Sunday, March 1, 2009

Our Very First Giveaway!

We have decided it is high-time for us to have a giveaway here on our blog. If you participate in the following survey you will be entered in a chance to win this lovely A Prickly Pair toiletries giftset. This giftset includes a lavender-vanilla scented, rose-shaped soap paired with a Royal Albert "The Ancestrial Series" Saucer. As well as a matching lavender-vanilla scented, rose-shaped solid lotion in a pink floral giftbox and a lavender-vanilla room spray.

These A Prickly Pair toiletries are made by a local mother/daughter team right here in Ohio and we are very proud to be able to offer them to our customers in our bricks and mortar shop.



If you would like to be entered into the drawing for this giftset all you need to do is leave us a comment with your answers to the following survey questions between now and 12:00 A.M. EST Sunday, March 8, 2009. We will then write out an entry slip for each person who comments and will put them in a bowl, shake it around and pull out the winner.

We will then contact the winner through their blogger account to get all the pertinent shipping details. If we have not gotten a response within a week, we reserve the right to hold another drawing.


Here's the survey:

Question #1:
Do you shop in small towns and if so how many times a year?

Question #2:
If yes, how do you find the small towns to visit? I.E. Word of Mouth, Magazines, Internet etc...

Question #3:
About how much would you say you typically spend in a given trip?

Question #4:
Do you prefer day trips or overnight getaways?

Question #5:
Do you visit with your significant other, friends, family or do you prefer to shop alone?

Question #6:
If you do prefer an overnight getaway what sort of packages appeal to you?

Question #7:
What are important draws for you for visiting a small town? I.E. Historical sites, shopping, eating, entertainment, nature etc...

Question #8:
When shopping in a small town what do you look for?

Question #9:
What sorts of shops catch your eye and your attention enough that you are likely to go inside and shop and what turns you off?

Question #10
At the end of the day, what sorts of things are you likely to be bringing home with you?

Thank you! We can't wait to hear what all of you have to say!

23 comments:

Carolyn G said...

What a great giveaway!!

Here are my answers:
Question #1:
I live in a small town so I shop there. I also visit the small towns around where I live and do shop there. When we travel, I like stopping in small towns because you never know what you will find.

Question #2:
Word of mouth and also travel guides.

Question #3:
Depends. If I like something I will pay whatever is worth. But I always buy something even if it's just something small.

Question #4:
Overnight getaways

Question #5:
I like shopping alone but if the SO is there I drag him along.

Question #6:
I like spa packages.

Question #7:
Historical sites for sure.

Question #8:
Local items.

Question #9:
I like beauty stores and antiques.

Question #10
Local handmade items. Pottery, food stuff.

ABCDErica said...

Love the giveaway!

Question #1:
Do you shop in small towns and if so how many times a year?
I live in a town with a pop. of about 200,000 so I pretty much shop here numerous times. :)

Question #2:
If yes, how do you find the small towns to visit?
Usually, a car and living close to other small towns

Question #3:
About how much would you say you typically spend in a given trip?
A week or two but if you're talking about money, I'm not sure. It depends on if I like it. My rule, or actually, the rule I picked up from my aunt is that if I'm not sure I want it, to not get it and if I still want it when I get home, to go back and get it. Now that saves a lot of money!

Question #4:
Do you prefer day trips or overnight getaways?
Day trips

Question #5:
Do you visit with your significant other, friends, family or do you prefer to shop alone?
I usually shop with my family minus the dad and friends as well. About my boyfriend, well, not so much...
Question #6:
If you do prefer an overnight getaway what sort of packages appeal to you?
N/A

Question #7:
What are important draws for you for visiting a small town?
The small town shops that carry one-of-a-kind and homemade items.

Question #8:
When shopping in a small town what do you look for?
For me, I love antique shopping and book fairs.

Question #9:
What sorts of shops catch your eye and your attention enough that you are likely to go inside and shop and what turns you off?
Antiques and record stores

Question #10
At the end of the day, what sorts of things are you likely to be bringing home with you?
Well, right now I've been buying feathers and beads for my crafts-hair pieces.

MJ said...

Question #1: Yes, I live in and around small towns!


Question #2:
New small towns...word of mouth.

Question #3:
$50 - 100

Question #4:
day trips

Question #5:
with hubby or sister

Question #6:
rarely do overnight

Question #7:
local history and auctions/flea markets

Question #8:
When shopping in a small town what do you look for?

Question #9:
any book store and tasteful shop windows

Question #10
books, homemade crafts, and homemade jellys, relishes etc

Jamie said...

Here are my answers for you:

Question #1:
Do you shop in small towns and if so how many times a year? Yes, I love little one-of-a-kind boutiques. Even in my current town, which is larger, I seek out small boutiques. I travel alot, to see friends-maybe 10-12 times a year.

Question #2:
If yes, how do you find the small towns to visit? I.E. Word of Mouth, Magazines, Internet etc... Usually they are near friends, and/or through word of mouth

Question #3:
About how much would you say you typically spend in a given trip? $200+

Question #4:
Do you prefer day trips or overnight getaways? Overnight, so I'm not so rushed.

Question #5:
Do you visit with your significant other, friends, family or do you prefer to shop alone? Usually friends, we leave the husbands and have fun shopping!

Question #6:
If you do prefer an overnight getaway what sort of packages appeal to you? I'm not sure about this question, but I like B&Bs. The package doesn't really matter

Question #7:
What are important draws for you for visiting a small town? I.E. Historical sites, shopping, eating, entertainment, nature etc... Shopping, Eating, entertainment, probably in that order

Question #8:
When shopping in a small town what do you look for? One-of-a-kind shops, that I can't find in my town

Question #9:
What sorts of shops catch your eye and your attention enough that you are likely to go inside and shop and what turns you off? Interesting store fronts, even if they're in old houses, they still look modern, not like something my grandmother would decorate

Question #10
At the end of the day, what sorts of things are you likely to be bringing home with you? Candles, trinkets, wine stoppers, monogrammed things (including soap), anything really that catches my eye

Thank you! We can't wait to hear what all of you have to say! Thank you for the giveaway! Hope these answers help!

Wehaf said...

Question #1: When I visit small towns, I frequently shop there, but I don't travel very much.

Question #2: I never visit them because they are small towns, but because I have friends or business there, or am passing through. So I don't actively look for them.

Question #3: $20-40.

Question #4: Longer trips.

Question #5: Mostly with friends and family.

Question #6: I normally stay with friends so I don't need any kind of package deals.

Question #7: See my answer to Question 2.

Question #8: I look for interesting and unusual handmade pieces, especially wood and pottery.

Question #9: I like simple, classic displays. I don't like a lot of frills or gendered displays.

Question #10: Usable pieces such as dishes, vases, cooking utensils, etc.

urchiken at gmail dot com

Stephanie said...

Question #1:
Yes, when I am in small towns. Not that often.

Question #2:
I come upon them or am visiting people there.

Question #3:
Not much. I'm a college student.

Question #4:
Day trips.

Question #5:
I like to shop with others.

Question #6:
Prefer day...

Question #7:
I love historical settings. Food is very important too though.

Question #8:
Cute stuff.

Question #9:
Something different and unique but stylish.

Question #10
Something not too expensive that I could not find somewhere else.

allthatblooms.net said...

Question #1:
I live in and near several small towns. I LOVE visiting small-town shops :)

Question #2:
Just driving by/through usually

Question #3:
It depends on the town and shop

Question #4:
I love overnight getaways, but day-trips are usually what works for us

Question #5:
With my husband usually

Question #6:
I'm a food lover, so anything that includes meals lol. My husband goes for thing hat include golf, historic tours, etc.

Question #7:
For myself personally, anything unique, great restaurants, nice places to relax (parks, etc).

Question #8:
Other thing to do, because my husband gets bored.

Question #9:
I LOVE "schabby chic" things, so aything like that, thrift stores, flea markets, etc. I'm not much of a fan of sports stores.

Question #10
I tend to buy a lot for my girly/pink kitchen.. or just girly pink things in general :)

Tiffany
http://www.allthatblooms.net
raspberrykitty at aol

homemomma said...

Question #1:
Yes, no less than twice a week!

Question #2:
Place of residence

Question #3:
Not very much. One income family!

Question #4:
Day trips

Question #5:
Shop with family

Question #6:
anything with coasters! :)

Question #7:
Historical and family oriented

Question #8:
Good prices and cute shops

Question #9:
pretty, feminine clothes and accessories

Question #10
smellies and fabric!

Jenna said...

Question #1:
Yes, quite often (10-15 times/year?)

Question #2:
Family tradition, word of mouth, visiting friends

Question #3:
Depends on what I find! Anywhere from $5-$50

Question #4:
Both have their place

Question #5:
Depends - can be fun to shop with friends.

Question #6:
Things that are historical and provide you with meals

Question #7:
History, culture, good eats!

Question #8:
Good parking, cute storefronts, eclectic shops

Question #9:
Turned off by generic, cutesy stuff - I like eclectic mixes

Question #10
Textiles, ceramics, jewelry

demmi said...

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Question 1:
Maybe once a year when im on vacation

Question #2:
I dont "find" it its useually wherever I happen to be going haha

Question #3:
OHh I can spend a good amount, like when I go to tahoe Im always coming home with like $50 + on items (for myself) and then some gifts lol

Question #4:
Overnight but I like day trips to closer places

Question #5:
Just depends, I like going alone because I dont have to feel rushed

Question #6:
Im unsure

Question #7:
Nature is the most importnat when I go out of town its because im trying to escape and get into a more natural enviornment

Question #8:
Things that match my room, match things i collect like some cat stuff, and sometimes represent the town like merchandise with names of the places on it etc

Question #9:
Any smaller type of shop tends to catch my eyes. when im out I try to avoid big chains and go into all the small shops

Question #10
maybe a clothing piece, a fuzzy kitty for my collection, some post cards and some gifts

greeneginger said...

Greetings from Ohio too:)
1. Yes i visit small towns but only ones that are close to my city.
2.word of mouth and Cleveland Magazine.
3.unfortunately under $50. If my mom goes she spends a little more on average.
4.Day trips,mostly because of my dogs at home.
5.I travel to one little town with my mom quite often. Sometimes my boyfriend and i will take short trips in the warmer weather.
6.No overnight getaways in the near future for me to think about at this time :)
7.I really enjoy Historical sites now that i am older!! I also look for specialty shopping and small resale stores that i wouldn't get to visit regularly.
8.Stores that are having special sales is always great.Also stores that are close together are helpful for the time factor.
9.I like Pagan and Victorian shops. I also like Bath and Body and Herbs!!
10.I come home with things like perfume oils,soaps and incense.Also charms,beads,magazines and tea:)

I have been enjoying your blog..Thank you:)

cyclona66@aol.com

Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) said...

Question #1: No (but I'd like to).

Question #2: N/A

Question #3: N/A

Question #4: Overnight getaways.

Question #5: I would visit with my significant other.

Question #6: A budget package would appeal to me.

Question #7: Historical sites, shopping, eating.

Question #8: I'd look for unique items that aren't readily available in a city.

Question #9: Cozy cottage or rustic prim types. Forceful or nagging salespeople are a turn off.

Question #10: Arts & crafts and food type items.

*Thanks* for the giveaway!
blog[at]theluckyladybug[dot]org

elsiee said...

I don't get to shop in small towns very often because I love the "big" cities, but I wanted to say that your blog is lovely!

just discovered you on the etsy forum thread - i'd love it if you'd come visit me sometime:

http://namaste-elsiee.blogspot.com/

judybrittle said...

Question #1
I do shop in small towns but they are so far away I only go a couple times a year

Question #2
Word of mouth

Question #3
I usually spend around $50.00

Question #4
I love staying overnight to make it a mini vacation

Question #5
I go with family my 3 daughters and my sister

Question #6
We love casino gambling packages

Question #7
Shopping,eating,entertainment and of course slot machines.

Question #8
I look for handmade or cute fun items for the grandkids

Question #9
I love children's shops or any cute novelty stores
I do not like antique stores just because there are too many of those

Question #10
Food,gifts for the grandkids,handmade items and hopefully some winnings.
Thank you so much!

kat said...

Question #1:
Yes, as often as i could! Definitely not less than 5x a year

Question #2:
Word of mouth, research from blogs of people who have gone there;

Question #3:
I'm from abroad but for a trip to a samll town, 100 dollars is huge!

Question #4:
Overnight getaways

Question #5:
I like shopping alone and with others

Question #6:
Bed and breakfast, with free suggestions as to where to go etc

Question #7:
cultural spots, nice, secluded tourist spots, neighborhood markerts

Question #8:
definitely uniqueness, the fact that i can only find what i bought there

Question #9:
specialty shops, health and wellness, and beauty shops

Question #10
all that i can possibly buy! but generally more of the smaller things...easier to carry =)

katch05 at gmail dot com

GretchenM90 said...

Question #1:
I live in a very large city so when I get the chance to venture out I shop in small towns about 3-4 times a year.

Question #2:
Word of mouth for sure.

Question #3:
Between $5-$50

Question #4:
I like day trips :] Sunshine!

Question #5:
Usually with my sister or mom.

Question #6:
I did stay in a B&B once last year for a Scrapbooking Shop Hop, so that was fun!

Question #7:
Definately Historical spots and for the food! MMmmmm

Question #8:
Clothing and scrapbooking are my weaknesses.

Question #9:
Fudge shops! lol, it has to have a homely friendly non-cluttered feel to it or its a big turn off and I probably wouldnt go in.

Question #10
Lots of food, clothing, local handmades, magnets, and lots of pictures! :]

Suanne said...

Question #1:
Do you shop in small towns and if so how many times a year? - I live in NYC and in suburban NJ, so not often at all. Maybe twice a year?

Question #2:
If yes, how do you find the small towns to visit? I.E. Word of Mouth, Magazines, Internet etc...
Just passing through on a day trip usually.

Question #3:
About how much would you say you typically spend in a given trip?
$100-$150 per day.

Question #4:
Do you prefer day trips or overnight getaways?
overnight if I can spare the time!

Question #5:
Do you visit with your significant other, friends, family or do you prefer to shop alone?
in small towns, its with friends, family, or the significant other.

Question #6:
If you do prefer an overnight getaway what sort of packages appeal to you?
flight and hotel. spas. breakfast. milk and cookies before bed. :)

Question #7:
What are important draws for you for visiting a small town? I.E. Historical sites, shopping, eating, entertainment, nature etc...
usually the culture and the need to just get away! nature and history are fantastic too.

Question #8:
When shopping in a small town what do you look for?
I usually don't look for anything in particular. maybe some local candy. browsing is just fun.

Question #9:
What sorts of shops catch your eye and your attention enough that you are likely to go inside and shop and what turns you off?
hate kitchy boardwalk type stores. I like the mom and pop types.

Question #10
At the end of the day, what sorts of things are you likely to be bringing home with you?
homemade candy/fudge/food. maybe local art work.

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Samantha said...

Gorgeous gift set!! Good luck with your first giveaway, I'm holding mine too!

Question #1:
I try to do this a couple of times a year.

Question #2:
Known surrounding areas, I live in Texas, they aren't hard to find. :)

Question #3:
Usually more than I have budgeted for.

Question #4:
I love day trips.

Question #5:
Significant other and often family members.

Question #6:
Don't often get to stay away from home, so not sure.

Question #7:
Love historical sites and old shopping districts.

Question #8:
Antiques and vintage shops. Handmade stuff.

Question #9:
Windows decorated all frilly draw me in. I'm a big window shopper. :)

Question #10
Clothes and housewares. I love them both.

Summer said...

Question #1:
I live outside Chicago so there aren't very many small towns to shop in...

Question #2:
Word of mouth

Question #3:
$40-50

Question #4:
I love overnight getaways!

Question #5:
I prefer to shop alone.

Question #6:
I love bed and breakfasts! If a bottle of wine is included, I don't mind...

Question #7:
Food. I love trying new restaurants.

Question #8:
Small, cozy knick knack shops

Question #9:
Warm feelings and quirky items keep me coming. Anything that feels sterile or rude I will not frequent.

Question #10
Clothes.

Suzanne said...

#1. For the past few years my job has been so demanding that I have rarely left the city although numerous small towns surround us. I do a lot of on-line shopping, especially on etsy. I like to buy vintage and handmade things there (or supplies so I can make things).

#2. When I do go outside the city I usually wander around the small downtown areas and look for interesting shops.

#3. My spending varies. I could spend nothing or I could spend hundreds.

#4. I prefer staying overnight if the destination is more than 3 hours away.

#5. I enjoy shopping with family and friends rather than alone.

#6. I'm simple. I just need a clean room and a continental breakfast.

#7. I like historical destinations and antique shops.

#8. I usually look for antiques and vintage items.

#9. Vintage and antique things attract me; "redneck" chintzy souvenirs turn me away.

#10. I'll bring back anything affordable that catches my eye.

LillyShayStyle said...

Question #1:
Yes, because I live in one.. I go shopping at least once a week.

Question #2:
Well, if I visit somewhere else, I look it up on the interenet. But I usually visite larger towns.

Question #3:
Probably on average, $200.00

Question #4:
I love overnight getaways!

Question #5:
I shop alone..I husband hates shopping and I don't have family around here.

Question #6:
Lots of free things! hehe.. Big discounts off of hotels and restaraunts.

Question #7:
Nature and shopping are the biggest things for me. I love to show my kids the outdoors and animals. So if there is a zoo or aquarium around, superb!

Question #8:
Stores with items that I can't buy where I live. Good places to eat where my kids can also play.

Question #9:
Like #8-Stores with unique items that I can't buy where I live.

Question #10
Clothes and toys.. maybe jewelry too.

janetfaye said...

Question #1: Sometimes, maybe once a year

Question #2 My family lives in a small town.

Question #3: Not very much because I am frugal when I go on trips.

Question #4: Overnight getaways

Question #5 I don't like to shop when I am visiting family, we just go out to eat or see a movie.

Question #6: I drive to visit my family overnight.

Question #7: I would have to say the dining.

Question #8 I really don't look for shops in a small town, I live in
a suburb of NYC and we have everything I would need.

Question #9: I like beauty and hair shops.

Question #10: I would most likely bring some type of food home with me or a souvenir.