I will be participating in The Spotted Box in October and November. Here is a very nice press release that was written about it.
THE SPOTTED BOX CELEBRATES ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
(October 1, 2008) The Spotted Box (http://www.thespottedbox.com/) celebrated its one-year anniversary
in September with its largest box ever. Featuring over 80 independent artisans, the September Spotted
Box also included many large items in random boxes as well as giveaways and special samples.
ABOUT THE SPOTTED BOX
The Spotted Box is a box of family-oriented, eco-friendly samples from independent crafters, packaged
together and sent directly to buyers. Designed with the young family in mind, these fun handmade
samples are focused on children and their mothers. The Boxes are sold on the 15th of each month on Etsy
http://www.TheSpottedBox.etsy.com/ and Hyena Cart http://www.hyenacart.com/TheSpottedBoxfor $22
including shipping. Between 80 and 150 boxes are currently available each month.
Each Spotted Box includes 25-30 handmade natural-parenting samples from our favorite artisans. The
handmade samples can include toys, stationary items, tarts, crocheted, knit and wool goods, candy and
food, diapering accessories, bath and beauty items, clothing, bags, personal accessories and jewelry, art,
personal care items, crayons, patterns, natural cleaners and detergents, pet items, gift certificates, home
school curriculum and more.
In 2007, Tory, an artisan soapmaker and mother of three young children, created the Spotted Box in an
effort to bring more recognition to the eco-friendly artisan products she and other work-at-home
businesses were creating. Tory knew that if consumers could only see these products, they would fall in
love! The Spotted Box debuted on Hyena Cart in September 2007 then expanded to Etsy in July 2008. It
is a high-demand item that sells out in minutes on both e-commerce sites. The businesses providing
samples for the Spotted Box are independent artisans most of whom are mothers themselves. It was
created as a marketing tool for small crafting businesses and continues to support companies creating
handmade items for the young family. The Spotted Box provides unique advertising and builds a
community of artisans who discuss and vote on the Box’s guidelines and future direction.