Black Friday Holiday Promotions from the CIJ team

Contributor post by Amy of BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

The season is upon us!  A time for family and friends.  A time for caring, sharing, and giving.  Why not let the Christmas in July team help you find that special gift that shows just how much you care?  Just be careful, or you may wind up in Ken Nesbitt’s predicament!

December I went shopping
for presents for my friends.
I bought a bunch of knickknacks
and a lot of odds and ends.

I picked the kinds of presents
that everyone enjoys:
Computer games and candy
and a wagon-load of toys.

I brought them home and wrapped them.
I placed them near the tree,
but liked them all so much
that I unwrapped them just for me.

Would it be wrong to keep them?
I guess it just depends.
Can someone loan me money
to go shopping for my friends?

–Kenn Nesbitt

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1) Natalia from KMalinkaVintage is offering 25% discount in her entire shop of lovely vintage clothing and accessories.

Vintage party dress

Vintage party dress

2) Lisa Neal Behrens from sparkklejar will be promoting her adorable jar lid ornaments starting on Black Friday.  She has a variety of shabby chic gifts in her shop.

Adorable handmade ornament.

Adorable handmade ornament.

3) Linda Yunker from LazyYCrochet is offering a 15% discount with the Coupon code: CHRISTMASSALE2015  She offers a variety of crochet items to keep you and yours warm and cozy!

Sample scarf set on sale!

Sample scarf set on sale!

4) Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says “Being an Australian we don’t do the Black Friday thing as we don’t do thanksgiving – but I am happy to offer my USA friends and customers a coupon code for the occasion …. and the USA dollar is strong against the Aussie dollar at the moment – all the more reason to take advantage of my custom coupon code Blackfriday2015 for 10% off.”  Check out her lovely ceramic work.

Lovely ceramic ornament for gift giving.

Lovely ceramic ornament for gift giving.

5)  Ginny C from GRCTreasures will have all items in her shop on sale during the Thanksgiving weekend starting midnight on Thursday through cyber Monday.  She has a variety of vintage items in her shop, like this one…

Lovely party tray for the holidays!

Lovely party tray for the holidays!

6) FrameYourStory from Frameyourstory offer lovely personalized frames and home decor.  They have started their holiday coupon code now, so buyers can get their orders in.

Active now is code HOLIDAY2013 – $10.00 off of a $50.00 purchase.

Starting  Blackfriday until December 4th is code BLACKFRIDAY for 20% off.

Personalized holiday frame....what a great family gift!

Personalized holiday frame….what a great family gift!

7) Tami Wooliver from HannaHerbalFarms, specializing in herbal infused skin care and home scent items, will offer a coupon code “Christmastime” for 15% off.  In addition, they will be featuring several items in their “sale” category for extra savings this holiday season.
Herbal home scents.

Herbal home scents.

8) Barbara Ann from BarbaraAnnsCreations has a coupon code for her vintage dishes.  Just type in YOURAREALDISH at checkout for a 15% discount on any dish item, like this one….
Christmas dessert dishes.

Christmas dessert dishes.

9) Sue from SuesAkornShop is also offering a coupon code.  Enter 10OFF at checkout to enjoy a 10% discount on a variety of hand-sewn crafts for the home, like this one…

A hand-made, old fashioned Christmas stocking.

A hand-made, old fashioned Christmas stocking.

10) Miss Shelley from SouthernJamsandJelly says,  “We will be offering our 2oz jam jars for the same price as our 1.5oz jars…Plus, our 8oz jam jars will be 3 for $15!”

Handcrafted jelly for Christmas morning.

Handcrafted jelly for Christmas morning.

11) Ethical Infant from Ethicalinfant offers a selection of baby clothing and is offering Free Shipping with the code ShipFree at checkout.  They will also be doing a “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” sale.  Just check out their banner for more details.

Toddler and baby clothing for gift giving!

Toddler and baby clothing for gift giving!

12) Gari Anne from beadloverskorner offers a variety of beaded jewelry and beads.  She is also offering a 30% discount with the code CYBERSALE at checkout.

Jewelery is a timeless gift.

Jewelery is a timeless gift.

13) Melissa R from missy69, who offers a variety of jewelry and hand crafted items says, “Starting November 1, 2015, and lasting all the way until January 1, 2016, I will be kicking off the holidays with a BOGO event. That is right, buy one item, get the second item, of equal or lesser value free. You will put the first item in your cart, then in the comments tell me the item you want for free. It is as easy as that. Please be aware that if you pick a made to order item, then both items will be shipped when the second item is completed. It is still always best to ask questions first, and avoid issues later. Free USA shipping will still apply. If, by chance two people want the same item, then it will be first come first serve. All invoices are dated, and timed, so this shouldn’t be an issue. Start making your list now!”

BOGO is every bargain hunter's dream!

BOGO is every bargain hunter’s dream!

14) Eric from VinylStandard will be discounting his entire shop 10% for Black Friday.  He carries a variety of records spanning decades of music.

Santa LP...great for the record collector!

Santa LP…great for the record collector!

15) Lori from SpokeNwheelz will be doing mystery packs of 2 T-shirts with bicycles or cars (you choose, and specify size) for $20.  Use coupon code XMAS15 in her shop at checkout for a Free Shipping bonus!

Custom shirts make great gifts!

Custom shirts make great gifts!

16) stfne9 from CustomCraftsbyStef has a coupon code SAVE25 to save 25% on her entire selection of custom baby and toddler clothing sets like this one…

Adorable gift for kids at Christmas!

Adorable gift for kids at Christmas!

Many more shops will be offering special sales this Holiday Season.  Just search “CIJ” or “Christmas in July” to check out our entire team’s items!

Wishing you good cheer, good times, and good shopping this holiday season!

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Member Feature: Sues Akorn Shop

Contributor post by Anna of Unexpected Treasure

Please join us in welcoming Sue Koran of Sue’s Akorn Shop, our featured member!

Tell us about yourself       

I am a wife, mom of 4 and Grandma to 4. I love to crate and craft things.  I get satisfaction out of knowing people use and enjoy what I make.

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I opened my shop on May 28, 2013 after my father-in-law passed away. I named the shop in his honor and it helped keep me busy and helped me deal with my grief with losing him.

Tell us a bit about your products           

SuesAkornShop carries unique handmade towels for every home. The majority are towels that tie on a cabinet or oven handle. But the shop is expanding with a bigger variety and continually adds new ones. Also available is primitive décor as well as some crafting supplies.

What inspires your work?           

My work is inspired by the thought of creating a product that other people want, use and enjoy. Knowing that my items are useful, practicable, affordable and come in a variety of colors and styles inspire me to keep creating more and different styles.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?         

I am hoping to get my pictures even better and my goals are to increase sales from what they were last year which was my first year opened.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

I strive to ship my orders out the same day or the very next day. Branding helps to get people to remember my shop name.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

I work out of my home. Most of my work is done at the kitchen or dining room table. Sometimes I have an awful lot of stuff scattered all around.

Where can people find out more about you and your business?

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SuesAkornShop

Why do you believe people should buy handmade, such as your products, vs buying mass-produced products from box stores?

Handmade products are made with love. I for one buy my heart and soul into my work. I think it just means more when things are not mass produced.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

I wish I would have read the sellers handbook and took a bit more time to learn about good SEO and photography before I opened.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Etsy is a great platform to sell on. I am so glad I decided to open a shop here.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?        

I enjoy reading and spending time with my family.

What is your favourite quote?        

The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. Abraham Lincoln

Is there anything else you’d like to share?        

Small businesses are the backbone of America. Take a minute to check out these businesses and help people’s dreams come true!

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.