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๐ŸŽƒ A Haunting We Will Go โ˜  Halloween elf Exchange (2019)

                                      *  Sign ups are now closed*

                                       DEADline to sign up was 9/30

                                     ๐Ÿ‘ป     ๐Ÿ‘ป     ๐Ÿ‘ป     ๐Ÿ‘ป     ๐Ÿ‘ป     ๐Ÿ‘ป

 
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Something's brewing, and it 'll be ghoulishly fun! A wicked good time for everyone...

 

If you are interested in joining, please see the Eligibility Requirements, Rules, and Key Dates below to see if this will be a good fit for you!  

 

We are looking forward to some haunting good fun!  

 

Bugs & hisses,
PrettyinPA & ZombieMetroAnt 

 

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๐ŸŽƒ important information for all potential Ghoulfriends...

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๐Ÿ‘ป ELIGIBILITY 

Have you participated in a gift exchange on BT/BIC previously?

 

Yes
Previous participants in exchanges that either MCakes, @prettyinpa  or I have hosted without incident on their part are pre-approved. If you participated in an exchange that MCakes, PrettyinPA or I have not hosted, please kindly provide a link to that exchange thread for us to do our due diligence. If there were no issues from the exchange on your part, we are excited to have you on board!

 

No
Meet one or more of the following requirements:

1.Must be willing to do a $50 box deposit that will be taken at sign up and returned once your Ghoulfriend has given us confirmation of delivery.
2.Must be vouched for by 2 members of the community who PrettyinPA or I are familiar with.

*Since we are trying to be as inclusive as possible while also protecting other participants in this exchange, PrettyinPA and I will have final discretion on participant eligibility. We realize that this is very subjective, but we must establish a certain degree of trust between users as there is sensitive information being exchanged. Thank you for your understanding.


๐Ÿ‘ป RULES

By expressing interest in signing up for the exchange, you are agreeing to the following:


-The minimum spend for this exchange is $50. You do not need to go over this amount, but in the spirit of fairness you may not go under it.

-If you have not participated in an exchange previously, you must ship your gift on or before October 21st. If you miss this deadline and do not communicate with PrettyinPA or I about the reason for your delay, you will not get your box deposit back. Instead, we will use your box deposit to create a gift on your behalf. No Ghoulfriend will be left behind!

-Provide tracking number(s) to PrettyinPA or I once you have shipped your gift. This can be done via Elfster or messaging PrettyinPA or I.

-Acknowledge receipt of your gift ASAP, even if you need a little more time to do a full post. This is a courtesy to your giftor to know it was received (it is stressful waiting to know if a package made the journey ok!) and for PrettyinPA and I to keep track of the progress in the exchange. You may do this via Elfster, by posting on this thread that you have received the parcel, or by messaging either PrettyinPA or I.

-You must post pictures of your gift. This is an integral part of the exchange experience and we want to share in the excitement with you! We know how much thought and care goes into curating a gift, and we want to acknowledge your giftor's efforts as well. You may provide pictures for either PrettyinPA or I to post on your behalf if you are having issues posting, but please know that the pictures are a firm requirement.


๐Ÿ‘ป KEY DATES

Sign Up Deadline: 09/30/19

Draw Day (This is the day you find out who you are shopping for, yay!): 10/1/19

Ship Date for First Time Participants: 10/21/19 (*If you are shipping from Canada to US or vice versa, this deadline will be earlier)

All Gifts Must be Received: On or before 10/31/19 (Halloween Day)



๐Ÿ‘ปTo sign up, please comment on this thread! ZMA and I will be messaging approved participants with more details and will be updating the Participant List as we go. 

 

๐ŸŽƒ Tips, Tricks & Other spooktacular ideas!

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๐Ÿ’€ Elfster Tips:

-> Ask questions! Anyone can ask anyone an anonymous question, that will help you get a better idea of likes and dislikes, haves and wants, etc. It is important to note of any dietary restrictions 


->When you purchase something, click "Mark As Purchased." They won't see it, but they might be using the same wishlist for other gift exchanges, so this can prevent them potentially getting the same gift from two different people.


->If you got something for yourself, remove it from your wishlist!

 

๐ŸŽƒ Shipping suggestions: 

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How to ship abroad/add a customs label while still using online shipping:


1. Creating an account: First, you must create a free account on the USPS website. The paypal.com/shipnow site will not let you create customs forms.


2. Shipping Label: To create the shipping label, you want to use the "Click n Ship" function from the dropdown menu under Mail & Ship. Many of the directions from above are basically the same but the key difference is under, "Where are you sending to?" you will need to use the dropdown menu to select the country of choice.


3. Finishing the Shipping Label:Fill in all the corresponding information until the end of the form including the value of the package. The Canadians on the board may have more to speak to with this but I always kept this amount on the lower side so the recipient doesn't get hit with high customs fee. (average amount I would put would be $10-$20) A great feature is at the end of the page it will give you all your options for shipping. I can tell you on a personal note that when I ship to England I always choose first class international mail and I have never had a problem. Once again, delivery confirmation is thrown in for FREE.


3. Beginning the Customs Form: You will then get to a page that will you through step by step filling in the customs form. The first question will ask you to "Enter Package Information." This is where you can just write this is a gift box for a friend. You do not need to write anything more!


4. Customs Inventory: Next up is, "Enter Item Information." Okay, this one is a little tricky. If you want to itemize, and fill in every single thing in the box, you can. If you only want to do a couple, you can. I've done both over the years and both have been okay. I'm not going to tell you though that it will work every time so ultimately, the decision is up to you. Make sure though that you mark each item a GIFT so that the recipient does not get charged increased fees. Also, and this is IMPORTANT, the total that adds up for the all the items has to be the same total you gave on the previous page for the value of the box. So if you make something worth $1, that's fine! (Again, Canadians speak up hear if I'm wrong but my abroad friends always told me it was better to do this to reduce customs fees for the recipient.) Lastly, each weight of each individual item will need to add up to the to the total weight item, so I've honestly literally made up ratio numbers in the past. (I have never had a problem in years of sending packages)


5. Tarrif Number: Lastly, you do not have a tariff number so leave that blank. Okay, one last thing, choose your AES exemption. I would choose the second one having to do with gifts.


6. Obtaining the Label/Customs Form: The steps following this are similar to the ones from above except that I believe the payment options for USPS may also include credit card options as well as PayPal. Go ahead and print your label which will also contain your completed customs form. (Please note: you may need to sign your customs form before affixing it to your package) On a positive note, YOU STILL SAVE MONEY BY USING THE ONLINE POSTAGE SYSTEM!


7. How to actually ship it:For international packages, my personal advice is yes, bring it to the post office, and yes, actually check it in and get a receipt saying it was checked in by a postal worker. Since many international packages take quite longer than domestic and tend to get delayed at different intervals, you want to make sure that everything is okay when it first enters the system.

 

 
Duty info (thanks Veronika23 Heart):

The US can receive a gift up to 100$ USD. If you are sending a gift from Canada and mark it as 100$ you are actually saying it cost you 100$ CAD. Today Google converts that to 73.30$ USD so your recipient should be ok and not pay additional fees.

Canada can receive a gift up to 60$ CAD. If you are sending a gift from the US and it was 60$, you are actually saying it cost you 60$ USD. Today Google converts that to 81.86$ CAD. So your Canadian recipient in this case might pay duties/taxes/fees. But if your gift only cost you is lets say 35$ USD today Google converts that to 47.75$CAD. So the recipient shouldn't pay fees.

I believe customs will check the rate on the day the item is processed.

For the US ladies. The cheapest way to ship to Canada is via USPS First Class International mail.

 

 ๐ŸŽƒ Participants: 

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๐Ÿ˜จ faeriegirl
๐Ÿ˜ฐ Anastasiya13
๐Ÿ˜ฑ PrettyinPA
๐Ÿ˜ˆ ohheyitscindyk
๐Ÿ’€ Brutalitops
โ˜  cc3616
๐Ÿ‘ป SpaceLlama
๐Ÿ‘พ gonerogue
๐ŸŽญ mermadelove
โ˜  itsfi
๐ŸŽƒ Lipstick4soul
๐Ÿ”ฎ Lazybeautybeast
๐ŸŽญ Kim888
๐Ÿ’€ quspork
๐Ÿ‘ป SportyGirly125
๐Ÿ˜ˆ Buootiful
๐Ÿ”ฎ Snoflakefaerie
๐ŸŽƒ MichelleShops
๐Ÿ‘ป Nickelliebear1
๐Ÿ˜ฐ Samtian
๐Ÿ’€ SunKissedBlush
โ˜  bem564
๐Ÿ˜จ Sarah2TheHi
๐ŸงŸ ZombieMetroAnt

 

Mix one part Scream with two parts Scare,

a pinch of Fear, a dash of Dare...

and give your elf a Halloween Box Extraordinare!

 

 

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Re: ๐ŸŽƒ A Haunting We Will Go โ˜  Halloween elf Exchange (2019)

My package was delivered this afternoon. I'm working all weekend, so I likely won't be able to post pictures until Monday. But the package is safe and sound in my apartment! I can't wait; it'll be a great treat after working a long weekend!

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@snoflakefaerie Whoo hoo another unboxing, can't wait!!

๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘€ It's such a bummer when work gets in the way! Glad...

๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘€ It's such a bummer when work gets in the way! Glad that the package arrived safe and sound though! Can't wait to see unboxing pictures!

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@snoflakefaerie  Boo for work Smiley Sad Can't wait to see your unboxing photos!!  We will all be anxiously awaiting Smiley Wink

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@snoflakefaerie FORGET ABOUT WORK OPEN IT!!!

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Haha jk. But this was like the only gif I could find.

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@snoflakefaerie Canโ€™t wait to see what you got. 

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@snoflakefaerie  oh excellent! Another unboxing! Canโ€™t wait!!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

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It's here! It's here! It's here! The first ghoulish unboxing of 2019! Enter if you dare..

 

@faeriegirl knocked it outta the park with this gift. Spooky, sweet, and beautiful- oh my! Grab your pumpkin spice cold brew and get ready to ooooh and aaahhhhh Smiley Happy 

 

Trick or treat time

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The box was decorated so fun! Lots of bright colors, stickers, and GLITTER yaasssss. 

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I love the potion pop up card. 

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Then, time to unpack.. I almost missed a couple things because there was SO MUCH in the box. Can we talk about how cute those coffins are? I had to go for them first..

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And they were filled with DS items and CHOCOLATE CANDY which was perfect because it was way past lunch time and I hadn't had lunch yet. I was about to get hangry, but obviously couldn't wait to open the box. I had a few pieces to keep me going and hid the rest in my work bag LOL! The DS items were perfect choices for me, some things I know I love and new brands (volition and biossance) I'm excited to try. 

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I was not disappointed to find more chocolate and some adorable sugarfina halloween treats that I had happened to be eyeing up this morning while shopping for my ghoul friend. Faeriegirl even paid close attention to details in my wishlist to see that I'm trying to keep things natural and picked out some adorable aaaand dye free cubes- win!!!  Thanks so much Smiley Happy

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There was also some adorable lifestyle items. I love the badge holder and already popped my badge on it for work this weekend Smiley Happy List paper is always perfect and so are socks, especially now that it's trying to get below 70 in Ohio! The cup is great too, I love the stainless bottom ones that wash easy in the dishwasher and you can use around the house and then pop a lid on to go. Good pick! 

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Last but not least there were some fab beauty items! I am so beyond grateful to have received all these- there's so much. The herbivore set is perfect for winter care and includes my favorite herbivore items! The shower oil smells divine and I am excited to try it in my routine, I am dry so anything oil is right up my alley and I'm also working to find things that help me simplify my routine and eliminate steps when I work multiple 12 hour days in a row (aka too tired to want to put on lotion after a shower lol). I am trying to dabble into under-eye concealer to smooth my look out and excited to play with this one from one of my favorite brands- Natasha Denona!!! The foot masks are perfect for keeping soft feet when it cools down (eventually it will be sweater weather in Ohio, right?!). I'm excited for the bat mask, now I can participate in the masking thread group mask for halloween, yay!

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Whooped from opening the box, I then skipped my salad and munched on more chocolate and trader joes petite pumpkin spice cookies instead!!! Thank you faeriegirl for your thoughtful and adorable gift!!! Now I'm off to assemble my box Smiley Happy 

 

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What an amazing box @CC3616  I love the decorations and card. Awesome how much care you put into the box @faeriegirl !

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@CC3616 @fairiegirl Ahh what a festive box, I love the coffins! The badge reel & socks are adorable & I never knew Herbivore has a shower oil, I'll have to remember to check that out. And my mouth is watering looking at all the treats Smiley Happy

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Hi @CC3616,

 

What an awesome package! Enjoy Smiley Happy

 

Best,
Rebecca

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Such cute packaging! @CC3616 Looks like your goulfriend picked some great items ๐Ÿ˜

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@CC3616  OMG! What an amazing box! Everything is hauntingly perfect! The presentation?!? She NAILED IT! The bar has been set high with this unboxing. Congrats on your box and I hope you get to play around with your goodies soon Smiley Wink

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@gonerogue I used the shower gel last night and it was great! I can't wait to play with everything else later this week, I'm stuck at work today and tomorrow but so glad my box arrived early and I was able to get it unboxed before working 3 in a row Smiley Happy

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@CC3616 What an incredible gift box! Those coffins are the coolest! Everything looks like so much fun. I had to laugh at your under 70 comment. I'm sitting at 34 right now knowing its going to be about 18 when I wake up!

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@Samtian BRRRR! We will get there too but I am not ready yet!

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What an amazing ghoul gift @CC3616 !

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Not surprised @faeriegirl did a phenomenal job! Enjoy your Halloween box @CC3616!

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That is soooo cute and thoughtful. A lot of time,love and care went into that box. I love it!

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@CC3616  WOW!!!!! What a gorgeous and thoughtful box @faeriegirl  put together for you!

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The decorations are gorgeous! The filled coffins too cute for words! And all of the gifts clearly chosen with love and care. What a devilishly delicious way to kick off the  unboxings!!!!! Enjoy your goodies @CC3616  your ghoulfriend did a great job! 

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