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Costume-a-thon!

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Oh yes, my crafty ghosts and goblins, we’re holding the ultimate handmade costume contest, and awarding eighteen winners with over $2,000 worth of goods and prizes. Three winners will be selected in each of the following six categories: Pet, Kid & Baby, T-Shirt Costume, Sci-Fi, Green, and General Awesomeness!

Judges from Treehugger.com, Boingboing.net, Craftzine.com, Makezine.com, Babble.com, Threadless.com, and Tcritic.com are helping us pick the winners and donating cool prizes. 

The Rules:
To enter make a handmade costume and put it for sale in your Etsy shop no later than 11:59 EDT, October 26, 2007.

  • All entries must be tagged ‘costumecon’.
  • All entries must comply with Etsy’s Terms of Use, Dos and Don’ts and other Site Policies.
  • Entrants must specify which categories they want their items to be submitted by stating so in their item description. All entries will be considered for the general awesomeness category.
  • Each Etsy seller may have up to three entries in each category, but may submit the same item into as many categories as they think apply.    
  • Contest is open to U.S. residents only, due to dumb laws that we hate.
  • No purchase necessary.  You can also send us your photos and a written description (See legalities).

Categories:

Green:

Enter your sustainable, upcycled, and eco-friendly costumes! The gracious folks from Treehugger.com will be helping us judge, so get your solar-powered thinking caps on! Treehugger will also be featuring entries periodically on their website! Entries will be judged based on quality of craftsmanship, originality, and eco-bility.

Judges: Etsy and Treehugger.com (Your one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information.)

1st Place: $150 Etsy shopping spree and a $100 donation, in your name, to Conservation International.

2nd Place: A big bag of limited edition Etsy goodies: T-shirt, poster, postcards, stickers, lip balm, buttons, and a tote bag.

3rd Place: A Limited Edition Etsy Totebag.

Pet:

Dress up your hedgehogs, turtles, pups, and kittens. Entries will be judged based on best animal usage, quality of craftsmanship, and originality.

Judges: Etsy & Natalie Zee Drieu from Craftzine.com, the first project-based magazine dedicated to the renaissance that is occurring within the world of crafts.

1st Place: $150 Etsy shopping spree and The First Year of Craft (vol. 1 – 4), courtesy of the good people over at Craft!

2nd Place: A big bag of limited edition Etsy goodies: T-shirt, poster, postcards, stickers, lip balm, buttons, and a tote bag!

3rd Place: A limited edition etsy totebag.

Kid & Baby:

Get those tumbling toddlers and chubby little baby legs into a handmade costume and enter to win! Entrants will be judged on their creativity, craftsmanship, and overall adorability.

Judges: Etsy & Babble.com, the magazine and community for a new generation of parents.

1st Place: $150 Etsy shopping spree and a feature in Babble.com’s Droolicious blog for must have baby products!

2nd Place: A big bag of limited edition Etsy goodies: T-shirt, poster, postcards, stickers, lip balm, buttons, and a tote bag.

3rd Place: A limited edition etsy totebag.

T-Shirt:

Reconstruct, print and/or embellish a new or old t-shirt into a costume and enter it to win great prizes from Etsy, Threadless.com, and T-critic.com. Tees will be judged on craftsmanship and creativity.

Judges: Etsy, Threadless.com and Tcritic.com.

1st Place: $150 Etsy shopping spree and $150 Threadless bucks and a feature on Tcritic.com, the best t-shirt blog on the web!

2nd Place: A big bag of limited edition Etsy goodies: T-shirt, poster, postcards, stickers, lip balm, buttons, and a tote bag, $100 Threadless bucks and a feature on Tcritic.com.

3rd Place: A limited edition etsy totebag, $50 Threadless bucks, and a feature on Tcritic.com.

Sci-fi:

Alright, Sci-fi fans this one’s for you! Put down those soft-core Star Trek pics, and start dorking out on your handmade Halloween costume.  Makezine.com is one of our judges so you may want to include some special effects — I’m sure that will get you bonus points. Entries will be judged on originality, science-fictitiousness, and craftsmanship.

Judges: Etsy and the lovely Phil from Makezine.com.

1st Place: $150 Etsy shopping spree and Make volume 1 and volume 2 (over $100 value!)

2nd Place: A big bag of limited edition Etsy goodies: T-shirt, poster, postcards, stickers, lip balm, buttons, and a tote bag.

3rd Place: A limited edition etsy totebag.

General Awesomeness:

Sky’s the limit here. Make whatever costume you wish, just make sure it’s awesome.  Entries will be judged on imagination, creativity, awesomeness, and craftsmanship.
 
Judges: Etsy and BoingBoing.net, ranked second popular blog in the world!

1st Place: $150 Etsy shopping spree and a surprise grab bag of handmade goods from Etsy sellers, courtesy of BoingBoing.net.

2nd Place: A big bag of limited edition Etsy goodies: T-shirt, poster, postcards, stickers, lip balm, buttons, and a tote bag.

3rd Place: A limited edition etsy totebag.

FAQ:

Q: What’s the deadline?
A: 11:59 EDT, October 26, 2007.

Q: How do I tag my Etsy listing "costumecon"?
A: Use the first tag to determine which of the main categories your item fits in. Use the second and third tags to choose subcategories. The rest of the tags are descriptive. One of these should be your "costumecon" tag.

Q: What if my Etsy listing sells?
A: Even if the item sells, the judges will have a way to find your item, thanks to our brilliant engineers.

Q: Are non-US residents allowed to enter?
A: No, sorry! See the dumb fine print below. But know you aren’t alone! Check out this thread!

Q: How many pieces can I submit?
A: Up to three per category (for a total of 18 tagged "costumecon").

Q: Can I enter one costume in more than one category?
A: Yes! Just remember to note this in your item description.

Q: Do I have to submit a full costume or can I submit an accessory?
A: You can submit an accessory — just make it amazing!

Q: How does the shopping spree work?
A: You will be given a $150 spending limit to pick from the Etsy shops of your choice! Etsy will also cover the shipping fees as stated in the item description.

 

By entering this contest I agree to the terms and conditions expressed here.

  • HeyMichelle

    HeyMichelle says:

    woohoo, can't wait to see those awesome costumes!

    8 years ago

  • bunny

    bunny says:

    Awww US only :(

    8 years ago

  • PicturesofLily

    PicturesofLily says:

    Yeah, another contest! This will be a good one. Thanks Etsy wonderfuls.

    8 years ago

  • TheBackyardGazebo

    TheBackyardGazebo says:

    Hmmmm....putting my thinking cap on....off to create!

    8 years ago

  • Bombus

    Bombus says:

    Why cant we play? International site (just not this month)

    8 years ago

  • sunfleur1

    sunfleur1 says:

    wow...the gears are turning, what fun!

    8 years ago

  • syko

    syko says:

    I hate those stupid dumb laws as well. Would be so fun to participate.

    8 years ago

  • topsyturvydesign

    topsyturvydesign says:

    OMG!!!!! I am soooooo doing the pet category!!! My little kitty Boudicca will dominate!!!

    8 years ago

  • kibblesnknits

    kibblesnknits says:

    Heavens to Betsy! I better get started! This contest RULES!!!

    8 years ago

  • worldofwhimm

    worldofwhimm says:

    This sounds fun... and right up my line!

    8 years ago

  • MountainEagleCrafter

    MountainEagleCrafter says:

    Baby costumes? Yay! *starts knitting*

    8 years ago

  • munieca

    munieca says:

    Just for USA!!! This is so sad :(

    8 years ago

  • sweetestpea

    sweetestpea says:

    Just to be picky... on the second Q under the FAQs, it says to tag your entry "contestcon" but everywhere else says "costumecon" I just don't want anyone to accidentally tag it incorrectly. :) I'm looking forward to creating costumes for my fat stuffed animals!!!!

    8 years ago

  • lavenderlizard

    lavenderlizard says:

    Q: How do I tag my Etsy listing "costumecon"? A: Use the first tag to determine which of the main categories your item fits in. Use the second and third tags to choose subcategories. The rest of the tags are descriptive. One of these should be your "contestcon" tag. what sweetest pea said

    8 years ago

  • purekatherine

    purekatherine says:

    Where should we be submitting more questions? here in the comments?

    8 years ago

  • lynneyluvsjohnny

    lynneyluvsjohnny says:

    very unfair that this is only open to the us,on a so called international site

    8 years ago

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo says:

    feeeeeeeeeeeeexed! thank you my darhlings! we love our international sellers but found out we couldnt love them with contests because of dumb laws. check out this forum post: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5256431

    8 years ago

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo says:

    if you have any more questions you can send me a convo!

    8 years ago

  • monsterpromos

    monsterpromos says:

    wewt... just listed my entry! can't wait to see the other applicants!

    8 years ago

  • littlebrownbird

    littlebrownbird says:

    I don't get it, no purchase necessary yet there's a listing fee. Ok, $.20 but still...seems to me, that's a purchase. (Just thought I'd point that out.)

    8 years ago

  • SupernovaDesigns

    SupernovaDesigns says:

    littlebrownbird, "You can also send us your photos and a written description (See legalities)." You don't *have* to create a listing

    8 years ago

  • thimblescratch

    thimblescratch says:

    I LOVE treehugger! What great sponsors for this contest. I bet it will be a huge success!

    8 years ago

  • knotbygranma

    knotbygranma says:

    Very cool... I'm in.

    8 years ago

  • Evod

    Evod says:

    But I wana join in the fun too!! *sulk*

    8 years ago

  • macaroniandglitter

    macaroniandglitter says:

    I'm heating up the glue gun right now!

    8 years ago

  • strawberryanarchy

    strawberryanarchy says:

    i wanted to join in too it's not fair :(

    8 years ago

  • RustedDesigns

    RustedDesigns says:

    11:59 am or pm?

    8 years ago

  • majortommy

    majortommy says:

    This sounds like a lot of fun! Gotta get makin'...

    8 years ago

  • sunshinecitylassie

    sunshinecitylassie says:

    This is going to be exciting. Once all the entries in I'd love to to a blogpost on some of them. Good luck everyone! ~Amy http://www.sunshinecitylassie.blogspot.com

    8 years ago

  • moderncard

    moderncard says:

    I better get cutting and gluing. I'm also wondering if we should ask questions about the contest here - or post questions in the forums?

    8 years ago

  • avantegarb

    avantegarb says:

    YEAH!!! I love costume contests....and I don't even have to dress up!! Whooooo!! ~Christeen

    8 years ago

  • Rohm

    Rohm says:

    I've been waaaaaiting for a costume contest! Yea! Can't wait to see everyone's!

    8 years ago

  • terryann

    terryann says:

    Just added my Time Machine 1 tshirt to the tshirt catagory...Fun and etsyonmymind!

    8 years ago

  • Dreamwoven

    Dreamwoven says:

    Just added Art For Your Head "Domina" and Art For Your Head "Atia's Do" i knew my work would fit in somewhere :)

    8 years ago

  • macaroniandcheese

    macaroniandcheese says:

    How do you specify which category in to which you would like to enter your contest? The rules say one's entry can be in more than one category, but how do they know what category you want?

    8 years ago

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa says:

    macaroniandcheese, I think you can just write that into your listings' descriptions.

    8 years ago

  • makemesmile

    makemesmile says:

    Come on, internationals! Join the fun by tagging costumerenegades. There's no $$ to win, but there is promotion to gain. And it is fun to make something extra-extravagant for the occasion. =^x^=

    8 years ago

  • stazzi777

    stazzi777 says:

    Do you have to sell your costume or can you list it just for the contest, Its my daughters I made for her, but dont want to sell it?

    8 years ago

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo says:

    If you dont want to sell it you have to physically send us pictures and a description. Here's the address: Costume Contest c/o EtsyLabs 325 Gold St 6th Fl Brooklyn, NY 11201 xo Danielle

    8 years ago

  • pinkladylippzzz

    pinkladylippzzz says:

    Great, I can't wait to see the results

    8 years ago

  • PeePDesigns

    PeePDesigns says:

    So much fun!! My entry is in!

    8 years ago

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers says:

    When will the winners be announced? I've entered the green category :)

    8 years ago

  • mixedspecies

    mixedspecies says:

    We are in! Are our tags correct? http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7515267

    8 years ago

  • Shalottlilly5

    Shalottlilly5 says:

    how do we know if we got the tags right? I'm pretty bad at this still

    8 years ago

  • handmade

    handmade says:

    mixedspecies - hilarious! this is my first etsy contest! woo! how fun.

    8 years ago

  • groundwork

    groundwork says:

    Whew! Got my "Help I'm Delicious" t-shirt in about 15 minutes before the deadline. Can't wait to see all the results!

    8 years ago

  • groundwork

    groundwork says:

    By the way.. Handmade, the oompa loompa dachshund is outstanding!

    8 years ago

  • handmade

    handmade says:

    thanks very much! i cannot wait to see the winners! there were some awesomely creative entries!

    8 years ago

  • nomorenekkiddogs

    nomorenekkiddogs says:

    OMG, does anyone know when the winners will be announced?

    8 years ago

  • Ekioart

    Ekioart says:

    such fun! I can't wait to see...so many creative entries. Good luck to all!

    8 years ago

  • kinchi

    kinchi says:

    It was awesome and hillarious to see those entries! We don't have halloween here, but seeing them made up for everything. So when? when? And what about the costumerenegades? (me:))

    8 years ago

  • thrills

    thrills says:

    YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

    6 years ago

  • khoodetat

    khoodetat says:

    Can't wait to see these costumes! If you make a silly one, you should enter it into my work's silly costume contest to win $100 to Barnes & Noble: http://www.cardstore.com/cardstyle-blog/2009/10/cardstorecoms-silliest-halloweencostume-contest-rules/

    6 years ago