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SFS Contest - win $2,000

You’ve seen our Store From Scratch videos that take you into the nitty gritty parts of setting up shop online. Now it’s time to pass the torch on to you. Get into your own admin and start shaking up your Big Cartel shop. While you’re in there, get the cameras rolling and create your own little Store From Scratch video promoting the way you run your shop. You might just win a cool $2,000 from Big Cartel.

Here’s the deal:

  1. Create a 2-minute, behind-the-scenes video about your store.
  2. Read the legal stuff to make sure you’re all clear: Legal »
  3. Submit your video and enter to win $2,000 from Big Cartel.
  4. Enter here »

Watch the example video to get cookin’ »

It’s really that easy! The deadline to enter is January 31 at 11:59pm MST. We’ll be showcasing videos on the blog while we try to choose our 3 favorites, which we’ll announce on February 24. The top 3 picks will all win a free Big Cartel store for life - and our ultimate number 1 favorite will get a fancy check for $2,000.

What are you waiting for!? Get to work!

Ink & Paper

After seeing this heartfelt mini-doc, we want to buy all of the fancy paper and letterpress everything. Watching these struggling artisans keep their businesses alive so passionately is such an inspiration, and a good reminder to support the little guys to keep them around as long as we can.

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CUAC art class

Last month we teamed up with the fine folks at CUAC to teach an enthusiastic group of preschoolers about icons and symbols. It was an amazing morning filled with illustrations and games - culminating with the kiddos making a flag full of symbols that represented their own personalities. Word on the street is this won’t be our last art class, so keep your eyes peeled if you want your kids in on the fun.

Sountrack by the immensely talented, honorary BC-er, David Williams

Seamless Checkout now in 8 new countries

Our friends at Stripe are giving Big Cartel artists early access to all of their supported countries, even those in “beta”. This means those of you in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, France, and beyond can now use our new Seamless Checkout feature. Check to see if Stripe is available where you are »

A mom and daughter do some unorthodox collaborations, and our hearts just burst. Check out the story via Distractify »

Our idea of relaxing is all too often to plop down in front of the television set and let its pandering idiocy liquefy our brains. Shutting off the thought process is not rejuvenating; the mind is like a car battery - it recharges by running. You may be surprised to find out how quickly daily routine and the demands of “just getting by” absorb your waking hours. You may be surprised to find how quickly you start to see your politics and religion become matters of habit rather than thought and inquiry. You may be surprised to find how quickly you start to see your life in terms of other people’s expectations rather than issues. You may be surprised to find out how quickly reading a good book sounds like a luxury.
– Bill Watterson

Tax tips for beginners

We’ve revived our incredible tax tips from Helena of Sweeter CPA, and given them a shiny new home over in our Field Guides. Give your books a nice refresh, and don’t forget quarterly taxes are due January 15. Read more »