How do the lotteries work?
When a lottery is open, there is a 24-hour window during which anyone who wishes to purchase the brooch can enter by commenting on the lottery page (a link to which can be found from our homepage any time there is an open lottery). At the end of 24 hours, we use a random number generator to draw comments and send a private invoice to the winners. They then have 24 hours to pay, or a second name will be drawn. We send one reminder email in case the recipient has not seen their invoice.
Why do you sell brooches this way?
Regular releases through our shop would often sell out within seconds, so this offers more flexibility to allow everyone, regardless of time zone, internet speed, work schedule, etc., a fairer chance to purchase a brooch.
How do I know when a lottery is open?
We announce lotteries on Instagram, usually once per month. You can also sign up to receive an email notification when a lottery opens here (scroll about 2/3 of the way down). Email notifications contain the same information as our Instagram announcements. When a lottery is open, there will also be a link in our main menu and about 2/3 of the way down on our homepage.
Can I enter more than once?
No. The purpose of the lotteries is to give more equitable access, so there is a strict limit of one entry per household. Please respect the spirit of fairness and do not enter multiple times, including with different email addresses or with friends or family members who are not entering on their own behalf. Entries that violate these rules are invalid.
If you need to change or delete a lottery entry, please contact us here or at email@example.com before the closure of the lottery so that we can fix it before the drawing. If you want us to delete a duplicate entry or entries, please make sure you include the email address(es) used to make those entries.
Will you cancel my invoice if I can’t pay within 24 hours because of a checkout issue?
If we’ve been communicating and you’ve confirmed that you do want the brooch within the 24-hour window but are having problems during checkout, we will hold that piece for you until we can resolve the issue.
I received a reminder email to pay my invoice, but didn’t get an invoice!
Sometimes invoices wind up in spam or junk folders, so that's the first place to check! (To prevent this, you can add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contacts or trusted email list.) If you still don’t see the invoice, please let us know as soon as possible so we can re-send it.
If my comment is drawn, may I offer my lottery slot to another person?
No; if you are unable to purchase the brooch or are no longer interested, please respond to the email and let us know that. We will draw a new comment from the pool of entries.
Can I request a different brooch if my comment is drawn?
Only the design listed in the lottery is for sale; please only enter the lottery if you are interested in that specific design.
Why do I need to include my shipping country in my comment?
We need to know where you’re located in order to calculate accurate shipping on your invoice. Comments that do not include a shipping country are not valid entries. Please make sure to use the country to which you will want your package shipped if you are drawn so that the shipping amount on your invoice will be accurate!
Can I pay in installments?
Unfortunately, we are not able to accept payment plans or layaway. Invoices need to be paid in full within 24 hours.
Can I return a brooch that I purchased from a lottery?
Yes! I want everyone who purchases a brooch from me to be delighted with it. If that's not the case, please see our return policy here.