Win a Peace Bronze “Make Art Not War” Necklace – ENDED

Wow, it’s been a long time since we’ve had a giveaway.  Let’s kick off with this new necklace by From War to Peace.  The necklace is made from their exclusive Peace Bronze© and then plated with recycled gold.

The story of Peace Bronze© is quite fascinating. From War to Peace digs up the cabling connecting disarmed nuclear missile silos that was left in the soil of the American Midwest after the cold war. (The cabling is not radioactive and never has been.) The metals from the cabling are recycled into their pure forms, and the copper is used to create a wonderful alloy called Peace Bronze©. This creation is made from 95% copper, 4% silicon, and about 1% manganese—all of it recycled materials. Peace Bronze© is an entirely American-made product being used to create beautiful jewelry pieces that celebrate peace over war.

Unfortunately, not everyone likes the look of bronze in their jewelry options.  So From War to Peace has started dipping some pieces in recycled silver or recycled gold.  The entire piece remains recycled, inexpensive and made in America, but now has the lush look of gold or silver.  We’ve brought in an entire line of silver plated Tree of Life pieces perfect for Valentine’s Day.

We’re also giving away a gold plated Make Art Not War Necklace. It’s a $35 value and one lucky winner will receive it absolutely free. Start your entry below and you’ll unlock ways to get additional entries.

 

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What color is Moonstone anyway? Match the Name to the Color to Win One of Our New Panties.

My SO often helps me pack orders on busy days, and we’ve had quite a few words about what color a color actually is.  What color is aubergine, he’ll ask.  Purple, I answer.  Well then why don’t you call it purple!? What the heck is aubergine? 

A good many chuckles have passed in the warehouse on this topic.  We use the colors that the manufacturers assign, and even I scratch my ahead occasionally on the choice of color name. 

The other day we were looking at a printed catalog and I pointed out a list of colors that I couldn’t make out because they hadn’t included swatches.  The conversation went something like, “Well, I know a tiger lily is a flower, but I’m really not sure what color it is.  Have you seen one?”  So after another silly round of what color each color is and where these color names come from, he suggested a contest.  So here it is.

Glen’s contest:  Match the color names to the color swatches, for example 1A, 2B, etc.  Leave your answer as a comment here or on our Facebook page with some way to get in touch with you (e-mail, phone, Facebook handle) and the person with the most correct answers will receive one of our new organic panties when they come out in June (or July).  Last day to enter is Sunday, May 25, 2014.

In the very likely event that more than one person ties for the same number of correct answers, we’ll draw randomly to decide who wins. Anyone can play for fun, but you must leave a way for us to contact you if you want to win the prize.

Happy Guessing!

PS – We originally started with 20, but we couldn’t even get it right… lol.

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If you could choose a Superpower to help the planet, what would it be?

Be an Eco-Superhero!
Choose your own eco-Superpower and win a shopping spree.

Faerie’s Dance occasionally lists products on WorldofGood.com, an eBay company, when we’re clearing out leftovers or just trying to get our name out.  We just saw their new Eco-Superhero contest and thought it was too much fun not to pass along. 

Here’s the gist, hit the Eco-Superhero contest link and tell the world what eco-superpower you’d like to have and how you would use it to do good and help the planet.  The top five entries will win a $250 gift certificate to WorldofGood.com.  The deadline for entries is May 5, 2010.

This sounds like so much fun, I personally will be entering.  (I already have my superpower in mind, although there are several good superpowers I’d really like to choose from…LOL)  I can’t wait to see the creative responses from eco-conscious folks.

Happy Heroing!

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Help Us Streamline our Shipping Choices and Win Our Most Popular Sweatshirt!

We’re giving away a Pacific Spirit Sweatshirt in your choice of size and color!

HOW TO ENTER:  Just leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post. (Preferably pertaining to shipping, but any comment will enter you in the drawing.)  Be sure to provide e-mail contact information.

Today I received an e-mail from a very irate customer on our shipping policies.  I wish I could keep a business attitude towards these things, but this store is my passion – a lot of time, energy and thought have gone into it and even one unhappy customer is usually enough to bring me to tears.  (Yup, I’m one of those weepy people.)  I really do want every single customer to be happy, but I have found that this is an impossible goal. 

But I digress.  The issue at hand is shipping.  We keep prices very low as a matter of course.  All products from US manufactures are at least 10% off the MSRP.  Unless someone is having an unexpected sale, you can generally go right to any of our manufacturers and find that we sell their items cheaper than they do every single day.  (Massive fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates prevent us from making the same claim on our Canadian and European manufacturers, but we do our best.) 

Of course, this means we make lower profits.  No worries on that because hopefully we’re spreading the Green message and selling more with our low prices to make up for it.  However, we can’t offer super low prices and free shipping all the time.  Sadly, shipping just costs too much.  Our current policy is to offer reasonable shipping charges and then offer free shipping on large orders (over $99 where our profit is a little higher).  If no one ever returned anything, this would probably work fine.  But it gets a little sticky with partial returns where an order started out at $100 and ended up at $35.

In any event, we thought we take the question directly to our customers.  On the right you’ll find a poll booth.  Would you rather pay a little more (say MSRP) to get free shipping on every item all the time?  Do you prefer knowing you’re getting the very best deal and seeing shipping charges broken out separately?  Or does the hybrid method we’re currently using work best – good prices and free shipping only on large orders?  After you vote, be sure to leave a comment to enter yourself into our drawing for the free sweatshirt.  We’ll draw for a winner on December 1, 2009.

Depending on the winning poll answer, we may have a follow up question… 

If you’ve ever purchased anything from us, FaeriesDance.com is your store.  Even if you’ve just looked, the fact is, it was designed for you, our eco-conscious customers.  So please help design it the way you’d like to see it.  Your opinion really does count!

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Win a Classic Bikini Panty

Cleverly hidden at the bottom of the last post is a contest to win a Classic Bikini (or other panty of your choice) if you provide us some feedback on our “What constitutes Made in America” question.  To win you need to post a comment on the PREVIOUS post (not this one).  However, we just learned that the comment function wasn’t working with the settings we had chosen.  So… just a quick note to let you all know that you can now leave comments to enter the drawing.  🙂 

Sorry about the confusion and good luck.

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Which Organic Clothes are Made in America?

This is a question we get often so I’d like to clarify the answer.  We have many lines with tags that say “Made in the USA” on them.  But legally speaking, that only means that the final garment was sewn in the USA.  There are essentially 3 steps to making a piece of clothing (organic or otherwise). 

  1. The base material (cotton, hemp, bamboo, pine tree, whatever) has to be grown somewhere. 
  2. The base material has to be soaked, spun, woven or otherwise turned into fabric for cutting or yarn for knitting/crocheting.
  3. The garment has to be sewn (or knit or crocheted).

While there are always exceptions to every rule, we have found that in the vast majority of cases #1 and #2 are done in the same region.  It’s too expensive to grow cotton in one country, send the raw material to another country to make fabric and then send the fabric to a 3rd country for cutting and sewing.  Most raw material is turned into fabric or yarn local to where it is grown.  However, it is very common to produce fabric in one country and then ship the finished fabric off to another country to have it sewn.

The tag on this adorable Overall Dress on the left states Made in the USA.  But the Hemp/Tencel blended fabric is imported.  We do our very best to track down exactly where our products are imported from.  We try to list both where an item is sewn and where it’s grown along with working conditions for both.

As we mentioned in our last Quick Fact, the USA does not grow enough organic cotton to meet our own eco-fashion needs.  Thus organic cotton is often imported.  Hemp is still illegal to grow in most of the USA (more on this in an upcoming Quick Fact), so it is almost always imported as well.

I’ve thought about putting together a separate category of just Made in America items, but I’m uncertain about where to draw the line.  If the tag says Made in the USA (i.e. sewn) but the fabric comes from China, should it be listed as Made in America?  Or does Made in America only mean sewn and grown end-to-end here somewhere in the USA?  There are still a few manufacturers who grow and sew end-to-end completely in the USA.  For example, SOS From Texas grows, spins, weaves and sews completely in the USA. 

What about America-first policies?  Bgreen, maker of our most popular panties, the Classic Bikini (shown right), sews right here in California and gets as much organic cotton as they can from US farmers.  When they’ve purchased all that is available, they look to Turkey to fill in their raw organic cotton needs and import just the raw material, which they add to their US-grown cotton and turn into organic fabric in their California warehouse.  Does this “count” as Made in America?
Please give us your feedback.  We’d love to hear your thoughts on what you consider Made in America.  What would you want to see in a category called Made in America if you were perusing for something?  To encourage participation in this topic, we’re giving away 1 pair of our Classic Bikinis (they come in 7 colors and sizes S – XL) to one person who leaves a comment about their Made in America thoughts. 

TO ENTER THIS CONTEST:  Leave a comment on THIS blog post (comments on facebook or through e-mail will not count) and we will randomly draw one name from all comments posted by 8am PT this Friday, September 18, to receive one free Classic Bikini (or any other of the $10 value panties that bgreen offers: String Bikini, Hi Cut Brief or String Thong).

Good Luck!

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One more hosting challenge – Almost done

Well, after 4 years with great website performance we’re finally changing hosting companies.  Our old hosting company has been bought out and our performance has been less than stellar since the transition.  Sadly, we’ve had more downtime in the last month than we’ve had in the last 2 years combined. 

The happy news is that we’re upgrading to a better host with more bandwidth.  However, as we transition to the new host, some outages are possible.  We apologize for any inconvenience and expect the whole process should be completed some time tomorrow (Thursday) late afternoon.

In the mean time, checkout our facebook page to for a chance to win this free bamboo polo shirt.

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Results of our Anniversary Giveaway

Wow! There was an awesome response to our 4th Anniversary Giveaway Newsletter. (If you’re not on FaeriesDance.com’s e-mail newsletter list, sign up here to learn about great new products and receive special discounts and promotions.)

We gave away 4 sets of 4 gifts based on the order total. The $50 order gifts (recycled coffee grinds stenographer notebooks) were the first in the mail as all four qualifying orders came in Saturday, the same day the newsletter was sent. The $200 order gifts (bamboo tees) were just a few hours behind, also on Saturday. By Monday, we’d shipped all of the $100 order gifts (clay-dyed tee bags). It took until Thursday, almost at the end of our one-week special period to finally give away the the Under $50 order gifts (clay-dyed hair scrunchies).

We hope you found the giveaway as much fun as we did. Here is a quick list of our 4 biggest “winners”. The Bamboo Tee Giveaway recipients were:

1. Rachel I. from New Jersey
(order placed 2:33 pm PT)
2. Ingrid S. from Connecticut
(order placed 6:18)
3. Mylène P. from Canada
(order placed 7:21)
4. Rebecca R. from New York
(order placed 7:40)

Thank you all. We’re already coming up with some fun ideas for August.

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