Sunday, 18 March 2012

Brassique Pressie Giveaways!

Some important PRESSIE information...who doesn't like a freebie?! : D

Twitter and Facebook Pressie Giveaways

Saturday the 17th March 2012 saw our first ever Pressie Giveaway!

Spookily both twitter and facebook were drawn on the same day - with facebook making it to 100 'Likers' followed by twitter reaching 300 lovely followers shortly after.  Our first Pressie was the rather special Diamond Jubilee Felt Purses made by Crafty Creator (and fellow Coster) Molly Coddles Kitchen who can also be found on twitter here @molly_coddles

Our next Giveaways are planned as follows... Get in with a chance by following on twitter and giving us a 'Like' on Facebook - Easy Peasy!

300 facebook Likers - Another Purse will be given away when 300 super duper people have given us a like.

500 twitter followers and 500 facebook Likes - Our next Pressies will be given away at 500 followers on twitter and 500 likes on facebook.  These will be one of the gorgeous 'Miss Brassique' Brassique inspired Necklaces made by the sparkly pretty jewellery maker and Coster, the lovely @jewellerybyjacx on twitter and here Jewellery By JacX

800 facebook Likes - guessed it...another gorgeous Miss Brassique Necklace at 800 Likers!

800 twitter followers - When we get to 800 lovelies following on twitter we'll be giving away these very Regal Bespoke mini King and Queen Crown Cushions!  We were going to split them but they make too nice of a Pair!

A very generous and fitting Pressie donation from the super Craftylicious Coster Samantha Robinson Handmade Originals.

Made in beautiful Royal Red material which is itself covered in little white Crowns!  Beautifully Hand Quilted too...Stunning!  You can find her on twitter @samantha_2k

All the Pressies so far have been for our followers and people who've honoured us with their like...what about our Coster members of Brassique?!  Well...there's even more specialness in store just for them.  If you're not in our Collective already you can join us here!

Brassique Costers Only

200, 300, 400 Costers - To celebrate reaching these Coster Milestones, one of the Collective will be chosen at Random to also win one of the special Brassique Necklaces.  And here it is again!

500 Costers -  For reaching this milestone we'll be giving away This 'Atlantis' Necklace made by the gorgeous and talented Jewellery Designer Alyssa Smith.

Made from Murano Glass with Gold Leaf, it was was chosen by Miss Brassique as it resembled a Map of our fantastical Bartering World.  You can find Alyssa on twitter @AlyssaJewellery. We think the fact she has her own Fan Club of Alyssa Groupies only shows how lovely she is indeed @AlyssaGroupies!

At 1000 & 2000 Costers - We'll be giving away an amazing 'Coster' Name Necklace to the lucky winner chosen from our Collective.  They will be Bespoke pieces made by Alyssa Smith, and to be frank, were already stupidly excited about them!  They will be made in Sterling Silver to resemble the design below...

And that, for now anyway, is the Pressies we have planned!  We'll update with new photos and additions as we go.  Hopefully you'll love them and we'd love to hear what you think!  

If you can't wait for your chance to win, just have a peek at the talented makers websites linked throughout post.  In fact, just have a look anyway as they all make gorgeous items and there's bound to be something for you to drool over!  Delectables!

Costers Wink Pet Lambs x 

Spot any mistakes? Shout at us - as nicely as possible of course ; )

Introduction to the Ways of Brassique - The Original Online Barterplace!

Hellooooo everyone!

Please make yourself comfortable and shout up with any questions wont you?!

Welcome to our first Brassique Blog Post!

Right... This is a bit of a Brassique Intro.  The stuff we think you'd like to know about our wonderful new Original Online Barterplace.  Did we say it's a world first?  And that it's been Born and Bred in Britain.  Made in Britain!  How good's that?!  Brilliant we think : D  We're putting Britain on the map with our Barterplace creation!  And 'our' means not only ours as in Team Brassique, but our expanding Coster Collective, those lovely people who've climbed into our virtual bartering world and snuggled into our Brassique Nest.  

Right, on with the details chaps and chapettes...

What's Brassique all about then?!

Brassique is a world within itself, a high-walled - gated and locked - Bartering community; so our listing treasures are only visible to those who join us.  There’s no peeking from nosey parker outsiders!  As the world’s first (yes we said it again...) Online Barterplace, Brassique’s members, the Costers, can buy, sell, swap, share and promote coveted things.  We term these as Delectables – generally gorgeous, desirable and / or useful items such as clothing, jewellery, accessories, furniture and technological gadgetry; Collectables – including antiques, vintage and retro pieces; Handmades – this one’s kind of obvious we think....handmade items, and last but not least, Skills – particular talents and skills people can use to barter with.

How does it work? 

Brassique's economy is one of trading possessions and skills, alongside Brassique’s very own barter tokens, instead of money.  Costers use their talents and possessions as a form of currency.  By trading the things they no longer need, savvy barterers get the things they want, or reap rewards from the clever and wonderful stuff they can do.
What does it Cost?

Our £5 Annual Membership Fee allows us to keep Brassique exclusively for our Costers, as well as keeping it a Listing and Transaction Fee-Free Zone - plus we'll have no annoying adverts either!  Your initial fiver investment also gets you £10 worth of Barter Tokens to spend at your leisure. It is designed to help people trade in a way they want, to the benefit of all, providing a characterful online community that is a modern twist on the bygone Victorian era.    

When's this happening?! 

Launch is in June (Date & Details to be announced) and will initially only be for those who grab one of the exclusive 1000 Founding Coster places.   These members will receive a ‘Founding Coster’ status within the site, including a badge to display on their profile as recognition and thanks for joining us at the start.  There will also be special opportunities for those who feel they’d like a more socially active role within the site, for example, an area of expertise, or interest they would be willing to share with others.

How can I Join?!
There are still Memberships, or Costerships as we like to term them, available from too if you are a Coster at heart!  You’ll be taken to Paypal to pay your £5 joining fee, so just to reassure you...if we get taken over by Pirates and don’t make it to our launch (never going to happen) we guarantee you’ll get your fiver back…Coster’s Honour!

Can I get involved now?!

We're like little Mexican Jumping Beans with all this pre-launch excitement!  Things are really gathering momentum at Brassique Towers; we're meeting, tweeting and chatting with lots of fabulous new people as well as our lovely Costers.  We’d love you to join us right at the beginning, in any way you can or fancy!  Whilst we're grafting to build the foundations of this virtual bartering world, we're enjoying a bit of banter and sharing with you all on Twitter, Facebook and Miss Brassique's Pinterest.  If you want to get involved in any of these we'll be distributing some loveliness (some manliness too!), updates and goings on as we getting closer to launch & fancier in our ways!     

Well, we think we've just about covered everything for now.  There are more delightful little Brassique twists and surprises still to be revealed.  Our Costers will be the first to know about these, we're keeping some details up our sleeves for now - promise it's all good though!
Jot down any questions, comments that you may have and fire away! Or, if you wish, even  just some random ramblings.  We don't mind a bit of that either!
Coster Regards Treacle Tarts,
Team Brassique

Spot any mistakes?  Be all School Teachery and Shout at us 
as nicely as possible of course ; )