This giveaway has ended See winning post announcement here.
Have you heard of NOVICA? Look at how they came up with their name—from the site:
Origin of the Name NOVICA
The NOVICA global team comes from different cultures, countries and language sets. We knew we needed a name with no language barriers. A name with no cultural barriers. A new name that could be incorporated into the local language of all of our international offices. We couldn’t have a name like Globeshop, which can’t be pronounced in Spanish and many other languages. We couldn’t have any “sh” sounds. We couldn’t have “l”s, or “r”s, or “z”s. We needed a name that each of our artists could claim as their own, just as each of our clients would know it was theirs. We also needed a name that meant “new” – because we were creating a new system for the world. So, looking at the Latin root of “novus” as a base, the name NOVICA was born.
We want to give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity. And, we want to provide you with access to unique, hard-to-find items at great values that only the Internet infrastructure can allow.
At the deepest essence of our philosophy, we want to create a bridge between you and the many talented artisans across the globe.
We want you to know about who you’re buying from. We want you to feel that attachment to the product and to the hands that created it.
In the spirit of the Internet, let us bring you together.
NOVICA. The World is Your Market.
Like most people who were born and live in Gianyar Regency, Buana has been surrounded by handicrafts since he was a child. Gianyar is a part of Bali known throughout the world for its beautiful landscapes and exceptional artistic legacy. Handicrafts like shadow puppets made of cowhide, woodcarving and silver jewelry are created there in towns like Tegalalang, Ubud, Sukawati and Celuk.
In 1990, Buana decided to learn to craft silver jewelry from a friend in Celuk. He learned it all, from the very basic skills like sanding, polishing and making plates to very advanced techniques. Supported by his family, Buana has continued his profession as silversmith. “I am thankful to God for giving me such a great gift so I can make a living for my family. Not much, perhaps, but enough for our simple way of life,” he says. “Hopefully through Novica I can offer a better future to my wife and two children.”
A message from NOVICA:
About NOVICA LIVE, our home party division– For our consultants, getting in early is a big opportunity in direct sales. They’ll be able to make some good money and support artisans worldwide. We’re expanding across the country right now and signing up new consultants every week.
The starter kits are only $199 and have over $400 worth of samples and $150 in business materials. We have a lot of promotions going on for our early consultants, including anyone that becomes a Director this year will go to Bali next year.
For more information about NOVICA LIVE, please visit the FAQ page.
Now for the giveaway!
How to enter:
Visit NOVICA’s great gifts under $100.00 and look around. Leave a comment below of what you might choose should you be the lucky winner. (I won’t hold you to it) Please mention the artisan’s name, and why you would be particularly happy to have that specific item.
This giveaway is for (1) $100.00 electronic gift code to NOVICA. Giveaway starts today and ends Tuesday May 15, 2012 at 9:00 PM EST. One winner will be selected using random.org from all eligible entries, and announced on My Repurposed Life by May 17, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. NOVICA ships to these countries. Limit one entry per person.
When you get a moment, please check out these links from NOVICA:
disclosure: Although NOVICA supplied me with an electronic gift code, as always, all opinions are my own.
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