 2011 (some folks suggested this weekend - so I listened)

Who: We're looking for people who sell quality, handmade items with an online storefront or shop of some sort (like Etsy, Artfire, your own website or other craft site, etc.) that have blogs or active Facebook Fan Pages that could post links on the specific weekend for people to 'click' on and hop around to.

What:  Items can include, but are not limted to:

Jewelry, jewelry components and supplies, art beads, art sculptures/paintings, beauty products, handmade soaps and bath gels and products, clothes, accessories (shoes, handbags, belts, etc.), photography prints, vintage goods, home decor, candles, ceramics and pottery, furniture, glass, housewares, gift cards, paper products, children's items, toys, holiday decorations, books, sewing/quilts, scarves, woodworking, carvings, yarn crafts, holiday decorations, wrapping paper and goods, etc.

I would like to limit things to hand-made, (vs. manufactured or store bought) and a nice mix of all sorts of handmade items would be great.

Where: A "link List" that weekend on your blog to all the participants. Or, a link on your Facebook page or your website, or your Etsy/Artfire shop announcements, etc. to the Host blog(s) so people can find the list of 'shops to hop' around to.

Why: To help spread the word about 'shopping handmade' this holiday season, because I've heard so many people wonder (out loud) what they could do to boost their online sales this season.

Now, here's all the other details:

You can offer any type of incentives, or discounts codes, or free give-a-ways, etc., on your own shops, Etsy stores or Artfire shops or blogs, websites, etc., (however each person sells their wares) whatever it is you want to do.

It’s your shop – do what you want.
(you're responsible for all your own orders, shipping, etc.)

I cannot promise you any increase in sales,
but more traffic to your shops wouldn't hurt!
This is an ‘Attention Getter’ ,
with the purpose of getting more people to view your handmade products this Holiday Gift Giving Season.

Realistically, it shouldn’t be any extra work or stress for the participants or anything out of the ordinary other than what you would (should!) normally be doing for your shops at this time of year.

Unless, of course, you wanted to make extra items for your shop so that it's well stocked when people stop in to shop, or create discount coupons, and things like that.

**Here's the important part***

I would like those with a blog and/or facebook page to please do one or two posts leading up to the event, getting the word out and helping to get people to stop by on the dates set for the Holiday Shop Hop.

And, if you are on Facebook and/or Twitter, then a FB post/note and a few Tweets would be really great, too.

Basically, any Social Media things you would be doing for your own blog during the this time of year would be something nice to do for the "Holiday Shop Hop".

***Please Note***

I'm of the mindset that "there's enough for everyone" and so it will not be the sort of thing where there's only one
 type of product in each category
(say only one jewelry shop in the jewelry category). 

Shoot,...with all the jewelry peeps I know, it could all be jewlery!  But I'm really hoping to spead the word and get a nice, wide variety of handmade items to show our guests who visit and give them some great items to choose from.

Any help on getting shops in a wide variety of categories would be greatly appreciated!

So what do you say?

Would you like to play along?

If so, please leave a comment with your shop name, blog name and your email so I can contact you.

If you don't want to leave an email on the comments, please make certain that you leave a blog or facebook link that leads me to an email or phone number so I can reach you and get all your information and proper links to post that weekend for everyone.

I've got several folks who have already asked to participate, so early next week (after I've gathered everyone's responses), I'll post a link button for you to grab for your blog and for those with only shops and no blogs, I'll have the link for you to post in your shop announcements for people to click on.

I hope all of this long winded stuff just made sense.

If you have questions - please contact me.
My email is:
And, there's a link to it over here --->
on the right side of my blog somewhere, too! 

Old Fashioned Santa
Hand Carved by Gordon W. Baldock

Until Next Time,

Peace, Love and Spreading Good Cheer, Baby!!



  1. Count me in! Lisa (You know how to reach me! :-)

  2. Count me in -- I'll give away Bead Soup! Can you email details because I'm so bogged down I'm liable to forget what I'm supposed to do (ducks head in shame).

  3. Thanks gals. I've already got about 6 or so other people who've emailed me directly - so hopefully by Monday we'll have a good sized group to start this out right!!

  4. Shel - count me to!! And I'll put the word out :)

  5. What a great idea! Please count me in!!

    P.S. I heard about this thanks to Hope of Crafty Hope.

  6. What a great idea. Count me in!
    I will wrote a post about this event on my blog later in the next weeks. As for FB, have you thought at the possibility to create an Event?

    I will e-mail you with my contact details.


  7. We've talked before, but I'll repeat it here - I'm in!

  8. You know I'm in and ready, we've talked. Good idea.

  9. Hi, I just saw a link to your blog post from my facebook feed. This looks great and I'd love to be a part.
    My name is Windy Gilmore, My shop is Happy and Healthy Magnetic Jewelry.
    My shop is 100% magnetic therapy jewelry. My blog and online shop reached thru and my etsy shop is facebook is

  10. Thanks to everyone who's joining in here on the blog and who's emailed me personally!!

  11. Hi! My friend Sally just sent me over here. I'm another jewellery artist (from the UK) and I'd love to participate - love your idea! My email is

  12. Woo Hoo! Sally, you're making this an International event - that's really awesome!!

  13. Hi,

    Sounds like fun...count me in...

    Thanks so much!


  14. I'll jump in too!


    Etsy Shop:

    Facebook:!/MyLifeUndertheBus ! XO

  15. I would love to join in ~

  16. sounds like great holiday fun..count me in too.

    Sweetwater Designs Blog:

  17. I haven't tried something like this before but would love to be included in yours if possible. Melinda Orr let me know about it. Here's my info:
    Thanks Wendy

  18. Forgot to add that I saw your info on Melinda's Fb!

  19. how exciting..I am is my blog (not much going on since I can't keep up with it)

    here is my etsy site:

    my email is and i saw you site on Melinda's page

  20. I'm so thankful to all of you who are joining in on this - thanks so much!

    If you know any peeps with shops that do any handcrafted items other than jewelry or bead/jewelry related - please let them know about this and send them the link or my email address and I'll be happy to talk w/then and hopefully add them to the mix!

    Thanks again everyone!


  21. I would love to join! I have an active FB page ( and an etsy shop ( but no blog, if that works.

  22. Trying again to see if I have success posting :) If you have room for one more jewelry peep, I would love to join in the holiday fun! I happened upon your blog & Holiday Shop Hop via Melinda Orr's post on her FB page.
    I have an active FB page here: & will be happy to share the Holiday Shop Hop on my page, even if there isn't room for another beader:)
    Janet Miller

  23. I'd love to be considered. I create handmade jewelry.





    Thank you,


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