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Enter the Picture Your Pet Photo Contest on Facebook

August 14, 2013

Picture Your Pet Photo Contest | UncommonGoodsDoes the family poodle have dreams of sailing the open seas, chasing seagulls and splashing around? Is your cat the queen of the castle? Share your pet’s personality for a chance to win a custom art piece celebrating their unique spirit.

YOUR ASSIGNMENT
Upload a photo on our Facebook contest page or submit via Twitter or Instagram with #PictureYourPet. (If you submit with the hashtag, you will need to come back here and claim your photo.)

Share with your friends and family to get them to vote for your photo.

THE PRIZE
The top 3 photos with the most votes will win a custom Picture Your Pet portrait.

Contest deadline: Friday, August 23, 2013 11:59pm EST

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Mary Catherine Halfpenny

August 13, 2013

MC Halfpenny | UncommonGoods

Mary Catherine Halfpenny, UncommonGoods Senior Manager – Operations

My hometown is…
Technically, I’m from Staten Island, the last borough to get dug out when blizzards happen. New Yorkers think I’m not really a New Yorker, but everyone else thinks I’m legitimately from here.

When I was 9, my family moved to Warwick, NY. I was raised to be capable of building my own chicken coop, by parents who always took home the class pet. We had an assortment of creatures at home at all times.

My favorite process in the UncommonGoods warehouse is…
I think creativity is really important in the warehouse, especially in terms of process design. I’m excited when I can take the innovations of my team and transform them into improvements to our processes, and benefit both the customers and those of us who work here at UncommonGoods.

I’m inspired by…
The idea that all great movements start as seemingly small acts.

The best gift anyone has given me was…
I want to tell the story of a memorable gift that, unbeknownst to the giver or receiver, I was a part of putting together. We had paper roses that were made from paper from elephant dung. It was a bouquet of twelve roses, and I packed it in with a card that said, “I know you’re going through a tough situation right now, but be assured that good things can come from a sh*tty situation.” This combination of humor with genuine care and creativity is one of the reasons I love our customers.

An uncommon fact about me…
I started at Uncommon Goods as a picker in the warehouse on December 4, 2009, and expected to be seasonally employed for 3 weeks.

When I’m not working, I’m probably…
Watching Rachel Maddow online.

The word that best describes me…
Queer.

Working at UncommonGoods I’ve learned…
That staying up until midnight running correlations on datasets is really fun.

With a pile of stuff in front of me I would build…
You’re given paint, some scraps of wood, an old t-shirt, rubber cement, cotton swabs, and 36 cents (in whatever combination of coins you choose).

I would build my net worth! Considering I’m a Halfpenny, I would have just increased it by 7200%!

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Jen Grim

August 12, 2013
Jen Grim
Meet Jen Grim, UncommonGoods Director of Customer Service

My hometown is…
Hamburg, NYThe best customer interaction I’ve had at UncommonGoods was…
This one is hard – there are a lot of memorable experiences. The ones that stick out the most are the ones where the customer went out of their way to thank me for doing something extra for them. It’s our job to make our customers happy and it’s always heartwarming to hear that our efforts are appreciated. One customer sent a photo of him and his friend holding a ‘thank you’ sign. It’s hanging up in the customer service room right now.

I’m inspired by…
New experiences. Trying something new and allowing yourself to sometimes be uncomfortable is the best way to truly experience life.

When I’m not working, I’m probably…
Planning something – the next vacation, my budget, a to-do list. I’m a planner; I just can’t help it.

An uncommon fact about me…
I’m a licensed skydiver but not a licensed driver. Does it also count that during one of my trips I used the following modes of transportation in one day? Taxi, bus, large plane, horse, small plane, boat, bike and walking.

My favorite place to hang out in New York City is…
Sunset Park. It’s a great tiny neighborhood full of multi-generational families who spend all day at the community park playing together and socializing. Sunset Park has a great community feeling to it. Plus, the best tacos EVER can be found here. Trust me – they’re amazing.

My style is…
Style? Not sure you can call what I have going on ‘style’. The rules are: I don’t iron, I don’t hand-wash, I don’t use a hair dryer, I won’t polish shoes. My clothes, shoes, and accessories need to be able to handle the rough treatment I dole out. I can always be dressed and out the door in 10 minutes.

Working at UncommonGoods I’ve learned…
That it’s OK to make mistakes. Really, it is. As long as you always make new mistakes. I’ve also learned that it’s OK to fail now and then. (‘Fail’ is not a bad 4-letter word around here.)

With a pile of stuff in front of me I would make…
(You’re given a carpet square, a box of nails, an empty milk crate, ribbon, a small recycling bag of empty soup cans, and a houseplant of any variety you choose.)

An awesome cat tree for my two cats to play on, complete with cat grass as the reward at the top of the tree.

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Orlando Geronimo

August 7, 2013

Orlando Geronimo | UncommonGoods

Orlando Geronimo, UncommonGoods Senior Software Architect

My hometown is…
Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija Philippines–but living in Sayreville, New Jersey.

The tech project I most enjoyed working on at UncommonGoods was…
Website redesign.

I’m inspired by…
Young people who have overcome incredible challenges to gain their education. They take a leap of faith and begin their pursuit of college without any guarantee that they will be able to pay for it and survive. Along the way, they seek out any and all opportunities and resources that can support them. And nothing should stop them. Whatever obstacles they may reach in their lives, they shouldn’t give up on what they want to do. Nothing should keep them away from their dreams or their goals, whatever they might be. God bless them.

My favorite place to visit in New York City is…
The top of the Empire State Building.

An uncommon fact about me…
I eat code every day!

When I’m not working, I’m probably…
Working in my yard! I like to make different things all the time. I love to see my plants grow and I enjoy the beauty of it. They are a constant reminder of growth, re-birth, persistence and determination.

The word that best describes me…
Technical. I’ve always had a hunger for knowledge. Some people may find it weird, but it’s actually true. It’s fun to have passion for learning stuff you’re interested in.

Working at UncommonGoods, I’ve learned…
Always be a part of the solutions and start being vocal about what’s right! Set a goal for every day and never be tired.

Would you rather… sing a full song in front of the entire company OR work in silence for an entire week, without talking to anyone?
Sing. I can play guitar and sing!

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Melanie Majewski

August 6, 2013
Melanie Majewski
Melanie Majewski, UncommonGoods Senior Human Resources & Office Management Coordinator

My hometown is…
Schenectady, NY. The most recent Ryan Gosling movie (The Place Beyond the Pines) was filmed in and took place in my hometown.

My favorite company event I’ve organized was…
Ah! This is a tough one. I get a little stressed when it comes to the organizing aspect of the events, but it’s so worth it in the end. I love all of our on-site snacks/lunches, but I really love our happy hours! Our latest at Owl Farm was really fun.

I’m inspired by…
Happy, daring and adventurous people. And Beyoncé.

My favorite place to visit in New York City is…
I really love walking around NYC and being outside when it’s sunny, so I have to say I love all of the parks: The Highline, Central Park, Prospect Park. Oh! And the Brooklyn Botanic Garden… it’s only a block from my apartment!

An uncommon fact about me…
I’m digging deep here.

I once received a karaoke machine for Christmas (I was about 8 years old) – one of those machines that you hook up to your TV and it video records you. I was really into performing (as you can tell with the level of dramatics here, still am) so I filmed myself for days. I started getting bored singing the same songs so I decided to do a “newscast” (I should also mention that I went to college for journalism). During the weather forecast portion of this 15-minute video, I took my Dad’s world atlas book, took a blind twisty off of one of the living room windows, and so eloquently projected the weather forecast (and by eloquently I mean I couldn’t get the mirrored video-thing down and I kept pointing to the west when speaking of the east). Somehow my Mom stumbled upon the videotape and shared it at our family Christmas party the next year, haha. She never lets me live it down.

(I could have totally gone un-dramatic there and just said, “I’ve caused a fire to start in the microwave not once, but twice.” You’re welcome.)

When I’m not working, I’m probably…
Cooking up a new recipe for my roommate, daydreaming up my next adventure, taking a dance class, or catching up on The Ellen Show. I like to keep life interesting and rarely sit still.

The word that best describes me…
Driven.

Working at UncommonGoods, I’ve learned…
SO MUCH! I’ve learned a lot about the human resources and recruiting industry. But also how to interact with people, network, collaborate with smart and creative people, work in a warehouse, and most importantly, feed 300+ people in one day!


Would you rather…Spend an hour each day practicing ballet indoors or showing off your yoga poses in the park?

That is one of the toughest questions I’ve been asked in my 24 years of life! Can I practice ballet in the park? If not, I don’t know how to answer this question.