Etsy Secret Pal Swap

On Etsy you can join groups filled with fellow etsy shop members to help each other out and build community. Simple Trading is one group I joined this summer, and I’m so glad I did. Every month or so they will have a themed swap kind of like “Secret Santa.”  You sign up and are then paired with another shop/person to swap with. Then the admin gives you contact information and a little background on the person that you’ll be sending a surprise package to. You create a package full of goodies (about $20-$30 of product) and send them to your Secret Pal.

I was honestly a little hesitant to volunteer because I was afraid I’d put so much time and effort into sending out a great set of gifts to only receive a silly crochet hat. Well my package arrived today and I loved every little bit of it! I was paired with Joni, a nurse from Clarksville, Tennessee that created her own accessories for her own wedding, then decided to sell those goodies on her etsy shop, AlaJoni.  Sound familiar? :) Joni makes custom wedding pillows, decorations and favors as well as custom children’s decorative pillows and tooth fairy pillows.

The packaging was so adorable I didn’t want to tear apart the shabby chic ribbon.

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I can’t wait to try the honey tomorrow morning with breakfast, and the Lavender-Vanilla and Rosemary soaps in my morning shower.

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Best of all was the shabby chic pillow with our initial sewn in. It is perfect down to the last detail! Our guest bedroom was lacking a center throw pillow and it matches perfectly.

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And the cherry on top: a handwritten card in a great envelope. How did she know I’m a sucker for great stationery? :)

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My Etsy Secret Pal Swap verdict:  Great experience! I’m signing up for the Fall Swap tonight, and I’ll be going back to Joni’s shop for her shabby chic frame jewelry organizer!

 

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