Fair Trade and fabulous

By Mir
May 10, 2010
Category Contests

I don’t know about you, but there’s a twinge of guilt I feel when shopping at “big box” stores about where my purchases came from. I’m all about the deal, sure, but sometimes I do have that “at what price?” nagging of my conscience. We’re all watching what we spend, of course, and it can be tricky, balancing quality and ethics and the budget all together.

And so I was already a fan of NOVICA before they contacted me; in association with National Geographic, NOVICA brings all sorts of beautiful clothing and housewares and little things you never knew you needed to American consumers. Most of their offerings are hand-made by artisans in other countries, and NOVICA certifies that everything is Fair Trade, so you know the creative genius behind your new favorite thing was fairly compensated. NOVICA specializes in green gifts and what they call corporate gifts, though honestly I’d love the kind of job where you get any of that stuff. Heh.

So. How would you like to win a $100 gift certificate to NOVICA, to spend on anything your heart desires? That’s what I thought.

To enter this contest, first go review the contest rules and regulations, then come on back here and leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. Eastern (that’s 8:59 p.m. Pacific) on Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 for a chance to win. Winner to be determined by random number generation and good karma.

Ready? Go!


  1. I’m in!

  2. Oooh. Neat!

  3. Ooh! We love Novica at our house! This gift certificate would be put to excellent use. 🙂

  4. If I win this contest, I will never complain again that I never win anything. I love browsing NOVICA’s site but just can’t afford to buy anything from there with all of the home renovations.

  5. I’m very random!

  6. Ohhhhhh…..

  7. I’ll throw my hat in the ring!

  8. ooh, sounds great.

  9. Karmic fingers crossed! Thanks, Pretty Mir.

  10. I love cute little things I don’t need!

  11. Cool! Thanks, Mir!

  12. Oooooh! With my new haircut, I am on the lookout for pretty drop earrings. If I can get my earrings and support fair trade? Even better!

  13. Yippee! Thanks!

  14. Oh, this would be awesome!

  15. I like pretty things. Pretty things that are guilt-free and free-free are even better.

  16. Oh, wowza, really neat stuff!

  17. Love Fair Trade stuff!

  18. Cool stuff! Thanks!

  19. Ooh! Me, please!

  20. Oh my, NOVICA is some of the best stuff ever! I love their products and their business practices. Thank you so much for running such an awesome contest!

  21. would love to win

  22. Awesome! Thanks for hosting another great giveaway!

  23. I would love this. Randomly.

  24. Great giveaway–I’d love to win!

  25. I’ll have to check it out!

  26. How fun! Would love to win!

  27. Big fan of Fair Trade. Thanks!

  28. very cool!

  29. Love Novica. Thanks for the contest!

  30. Fair Trade is awesome.

  31. Hoping to win!

  32. me, please.

  33. Woo, awesome giveaway

  34. I have a purse from Novica. I pink puffy heart it, but it fell into a fountain…

  35. Wow. Did not know about this. Fantastic stuff!

  36. I would love it!

  37. Oh – sounds nice! I’d never heard of Novica!

  38. Sounds great! Thanks!

  39. Great giveaway!

  40. love the site… thanks!

  41. Sounds awesome!

  42. No. Way. I LOVE Novica! It’s a go-to for gift for hard to shop for people and the quality has been amazing with everything I have ever gotten there. Sweet!

  43. Sounds great!

  44. I had never heard of NOVICA before, so thanks for bringing them to my attention — great stuff!

  45. I bet I can find all kinds of neat ways to shop!

  46. Cool!

  47. Very nice…and pretty, too!

  48. Wow! Their stuff is nice.

  49. I could use a little pretty in my life…

  50. Awesome, this would be fun. Count me in!!!

  51. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  52. I’ve never heard of them, but they sound great and I know we could put some of that stuff to good use.

    AND I’m random! I don’t know about the whole karma thing, though. Maybe that’ll do me in.

  53. Wow! I’ve never heard of Novica, but they have some beautiful stuff! I would love to win this certificate to give them a try!!

  54. Love Novica, it’s in my bookmarks for places to shop, great gifts for hard to buy for people!

  55. I love window shopping at Novica – can’t justify spending cash on non-necessities. But spending a gift certificate on non-necessities is another story! 🙂

  56. Always love to hear about new stores!!! FUN! Thanks!

  57. I think I am due for some good karma.

  58. Products guaranteed Fair Trade is something I can get behind. Pick me! 🙂

  59. hope I win. 🙂

  60. i need area rugs and juice glasses!

  61. I love Novica. I could definitely spend 100$ there!

  62. LOVE Novica!!! Awesome!

  63. Cobalt spiral wineglasses. So cute! And I’d have money left over for some other cute thing!

  64. Pick me!! Pretty please!

  65. I love to shop!

  66. Hello, Random Number Generator. I’m sure you’re very pretty. Spit out my number and you’ll be even prettier.

  67. Sounds awesome!

  68. Wow, this would be SO nice – come on good karma!

  69. I’m in!

  70. Yay, this is a biggie!

  71. Pick me, pick me!

  72. I would love this!

  73. Sounds fabulous!

  74. Lovely lovely! Thanks!

  75. Sounds great!

  76. Sounds fab

  77. Thank you!

  78. I’ve never been to their site but will check it out now!

  79. This would be a great contest to win!

  80. Count me in too please!

  81. Sounds good to me!

  82. Put me into the pool of willing recipients of the gift certificate! Thanks!

  83. What a great offer – this place looks so neat.

  84. It would be great to win this!

  85. Me please! I have birthdays, anniversaries, and what not galore coming up.

  86. Sweet! I work with my church each year to host a fair-trade festival to help people in other countries. Would love this!

  87. Count me in!

  88. Please include me in the drawing–thanks Mir!

  89. Totally need this to get my daughter a graduation gift – something inspirational/religious to help us both when she goes off to college next month (sniff) plus she totally busted my budget with Prom (hmph.

    Also, no relation to Scott F above even though my husband is named Scott. He is currently lounging in bed, no chores to do and no kids at home, (yeah, I totally cleaned the house, mopped the floors, washed, dried and folded all the laundry yesterday – on Mother’s Day, even- and I have five kids, sheesh, not even free labor, I mean a card!) – I mean, he’s home sick from work.

    Seriously, I should buy something for myself if I win.

  90. Sounds great!

  91. anything with karma, thanks!

  92. Count me in!

  93. Would love love love this. Thanks for the give-away.

  94. Good karma rules.

  95. This would be perfect! Thanks, Mir

  96. sounds pretty cool! Thanks!

  97. I would definitely put this to good use!

  98. I had a very cruddy day and browsing their site was enough to cheer me up. SO! Count me in please!

  99. Maybe this contest will be the one I finally win…

  100. Awesome, thanks!

  101. Thanks!

  102. Sounds like a good one!

  103. I would be thrilled to win. I hope I am random enough!

  104. I feel random today!

  105. Come on 102!

  106. I agree completely! I wish those deals would be a bit better on my conscience sometimes! 🙂 Thanks for this giveaway!

  107. Pretty jewelry they have there.

  108. Love this!

  109. Sounds good to me. Yes, please!

  110. Me!!!

  111. Please let it be me!

  112. Ooh fun!

  113. Sounds interesting!

  114. I really want the recycled auto parts chess set! Cool!

  115. Looks great! Thanks.

  116. me, please!

  117. sounds great! thanks!

  118. What a cool contest! Thanks Mir.

  119. That last comment made me go look up the chess set as my husband is a mechanical engineer and it is indeed cool. I’d love to win even if it does only pay for half!

  120. Maybe THIS will be the day that I finally win one of your contests?

  121. Pick me!

  122. I love NOVICA, too! Both hubby and I have ordered a few things from there before. And when I read Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, I was pleasantly surprised to read that she connected with the lady who started NOVICA during her time in Bali. Thanks for the chance to win!

  123. Oh, please pick me!!!

  124. I’d love to win this!

  125. Oooooh, I see a lot of modal in the women’s clothing. I love that. Yes please, a chance at this would be wonderful!

  126. I’ve bought some of their lovely items as gifts, but never for myself – maybe now?

  127. Pick me!

  128. I’d love to win!

  129. Would love this! Thanks!

  130. Fair trade? Count me in!

  131. I just placed my first order from Novica, but I see several more things on their site that are trying to lure me with their siren’s call…

  132. Love, love, love Novica!

  133. As my kids say…maybe life will be not fair in my favor and I’ll win the contest for fair trade stuff!

  134. yes, please!

  135. Love Novica! Would dig it if I won this one!

  136. oooh please.

  137. Come on, RNG! Pick me!

  138. Cool!

  139. Lovely–thank you!

  140. great!

  141. There are some really cool (and too expensive for me) things on that site. A gift certificate would be awesome!

  142. that would be awesome!

  143. sounds good


  145. Very cool stuff

  146. Thanks!

  147. yes please it’s my birthday on the 11th . . . hint hint 😉

  148. such a pretty contest!!!

  149. Count me in!

  150. We avoid big box stores as much as possible. This gift certificate would be a great help to our family of 5. Thank you!

  151. oh! super cute stuff!

  152. I’d love to win, thanks!

  153. This sounds great!

  154. Sounds terrific – thanks for the chance!

  155. Cool stuff!

  156. Pretty jewelry, clear conscience!

  157. Count me in!

  158. Me!!!!

  159. Wow, that would be great!

  160. Fabulous!!

  161. awesome!!!

  162. I would SO love that.

  163. Pick me! Pick me! Green is my favorite color and fair is good.

  164. Ohhhh, that sounds so awesome! Please random thingy pick me!

  165. We try to keep our shopping as ethical as possible – with lots of occasions coming up, this will be put to good use!

  166. They have some amazing housewares. I’d love a set of pretty glasses!

  167. I’d never heard of NOVICA – amazing!!

  168. How neat!

  169. They have great stuff!

  170. Wow, sounds like a fun shopping spree!

  171. Cool!

  172. What a cool company.

  173. What a neat website. Thanks for the intro to it! Would love to win some $$$ to shop!

  174. yes, please!

  175. Great giveaway!!

  176. Wow! What gorgeous stuff!!

  177. This would be awesome!

  178. Great prize!

  179. Wish me luck!

  180. LOVE Novica!

  181. This is great!

  182. Count me in!

  183. $100 to spend there would be perfect!

  184. Pick me pretty please, I love free $ and no guilt 🙂

  185. Oh my goodness, how awesome!

  186. Wow, what a great prize. I could find lots to spend it on!

  187. I have never even heard of NOVICA before, but I’m glad I have now – such beautiful things!

  188. NOVICA’S jewelry is beautiful!

  189. Ooh, me please! I love their things!

  190. Count me in! Thanks!

  191. what fun!

  192. Pick Me!

  193. How have I not seen this place before? Why have you not told us about it before? I must run to see what all I would love to buy.

    Wow, thanks!


  194. You are the best! Great giveaways!

  195. Winning is one of my favorite things.

    Thanks, Mir!

  196. good stuff! thanks, jessica

  197. please, oh pretty please, pick me!

  198. Love this business concept. Thanks, Mir!

  199. Count me in. i NEED some earrings.

  200. You are so pretty.

  201. That would be awesome. Thanks!

  202. Nifty contest. Pick me! 🙂

  203. like stuff

  204. It looks amazing. Would love to be able to choose something for free.

  205. I understand the guilt: it’s there with so many purchases.

  206. Count me in!

  207. heavens, yes. I’d love this gift certificate. My husband ordered slippers through their catalog last fall; loves them. Totally worth the price!

  208. Fabulous

  209. I’m feeling lucky!

  210. OOOH – this would be so fun to spend!

  211. Nice.

  212. I could definitely spend some money there!

  213. The rugs are gorgeous!

  214. There is so much great stuff there!

  215. Thanks for posting such a cool site. I share the guilt at the big box stores too.

  216. very cool!

  217. I would love this.

  218. Yeah! Thanks Mir!

  219. Eventually the random number thingy will pick my number. Right? Have I mentioned how much I love your contests?

  220. I’d never heard of NOVICA before, but something tells me I’m going to be spending a lot of time at their site. So much pretty stuff!

  221. Hope I win…! 🙂

  222. Why, yes, I certainly WOULD.

  223. Wow, that would be fun to do!

  224. Count me in!

  225. Yes, count me in please!

  226. Ooh, that’s fantastic! Fair trade items are always wonderful, when I can afford them…

  227. I’d never heard of it, but I love that site!

  228. Very cool!

  229. Their stuff looks cool!

  230. What a great site. Thanks!

  231. I can already imagine how I will spend the money.

  232. Sounds great

  233. I found out today (before I saw this contest) that Novica carries the same glasses that we saw on our recent vacation to Mexico. If that’s not fate, I don’t know what is. Of course, we need those glasses, to recreate that vacation…mmmm…and maybe the margaritas too!

  234. I love giveaways.

  235. Fair trade-y goodness

  236. Definitely!

  237. There are so many awesome goodies on that site! I’d love to win!

  238. Sounds great to me!

  239. I love that they sponsor microcredit – one of the great ideas, ever.

  240. I would love this.

  241. Maybe I’ll win this one?! 🙂

  242. Me, me, me! Please, please, please!

  243. Oh, yes, please!

  244. Sounds great! Thanks!

  245. I’m sure you are going to get a lot of entries for Novica, it’s such a great place to shop. I love how the artist sends you their work and they often are in these really pretty handmade boxes (earrings are anyway, that’s mostly what I have bought from them).

    Michele T.

  246. After a sucktastic mothers day, I could use something shiny and pretty as distraction.

  247. Wow, what a great company. Thanks for introducing them to all of us!

  248. Love it!

  249. I hadn’t heard of them before. What an awesome contest. Thanks!

  250. Yes please!

  251. Love them!

  252. Me?

  253. Hoping my karma’s good enough… thanks, Mir!

  254. What a great site!

  255. Gorgeous and fair trade? PICK ME!!!

  256. I love them. I have been using them off and on for years.

  257. Ah . . free stuff!

  258. Yes, please!

  259. Sounds great. Thanks!

  260. oh yeah….

  261. Would be great to win this. Not only a treat, but just knowing that my karma is “as it should be”. 🙂 Thanks, Mir.

  262. This would be fabulous! Thank you!

  263. A reward for avoiding the big boxes…I’m all for that!

  264. This sounds fantastic!

  265. I haven’t heard of NOVICA, but it sounds great.

  266. Pretty things! Thanks!

  267. I’m so happy to know about NOVICA, thank you. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win!

  268. Wow, I love their stuff!

  269. I’d love this!

  270. What great stuff they have! I’d love to win!

  271. Thanks!

  272. crossing my fingers that I get to choose something from here!

  273. This would be great!

  274. My daughter would love this! Thanks for the contest!

  275. Love it!
    Thank you!

  276. There is a lot of things that I need from that site! Hope I win…Thanks!

  277. Please include me! Thank you.

  278. What great stuff! Sending out some good karma in hopes of getting some back! 🙂

  279. Awesomeness. Thanks for these cool contests.

  280. I do I do! Good green organic free trade karma…

  281. Such fun!

  282. Yes Please!!

  283. I’m in — and can I say you are looking mighty pretty today.

  284. Neat!

  285. paying homage to the gods of randomness

  286. This would be lovely. And shiny. 😉

  287. Wow! This would be lovely.

  288. Neat! There are tons of things over there I’d love to put in our new-old house!

  289. These things are lovely!

  290. I’d love a chance to win some of their awesome stuff!

  291. Please?

  292. Looks good!

  293. Never heard of it before, but just checked out the site. Pretty cool!

  294. I would love to win, Thanks!

  295. Love it! Thanks!

  296. I’m pretty sure I should win this. My due date was yesterday and I’m still pregnant so a nice little present like this would be a fabulous distraction!

  297. Thanks!

  298. How nice this would be! 🙂

  299. Love their stuff and would LOVE to win! Thanks.

  300. Oh man, I found a new Website to prevent me from getting any work done this afternoon!

  301. Pick me!! PRETTY PLEASE!!

  302. O random number generator…look kindly in me!

  303. Sounds wonderful.

  304. Enter me!

  305. I want to win this, but I’m not sure my karma is up to snuff. *sigh*

  306. My sister is having surgery soon and she would love me forever if I could shop for her care package with that gift certificate. 🙂

    VERY cool contest, Mir – thanks!

  307. Cool Stuff!

  308. I’d love to win! Pretty Please…

  309. Oh, yes!!!

  310. I’d love to win!

  311. I have good karma, I think!

  312. I never ever win these things, but here is hoping! 🙂

  313. what an awesome prize! I’d love to win!

  314. I’d love to win this!

  315. Oh yes, I’d like this 🙂

  316. keeping my fingers crossed…

  317. Ooh, ooh — now that would be awesome, truly guilt-free (in more than one way!) shopping!

    Alas, I cannot sweet-talk you any more random number generator; I do, and yet you have always mocked me.

    Yet, I persevere. Tirelessly.
    (Do you work on guilt, RNG?)

  318. Please stop introducing me to new websites that I fall in love with. I’m in please

  319. I would LOVE this!!

  320. Love Novica!

  321. Yes, I love unique things!

  322. Sounds great, thanks!

  323. I loved looking through their website! Pick me please!

  324. Sounds great!

  325. Awesome!

  326. I love that website.

  327. Yes, please!

  328. Pick me please!!

  329. Sounds great – pick me please!!

  330. Was out of town and nearly missed this one! Thanks for the reminder, Mir.

  331. Fabulous stuff!!

  332. I’ve been a very good person lately! I hope karma (and the rng) love me!

  333. They have some awesome artwork!

  334. OK Random number generator.

  335. Pick me!

  336. This might be my lucky entry!

  337. what a cool give away!

  338. Me!

  339. Please pick me!

  340. yay!

  341. Okay, you win. I have entered yet another contest! (because this one meets my criteria of having something really cool as a prize!)

    Fingers crossed

  342. Thanks Mir!

  343. yay!

  344. All I can say is WOW!!!

  345. Thanks for the reminder today – don’t know how I missed this one. Crossing fingers…

  346. That would be great!

  347. Such pretty things to choose

  348. Awesome!

  349. Sounds good to me!

  350. Count me in, too.

  351. Oh Random picker- pick me!!!

  352. Ooooo – pick me!

  353. Please. Such a great/sweet web site! What a treat that would be!

  354. Wow, awesome!

  355. Love places like this. THanks for passing the word- and sharing!

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