Phattie Surprises

Woohoo!    Scored me a Phat Fiber sampler box today!  For those unfamiliar with this phenomenon, here is how they describe themselves:

Phat Fiber is a mystery box of awesome samples for the yarn and fiber enthusiast in us all. With a focus on the independent artisan, this box is a super grass-roots treat for the senses. When your box arrives, chock full of samples, expect to be overwhelmed with the sight and feel of artful yarns, stitch markers, original patterns, valuable discount coupons and much much more. Inside, you could find anything that yarn and fiber enthusiasts would love…even a tea or two! Phat Fiber seeks to bridge the gap between talented online artisans and consumers hungry to support the independent small business.

There are boxes for just yarn (“Stitches”), boxes for just fiber (“Fluff”), and mixed boxes for those who love both.  I went for the “Stitches” box.  This time.  My first score!  Some people get more than one box, but they have to be really fast.

There are sampler boxes offered each month, each with its own theme.  This November’s theme is Seasons of Light.  Jessie from Phat Fiber posts videos on the Phat Fiber blog showing the samples included in the current box.  After you sign up on the Phat Fiber website, you receive an email a few days in advance telling the secret date and times that the box will go on sale from the Phat Fiber Etsy shop…on Box Day there are two “drops”.   Then you wait in anticipation for the clock to strike.  They go fast, first come first serve, usually all the boxes are gone within about three minutes.  There are fewer than two hundred boxes a month, but many more than two hundred people going for them.   There are many stories about people putting a box in their Etsy cart but by the time they got to checkout the box had been sold!  (You need a fast internet connection for this…)

In addition to the sampler boxes, Phat Fiber offers discount coupons for different products each month – sent by mail along with the date and times of the box sale.   And there are constant giveaways on the blog from many of the contributors – called Phatties.  And more prizes through the Phat Fiber group on Ravelry.

Can’t wait until I get my box!  And I of course I will review all the samples right here!

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3 Responses to “Phattie Surprises”

  1. Joan Pickart Says:

    What fun!! Lucky you!!

  2. eclecticitee Says:

    It was lucky, I hear that the Stitches boxes went faster than the others this time, in less than a minute. And there is a new checkout/payment policy between Etsy and PayPal, which slowed things down for everyone. I was so flustered I mistyped my PayPal password, but fixed it in time. Whew!

  3. Roberta Says:

    yeah.. lucky you!!!!

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