Sunday, October 9, 2011

I’m So Excited! {Made in #Michigan #Giveaway Hop PREVIEW}

About a month ago, I posted about joining the Made in Michigan Giveaway Blog Hop with quite a bit of apprehension. How was I going to get someone to sponsor a prize worth $25 or more?! I’m not very good at cold pitches - the majority of the reviews and giveaways have been facilitated by the sponsors contacting me or by me being the “sponsor”. Heck, when I waited tables, I was the only waitress that would tell you that the grilled cheese ($3.99) tasted much better than the sirloin tips ($14.99)! But, I really wanted to join in on this, my very first, giveaway hop.

Why? Because I live here and our economy sucks right now. Teenagers can’t get jobs – even babysitting – because there are so many adults out of work that they’re willing to take any type of work as long as it guarantees a little money. I honestly cannot remember the last time someone under the age of 25 bagged my groceries! And don’t let those unemployment numbers fool you. The percentage is only going down because people cannot receive unemployment compensation anymore, not because they’re working.
Small businesses are struggling in particular. They’re overhead costs more because they can’t buy in the gigantic quantities that larger companies can. I have the utmost respect for people who have decided to do what they enjoy and struggle to get by because of it. So, I headed over to Etsy to see what kind of wonderful handmade products come form Michigan. I asked a few Michigan-based shops if they’d like to take part in the hop and, to my surprise, they said “yes”! (My first cold-pitch letter was bad. I had details in there that didn’t pertain to the sponsors… it was just plain confusing. And these people didn’t just write me off as a nut case!)
I’d like to introduce you to the wonderful sponsors today. The week before the giveaway (which will take place Oct. 28 – Nov. 2), I will write review posts for the shops that sent an item for me to try out. These posts will have very easy extra entries on them, so don’t miss them! (Click on pics to see the shops!)




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YEAH, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! And you'll have a chance to win something from all of these shops at the end of the month. Go check them out now, though. Many have fall sales going on and you can pick up some really nice, handmade items - remember the holidays are on their way and every one of these shops carries some great gift items!

A special "THANK YOU" to the sponsors. I am still in shock over the response I received for this giveaway. GO MICHIGAN!

If you are are a blogger or sponsor that would like to join The Made in Michigan Giveaway Blog Hop, it's not too late! Just let me know via that handy "Contact Me" button at the top of the page and I'll send you to the right person to get signed up!


Emily Reviews said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Can't wait for the hop! I'll definitely be entering your giveaway - you have so many great prizes lined up :)

Jen Crum said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Fantastic, exciting.. cant' wait to enter to win.. wish I had time/energy to find some sponsors for this event too!

Alicia C. said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Jen Crum LOL - I think you have enough going on!