Saturday, March 19, 2011

Etsy Sellers Show Love to Japan and How to Help

Japan Relief Vintage Mirror by SodaPress
Etsy sellers are very concerned about the situation in Japan and many of you are asking how you can help.  Here are a few ideas, and some official advice from Etsy.

Some of our very own sellers like RetroBabs are donating proceeds from certain items to the Japan Tsunami Relief Fund  .Bottlehood is working on launching something, and Eco Friendly Freckles has jumped on the bandwagon to help the relief efforts in Japan.  She explains that she will be sending 20% of all of her hand-painted upcycled decoupage canister and tin sales to the Salvation Army’s earthquake relief efforts in Japan.
Eco Friendly Freckles is titling her canisters JAPAN RELIEF and indicating she is donating 20%Additionally she is announcing it in her shop announcement, and cross promoting on her blog.

Other sellers are donating portions of their proceeds to the Red Cross.

Items are being cross promoted on twitter, blogs, and sites like HandmadeTop10, which has a list where you can add up to 2 of your Japan Relief items from your shop for free, which gives you more exposure to the "voters" who visit the site.  This list will close in 12 days but the winner remains on the front page!

"Causes" has raised $700,000 already.  There are other organizations handling relief, but I want to warn you there has been news of some "scam" relief efforts, so please thoroughly check your organization to ensure it's legit.  Read this warning.

So what does Etsy say?  I thought I'd share with you this announcement as found in the Etsy Forums posted by lisajune, which I am cutting and pasting here and it gives you much more info and how to tag your items accordingly!
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lisajune says Edited on Mar 16, 2011

Update! Help Japan and Get involved with Earthquake Relief


Find and join Teams to connect with those touched by crisis and organize aid relief:
http://www.etsy.com/teams/search/japan


To find sellers donating proceeds to this cause search 'artistaid' or 'joyforjapan'.


If you're a seller donating proceeds of your sales to earthquake relief, tag the items 'artistaid' or 'joyforjapan'. You can also use this tag on Treasury lists.


You can also donate money directly via Paypal:
https://www.paypal-donations.com/pp-charity/web.us/campaign.jsp?cid=-12

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Every little bit helps, so never think your donation isn't worthy.




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