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Mystery Box swap! USA only-AIM FOR HEARTS!!

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Mystery Box swap!  USA only-AIM FOR HEARTS!!
Swap Coordinator:ElizabethObviously (contact)
Swap categories: Random Items  Miscellaneous  Accessories 
Number of people in swap:91
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:May 31, 2007
Date items must be sent by:June 8, 2007
Number of swap partners:1
  • I know there are some ppl with lower ratings. I will ban anyone who does not meet up to the min. requirement! if it is lower than a 4.7 at that time, you WILL be banned, regardeless of why you have such and such feedback. This is just how it is**

We all love getting packages! We would not be here unless we did! This swap will be for a mystery box! You will have 1 partner. This is USA only due to postage. Feel free to start an international one!

What you do is get a box-as large as a shoebox AT LEAST. It can be bigger but no smaller. Use a box that is about 1 foot long by 6 inches wide by 6 inches tall. You can use flat rate boxes also. Check out your partner's profile. Now fill your partner's box with items you think they woudl like! Spending min. is $15(not imcluding postage). If you want to buy a bunch of small items or just a couple bigger higher priced items, that's okay! Just spend at LEAST $15. Aim for HEARTS!!!

BIG BIG BIG RULE: You CAN NOT--CAN NOT--request anything. You can not say please do not send me such and such. I would love to get such and such. I will delete any posts like that! The point of this swap is for it all to be a mystery and to see how well your partner can read into your profile. So you OBVIOUSLY have to have a filled out profile. :D :D :D

It would also be fun to decorate the outside of the box with stickers, markers but that is not a requirement!

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  • USA only! Users with a 4.7 or above will be able to join. Newbies can but you MUST message me first and give me a reference ( ebay name, GA name, nervousness.org name) If you do not, you will not be allowed to join this swap-AT ALL. I will check the night before and see what newbies have feedback and will let you rejoin.

  • Spend at LEAST $15. Do NOT--NOT--NOT send used, crappy junk! If you would not want to recieve it yourself, I am pretty sure your partner would not like it either!

  • Read your partner's profile. Pick items you think they would really enjoy!! Do not just go buying items because they are cheap and sorta fit in with their profile. Look at thei previous swaps and really get to know them from that!

  • Use a shoebox or similar shaped box. You can "order" shoebox sized boxes from shop.usps.com for FREE!!!! They should arrive within 7-10 days of ordering. FREE s/h and everything! Or use one you have laying around!! Box must be at least the size of a shoebox or LARGER. It can NOT be smaller!

  • You can NOT-NOT-NOT request any certain items. You can NOT list your likes, dislikes. The only thing you CAN list is possible allergies. That is it! All other things will be deleted

*** NOTE to BAD SWAPPERS- We know who you are. We(the hosts) have a list and your name is on it as well as other info. You can not get by us any more!***


DarkSkullMistress42 03/14/2007 #

Sounds like a great swap:)! I enjoy your swaps you come up with good ones:) Cole

LINBUR0100 03/14/2007 #

Just a thought...a shoe box can be pretty varried in size...for instance, a kids shoe box is MUCH smaller than a boot box. Maybe you could include some basic "Length X Width X Height" requirements to make sure none of the somewhat shady people sneak in only intending to send a child's shoebox of stuff...

charolette33 03/14/2007 #

Would a large flat rate box qualify? Or is that too small?

Wierdlings 03/14/2007 #

Why not just use one of those plastic $1.00 shoe boxes you can get from Wal*Mart to the Dollar Store. They are all basically the same size, will cost a dollar, and the person receiving will also be able to use the box for other things?


fairykiss 03/14/2007 #

I was also thinking about the flat rate box (the tall one, not the flat one). I believe it's bigger than a shoe box and it would cost less than 9 bucks to ship.

ElizabethObviously 03/14/2007 #

i think both flat rate boxes are simliar in size. the flat one is longer but the squarer one is deeper so they equal out when you think about it

TexasQuilter1 03/25/2007 #

Here's a thought - why not use one of those photo/video boxes that you can get at Walmart or Michaels? They are about the size of a shoe box and have the added advantage of being very pretty. Wouldn't it be fun to get such a pretty box filled with goodies in the mail? Then your partner can use it as a photobox later. And they're only about $3 each. I've gotten them as low as $1 on sale!

TexasQuilter1 03/26/2007 #

Ok, I went shopping for those photo boxes yesterday after leaving the message above. That must have been some sale I got that other photo box at for $1 because yesterday I couldn't find one for less than $3.99 :)

LINBUR0100 03/28/2007 #

I know what you mean TexasQuilter. If you're willing to go to all the chains (Joanns, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, A.C. Moore, etc.) you can usually find them onsale at ONE of them. The cheapest ones I got lately were from Marshalls (T.J. Maxx would probably have them as well). They were around 2.99. And they were gorgeous.

ElizabethObviously 03/29/2007 #

taht would work if you want to use that...but for ppl whocant find them...they can use regular boxes :D

pgk 03/29/2007 #

Elizabeth~ You have everything spelled out which is great for all signed up...love it! This will be an awesome/fun swap! Happy swapping everyone. Thanks Elizabeth!

raesha 04/ 1/2007 #

This sounds like a wonderful swap! I'm off to update my profile a little:):)

slamophile 04/ 2/2007 #

I have a question about the Name of the swap - "Aim for Hearts ". Does this mean the contents should be of a heart theme? Thank you.

marcia1977 04/ 2/2007 #

I absolutely love this swap idea. And definately like the fact that there is NO "I dont want this" and "I would like this"!!! At times that can be a little annoying. *grin.

ArtsyKira 04/ 2/2007 #

slamophile, I believe elizabeth is refering to the Swap-bot rating system. If a swapper goes above and beyond the swap requirements, i.e. sending something extra, putting special effort into it, they can earn a heart. I'd say she's encouraging us all to put in that extra effort and make it really great.

ElizabethObviously 04/ 2/2007 #

yup that is right :D aim for hearts means lets all try to get a heart from this swap!

Dibrittain 04/ 2/2007 #

This sounds like fun. I hope I have a great partner. My mini wishlist partner was so so... But I love your swaps Elizabeth. You make up some good ones. Can't wait to get started on the box.

Chinita 04/ 6/2007 #

Sounds like my kind of swap- I enjoy finding fun stuff for my partners. elizabeth-could you direct me to this said list of bad swappers. i'm just curious about someone. thanks! rachel (chinita)

user6699 04/ 6/2007 #

This swap sounds like alot of fun I can not wait I also love that people can not tell you what to buy or what not to buy also there is a flat rate shoe box size that you can get from your post office or you can go to the USPS web site and get the flate rate and other items free just go to the web site and click on the shipping supply and it's all there good luck on the boxes

Windchimes 04/ 8/2007 #

I think it is a good idea to not list what you would like as do several others. :) People have blogs and profiles and if you are at all snoopy, you can find out a lot.

However, I do think people should list any allergies here - this might prevent a purchase that would make both the sender and recepient feel bad. Whatever allergy - food, wool, etc...

Does that work for you?

ElizabethObviously 04/ 8/2007 #

yeah I mentioned that you can list allergies.

KristinaO 04/10/2007 #

Im glad there is a big effort being made here to weed out those bad swappers who seem to keep getting into swaps somehow. I hate it when I end up with one of them as a partner and know Im not gonna be getting anything! It sucks!

Dibrittain 04/11/2007 #

I will probably use a plastic shoe box. They are easy to find. I got mine at Bed Bath and Beyond. Most places sell them for a dollar. Great way to ship the items and you can cover with brown paper and ship it that way. Since most of my shoe boxes are big... Please make sure your profiles are filled in with things you like so it makes it easier to find stuff. I think the profiles here need to list likes and dislikes. Instead of crafts and movies. Most of the swaps are not based on a craft someone does or a movie they watch.

ElizabethObviously 04/11/2007 #

ohh plastic shoeboxes would be cool...that way you could use them for storage and stuff later...or maybe you could even SEND them in a plastic shoebox...no other box or anything..this will be interesting

Dibrittain 04/12/2007 #

That would be a good idea for a swap. Decorate a plastic shoebox for someone. and fill with some goodies like a movie night or relaxing bath or something like that with a cool theme. Your partner can choose a theme and you can deco the box and fill it to go with a theme.

sewelizabeth 04/14/2007 #

I am so excited!! This sounds like fun!!! I love getting mail!!!!

Craftlover10101 04/15/2007 #

All those messages I just finished reading. Got me all excited. I wasn't going to sign up for anymore swaps but this one looks to be good as in the rules and the swap itself.

shopandbid 04/17/2007 #

I've just learned of this web site I'm so excited I can't wait to start having fun. I like TexasQuilter1 idea

ElizabethObviously 04/17/2007 #

i may do a themed box after this one gets done so look forward to that! ANy ideas for that one? MESSAGE THEM TO ME!!!!!

squintgrad 04/18/2007 #


for a theme box - how about one showing off our home town/state/country. I know that in the US most stores are starting to carry a lot of the tourist related stuff, and I've found my state information centers on the highway and the Tourist Agency to be a fantastic source of FREE material.

I love the great energy that is going in this swap - it's been great to see other's thinking.


squintgrad 04/18/2007 #

oh no - just to clarify - the FREE stuff would be to decorate the box (not the contents).


Dibrittain 04/18/2007 #

I am thinking of decorating my plastic box if I have time to. So hopefully who my partner is they will like a decorated box. di

twobluecrows 04/20/2007 #

Just FYI, the post office now has a new "shoebox" size flat rate Priority box. If you have a large post office they may have some in stock, but I think they have to be ordered from the usps.com website(free as are all priority boxes). Cyn

user7763 04/21/2007 #

this sounds like so much fun :) im super excited.

ElizabethObviously 04/23/2007 #

i found plastic showbox sized boxes at wal mart for about 3.00

user7763 04/25/2007 #

so these are the priority boxes that have pics of shoes on them?

ElizabethObviously 04/25/2007 #

yup that would be the ones

onestrangekitten 04/26/2007 #

Hello! I do have some allergies--foodwise no strawberry or msg, please! MSG just gives me really horrible migraines (as if there's any other kind!), but strawberries could kill me! :o

onestrangekitten 04/26/2007 #

Oh, sorry I also forgot I tried to put more in profile to help. I'm a kinda shy/private girl, so it was a bit hard at first, but I think I did good! :)

wonder2 04/27/2007 #

ok,don't know what msg might be in that would be included but I get terrible headaches from that,too!And no black licorice,please~it affects blood pressure&for some weird reason mine's already high. thanks, Terri

bridgetbegins 04/27/2007 #

Are we allowed to message our partners and ask them their size?

simplysarah 04/29/2007 #

I live with my great great aunt and she is super sensitive to scents... so as much as i love stuff that smells good... Please no candles, perfume, or incense. thanks!

user7517 04/30/2007 #

I mailed Michelle Buchanans swap today and emailed her the tracking number for it. I received my swap from Lynda and loved it. Thank you very much. Anne

Liz 05/ 1/2007 #

Hi Wonder2 - your MSG-free, blood pressure reducing box of treasures is on it's way to you!


wonder2 05/ 2/2007 #

hahahaha!Well,thank you very much,Liz!!I could really use a 'blood pressure-reducing' something or other right now~am really looking forward to it. Terri

Kat 05/ 3/2007 #

Okay Panj...I sent yours out today. It should reach you by next week. Enjoy!

Kristin 05/ 4/2007 #

Squintgrad, I got my package from you today. Was suprised to get it so quickly! Was a lot of fun to go thru, thanks for all the goodies!

bethne 05/ 5/2007 #

Jendle, be on the lookout! Your package was sent today. :)

Panj 05/ 7/2007 #

Oh Kat!!!! It came today!!!! Thank you Thank you!! I was totally excited and you REALLY aimed for the hearts and You did very well!!! Will pm or email you soon! Thanks again! Hugs, Panj

debbi 05/ 7/2007 #

Starlitebrite...your box is on it way!

omabluebird 05/ 7/2007 #

WOW! I hadn't done much more than think about what to do for this swap and here came my package from YooperHill today. It is wonderful! Filled with all kinds of goodies each one wrapped. I haven't even finished unwrapping them all. I just come in here every once in a while and unwrap another one. It is so much fun.

tvstar 05/ 9/2007 #

Gayle...your mystery box went out today:) Enjoy!

Artistic 05/11/2007 #

A mystery box is heading your way from Virginia, partner! Enjoy!

user7502 05/14/2007 #

i received a notice from the post office saying that a parcel addressed to me had become separated from its label in pittsburgh. i assume it's from a swap and i'm trying to figure out whose it was- so if you sent me something that might have stopped off in pittsburgh, i need to know what it looks like so i can have the post office try and find it!

bridgetbegins 05/21/2007 #

I received my wonderful package today! I'm totally blanking out on who sent it, but... thank you so much! There is a thank-you card for you heading out in the next few days.


mutantpenguin 05/22/2007 #

My wonderful package arrived today and now I can't wait to get started using the patterns she sent me as well as the great shower gel (my favorite scent!). Thanks a lot to Rosaramma!

user7364 05/26/2007 #

elaynne, your package went out today i reall hope u enjoy it i work for over a week on it i wanted it to great,fantastic,perfect just for you girl....

pgk 05/30/2007 #

Elea's package has been sent today...woohooooooooooooooo! It was way, way too much fun! Hope you enjoy everything.

pgk 06/ 1/2007 #

Ok, out of 91 swappers there are 51 that haven't sent anything yet and I realize that June 7 is right around the corner. It would make my day if everyone in this bunch of swappers received a mystery box!!! What a great feeling that would be! Woohoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

sewelizabeth 06/ 2/2007 #

nktigger99, your package went out yesterday!!!

ElizabethObviously 06/ 4/2007 #

i doubt everyone wil lsend out..i know there are several bad swappers in the list with lower than great feedback..*sigh

Prpldy 06/ 5/2007 #

Mine will be going out on the 7th.....sorry that it's the last day, but it will go out. Will post when it does.

user7364 06/ 5/2007 #

who is senden to me?????????????????????

ElizabethObviously 06/ 5/2007 #

pooh you can click on rate my coordinator and partner to see who is sending to you..takes the fun of out of things but yeah :D

arentyouthatgirl 06/ 6/2007 #

Oh Simply Sarah!!!!

Your package is on it's way!

pgk 06/ 6/2007 #

We're making progress....we're down to 47 no-sents. Elizabeth, it's not your fault, don't take it personally. Hope for the best. Hey everyone, June 7th is here or will be depending on where you live.

madpeoplejen 06/ 7/2007 #

i'm sending mine today to Rosearamma!! i hope you love everything! (i also hope my partner sends to me since i haven't gotten mine yet)

cmhatcstamper 06/ 7/2007 #

Sent to scrpbookmom today-Chris H.

megsgarden 06/ 7/2007 #

Treva2Diva~ your package went out this morning!

DeeBee 06/ 7/2007 #

Kristina O - I mailed your package at lunch today. It's on its way from SC to CA - allllllllll the way across country. Hope you LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

Dee in SC

pgk 06/ 7/2007 #

We're down to 43 no-sents! I hope they can come through as signed us for.

chesterbarb50 06/ 7/2007 #

Theresa- your package was mailed today priority. Hope you like what's inside! Barb

chesterbarb50 06/ 7/2007 #

Elizabeth- did you notice up top that the sign up and send by dates were changed to weird dates? Maybe the 6/8 mixed up some people and they think they have one more day... Barb

Cassandra 06/ 8/2007 #

I have mailed out today a package to Melissa Green. Enjoy!

ElizabethObviously 06/ 8/2007 #

we did have one more day....6/8 os a friday...i figure it would be easier to send out on a friday than a thursday..i changed it

ElizabethObviously 06/ 8/2007 #

37 still open...today is the last day to send out!!!!

arentyouthatgirl 06/10/2007 #

Is it too early to ask if there may be a call for volunteer angels for this swap? I ask because my partner hasn't marked her swap as sent yet - although it may have been & just not updated. Looks like at least a few angels could be needed. Maybe lots will be sent out on Monday?! Fingers crossed!!

Prpldy 06/12/2007 #

Mine went out this past Thursday, but I haven't been online in days so only just now got it marked as being sent. Hopefully it has arrived or will any day now.

SilverWing 06/13/2007 #

I finally sent, shopandbid! Again, I'm so sorry for being late!

DeeBee 06/15/2007 #

Still waiting for mine..... Dee in SC


Prpldy 06/15/2007 #

I'm still waiting for mine to arrive also. :-( And haven't heard if my partner received hers or not. Partner...has it arrived????

rutabaga 06/16/2007 #

thanks barb! your package was waiting when i got home from vacation and i loved it :D

arentyouthatgirl 06/18/2007 #

10 days and counting - no Mystery Box. I was really looking forward to this one too. It sounded so FUN!

I must admit I'm rather disappointed. Bummer.

pgk 06/18/2007 #

Me too Deb! :o(

user3876 06/20/2007 #

Me three.

ElizabethObviously 06/20/2007 #

no box for me either :(

Prpldy 06/21/2007 #

Still no box has arrived, but my sending partner marked it as being sent. Guess I will drop her a message and see if I can find anything out. Like everyone else, I too was looking forward to this swap, especially since I put a lot of thought and effort into the package I sent.l

user3876 06/22/2007 #

I had fun making my box for my partner (and she liked it, which made me happy!) so I feel ya, prpldy. I just sent a message to my sender to see if there's an issue. I'm hoping there isn't--if so, it would be the fourth swap in a row that I've been stiffed.

arentyouthatgirl 06/22/2007 #

Ms. Pants,

4th IN A ROW??? I would have a hard time wanting to continue if that were the case.

Man, that really bites...

elaynne 06/22/2007 #

my sending partner also marked sent (and did ages ago) but I've yet to receive anything. big sigh.

pgk 06/22/2007 #

I'm at 2 (huge ones) in a row with no-sends. Let's see, that would be around $40 - $50. I haven't signed up for any swaps in so long just because of this...too afraid to get flaked on again.

user3876 06/25/2007 #

Yeah, 4th in a row. My partner marked "sent" but nothing yet, and no response to my messages. I've got one more swap on my list that I'm compiling things for (and again, probably going overboard) and depending on that swap, I might be bidding adieu.

arentyouthatgirl 06/26/2007 #

This will only be my second stiffing, but I think I'm with you on this one, Ms. Pants. I have signed up for a few more, but most are considerably less expensive for shipping. Nice, but not near as fun as one like this!

Susan 06/26/2007 #

I can't beleive there are still about 12 no sends on here this was a very fun swap for me to join and send off, i'm waiting also but at least my partner told me it would be late. I didnt receive from another swap also I just hope the person is ok, you never know whats going on behind someones door in the real world.

ElizabethObviously 06/27/2007 #

i have contacted the partners of people who have not marked sent. Ironically some of the people not marked sent are partners of OTHER people who have yet to mark send!!!!

arentyouthatgirl 06/27/2007 #


Just to let you know, my partner marked her package as sent, but I haven't received anything. It was marked sent, to the best of my recollection, AFTER I sent an email asking if was sent, but lost in the mail.

pgk 06/27/2007 #

Well, it's a done deal on receiving a box from my partner. hpaisan32 was suppose to send something to me and not sure how in the world she got into this swap with her lowwwwwwwww points!! She has a lot of no-sends. Oh well...tis is life once again. Oh, I have e-mailed her a few times and she hasn't been on her website either. I'm now forgetting that I signed up for this one.

user3876 06/28/2007 #

I think a lot of people sign up way ahead of time and THEN the no-sends come in after partners are distributed. I haven't heard from my sender either. She was moving a month ago--hasn't posted on her blog or flickr. Ahh, such is life. I'm just going to complete the last swap I've signed up for and move on, I suppose.

elaynne 06/28/2007 #

I PM'd my partner but haven't received any response. I've dropped out of the other swaps I was in because this is two biggish ones in a row I've been flaked on. I am disappointed, to say the least.

raesha 06/29/2007 #

I haven't received anything either - I did get an email from my partner about three weeks ago letting me know she would be a few days late. She marked sent a while ago - I'm going to email her again now to see what's up.

Chinita 06/29/2007 #

I just checked the profile of my partner to send to me and it has been deleted....:( Girlymom! was her handle on here. I'm a little bit annoyed and bummed about it because I spent a lot of time and effort into to packing a package for my partner and now I GET SQUAT!!! though my partner supposedly clicked on SENT, how am I to know she did...

sorry-venting. i'm over it now. on to another swap.

Susan 07/ 2/2007 #

I have some fun and easy swaps just click on my profile and see what they are, I aim for everyone to have some fun, but this swap was SUPER!

craftersbag 07/ 4/2007 #

I never got mine either my partner contacted me but has yet to send and it's been a few weeks.

simplysarah 07/10/2007 #

i didnt flake... chaos is around me lately i marked sent... but have not sent it goes out on friday late but a great box of goodies for jessica fancy... with some luck maybe i can manage to send it out on weds. will try. usually i am not flaky, this whole moving thing made everything at my houses crazy....look for this box soon!!!! and hopefullly you will enjoy all the great things i found for you!

bethne 07/12/2007 #

Unfortunately, I have not recd anything either. It's a shame because I put a lot of time and effort into my partner's package. :(

Prpldy 07/22/2007 #

I know what you mean...what even gets me more than me not receiving after send a great package.....is that the one I sent to I sent an awesome package and she even acknowledge how great it was...but then she didn't send to her partner...at least it is still marked un-send. I will NOT sign up for any more swaps that are large dollar amounts. It hurts to much to be flaked on all the time, but I can handle the smaller ones...like ATC, etc. This is the 2nd large dollar one for me and with shipping and the cost....I'm out about $70 now at the minimum.

sarachattom 07/27/2007 #

I know I am so horribly late - but my package has FINALLY went out to winemakerssister.

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