The Hat Peddler Giveaway - Ending April 14, 2010

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{ GIVEAWAY }
I am a true romantic. And part of what embodies the ultimate romance fantasy for me is flowing dresses, a sea scented breeze and a beautiful hat to hide a demure or a fierce gaze.

The wonderful thing about hats though, is that they exist quite nicely outside of my fantasy. In fact, they bring a bit of that fantasy into my real life. If I could, I would wear a hat outside for every Summer and Spring day of the year. A beautifully made hat can bring whimsy, high fashion or a look of completion to any outfit. This beckons in Martha Jo, our wonderful Hat Peddler.

After 32 years of teaching, Martha Jo decided to spend her time attempting to "rekindle spirits and inspire more ladies to purchase hats."

Her classy, comfortable and stylish designs are sure to do just that. Martha Jo understands women. "A hat signifies confidence and mystery, both qualities to which women aspire."

Let's take a look at some beautifully made pieces from her collection and then I will take you through my experiences with my handmade hat from The Hat Peddler.

These three products from the Hat Peddler's Etsy shop are really telling of the diversity of products found there. From the chic Great Sunhat (left) to mother daughter hats (center) to the fashion forward Bridgett Fedora style (featured on the right), these handcrafted headpieces appeal to all types of women. One of the things that I love about the Hat Peddler is that I could shop for my 93 year old grandmother, 27 year old sister and 16 year old cousin at the same place. AND I would end up with a hat screaming of high quality and bringing looks of admiration from those around.


{ REVIEW }
When Martha Jo asked me to review a hat for the giveaway, it was hard for me to know which one to choose. My husband and I sat down and scrolled through the high quality beauties until we came across the Lynda Hat in Cream/Irish. While, I knew I wanted to review a sunhat for the upcoming sunny season, I also wanted to get a hat that was versatile. The Lynda Hat, also coined as "The Hat for Everyone" seemed to fit this perfectly.

The Lynda hat arrived in a flurry of pink tissue paper. Included with it were two sturdy and professionally made business cards. (While, I would never judge the quality of the business solely by its business cards, TheHatPeddler's cards were impressive and added to the this shop's image of top notch quality)

Once I got the hat, I didn't want to take it off. In fact, I am wearing it while writing the review right now. It is absolutely stunning and extremely comfortable. Every stitch adds to its perfection. While I had guessed at Martha Jo's precision by her product images on FLICKR and quality of customer service, I really had to see the product to believe it. And I am impressed.

The first thing I received when I walked out the door wearing the hat was a compliment my neighbor. "Cute Hat." This product is highly recommended.

{ THUMBS DOWN }
- Price. With prices ranging from 40-65 dollars, buying a hat at the Hat Peddler Etsy shop is not an inexpensive experience. I can, however, tell you the product will be comfortable, high quality and backed up by excellent customer service. Its durable stitching and classy style will insure that this investment in yourself will last for many years.

{ THUMBS UP }
- Beautiful classic design.
- High quality textured fabric - absolutely stunning.
- Impressive craftsmanship and high attention to detail. (even the flower is perfectly stitched)
- Comfortable, easy to clean and care for.
- Functional as well as fun!
- Warm and personable customer service. (out of all the vendors I have worked with, Martha Jo has made me feel like I actually know her. In fact, I could see myself having her over for lunch and giving her a hug like an old family friend. That's a talent to portray such warmth and care over the internet.)
- Can be custom made to fit any personality or style.

{ BUY IT }
- Purchase from the Hat Peddler, here.

**This would make an excellent Mother's Day present! Consider the Mother Daughter hats (pictured above) for adorable photos and a fun Summer of hat wearing. It would also make a stunning gift to yourself.

**See more of Martha Jo's hats at her Blog, and Flickr page

{ WIN IT }
One lucky reader will win a $50 Gift Certificate to The Hat Peddler Etsy shop.

~ GIVEAWAY RULES ~
Contest is open to US only. All entries must be received by 11:59pm pacific time on April 14, 2010. Please include your email address in each entry. A winner will be chosen at random. I will notify the winner on April 15, 2010 via email (please respond within 48 hours). I will also announce the winner on this blog. If you do not respond within 48 hours, I will pick another winner. I have received a non-refundable sample item for this review. This review reflects my unbiased opinion.

**Good luck everyone!

~ HOW TO ENTER ~
Visit TheHatPeddler's Etsy Shop and peruse her fashionable collection of hats. Write me a comment stating which hat you would choose and why.

~ EXTRA ENTRIES ~
You must do the "how to enter" entry first. Leave a comment for each extra entry and tell me which one you did. Remember to write your email address as well.
1. Follow JOT Giveaways through Google Friends Connect (Top of right hand column, current followers qualify)
2. Follow JOT Giveaways on Twitter (leave Twitter ID)
3. Tweet about this giveaway (post URL of tweet)

"WIN a $50 Gift Certificate to The Hat Peddler!!!! http://bit.ly/9tICIW High Quality, comfortable and fashionable! Ends 4/14"

4. Put my button on your blog (tell me where to find it!)
5. Blog about this giveaway on a personal blog for THREE extra entries. Include links to both JOT Giveaways and TheHatPeddler. Write a comment for each entry.
6. Purchase a hat from TheHatPeddler for FIVE extra entries. Write a comment for each entry. (leave Etsy ID)


~ WINNERS ~
Congratulations to Mim!!


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117 comments:

natalee March 31, 2010 at 8:48 AM  

I love the Bess Sun hat with the black and white designs...they are beautiful

mensa63 March 31, 2010 at 9:43 AM  

Love the Bridgette Hat on page 1 although all of them are really great and would love anyone.

mensa63 March 31, 2010 at 9:45 AM  

Am now a google friend. The gentleman with me in the photo is Dr. James Mackay of Glasgow, Scotland

Busy Working Mama March 31, 2010 at 12:30 PM  

LOVE the The Great Sun Hat - nice colors.

Busy Working Mama March 31, 2010 at 12:31 PM  

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Sand ... Man March 31, 2010 at 1:54 PM  

I love the mother daughter hat!

Happy to now be following you!

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Anonymous,  March 31, 2010 at 2:20 PM  

Great hats! You are doing a terrific job .

Missybeez March 31, 2010 at 5:55 PM  

The Great Sun Hat.
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CathyH March 31, 2010 at 6:25 PM  

Nice hats!! I love the Bridgett Fedora in brown, with a flower!
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CathyH March 31, 2010 at 6:26 PM  

I follow JOT :)
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Lim March 31, 2010 at 6:30 PM  

I like the The Maurice Sun Hatin the blue and green. Those colors work well on me.

Quirky Mama March 31, 2010 at 8:05 PM  

I would choose the great sun hat...I saw several non pattern choices on the flicker page that I liked! Would be perfect for the pool this summer...or gardening!

Quirky Mama March 31, 2010 at 8:05 PM  

I follow via friend connect.

@ByHandGiveaways April 1, 2010 at 2:18 AM  

I would pick
The Maurice Brim
because I love the colors


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Splendid Things April 1, 2010 at 6:09 AM  

I like the great sun hat the best! Perfect for the beach (which is where we are moving in just a few short months!!!) Thanks, Jeanette at thealldays(at)msn.com

arielle April 1, 2010 at 6:28 AM  

I love the Bridgett Fedora in the red and white striped pattern! Too cute! Looks very old world glamourous.

Sara April 1, 2010 at 7:40 AM  

I love the great sun hat! I love it cause it's stylish and would protect my pale face from the sun

Sara April 1, 2010 at 7:41 AM  

Thank you for following me, i now follow you

Sarah Simplifies April 1, 2010 at 8:30 AM  

I love the .Mother Daughter Hats so maybe I would have a chance of getting my daughter to keep a hat on while we're gardening!

Linda Kish April 1, 2010 at 9:41 AM  

I like the brown hat for anyone. It looks like something I would wear around.

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Crystal Arcand (3Stairs) April 1, 2010 at 10:44 AM  

I'd choose The Bess Sun Hat in all Irish Linen - it's my favorite color.

RosieGirlDreams.com April 1, 2010 at 11:32 AM  

I like the Bess sun hat. Looks like it has a good wide brim to keep the sun off my face. Thanks!
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Martha Carolyn April 1, 2010 at 1:36 PM  

I would buy the great sunhat in orange and white stripes because it looks very Spring-ish to me!

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Danielle April 1, 2010 at 5:53 PM  

I like the Bess hat in the Irish lenin.

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Danielle April 1, 2010 at 5:54 PM  

I follow on Twitter (The_Happy_Wife)

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The Dreamer April 1, 2010 at 6:31 PM  

love the bridgett fedora - cute pattern and style

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SGS April 2, 2010 at 1:58 AM  

I really like the Bess Sun Hat. All of the hats are wonderful!

~Sharon

SGS April 2, 2010 at 2:02 AM  

I am a subscriber on Google Friends Connect. Thanks!

Cabootique April 2, 2010 at 6:59 AM  

I love The Maurice Brim because the colors are awesome.

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Sarah Simplifies April 2, 2010 at 8:46 AM  

I blogged about this on my Giveaway Roundup at http://sarahsimplifies.blogspot.com/2010/04/giveaway-roundup.html 1

Sarah Simplifies April 2, 2010 at 8:47 AM  

I blogged about this on my Giveaway Roundup at http://sarahsimplifies.blogspot.com/2010/04/giveaway-roundup.html 2

Sarah Simplifies April 2, 2010 at 8:47 AM  

I blogged about this on my Giveaway Roundup at http://sarahsimplifies.blogspot.com/2010/04/giveaway-roundup.html 3

Marci J April 4, 2010 at 6:13 PM  

I love the "hat for anyone" There are so many to choose from--beautiful!
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Jennifer April 4, 2010 at 7:26 PM  

Following you back!! Thanks!!

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mogrill April 4, 2010 at 7:57 PM  

I like the Bess Sun Hat!Thanks for the chance.
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asha.marie April 5, 2010 at 1:23 AM  

I like the The Bridgett Fedora; i just love the color brown.
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asha.marie April 5, 2010 at 1:24 AM  

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Anna Moyer April 5, 2010 at 1:25 PM  

I would choose this hat:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=41362460

because it is so utterly classy, and would match so many of my clothes.

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Anna Moyer April 5, 2010 at 1:27 PM  

I became a follower of your blog through Google Friend Connect!

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trisha too April 5, 2010 at 5:47 PM  

I think the great sun hat, with the aqua Anna Marie Horner fabric--that is one of my favorite colors, and the fabric flower caught my eye, as well.

:)

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trisha too April 5, 2010 at 5:47 PM  

JOT following!

:)

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waterwaif April 5, 2010 at 5:50 PM  

I just love the bridget fedora in brown and cream!

waterwaif April 5, 2010 at 5:50 PM  

I am now following your blog.

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waterwaif April 5, 2010 at 5:51 PM  

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samsakara April 5, 2010 at 9:23 PM  

I like the The Bridgett Fedora hat in either brown and white or black and white.

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Shelby April 5, 2010 at 9:59 PM  

I love the great sunhat!

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MageeMommy April 5, 2010 at 11:27 PM  

The Great Sunhat in black&white with the black band is great! I was thinking it would be great for the Derby(I used to live in Louisville) and then read the description saying just that. LOL

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khaski April 6, 2010 at 4:29 AM  

I love The Bess Sun Hat in olive! khaski78 at hotmail dot com

khaski April 6, 2010 at 4:30 AM  

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Angie April 6, 2010 at 5:18 AM  

I'd pick the Bess hat in Irish Linen. I'd love this hat to wear this summer. We spend loads of time outdoors and sunscreen can't protect your scalp!!!

Angie
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clenna April 6, 2010 at 5:21 AM  

I love the The Great sun Hat #102 with blue, green and white - it's gorgeous!

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clenna April 6, 2010 at 5:21 AM  

I'm a follower via Google

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jennifer57 April 6, 2010 at 6:04 AM  

The Lynda Hat, i think is my favorite...probably because black is my favorite color :)

sweetsue April 6, 2010 at 6:08 PM  

The The Great Sun Hat with colored stripes is my favorite because it matches my favorite summer dresses.
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SquirrelQueen April 6, 2010 at 7:42 PM  

Love The Great Sun Hat! I like it because it comes in dark khaki and I like that color.
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SquirrelQueen April 6, 2010 at 7:44 PM  

I am a follower!
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SquirrelQueen April 6, 2010 at 7:46 PM  

squirrelqueen1 is following JOT on twitter!

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Domestic Diva April 6, 2010 at 8:53 PM  

I LOVE hats. I would choose the The Great Sun Hat with the Amy Butler fabric because i need a new summer hat. :-)

Christina April 6, 2010 at 8:54 PM  

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I'd choose the Lynda Hat because it's elegantly shaped and could be worn with anything (since most of it is black)!

Liz April 8, 2010 at 12:47 PM  

I LOVE hats, but my head is usually too big for them! I'd love to try the Great Sunhat (this one, in particular: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=40834148)

mim April 8, 2010 at 2:16 PM  

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i like The Great Sun Hat in black and white--so classic!

mim April 8, 2010 at 2:17 PM  

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SarahLevin April 9, 2010 at 5:44 AM  

now following your blog via googleconnect!

momtoem April 9, 2010 at 6:16 AM  

I'd choose the Mother Daughter Hats because both my daughter and I love hats and they are gorgeous!
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Ashley April 11, 2010 at 1:24 PM  

love the mother daughter sets! they look comfy for beach/summer wear!
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AEKZ2 April 11, 2010 at 4:18 PM  

I like the dark brown Bess hat because I have an outfit that would go great with it.

AEKZ2 April 11, 2010 at 4:19 PM  

GFC follower.

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Christina April 12, 2010 at 12:00 PM  

Awesome hats. I would choose the Great Sun Hat! It's soo cute!
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Christina April 12, 2010 at 12:01 PM  

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I'm a new follower of your blog!

Wehaf April 12, 2010 at 8:24 PM  

I would choose this Bess sun hat: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=42632159

It's neutral enough to go with anything, but the trim is still fun and playful. It's lovely and perfect for the upcoming summer.

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Julie April 13, 2010 at 8:50 AM  

I will be quite honest-I don't wear hats.But her hats are so cute that this is my choice which I love
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=40996013
the red and white striped hat-my favorite color is red
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Julie April 13, 2010 at 8:51 AM  

I follow your blog as jelaws5

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Tabathia April 13, 2010 at 11:04 AM  

I would choose bess sun hat in straw with irish lenin fabric because it would go with more clothing items and looks real summery & is cute

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Tabathia April 13, 2010 at 11:05 AM  

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Chip April 13, 2010 at 11:07 AM  

I love the The Lynda Hat, but also the Bess Sun Hat.

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Chip April 13, 2010 at 11:07 AM  

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Sherry @ No Minimalist Here April 13, 2010 at 2:52 PM  

My favorite is the Bess sun hat. These hats are wonderful!

Hotsnotty2 April 13, 2010 at 5:38 PM  

I love the The Bridgett Fedora, the polka dots are beautiful, thanks!

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sibabe64 April 14, 2010 at 6:43 AM  

The Lynda Hat ..the hat for anyone.

In black because it would go with just about anything

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blueviolet April 14, 2010 at 9:50 AM  

I just love the Lynda hat because that spring green is the perfect shade and I love the subtle touch of having the other fabric underneath.
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missrantsypants April 14, 2010 at 1:30 PM  

I love this hat: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=40035344


Its a fun sun hat with polka dots..what more could you want?!



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Pamela S April 14, 2010 at 2:29 PM  

I like the Lynda hat (the second one pictured on the site) with the light seafoam green color and the pink floral lining. It's so feminine and would go with so many summer clothing items. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

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alli April 14, 2010 at 5:47 PM  

I would choose the Bess Sun Hat (in Robin's egg blue) because it would go nicely with a lot of my clothes, and would be really useful in the summer!


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Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) April 14, 2010 at 5:58 PM  

I absolutely love love LOVE the Great Sun Hat!! so chic!!

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Jinxy and Me April 14, 2010 at 7:19 PM  

I would get this great sun hat: http://www.etsy.com/listing/39999810/the-great-sun-hat

Jinxy and Me April 14, 2010 at 7:20 PM  

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~*~lilshuga2001~*~ April 14, 2010 at 9:15 PM  

the great sun hat for when i go boating with my babe!

Mami April 14, 2010 at 9:41 PM  

The Great Sun Hat...just goes with everything!

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Atreau April 14, 2010 at 9:53 PM  

I'd choose the
The Lynda Hat..Hat for Anyone in black and white because it's versatile enough to be worn with many different outfits.

Kerrie April 14, 2010 at 10:26 PM  

I would choose the The Bess Sunhat ..A very useful choice
Why? because I could wear it with almost anything!
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Kerrie April 14, 2010 at 10:27 PM  

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purango April 14, 2010 at 10:40 PM  

I would choose the Bridgett Fedora. I love fedoras and I love the colors. garrettsambo@aol.com

Donna April 14, 2010 at 11:26 PM  

I would like the great sun hat in the turquoise print.
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Donna April 14, 2010 at 11:27 PM  

I follow you on twitter.(donnak4)
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Donna April 14, 2010 at 11:27 PM  

I am a follower.
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lilyk April 15, 2010 at 2:42 AM  

I would choose the The Great Sun Hat in the Amy Butler fabric with the pink and purple flowers because it's very pretty!

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Anonymous,  April 15, 2010 at 4:16 PM  

I would want a bess hat. - krystal (kryssi01@msn.com)

High Quality Affordable Bib February 21, 2011 at 1:11 PM  

Love the Bridgette Hat on page 1 although all of them are really great and would love anyone.

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