Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A ginormous giveaway

Update: comments are now closed. Congratulations to Hippie Housewife!!

Do you love National Geographic? Well, of course you do. True story: when we moved into the home where I spent most of my childhood, I was about to enter kindergarten. We found a box in the attic crawl space filled with decades of National Geographic magazines. Those issues got me through my entire primary and secondary educational career - every collage, poster board, science fair project. There was always an interesting National Geographic to carry my story.

National Geographic has a new story now. It's NOVICA. What's that, you ask? Well, of course you do. I pulled this for you from their site:
Our Mission

We want to give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity. And, we want to provide you with access to unique, hard-to-find items at great values that only the Internet infrastructure can allow.

At the deepest essence of our philosophy, we want to create a bridge between you and the many talented artisans across the globe.

We want you to know about who you're buying from. We want you to feel that attachment to the product and to the hands that created it.

In the spirit of the Internet, let us bring you together.
NOVICA. The World is Your Market.
So who benefits?
Fair Trade and Compensation of Artisans
The purpose of NOVICA is to create a revolutionary system through which the artists and artisans of the world can display their fine works to a global audience of prospective customers. NOVICA does not charge artists any fees for listing their items on the website. Furthermore, artists remain fully independent--they are free to raise their prices, lower their prices, or remove their items from our website. By cutting out the long strings of middlemen, NOVICA allows both consumers and artisans to get the most out of each and every transaction.
And this. I like the thoughtfulness displayed here:
Origin of the Name NOVICA
The NOVICA global team comes from different cultures, countries and language sets. We knew we needed a name with no language barriers. A name with no cultural barriers. A new name that could be incorporated into the local language of all of our international offices. We couldn't have a name like Globeshop, which can't be pronounced in Spanish and many other languages. We couldn't have any "sh" sounds. We couldn't have "l"s, or "r"s, or "z"s. We needed a name that each of our artists could claim as their own, just as each of our clients would know it was theirs. We also needed a name that meant "new" - because we were creating a new system for the world. So, looking at the Latin root of "novus" as a base, the name NOVICA was born.
Well, now you're intrigued, right? Maybe it's time to go shopping. May I suggest the silver charm bracelets? You're not much of a bracelet wearer. Hmm. Maybe one of their lovely silk scarves? No. You're a fidgeter. You should definitely check out their beautiful silk fans.

Whatever you look at, be sure to read the story of the artisan who crafted that item. It's nice to know there's a talented human out there instead of a motorized factory line, isn't it?

Who feels like shopping? NOVICA is graciously giving one of my readers a $75 gift certificate.

Seventy-five dollars. That buys lots of pretty.

I'll pick the lucky winner with a randomizer. Each comment on this post equals one entry, and the randomizer will tell me which numbered comment wins.

Here's how to enter.

Leave a comment telling me who you're keeping in mind with your next shopping agenda. Are you looking for yourself? Do you need a birthday present for you mom?

If you follow me on Twitter, you may leave another comment.

If you're a fan of my Facebook page, you may leave another comment.

You want one more? I know- a $75 shopping spree sounds fun, doesn't it? Copy the link to your favorite post from my main blog, and leave it here in one more comment.

I'll count every comment that comes in by 11:59pm (Eastern) on Monday, July 4, 2011 and I'll announce the winner on Tuesday. Good luck!!

NOVICA is providing one reader with a $75 gift certificate, and I received the same in exchange for the inclusion of the above links and hosting this giveaway. Thanks, NOVICA.