June Shopping Spree Giveaway! Supporting Craft Artisits in Italy.

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Image by Antonelle Beccaria

Three shops have already been selected for the June Shopping Spree Giveaway. But then a brilliant thought occurred - why not put that off until July (Christmas in July!) and instead have a Shopping Spree in Italy!

At the Etsy Italia Team Charity Shop! To support the Charity Shop's efforts to help victims of the earthquakes.

As many of you already know from my previous post, the Etsy Italia Team maintains a charity shop and currently all proceeds are being sent to help the victims of the recent and unfortunately continuing earthquakes in the Emilia Romanga region of Italy.

So many homes and historic buildings have been destroyed and hundreds of families are living in tent villages with no idea of when, if ever, they will be able to return to their homes.

The Esty Italia Team shares a few before and after images here.

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Image by David Bramhall

Having just made the decision to change course left no time to write the team for permission to use images from the shop, so I am sharing images of this beautiful and normally idillic part of Italy.

The Etsy Italia Team is comprised of over 1,000 members and you can link to their sites and shops right here. You will find talented women working with everything from polymer clay to fiber and everything in between!

And here on their blog, you will find tutorials and DYI. The link is in Italian, but just pop the blog into google reader and click on "translate" in the feed settings and you will be able to read the text in your own language.


Image by Paul Neuwenhuysen

The Etsy Italia Team Charity Shop itself offers everything from handcrafted earrings to beautiful little hand knitted "mary janes" for tiny feet! More items are added every day as members work quickly to "stock the shelves".

The winner of this Shopping Spree giveaway will receive a $25.00 (USD) Charity Shop gift certificate. And all that is necessary to win is to leave a comment on this post!

There is no fee for shipping.  And the giveaway is open to everyone.

Shopping Spree giveaway will end Friday, June 8th at 6:00pm PST.

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Image by David Bramhall

Thank you in advance for entering, and supporting our friends in Italy.

Hi! Thank you so much for

Hi! Thank you so much for supporting this cause, I live in Finale Emilia, one of the cities hit by the earthquakes, so thank you for doing something for us, one of the most beautiful things I've discovered in this tough period is that there are so many nice and kinf people all over the world! I'm also a menber of EIT and I'm proud of what they are doing for us! Bye! Helena

I don't want to be entered in

I don't want to be entered in the giveaway, because I will support the cause- I have to travel first, but I will be sure to shop when I return. I have a very special place in my heart for Italy and all of the amazing people/towns/ and antiquities there. Thank you so much for bringing attention to this and sharing it so beautifully, Pam

Trouble O'Hara left this

Trouble O'Hara left this comment in reply to the newsletter.  Since it was her intention to be included in the drawing, i am adding her comment here.

"What a wonderful idea for selling to help other people!  Have they figured out why they are continuing to have earthquakes?  I hope there is not many people hurt."

Thank you Trouble for being a part of this particular giveaway!

Thanks a lot for supporting

Thanks a lot for supporting our cause!!
Love from Italy <3

Love your heart. I bought a

Love your heart. I bought a bracelets in support of all your effort and the efforts of the Etsy's team supporting this cause. Thanks ;)

Thank you so much for your

Thank you so much for your support!!! :)

Vera from Etsy Italia Team

Beautiful area! So very

Beautiful area! So very sorry to hear abut the earthquake.

Thanks from the heart for all

Thanks from the heart for all your support Pam.

Dear Pam, I wish I would

Dear Pam, I wish I would known more people like you in my life! Thanks for ALL your help and support!

SiL from Etsy Italia team

I'm the captain of EIT, I'd

I'm the captain of EIT, I'd like to thanks so much Pam and all who will take part of the giveaway.
In the northern Italy have been three earthquakes in these last two weeks, 25 people killed, a lot of injuried and evacuee, incalculable damage to the historical, artistic and cultural heritage and also to the factories.
Earthquakes are not finished, they are going on, people are afraid. We are trying to help them with this campaign.
Thank you again, you are wonderful people!

I'm actually planning to

I'm actually planning to study in Italy next year . . . in the meantime, I would LOVE to be able to support this cause but it's just not in my budget.

I hadn't read your previous

I hadn't read your previous post and didn't realize there were such strong earthquakes going on there. Why don't we hear about these things on the news? Anyway, I would love to support them through your giveaway and will be checking out more info about what's going on over there.....