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myklia
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2011 07:52:49 PM »

But that doesn't make sense.  I am thinking it would be cheaper to send each partner 10 small items to uglify their sweater than mail the sweater with the 10 items on it.  Am I misunderstanding?  Either way you are sending 10 items, either without the sweater or with the sweater.
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« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2011 07:55:47 PM »

But that doesn't make sense.  I am thinking it would be cheaper to send each partner 10 small items to uglify their sweater than mail the sweater with the 10 items on it.  Am I misunderstanding?  Either way you are sending 10 items, either without the sweater or with the sweater.

ooooohh I misread! Oops! Sorry!!

I thought that we were sending 10 items to a person they would incorporate them onto a sweater and THEN send the sweater back. My fault.
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« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2011 07:58:47 PM »

Okay, good to know.
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« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2011 08:02:11 PM »

I definitely would rather have someone uglify the sweater for me! I'm afraid that if I received the items to add that I just wouldn't make it ugly enough. If I was working on a sweater for someone else, I would have no hesitation in making it absolutely tacky looking!

So, maybe to cut down on shipping, we send a sweater or sweatshirt to one partner, who decorates it and sends it back. Maybe we could also send along 5 items as potential decorations, with the stipulation that our partner has to use at least 3 of them, in addition to the items that they have to add (10? 20 seems like a lot).

Or, instead of shipping a sweater, you'd get your partners size and find an inexpensive sweater or sweatshirt to alter. That way you'd only have to ship the decorated sweater. Maybe it could be an option... I know I have a sweater I can send, but I also know I could find a cheap sweatshirt (and probably sweater, too). Also, I wouldn't mind if the sweater was thrifted (as long as it was clean and didn't have that thrift store funky smell Smiley ).
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« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2011 08:57:19 PM »

I am sadly very large and I fear someone getting something too small.  So how about this then:

  • One partner
  • You send your clothing item (doesn't have to be a sweater, sometime t-shirts/sweatshirts/vests/other shirts or items may be easier to find or you want something other than a sweater).
  • Your partner then uglifies it as they please, but say does a minimum of ___ things to it (what do people think is a reasonable number?).  That could include painting (say paint ___ number of motifs on it), attaching applique (embroidery/knit/crochet/whatever) to it, or other items.  Can include altering clothing item such adding a hood, that would be one thing. 
  • There would be two send dates.  One date to send your item to be uglified to your partner and another date for your partner to send it back.



Let me know your thoughts.  

Also let me know what you prefer as far as sign ups and send out dates so it doesn't interfere too much with the upcoming holidays.  Would you prefer sign ups for say three weeks in August with send outs in mid October or sign ups in September with final send out in mid November?  

The first send out, when you send out your item to your partner would be maybe a couple days or I'm thinking a week after sign ups end.  The reason is then you have a chance to talk to your partner, it might influence what clothing item you send to them, if not, you can also send your clothing item right after partners are assigned..
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« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2011 02:19:02 AM »

I think, even though having your sweater twisted by only one person is a little less mysterious, it's probably a little more doable. As far as shipping time goes, as long as I don't exceed the 2 kilo ( 4 pounds) limit, it'll take one week to ship it to the U.S. while sending something the other way seems to take more than 3 weeks....
I'd love to take part and get an american-style-crazy-Christmas-sweater Grin I like craftADDchick's idea- I think the minimum of 10 things is great with the idea of sending a number of 5 extras, out of which your partner should have to use at least 3.. That sounds like a whole lot of fun. Grin
If you incorporate international swapping, sign-ups and the first shipping date should be as early as possible, just to make sure you don't have to wear the thing in January Wink
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« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2011 05:51:51 AM »

I'd like final send-outs to be closer to mid-November (definitely before Thanksgiving), and I'd like to have the sweater in hand by Columbus Day. The start of my school year this year is going to have some added stress, and having a long weekend on Columbus Day weekend would give me a chance to make a good dent in it.

But, since it's not all about me Wink whatever works best for everyone will be fine, I'm sure Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2011 06:14:19 AM »

I like this, so as to work with the fact of international swappers.  Sign ups in the last three weeks of August (start next Saturday).  This way we can have one week discussion of the details (hmmmm...I will need to find something to have uglified Smiley).  Send out your item to your partner by the Saturday after labor day in the US (if not sooner, you decide)(I'm not looking up the exact dates at the moment, but it would be early September).  Then your partner would send it back to you late October/early November.  Hopefully then everyone will have at least a month, if not more, to uglify the clothing item.  Hopefully the send out will be early enough for people to receive by Thanksgiving in the US.  I will look at exact dates later. (Eh, Sunday morning and I'm relaxing with the computer and the newspaper Wink).

I'd love to take part and get an american-style-crazy-Christmas-sweater Grin

Awesome!!!!
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« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2011 02:01:40 PM »

I've never done a swap, but this sounds fun! My school had an ugly Christmas sweater contest and it became epic
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« Reply #19 on: July 31, 2011 06:10:16 PM »

This is such a fabulous idea! My sister and I bought the ugliest Halloween vests as Savers last year. We should have gone for broke and purchased the hideous Christmas ones!!
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