Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Checking Our List #38: Collections Etc. {Review & Giveaway}

{This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Darcey!}

Years and years ago I was invited to a holiday party at a coworker's house, a fun gathering where everyone brought their family and hung out enjoying snacks and punch in her beautifully-decorated home.

And when I say decorated, I don't just mean lights and I don't just mean that she put out a hand towel with Santa on it and called it a day; this house was amazing. Every single thing that could possibly be changed for the holidays, from the toothbrush holder in the bathroom to the oven mitts in the kitchen to the throw pillows in the living room to each and every knick-knack throughout the entire rest of the house was Christmas-themed.

You'd think that it would be a bit much to look at, but really it wasn't, it all looked incredible. From that day on I've wondered where in the world she could have found all of that cute decor... and then I was introduced to Collections Etc. and it just might be the answer.

One of the fastest growing and highly successful giftware catalog companies out there, Collections Etc. provides its customers with unique gifts, home essentials and garden accessories that are almost all, get this, $19.99 or less. As they have their own merchandising team to design many of their decorative and fun products, you end up with a one-of-a-kind item that is sure to bring a smile to your family and friends.

Browsing through the Christmas decorations and gift ideas, there were so many things that were just plain fun... not to mention affordable. From the Holiday Imprint Cookie Presses to the Snowman Chair Back Cover Set, there were more than a few things that I knew Big Sister E and Little Sister B would enjoy seeing pulled out every year when the holidays roll around.

However, as I'm having Big Sister E help and learn more about the act of gift-giving, I knew that she would enjoy distributing small tokens of appreciation in the Santa Pants Gift and Treat Bags... and who wouldn't get a laugh out of receiving one of these?
This set of six red felt gift bags come complete with all of the cute details that are sure to cause our recipients to have a double-take when they receive them. From the faux fur cuffs to the black belt and buckle to the suspenders for handles... as I pulled these out of the box, I couldn't help but smile.

The first thing I noticed was the 9" x 11½" size, which is just right for filling with a small gift box, holiday candy, some homemade cookies or just about anything else that we decide on. Taking a closer look, I found that these Santa Pants really are just as adorable in person as they were in the Collections Etc. catalog and that they are much higher quality that I expected - every seam is actually sewn, not just glued together.
Grabbing some brightly-colored tissue paper, Big Sister E and I tried a few different options for ways that she wants these bags to look to give to her teachers at school.

Now all we have to do is make sure we have some sweets and a gift card tucked inside and we'll be ready to bring these with us to surprise our two favorite teachers. Big Sister E is just slightly excited about being able to do that...

For thousands of one-of-a-kind items that are sure to leave your friends and family wondering, "Where in the world did you find that?" Collections Etc. has something fun for your home or to give as a great gift. Also, even though we are more than happy with these cute Santa Pants Gift and Treat Bags, it is also great to know that all of the merchandise that Collections Etc. offers is covered by their 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so that you don't have to worry.

From seasonal to baking to gardening, Collections Etc. has items that you're sure to enjoy all year long. And if their already-low prices aren't enough (these six Santa Pants Bags are only $12.99, making them the same price as a plain paper gift bag you'll find in the store!) you can join their Green & Gold Savings Club for extra savings... or just enter the promo code 3JPRMB from now until December 29 at checkout and receive an extra 10% off!

And, thanks to the generosity of Collections Etc., one person will be able to choose their favorite unique items for any season, whether they be fun and whimsical or classic and practical, because...

One lucky person will win a $20 gift certificate to Collections Etc.!

To enter to win: Visit Collections Etc. and tell me one of the great items that you might purchase with this gift certificate.

Extra Entries (available after the mandatory entry above is completed; please leave a separate comment for each entry in order for them to be counted).

1 Extra Entry if you head over to A Mom's Balancing Act and enter to win a $20 gift certificate to Collections Etc. over there as well!
1 Extra Entry (per method) if you follow Collections Etc. on Twitter, sign up to receive great deals through their email newsletter (found in the upper and lower right of their homepage) and/or Like them on Facebook. 1 more Extra Entry if you fill in the blank and leave the following message on their wall: Collections Etc. has so many fun and unique holiday products - my favorite is the ________! I just entered to win a $20 gift certificate at Thanks, Mail Carrier! http://bit.ly/gz5QLF
1 Extra Entry (per giveaway entered) - Enter any (or all) of the Holiday Gift Guide giveaways (Checking Our List giveaways ONLY) running on Thanks, Mail Carrier for the duration of this giveaway.
1 Extra Entry if you follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway by copying and pasting the tweet below and leaving me the link. Tweet daily for an extra entry every day!

Checking Our List 38: #WIN a $20 GC from @CollectionsEtc for unique decor, gifts and more! #thxmailcarrier http://bit.ly/gz5QLF #giveaway

2 Extra Entries (per follow method) if you follow me with Google Friend Connect, subscribe to my RSS feed, subscribe to Thanks, Mail Carrier by email or become a fan on Facebook.
3 Extra Entries if you put my cute button up on your blog. Please leave an address where it can be found.
3 Extra Entries if you have our Checking Our List {Holiday Gift Guide 2010} button up on your blog. Please leave an address where it can be found.
3 Extra Entries if you blog about this giveaway linking back to Thanks, Mail Carrier and Collections Etc. Please leave an address where it can be found.

Giveaway will end on January 7th at 11:59pm CST. Do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile, I have to have a way to contact the winner. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

A big thank you to Collections Etc. for providing Santa Pants Gift and Treat Bags for me to review as well as a $20 gift certificate for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

807 comments:

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LambAround said...

I think I would put my certificate toward a 3 piece art glass necklace set :)

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Debbi said...

I would love the Women's Red Mock Cardigan.

hockman1(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Marlene said...

I like the
Matching Pink Quilted Tote and Makeup Bag Set.

Trudy
onlyjustine at yahoo dot com

Debbi said...

I entered the giveaway at Mom's Balancing Act.

hockman1(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Marlene said...

i entered the giveaway at A Mom's Balancing Act.

Trudy
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Debbi said...

I'm a follower (google) #1
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Debbi said...

I'm a follower (google) #2
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Marlene said...

I entered the Bissell giveaway.

Trudy
onlyjustine at yahoo dot com

yonca said...

I have a Christmas double oven glove, bought it years ago and I use it all year long.
Rooster Kitchen Dish Drying Rack is cute:)xx

Jus and Kat said...

I'd like the Slow Cooker. We need to replace ours that just broke. :P

Jus and Kat said...

I Enter the Collections Etc. giveaway over at A Mom's Balancing Act.

wigget said...

i would get the Set of 2 Casserole Totes Carrying Bags

wigget said...

receive their email newsletter

wigget said...

subscriber

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subscriber 2

wigget said...

Entered the Collections Etc. $20 GC Giveaway at A Mom's Balancing Act

Trena said...

I love all their throws, so I would probably purchase one (or two!) of those :)

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laura20v said...

i really like the Glow In The Dark Snowman Dishwasher Cover Magnet
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laura20v said...

GFC follower. laura20v@hotmail.com

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email subscriber. laura20v@hotmail.com

jenzen69 said...

i would like the crawl abouts for baby
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jenzen69 said...

entered at moms balancing act
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ashleynichole said...

I would get the NFL slippers for my dad :)
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ashleynichole said...

I follow GFC #1
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ashleynichole said...

I follow GFC #2
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Erika said...

I would use it toward The Nativity Story Sculpted Table Decoration. Thank you!
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Erika said...

Entered: ATG Stores

Erika said...

Entered: Hayneedle

Erika said...

Entered: Build A Bear

Erika said...

Entered: Magic Cabin

delaney's mom said...

i would def. get the Set of 2 Casserole Totes Carrying Bags. i love that idea!

delaney's mom said...

i follow via GFC (1)

delaney's mom said...

i follow via GFC (2)

Darcey said...

I like the snowman napkin holder and salt and pepper shaker set.

Darcey said...

Entered at a mom's balancing act.

Darcey said...

Like Collections Etc on Facebook.

Darcey said...

Following Collections Etc on twitter. dlynn83

Darcey said...

Subscribed to Collections Etc E-mail newsletter.

Darcey said...

Posted a message on their wall.

Darcey said...

Entered Amazon gift card. checking our list 34.

Darcey said...

Following you on Twitter. dlynn83

Darcey said...

Facebook fan 1.

Darcey said...

Facebook fan 2.

Darcey said...

E-mail subscriber 1.

Darcey said...

E-mail subscriber 2.

Darcey said...

GFC follower 1.

Darcey said...

GFC follower 2.

Darcey said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/dlynn83/status/15175418910871552

Jackie said...

I might purchase the Stainless Steel Automatic Soap Dispenser. Thanks for the review and giveaway!
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Jackie said...

I entered at A Mom's Balancing Act
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Jackie said...

I follow via google friend connect #1
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Jackie said...

I follow via google friend connect #2
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strawberry said...

I would purchase Dianna Marcum Gingerbread Themed Wall Stickers. strawberry_sweetheart39@yahoo.com

strawberry said...

I entered the giveaway over at Mom's Balancing Act. strawberry_sweetheart39@yahoo.com

strawberry said...

I follow collections Etc. on twitter. user name is strawberry_39. strawberry_sweetheart39@yahoo.com

strawberry said...

I like Collections Etc. on facebook. user name Sally Grubbs. strawberry_sweetheart39@yahoo.com

strawberry said...

#1 I follow you GFC. strawberry_sweetheart39@yahoo.com

strawberry said...

#2 I follow you GFC. strawberry_sweetheart39@yahoo.com

strawberry said...

#1 I subscribe to you by email. strawberry_sweetheart39@yahoo.com

strawberry said...

#2 I subscribe to you by email. strawberry_sweetheart39@yahoo.com

strawberry said...

#1 I am a fan of yours on facebook. user name is Sally Grubbs. strawberry_sweetheart39@yahoo.com

strawberry said...

#2 I am a fan of yours on facebook. user name is Sally Grubbs. strawberry_sweetheart39@yahoo.com

Laura C said...

I may purchase 6 collectible
Hand Ceramic Bells Set.

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Laura C said...

Enter at Mom Balancing Act
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Laura C said...

I entered Betty Crocker Mashed Potatoes Giveaway.
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joycemlinek said...

I like the musical color changing lighted church and scene.

joycemlinek said...

I follow Collections, etc. on twitter.

joycemlinek said...

I signed up for Collections, etc. e-mails.

joycemlinek said...

I like you on fb.

joycemlinek said...

I left a message on Collectionns, etc. facebook wall.

joycemlinek said...

I follow you on twitter and tweeted @joycemlinek.

joycemlinek said...

I follow you on Google Friend Connect.

joycemlinek said...

I follow you on Google Friend Connect.

Janet Jackson said...

I'd love to get a couple of these http://www.collectionsetc.com/Product/lighted-christmas-tree-topiary.aspx/_/N-nd1s


Janet Jackson
i_luv_lordcyan@yahoo.com

Janet Jackson said...

I entered to win at A Mom's Balancing Act too! :)

Janet Jackson
i_luv_lordcyan@yahoo.com

Janet Jackson said...

I liked you on fb

Janet Jackson
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Janet Jackson said...

I liked you on fb #2

Janet Jackson
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Janet Jackson said...

I subscribed to you by email

Janet Jackson
i_luv_lordcyan@yahoo.com

Janet Jackson said...

I subscribed to you by email #2

Janet Jackson
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Janet Jackson said...

I subscribed to your RSS feed

Janet Jackson
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Janet Jackson said...

I subscribed to your RSS Feed #2

Janet Jackson
i_luv_lordcyan@yahoo.com

Sabrina said...

I would like to have the covered casserole dish
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Darcey said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/dlynn83/status/15421229007642624

Anonymous said...

I would buy the Toy Story 3 look and find book for my son.

Molls94@yahoo.com

Bethany C. said...

I might get the touch and brush hands free toothpaste dispenser to tidy up the bathroom

b(dot)cardone(at)hotmail(dot)com

Bethany C. said...

follow collections etc on twitter bcardoo79

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Bethany C. said...

I am signed up for their newsletter

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Bethany C. said...

like collections etc on fb bethany cardone

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Bethany C. said...

gfc follower

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Bethany C. said...

gfc follower 2

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Bethany C. said...

subscribe to feed in google reader

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Bethany C. said...

subscribe to feed in google reader 2

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Bethany C. said...

email subscriber

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Bethany C. said...

email subscriber 2

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Bethany C. said...

like you on fb bethany cardone

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Bethany C. said...

like you on fb bethany cardone 2

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Bethany C. said...

entered zooper

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Bethany C. said...

entered giftzip

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Bethany C. said...

entered cuisipro

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Bethany C. said...

entered construction site puzzle

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Bethany C. said...

entered bissell

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Bethany C. said...

entered umi shoes

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Bethany C. said...

entered rody horse

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Bethany C. said...

entered aeromax

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Bethany C. said...

entered atg stores

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Bethany C. said...

entered at a mom's balancing act

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Janet Jackson said...

I entered your build a bear giveaway

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Kristen said...

I'd get the Chili Making Kit for a friend.

Kristen said...

I entered the giveaway at A Mom's Balancing Act.

Kristen said...

I have your button on my blog (1)
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Kristen said...

I have your button on my blog (2)
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Kristen said...

I have your button on my blog (3)
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Kristen said...

I have your holiday button on my blog (1)
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Kristen said...

I have your holiday button on my blog (2)
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Kristen said...

I have your holiday button on my blog (3)
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Kristen said...

entered Hearts for Hearts

Kristen said...

entered Magic Cabin

Kristen said...

entered ATG

Kristen said...

entered Hayneedle

Kristen said...

entered Aeromax

Kristen said...

entered Build A Bear

Kristen said...

entered Maukilo

Kristen said...

entered Cafe Press

Alison said...

I would buy a pillow pet for my son (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

I entered at a mom's balancing act (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

I like collections etc on fb (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

I subscribe via email (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

I subscribe via email (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

I like your page on fb (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

I like your page on fb (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

entered ATG giveaway (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

entered hayneedle giveaway (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

entered aeromax giveaway (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

entered build a bear giveaway (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

entered rody horse giveaway (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

entered eat smart giveaway (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

entered crafty kids giveaway (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

entered gourmet gift baskets giveaway (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

entered blabla's basil bunny giveaway (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

entered umi giveaway (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

entered cafe press giveaway (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

entered curious chef giveaway (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

entered kolcraft giveaway (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

entered bissell giveaway (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

entered carson-dellosa giveaway (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

entered cuisipro giveaway (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

entered amazon gift zip giveaway (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

entered zooper giveaway (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

entered hearts for hearts giveaway (alidear at hotmail dot com)

Alison said...

entered build a bear giveaway (alidear at hotmail dot com)

brenda said...

i like the snowman area rug

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brenda said...

i follow collections on twitter, showdown561

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brenda said...

collections email subscriber

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brenda said...

i like collections on fb, brenda gaines

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brenda said...

i follow you on twitter as showdown561 and tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/showdown561/status/15613095992893440

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brenda said...

i follow via gfc, brenda 1

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brenda said...

i follow via gfc, brenda 2

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brenda said...

email subscriber 1

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brenda said...

email subscriber 2

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brenda said...

i like you on fb, brenda gaines 1

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brenda said...

i like you on fb, brenda gaines 2

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Laura C said...

gfc 1
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Laura C said...

gfc 2
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Laura C said...

I enter $25 Amazon card on BestDiscovery.

pcollins@viscom.net

Jessica said...

I would like the Faux Holiday Wreath Chair Decoration with Hook
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Jessica said...

I follow through twitter and tweeted
http://twitter.com/jjak2003/status/15658690602336256
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Jessica said...

I follow you through google friend connect
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Jessica said...

I follow you through google friend connect 2
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Jessica said...

I subscribe to your RSS feed via google reader
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Jessica said...

I subscribe to your RSS feed via google reader 2
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Jessica said...

I subscribe to your blog via e-mail
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Jessica said...

I subscribe to your blog via e-mail 2
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Jessica said...

I'm your facebook fan (Jessica Miller)
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Jessica said...

I'm your facebook fan (Jessica Miller)2
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CherylS22 said...

I might use the GC to get a Stainless Steel Automatic Soap Dispenser.

Thanks for the giveaway......
Happy Holidays!
megalon22 at yahoo dot com

CherylS22 said...

Became a FB fan of Collections Etc.
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CherylS22 said...

Left the message on Collections, Etc FB wall
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CherylS22 said...

I entered the ATG Stores giveaway
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CherylS22 said...

I entered the Gourmet Gift Baskets giveaway
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CherylS22 said...

I entered the CafePress giveaway
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CherylS22 said...

I entered the Hayneedle giveaway
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CherylS22 said...

I entered the GiftZip giveaway
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CherylS22 said...

GFC follower
#1
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CherylS22 said...

GFC follower
#2
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CherylS22 said...

RSS feed subscriber (Google Reader)
#1
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CherylS22 said...

RSS feed subscriber (Google Reader)
#2
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CherylS22 said...

E-mail subscriber
#1
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CherylS22 said...

E-mail subscriber
#2
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CherylS22 said...

FB fan of Thanks, Mail Carrier
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CherylS22 said...

FB fan of Thanks, Mail Carrier
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CherylS22 said...

I entered the CSN Stores giveaway
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sfyates said...

I like the candy cane door hanger, I need something to hang on my door for the holidays.

lfhpueblo said...

Over at Collections Etc. I think I'd pick the Nature's Songbirds Fleece Throw Blanket #19830 because it is very pretty. I love birds, but I can't have any real ones because I'm allergic to feathers.
lfhpueblo at msn dot com

lfhpueblo said...

I also entered over at A Mom's Balancing Act.
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lfhpueblo said...

I Follow Collections Etc. on Twitter.
Twitter ID lfhpueblo
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Meredith said...

Twin Draft Guard are something that we really need with all this cold weather!

lfhpueblo said...

I signed up to receive the Collections Etc. email newsletter.
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lfhpueblo said...

I already Like Collections Etc. on Facebook.
Lauralee Hensley
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lfhpueblo said...

I Follow Thanks, Mail Carrier on Twitter (Twitter ID lfhpueblo) and tweeted at http://twitter.com/#!/lfhpueblo/status/16009864362860544
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lfhpueblo said...

1. I Follow Thanks, Mail Carrier via Google Friend Connect.
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