Time to Vote – Help us Pick a Winner!!

pocketcontestIn our last post we told you about our Decorate a Denim Pocket Christmas Ornament Contest.

Blue Denim Christmas Decorations

Blue Denim Christmas Decorations

We needed help to decorate our Blue Denim Christmas Tree for our local Christmas Walk and the Holiday Shopping Season. Take a look at our basic denim chain, denim icicles and denim candy canes that we put on our tree this year.To set off the tree even more, we wanted your help to make denim pocket ornaments. We did have a few entries, we would have loved to have more participation, but we know that it is a VERY BUSY time of the year. We are grateful to those who took the time to craft pockets for us. Now as promised we want your help in picking a winner.

We are judging the entries on the following criteria:
(1) Use of Denim Pocket; (2) Originality; (3) Technical Ability; (4) Overall Appearance and lastly – (5) Voting by the General Public (by ballot, Facebook likes and Pinterest likes). Votes will be counted at the end of the business day on Friday, December 19th and points for the other areas will be tallied to determine a winner. We will announce the winners on Saturday, December 20th. Everyone who wants to vote can do it in three different ways. You can come into the store and fill out your vote – one per person. You can visit our Pinterest Board with photos and descriptions of the entries where all you have to do to cast your vote is to mark your favorite entry. We have also created a photo album on our Facebook page where you can vote by liking the photo. Of course you can always try to help your favorite entry to win by sharing these photos.

Here are the entries:

Denim Pocket "A"

Denim Pocket “A”
Denim Pocket "B"

Denim Pocket “B”

Denim  Pocket "C"

Denim Pocket “C”

Denim Pocket "D"

Denim Pocket “D”

Denim Pocket "E"

Denim Pocket “E”

Thank You in advance for your votes!!

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Planning a Blue Denim Christmas Ornament Contest

As we turned the calendar to November and changed our clocks this past weekend, I have to say that my thoughts turned to all of the preparations for the coming Christmas season. Let me first say, I love Autumn – the colors and the holidays that is represents. I especially love the Thanksgiving season and don’t like the way most holiday shopping takes away from the Thanksgiving holiday. With that being said, there is so much to prepare for the Christmas season that my mind has had to be on decorating and plans for decor especially for Glad Rags. Every year I decorate in our theme colors of blue and silver and use a lot of snowflakes so that the decorations can stay up through January.

Christmas Tree display

Christmas Tree display

This year I decided to change things up a bit as I have had my mind on finding new purpose for items that don’t necessarily sell at the store. In my last blog post I announced a Repurpose Redesign Refashion Contest and really looked forward to seeing the ideas crafters would come up with for this contest. I am sorry to report that we did not have enough entries to go forward with the contest, but I do plan to have the contest in the winter months. So if you thought about entering the contest, but did not have the time to dedicate to entering it, please stay tuned. We will be having the contest in the New Year. In the mean time, we really wanted to give away the prize that we had for the Christmas category for the contest. This prize would be great for a Christmas gift, so we decided to have a simpler Christmas ornament contest.

Every year our business community has a theme for their Christmas Walk that is held the first weekend in December. This year’s theme will be “O Christmas Tree”. In planning for decorations for our window displays, I have decided to have a contest to help decorate our tree for the season. The theme I decided on for the window is a “Blue Denim Christmas”. We always end up with so much denim that comes through our store and I want to craft with it for Christmas this year.

pocketcontestTo make it simple I decided to have a “Decorate a Denim Pocket Christmas Ornament Contest”. Those who wish to enter the contest will need to purchase either a pair of jeans or just jean pockets on sale at the store for the cost of $3.00. Then the fun begins. You can decorate your denim pocket any way that you wish to become an ornament for the Christmas Tree. Glad Rags also carries reclaimed beads and buttons that you can use to decorate your pocket. You can find the entry form here for more details, or pick one up at the store. All ornaments will need to be turned in to the store by Wednesday, December 3rd.

Just one of the kinds of reclaimed beads that you can use for your project.

Just one of the kinds of reclaimed beads that you can use for your project.

Denim pockets in all sizes and various washes.

Denim pockets in all sizes and various washes.

Contestant’s entries will be put on display for the Christmas Walk and the public will have an opportunity to help determine the winners.  Photos of the entries will also be posted on Facebook, Pinterest and here on this blog. Entries will be judged on the following criteria: Originality; Overall Appearance;  Technical Ability; Voting by the General Public (by ballot, Facebook likes and Pinterest likes)

This contest began on November 5th. All entries must be received by December 3rd. Contestant entries will be featured in a special window display at Glad Rags Boutique in Stockton. Voting by the general public will be open from December 5th-19th. Entries will also be posted on Facebook, Pinterest and here on my blog. Winners will be announced on December 20th.

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Win this prize – this would make a great Christmas Gift!!

Prizes will be awarded for First-Third finishers.
First Prize Winner will receive a VTech Inno Tab 3 Learning App Tablet for Kids ages 3-9 (Retail value $49.99).
Second Prize Winner will receive at $35 Glad Rags Boutique gift certificate.
Third Prize Winner will receive at $20 Glad Rags Boutique gift certificate.
All those who enter will receive a 30% off discount coupon good for their next purchase at Glad Rags Boutique.

So, now is the time to put on your thinking caps and come up with some decorating ideas. If you need some inspiration, you can check out our Denim Repurposed Board on Pinterest. There is no age limit for this contest, so get your family together for a fun craft night and you can all enter to win!!

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A Pinterest Inspired Crafting Contest!

Do you find yourself spending time looking on Pinterest for ideas to repurpose something that you have at home in your closet? teal_pinterestDo you ever go to craft shows and see something that someone else has made that inspires you to try a new craft? Every day here at my store I find myself inspired to create “new” things from “old” items and don’t want to see clothing that just doesn’t have a use or a new home. As a self-proclaimed Clothing Matchmaker, I am always looking for ways to use clothes in unconventional or creative ways. Some items that come to my consignment store don’t meet our strict standards and cannot be put out to sell. At that time I find my mind wandering to find what other use there might be for anything on the clothing item. Can I remove the shoulder pads to be used in another garment or craft? Are the buttons something that would come off easily? Does it have beads? Jars of Beads and ButtonsOver the past several months I have spent hours taking items apart so that some value can come from garments that had outlived their usefulness as a clothing item. Because of that we now have a new rack at the store of many items ready to be re-purposed in new ways. And with the availability of Pinterest and all of the craft ideas out on the Internet I have also tried to find ideas to repurpose the reclaimed buttons, beads, and many baubles into new pieces. That gave me an idea!! Why not have a contest??!!

Contest logoI am sure that I am not the only person who loves to make something “new” from something that has outlived it’s usefulness. I have decided to have a RePurpose ReDesign ReFashion Contest!! The idea is to come into Glad Rags and purchase something – it can be a clothing item or some pieces from a previous clothing item and make it into something new!! I decided to have three categories of entries. The categories are as follows: TShirt Refashion, Denim Refashion and Christmas. We end up with many TShirts at Glad Rags, especially during the summer months and we want to see how many different ways you can repurpose them. When I first started my blog, my daughter Sarah did a tutorial on making a shrug from a Tshirt.TShirt to Shrug I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to TShirt Repurposing – be sure to check it out. But don’t limit yourself to my ideas. Denim is another item that we get in great quantity year around. We have denim jeans, skirts, shorts and more. There once again we have a Pinterest Board that will get you started with ideas.

Glad Rags Repurposed TreeAnd last but not least, we want to see your Christmas ideas. Did you know that Christmas is less than 5 months away? It is never too early to start planning for  new ideas. Last year we decorated a tree for the Warren Festival of Trees and used repurposed clothing items as decor. It was great fun – but now we want to see your ideas. Check out what we did last year on our previous blog post and also our Pinterest Christmas Board.

Are you ready to get started? Here is what you need to do. Make a trip to our store and check out the clothing and crafting items that we have available. You must purchase an item from our store to get started. Pick up an entry form and get to work. Be sure to take a photo of your initial piece before you begin crafting. Once the item is finished take some more photos of the completed project. Be sure to send in your entry form along with the photos The contest begins now and all entries must be received by September 10th. All entries will then be put on display at Glad Rags during the voting process. The items will be judged, but voting by the general public will be a large factor in picking the winners. Voting will take place from September 13th-October 4th. Winners will be announced on October 6th. Photos of the entries will also be posted here on our blog as well as on Pinterest and Facebook. Click here for the Contest Guidelines and Entry Form.

Speaking of winners – do you want to know what you can win? There will be a First Prize and Honorable Mention in each category.

Enter for your chance to Win!!

Enter for your chance to Win!!

  • First Prize winners in the TShirt & Denim ReFashion Categories will receive a Organizational Craft Caddy containing sewing notions and gadgets. (Retail value approx. $50)
  • First Prize winner in the Christmas category will receive a VTech Inno Tab 3 Learning App Tablet for Kids ages 3-9 (Retail value $49.99).
  • The Honorable Mention winners will each receive at $25 Glad Rags Boutique gift certificate.
  • All those who enter will receive a 30% off discount coupon good for their next purchase at Glad Rags Boutique.

So let’s get crafting!! I can hardly wait to see all of the creative ideas out there. Be sure to check back here for updates. All entries will be posted on our blog, Facebook and Pinterest.

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