Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Rakun Shop $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway [CLOSED]

I have another wonderful giveaway for you: a $25 gift certificate to the lovely and whimsical Rakun Shop!


 I grew up in a very crafty household with an artist mom and an entrepreneur dad, so I started making things to sell when I was really young. My dad used to drive my sisters and me to the farmers' market at 4 a.m. so we could sell friendship bracelets and flower pens. 


I made stuff as a side gig for years before deciding to jump into making things full time. I was working in a corporate fashion job and feeling really stifled. This was before Etsy, so I had to figure out how to build an e-commerce website all on my own and beg boutiques to carry my line. It was challenging and really frustrating at times. I started daydreaming about a perfect boutique for artisans just getting started, and I realized that opening such a boutique was just what I wanted to do.



When I set out to find a spot for my brick and mortar, I knew that I needed to keep costs low to allow giving as much back to artisans as possible and avoid a lot of initial investment. So I bought a two-house property in Denver's Art District. I opened the shop in the front house, and I live in the carriage house.



My shop carries all local design, and I am the first venture into retail for a lot of the artists in my shop. I love helping people figure out their branding and pricing, tweak Etsy listings, and just lend an ear when they need to vent. In fact, I spent so much time chatting with local creatives about their business over cups of tea that I recently opened a teeny, tiny tea house in the shop! Now my tiny space is always bustling with folks collaborating and creating, and the vibe is really inspiring.



I like that I have created a real community in my shop that drags people away from their virtual worlds from time to time. It feels like a quilting bee or something, which resonates with my old-fashioned sensibilities and taste (in my own craft, I'm drawn to vintage materials and folk motifs). I love playing a small part in keeping artisan traditions and community alive.

Mandatory entry: Visit Rakun Shop and tell me what you would buy with the $25 gift certificate.

1 entry: Heart Rakun Shop on Etsy. Leave your username.

1 entry: Follow Rakun Shop on Twitter. Leave your username.

1 entry: Like Rakun Shop on Facebook. Leave your username.

1 entry: Like The Hand That Rocks the Cradle on Facebook. Leave your username.

1 entry: Follow this blog on Google Friend Connect.

1 entry each (4 total possible): Share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or your blog.

Please leave a separate comment for each entry. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. MDT on Wednesday, November 20. The winner will be announced Thursday, November 21. Please leave your email address in one of your entries so I can contact you if you win. This giveaway is open worldwide. Please note that these goods are not intended for children under 3 years old. Good luck!

156 comments:

none said...

http://www.etsy.com/listing/109237059/anchor-shoes-blue-flats-white-anchors?ref=shop_home_active

I am a marine biologist, so anchor shoes are kinda amazing :)

Nicole Nelson said...

https://www.etsy.com/listing/111425530/pink-umbrella-necklace-embroidery-hoop?ref=shop_home_active

I LOVE the embroidered umbrella necklaces! How adorable!

Nicole Nelson said...

I heart Rakun Shop on Etsy! Username is nicole kathleen!

Nicole Nelson said...

I like Rakun Shop on Facebook!

Nicole Nelson

Nicole Nelson said...

I like The Hand That Rocks the Cradle on Facebook!

Nicole Nelson

Pooja said...

If I win, I would love the swan ballet shoes! They look so pretty and comfy.

Pooja said...

Hearted Rakun shop on Etsy.
(P W)

Pooja said...

Following Rakun shop on twitter.
@Ashashwatme

Birgit said...

I'd buy the Snowflake Necklace if I won *fingers crossed*.

danaan at gmx dot at

Birgit said...

Hearted Rakun on Etsy (Birgit Lehner)

danaan at gmx dot at

Birgit said...

Liked Rakun on FB (Birgit Lehner)

danaan at gmx dot at

Birgit said...

Liked The Hand that Rocks the Cradle on FB (Birgit Lehner)

danaan at gmx dot at

Birgit said...

GFC follower of your blog (Birgit)

danaan at gmx dot at

eclairre said...

http://www.etsy.com/listing/109237059/anchor-shoes-blue-flats-white-anchors?ref=shop_home_active
eclairre(AT)ymail(DOT)com

Melissa Bondar said...

Hi there,

I've followed Rakun Shop on Twitter as @Melissitchka (email Melissa.Bondar@gmail.com)

Thanks!

Melissa Bondar said...

Hi again,

I've liked Rakun Shop on Facebook as Melissa Bondar (email Melissa.Bondar@gmail.com)

Thanks!

Melissa Bondar said...

Hi there,

I've liked The Hand that Rocks the Cradle on Facebook as Melissa Bondar (email Melissa.Bondar@gmail.com)

Thanks!

Melody said...

I like Butterfly Ornament.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

Melody said...

GFC Follower.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

Susan Dougill said...

Shared on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1431302933756700/permalink/1436108876609439/
crochet addictuk
susand1408 at gmail dot com

Susan Dougill said...

Follow on GFC SusanD Crochet Addict UK susand1408 at gmail dot com

Susan Dougill said...

Hearted on Etsy Susan Dougill (susand1408)
susand1408 at gmail dot com

Susan Dougill said...

I think I would spend the voucher on https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/114218175/happy-cloud-necklace-kawaii-rain-cloud?ref=shop_home_active
thanks for the chance to win.
susand1408 at gmail dot com

Susan Dougill said...

Liked Rakun on facebook (crochet addictuk)
susand1408 at gmail dot com

Susan Dougill said...

Liked the hand that rocks the cradle on facebook (crochet addict uk)

susand1408 at gmail dot com

Jus and Kat said...

I would buy the Nautical Mary Janes as a Christmas gift for my sister.

Heather De Luna said...

I like the enamel heart necklace.

courtney gibson said...

I like the Red and aqua sundress

courtney gibson said...

Hearted on etsy (courtney gibson)

Damla said...

I like this: https://www.etsy.com/listing/157775329/heartbreaker-necklace-broken-heart

annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

Damla said...

Heart the shop.

https://www.etsy.com/people/SweepstakeLover

annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

Damla said...

Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sweepstakelover

annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

Damla said...

Like Rakun Shop on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sweepstakelover

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Damla said...

Shared on FB: https://www.facebook.com/sweepstakelover/posts/604722922919182

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Damla said...

Tweeted: https://twitter.com/sweepstakelover/status/398484644082900992

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Alessandra Lalla said...

I would https://www.etsy.com/listing/109985666/shoes-pink-and-gold-glittery-flats?ref=shop_home_active

Alessandra Lalla said...

heart on etsy.
betsabea

Alessandra Lalla said...

I follow on twitter (alelalla84)

Alessandra Lalla said...

I Like Rakun Shop on Facebook.
alessandra lalla

Alessandra Lalla said...

Like The Hand That Rocks the Cradle on Facebook.
alessandra lalla

judith chen said...

I would get the anchor blue flats :)

judithchen@live.com

Karen said...

Gray Sailboat Necklace

Karen said...

hearted rakum shop
sonflower77

jc said...

I pick the cute fox necklace:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/122381633/tiny-fox-necklace-princess-fox-jewelry?ref=shop_home_active

yumihamano@gmail.com

jc said...

Follow with GFC (jc)

yumihamano@gmail.com

jc said...

FB fan (Jc Loh)

yumihamano@gmail.com

jc said...

Like Rakun on FB (Jc Loh)

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Glo said...

I like:
http://www.etsy.com/it/listing/109137773/neon-plastic-ring-striped-design-hot?ref=shop_home_active
http://www.etsy.com/it/listing/109068696/embroidered-necklace-hot-pink-cupcake?ref=shop_home_active

contest82[@]gmail.com

Glo said...

Tweeted: https://twitter.com/FataAzzurra/status/398901043913695232

contest82[@]gmail.com

Glo said...

Google +
https://plus.google.com/107618060189632879244/posts/6CWK5g38Rtr
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AmbreRose said...

I think the Enamel Heart Necklace, Red Heart and the Tulip Plastic Ring are my favorites! ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

Anna said...

I would,buy the road bike necklace. So cute!

Anna said...

I followed on etsy-2dayichoose

Annawhitewrites@gmail.com

Anna said...

I liked rakun shop on facebook
My na,e is Anna White

Anna said...

I liked the hand that rocks the cradle on FB. My na,e is Anna Whote

Rebecca said...

<3 Rakunshop

rebeccadolisi at gmail dot com

Rebecca said...

I would use the $25 to purchase:
Tiny Fox Necklace // Princess Fox Jewelry // Shrinky Dink Necklace // Dainty Fairy Tale Jewelry // Yellow and Red Jewelry

Rebecca said...

Following via twitter (beckymarie621)

Rebecca said...

liked on facebook rebecca dol isi

Kim Pollock said...

I like the https://www.etsy.com/listing/167275583/heart-christmas-ornament-salt-dough?ref=shop_home_active

kimberlysummer40@aol.com

Kim Pollock said...

Like u on FB
Kimberly Summer Pollock

roubeenaj said...

I would buy this! https://www.etsy.com/listing/114218175/happy-cloud-necklace-kawaii-rain-cloud?ref=shop_home_active

(Ruby Sparkles on FB)

roubeenaj said...

Liked on FB: Ruby Sparkles
Followed on Twitter: @JeeRuby
GFC: Ruby Jee

Kymberly Pray said...

I adore the entire line of screen printed Chinese Mary Jane ballet slippers, perfect for pairing up with (my infinite array of) long peasant skirts.
Living on an island, surrounded by the bright blue of the Pacific Ocean, I think the lapis colored anchor themed flats would be ideal for keeping me grounded.

Kymberly Pray said...

Favorited your Etsy shop.
WildersKid

berlygirlmaui@gmail.com

Kymberly Pray said...

Following you on Twitter:
@berlygirlmaui

Kymberly Pray said...

Like Rakun shop on Facebook:
Kymberly Pray

Kymberly Pray said...

Like The Hand That Rocks the Cradle on Facebook:
Kymberly Pray

Kymberly Pray said...

Following on Google Friends Connect:
Kymberly Pray

Sveta Damiani said...

I would probably buy Black Cat Pendant.

Sveta Damiani said...

I followed you on twitter. My username is SvetaSolo

Sveta Damiani said...

I liked Rakun Shop on Facebook: Sveta Damiani

Sveta Damiani said...

I liked The Hand That Rocks the Cradle on Facebook: Sveta Damiani

Ashley said...

I would buy a cupcake necklace!
oldnavyash@aol.com

Ashley said...

I hearted Rakun shop on etsy (username aerins)

oldnavyash@aol.com

Ashley said...

I follow on twitter @smash906

oldnavyash@aol.com

Ashley said...

I LIKE on facebook - Ashley Sullivan

oldnavyash@aol.com

Ashley said...

I also like the Hand that rocks... on facebook! - Ashley Sullivan

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Ashley said...

I shared on twitter! https://twitter.com/smash906/status/400646226707632129

oldnavyash@aol.com

Helen said...

I like the Yellow Boho Top
helldog3 at aol.com

Helen said...

heart your shop
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Helen said...

like you on facebook
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Helen said...

follow on gfc
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Helen said...

https://twitter.com/helldog3/status/401769369945907200

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nicolesender said...

I like the Turquoise and Aqua Necklace I Heart Mountains, Monochromatic Design, Sweet Plastic Jewelry! nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

nicolesender said...

Hearted Rakun Shop on Etsy: Nicole Sender/ beajune

nicolesender said...

Following Rakun Shop on Twitter @minibea.

nicolesender said...

Liked Rakun Shop on Facebook: Nicoel Sender

nicolesender said...

Liked The Hand That Rocks the Cradle on Facebook: Nicole Sender

nicolesender said...

Google Friend Connect follower: nicolesender

nicolesender said...

shared on fb https://www.facebook.com/nicole.sender2/posts/10201689935281534

nicolesender said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/minibea/status/401918013143674881

nicolesender said...

G+ share
https://plus.google.com/u/0/111812318383807144136/posts/D8NFtHJdxDe

jennifer57 said...

https://www.etsy.com/listing/117763295/black-cat-pendant-tiny-embroidery?ref=shop_home_active

Erica Petrucci said...

Love the enamel heart necklace. that's what i would buy if i won

Erica Petrucci said...

Liked on FB - Erica Petrucci

Maegan Morin said...

I think these swan ballet shoes are adorable: https://www.etsy.com/listing/109238058/swan-ballet-shoes-blue-chinese-cotton?ref=shop_home_active

megnate at telus dot net

Maegan Morin said...

I heart Rakun Shop on etsy (id: megnate)

megnate at telus dot net

Maegan Morin said...

I follow Rakun Shop on twitter as @fahlinstar

megnate at telus dot net

Maegan Morin said...

I like Rakun on facebook (same name)

megnate at telus dot net

Maegan Morin said...

I like you on facebook (same name)

megnate at telus dot net

Maegan Morin said...

I follow you on GFC (same name)

megnate at telus dot net

Maegan Morin said...

I shared on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maegan.morin.3/posts/392447570885370

megnate at telus dot net

Maegan Morin said...

I tweeted: https://twitter.com/fahlinstar/status/402650994917396482

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Jai B. said...

I would get these
https://www.etsy.com/listing/109429105/ballet-flats-crimson-shoes-sky-blue?ref=shop_home_active

karate_gal99(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jai B. said...

Favorited on Etsy
Jai B.
karate_gal99(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jai B. said...

Followed on Twitter

JaiB_1204
karate_gal99(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jai B. said...

Shared on google +
https://plus.google.com/109257918595714324953/posts/XKzM6Azs3sq

Jai B.
karate_gal99(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jai B. said...

Tweeted
https://twitter.com/JaiB_1204/status/403039860862119937

JaiB_1204
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Audrey Griffis said...

i'd get the snowman necklace I just love it

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wen budro said...

I would prob get the magenta mountain necklace....too cool.

wen budro said...

I favorited on etsy as wenbudro

wen budro said...

I follow via GFC.

courtney erickson said...

I might put it toward the Russian doll necklace! I love it!

courtney erickson said...

Rakun shop is a favorite on etsy. my user name is courtney hennagir.

courtney erickson said...

I follow your blog on gfc as courtney erickson.

courtney erickson said...

I shared on g+. https://plus.google.com/111873226231736693166/posts/G7w77jzGAQC

courtney erickson said...

I shared on twitter. https://twitter.com/chennagir/status/403236224069951489

courtney erickson said...

I like Rakun shop on facebook as courtney hennagir. courtafi2138 at gmail dot com.

Wendy Rozema said...

I'd buy the heart Christmas ornament

Allison Bahr said...

I would get the white rabbit ballet flats for my daughter. Thanks so much for the chances.
Allison.bahr@yahoo.com

Emily Wells said...

I'd buy two christmas ornaments with the gift card!

Emily Wells said...

I favorited Rakun Shop on Etsy. I'm Emily Wells.

Emily Wells said...

I follow you on GFC as Emily Wells.

Ara Peet said...

What a cute shop! I love the bluebird ornament and snowman necklace! I love looked around on etsy:)

Ara Peet said...

I hearted Rakun Shop on Etsy. My name is CasandraP. on Etsy!

Ara Peet said...

I follow on GFC; Casandra Peet

Ara Peet said...

I follow Rakun shop on Twitter @AraPeet

Ara Peet said...

I like Rakun Shop on Facebook; Casandra Peet

Ara Peet said...

I like The Hand that Rocks the Cradle on Facebook; Casandra Peet!

Holly said...

The duck and bunny princess with castles! :)

Holly said...

I Like Rakun Shop on Facebook!

Holly said...

I Like The Hand That Rocks the Cradle on Facebook!

Kathy Davis said...

I would buy the bird ornament and the heart ornament.
Kathy Davis
kdavis1@centurytel.net

Angela snoozy said...

I'd get the Swan Ballet Shoes. I love them!


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Angela snoozy said...

Follow u gfc as Angela Snoozy

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Angela snoozy said...

I hearted them on etsy. My etsy name Angela Snoozy

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Melinda said...

I'd get the white rabbit ballet flats.

femmenoir said...

I would choose the Crimson bunny rabbit slip ons!

-Sierra

femmenoir said...

I heart Rakun on Etsy!
(femmefatale25)

femmenoir said...

I follow Rakun on Twitter!
(giveawaygal25)

-Sierra

femmenoir said...

I like Rakun on FB!

-Sierra J

femmenoir said...

I like THTRTC on FB!

-SIerra J

femmenoir said...

I like your blog on GFC!
-Sierra J

Candie L said...

I like the butterfly ornament. Thank you

candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

Nic said...

Followed on Twitter (@NicoletteBeach)
nicolettebeach87 at gmail.com

Nic said...

Followed on Facebook (Nicolette Beach)
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Nic said...

I would buy the calico cat necklace.

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Nic said...

Hearted the shop on Etsy (Nicolette B)
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Marsha Corns said...

I love the wooden glitter rings. Very cool and unique.

Marsha Corns said...

I heart you on etsy.

Marsha Corns said...

I follow on facebook marsha anderson corns

Marsha Corns said...

I like your shop on facebook.

Joyce-Ellen H said...

I liked Rakun on facebook (joyce Holmes)

Joyce-Ellen H said...

I liked the hand the rocks the cradle on facebook. (joyce Holmes)

Joyce-Ellen H said...

I would love the raincloud necklace, or any of the sun dresses! :)

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