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    Old 09-15-2014, 09:52 AM
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    This thread is for SIGN UPS ONLY!!!

    Here are the rules!!!

    The deadline to sign up is September 29. You will receive the information for your person by PM by October 1.

    First...a bit of unpleasantness....

    THE RULES....

    1. Mail deadline is November 14th. That is a HARD deadline. No mailing AFTER this time. Since you have almost 2 months, there should be NO excuse for mailing late, unless you are incapacitated or 6 feet under.

    2. ALL packages MUST have a DELIVERY CONFIRMATION when sent. Last year there were too many packages that were sent late and a few that were not received. With a Delivery Confirmation, the package can be somewhat tracked when received. If the receiver HAS NOT received their package from you and you said you sent it, you will be required to PROVE your sending with a copy of the mail receipt showing such. The mail receipt will show that you paid for the Delivery Confirmation, along with the zip code that the package was shipped to. So, DO NOT toss the receipt or the Deliveryy Confirmation slip away UNTIL YOU HEAR THAT YOUR PERSON HAS RECEIVED THEIR PACKAGE!

    3. IF you cannot adhere to the rules and/or you recieve a package, but do not send one, YOU WILL be banned from ANY further swap(s) I run AND I will also let other swappers know of your action in this swap. I will also post negative feedback for you and will encourage the person with whom you were to send to, to do the same.
    Last year we had too many "angels" step forward and send to people who did not receive from their Secret Santa due to people NOT sending.

    4. By signing up, means that you have read the rules and that you WILL adhere to them.

    5. DO NOT OPEN the package if you are unsure if it's from your Secret Santa. If you aren't sure, just send me a PM and ask me. I can tell you if it's your SS by the address.
    For those that will use another address (mom's, sister's, aunt's, etc), if you put maybe some stickers or even write Secret Santa on the package, that would help also.

    6. If you are sending overseas, you will be required to attach a Customs Form to the package. It sucks to have to do this, but it's required.
    DO NOT make the total of the amount on the Customs Form MORE than $20. Even if the package is worth $1000, DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT make the amount for more than $20. If you do, the receiver will have to pay Customs/VAT taxes on the package and we don't want that to happen.
    When you fill out the form, you can put ..

    This is just an example.

    I'm sorry if this sounds harsh, but there have been too many hurt feelings lately in swaps and people NEED to be held accountable for their actions.
    Please understand that if you are on the thread and chatting, that is fine, but not everyone will be chatting. DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT make snide/bad/hurtful remarks if you do not see the person you are sending to not chatty. If I see this happening, I WILLban you from any of my future swaps. This is to be fun!!1

    Remember, put a card in the package so the receiver knows who the sender is. If you accidentally forget to put the card in once your package is sent, just send the card separately with the same return addy you put on the package.

    Now, that the "ugly" is over....

    As in the past years, you will send 4 Fat Quarters and a gift(s) NOT to exceed $20. I know some in the past have sent MUCH more than the $20 limit and that cannot be helped. That is nothing to get mad about and nothing I can control. Some people are more generous than others. If you send home made baked good, those DO NOT count towards the $20 limit.

    You will get 1 (one) name and one name only.
    You cannot and will not be able to have 2 people to send to.
    The ONLY exception is IF I need a "Santa Angel" because someone has
    left the swap due to being ill, dead, or any other incapacitating illness or to just being a flake.
    I don't like when this happens, but it does happen regularly.
    You can sign up to be an "angel", but it doesn't mean you will.
    With "Angels", I try to fit them with the person that is closest to them.
    Usually when someone leaves, it's right when the deadline for mailing is ending,
    so I want to make sure the package doesn't have to travel a long way.

    ***I am also making an exception to joining the swap.
    Many people have Moms who live with them and enjoy the fun we have.
    If Mom wants to join, she has to sign up seperately.
    She will get a name to send to and someone will get her name.
    The SAME rules apply to her. But...if Mom "flakes" out, YOU will be responsible and get the negative feedback.

    If you wish to participate, send me a PM with the following

    Board Name:




    Will you send international?
    Overseas (Europe, South America, Australia, Japan)

    Do you have pets?

    Do you mind sending/receiving from a smoker?

    When addressing your package, put as an example

    Santa, Santa's Elf, Jolly Man (just an example of what you can use)
    123 Main Street
    Any Town, AR 12345
    (the address will be YOUR address)

    Don't forget....if you have something that can be repurposed, that would be great too!
    Make sure it's NOT trash. That has been sent as a gift in the past.
    If you have a magazine that is torn/very worn, that IS NOT a repurposed item.
    Little baggies of scraps ARE NOT repurposed items. Try to be thoughtful.
    If you aren't sure if your person would like what you are sending, just think to yourself...Would I like to recieve this package?
    It's as easy as that. This is nothing to stress over and if you are still having a hard time with it, just ask me. I can help you with it.

    This exchange is open to ANYONE. Those that are international, will get their information earlier to allow for extra time for packages to arrive to their destination.

    Just because you say you can ship international/Europe/Australia/Canada, DOES NOT mean you will ship to them and/or receive from them. I try to make it fair that if you do sign up for international/Canada, that you do receive from such, but sometimes the numbers don't work out. If I have 10 people that are international/Canada and 20 US people sign up to send, I cannot cut people in half to make it possible for everyone to get the same. Clear as mud?

    There will be a chat session, so everyone can come and we can open our gifts together. That date will be determined at a later time.

    Remember, this is SECRET. You won't know who is sending to you and the person you are sending to, won't know it's you until reveal day in chat.

    If you have ANY questions, please don't hesitate to PM me and ask.

    Let's have a great time with this.

    I do need to add that those who are not in the US or that have names for outside the US, will have to mail early due to the time that it takes to get from one country to another, especially from the US to Canada. Seems it can take up to 4 weeks to get a package to Canada. Those sending to Canada OR overseas DO NOT need a Delivery Confirmation. Just holding the receipt for proof of mailing will suffice.

    ***If you have ANY questions, please DO NOT hesitate to ask me. Just send me a PM and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
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    Old 09-15-2014, 10:35 AM
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    Yay-let the fun begin-sending in my PM!!!
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    Old 09-15-2014, 11:11 AM
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    Me, I'm in. Thank you.
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    Old 09-15-2014, 11:27 AM
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    I'm in again!
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    Old 09-15-2014, 11:42 AM
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    I am soooooo in! Let the games begin!
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    Old 09-15-2014, 11:42 AM
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    I'm in again ! Can't wait to start shopping !
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    Old 09-15-2014, 11:44 AM
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    This will be my first Secret Santa swap and I am very excited! I haven't participated much on the board for the past year, due to illness, but have read the digest daily. I am so happy to be able to join the swap. What fun!
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    I am sooooo in, pming now....
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    On my way to the pond with my spirits and dark chocolate cherries. See you there.
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    Old 09-15-2014, 12:44 PM
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    WOO HOO !!!!! Save me a space in the hole !!!!
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