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Coming Together Across Continents

April 4, 2011

In the wake of the devastating earthquake that shook Miyagi, Japan on March 11, members of the UncommonGoods family are reaching out to lend support to the families of nearly 11,000 who lost their lives and the hundreds of thousands who were left injured and homeless by the massive quake and the subsequent tsunami, which struck Japan’s eastern coastline.

AmeriCares, our Better to Give partner, is working to help those affected by this catastrophic natural disaster. Within hours of these events, AmeriCares began sending relief workers, organizing donations and contacting doctors to provide aid.

“Working with a local partner, AmeriCares distributed hundreds of cases of hygiene items—including soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and paste, diapers, baby wipes and bottled water—to shelters in the hard-hit cities of Iwanuma, Watari and Yamamoto in northeast Japan,” their online newsletter explains.

With thousands of individuals and families displaced, and more than 16,000 people still missing, AmeriCares continues to provide support to those in need.

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The Uncommon Life

New Features for Better Shopping

March 22, 2011

We just unrolled some new changes around here, and I think you’ll notice a big improvement to your shopping experience.

Now you can manage your profile– updating your password, email address and billing info, all from any page on our website.

Here’s how:

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Click login in the top right corner of your screen.

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Either create a login, or use the same email address and password you’ve used in the past.

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From here you can change your password, update your email address, and keep track of your orders.

Pretty handy, right? Once you’re logged in, you can modify your account at any time, just by clicking “My Account” in the footer of our site.

Let us know if there are more features you’re looking for to make your shopping experience unforgettable!

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Silver: It’s pretty! It’s shiny! But, it isn’t cheap.

March 21, 2011

The votes are rolling in, and we’re excited that you’re speaking up and letting us know what you love, through our recently launched community voting app.

Your comments help us make better choices when it comes to what we feature on our website and in our catalogs, and we love the feedback that’s been coming in. A few comments and questions have been popping up time and time again, and we’re ready to get in on the conversation!

One of the big questions since we launched our voting tool is “Why is this silver item so expensive?”

Jump Rope Girl Necklace by Anna Sabino

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The Latest Addition to UncommonGoods

March 9, 2011

Here at our offices in Brooklyn, we have a really fun sample meeting every Thursday. Our buyers all crowd into a meeting room, filled with carts and bags of goodies. Each buyer presents their finds in front of the whole team, and together they decide which amazing gifts and home items will end up on our website and in our catalog.

We want you to have a seat at the table. This week, we’re launching our community voting app, and offering you a way to give your thumbs up or thumbs down on all our finds. Now you can see the newest gifts on the market before they’re even available.

In the past, you’ve helped us pick the color of sari scarf and you’ve shared your fantastic ideas for new products like Multiblocks and the reclaimed seatbelt chair. We love your feedback and ideas!

We designed this voting app with you in mind. We’re reading every comment and tallying every vote. Our community voting app is here to make it really easy (and fun!) for you to share your ideas and get a sneak peek at all our unique finds.

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Getting Some Facetime

February 25, 2011

How often do you get to meet your favorite authors? Not that often, am I right! Luckily Conor Grennan, bestselling author of Little Princes, took some time off from his book tour to join us today on Facebook, for a quick chat.

If you haven’t picked up a copy of Little Princes yet, you’re going to want to after hearing all about Conor’s adventures. Read on for more about coming face to face with a child trafficker, dealing with dysentery, and the joys of eating an apple.

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