Friday, October 1, 2010

FIVE Accessories Review AND Giveaway!


It's not very often that I hear about a company that really "touches" me. One that is doing so much for the greater good, to really and genuinely help people. Today I'm going to tell you about one of those companies. 


Here's the story of FIVE accessories: 
From the site: 
five ACCESSORIES, a social enterprise that grew out of its founders' desire to import handmade handbags and accessories from a Bali mountain village, now carries handmade purses and jewelry from global areas such as Bali, Honduras, Cambodia and India.

The company recently started two income generating programs in Chicago under the new line called Off The Street. five ACCESSORIES supports grassroots efforts around the globe to aid under-privileged children by donating FIVE DOLLARS of every handbag sold and 15 percent of all other sales to each artisan's local cause.


The company began while Christine Hutchison and her husband, Wells, were on their honeymoon in Bali.  While there, they met a Balinese tour guide who told them how much difference five dollars a month can make to a family in Bali. While admiring the beautiful handbags and jewelry made by local artisans, the couple had the idea to start five, a company that embodies both their entrepreneurial and philanthropic zeal.

The mission of the company is to create income generating programs for individuals in need, donate a large portion of it's sales to worthy charitable causes and foster the use of sustainable material in fashion. 

I knew I would love their company as soon as I read this. FIVE accessories products not only help people around the world that craft the products, but also the enviroment. All their products are made out of recycled materials, bamboo, natural fibers, recycled potato chip bags, and candy wrappers. 

You might think my reading this, that their products would be sub-par, funky, or cheap. But they are not. They have some of the most gorgeous accessories I've seen anywhere.

This is what I received for my review. This is the pop top bracelet. It is made with, you guessed it, recycled pop tops. It is part of Off The Streets, which is an income-generating program for street vendors of Chicago. They use refuse collected off the streets of Chicago to make their awesome jewelery and more. Items include an all pine wood picture frame adorned with used transit cards and sports ticket stubs, newspaper themed picture frames and bottle cap jewelry.  Additionally, the best selling kids pop top ribbon bracelets. Off The Streets is a part of Streetwise, which helps severely impoverished men and women start a better life.
What Mama Thinks: 
Well I pretty much told you what Mama thinks, lol. I love programs that help people in need, and companies that use eco-friendly products. So, FIVE accessories is a win/win for me! I love my pop top bracelet, it is gorgeous, and so unique!! I love having the opportunity to explain to people about the StreetWise program and all the good that FIVE accessories does. Thumbs up from Mama! 

Right now, FIVE accessories is offering a coupon code for 25% off any order of $25.00 or more!
Just enter code "fall25" at checkout!

The wonderful folks at FIVE accessories are kind enough to give away one pop top bracelet to a lucky Flip Out Mama reader! 

Here's how to win! 

*Mandatory Entry: Go to FIVE accessories and tell me your favorite product. 
 
+1 extra: follow my blog via GFC (right sidebar)

+1 extra: Join *Flip Out Mama* on facebook
 
+1 extra: *Join *Flip Out Mama* on Twitter

+1 extra: Join FIVE accessories on Facebook 
 
+1 extra: Join FIVE accessories on Twitter

*rules and such* 
Contest will end on 10/25/2010 @ approx 9pm. Winner will be chosen via random.org and will have 48 hours to contact me or an alternate winner will be chosen. Please don't be a cheater, they never prosper. I am not responsible for prizes that are lost, damaged, or otherwise not received. 

Disclosure: I received a sample of the product to perform my review. All opinions are my own and no compensation was given.

48 comments:

  1. Wow - how to I friggin pick my favorite! There is tons I like, I love the flower ring, Flower Bracelet, Medium leather purse, hmmmm.. I could go on & on - but I guess I won't~!
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  2. Follow you on twitter
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  3. Follow five accessories on twitter
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  4. Follow you via GFC!
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  5. Like you on FB :)

    Thanks!!

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  6. My favorite is the Flower Ring.

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  9. i am so glad you told us about this company, i am definitely going to do some christmas shopping here. i love the smooth wood cuff. well, i love a lot more than that, but i'm sticking with the cuff for now =)

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  10. My favorite is the Orange & Olive Tote from India. We need more companies like this!!
    jryder416 at yahoo dot com
    Thanks,
    Jen Ryder

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  11. I'm a GFC follower(Jennifer).
    thanks,
    Jen Ryder
    jryder416 at yahoo dot com

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  12. I adore the Sand Bamboo Eco Friendly clutch. What a great review.

    Thank you.

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  13. i like the Cambodia Moon Evening Bag
    songyueyu at gmail

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  14. My favorite is the Cambodia Shoulder Bag.
    lindseygalvez at gmail dot com

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  15. Dark Mother of Pearl Bracelet looks really cool
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  16. II like the dark mother of pearl bracelet.

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  17. i love the Recycled Bottle Top Barrette

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  18. following on GFC

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  19. Joined *Flip Out Mama* on facebook

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  21. joined FIVE accessories on Facebook

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  23. I love the Silver Recycled Potato Chip Bag


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  24. I am a GFC follower


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  25. follow you on facebook ...sherry walker

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  26. follow you on twitter ..... sherwalk88

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  27. joined 5 accessories on facebook ... sherry walker

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  28. following FIVE accessories on twitter - sherwalk88

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  29. I like the sand bamboo clutch
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  30. Laptop Case Multi-Co... love it

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  31. Laptop Case Multi-Co... love it
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  32. I love the recycled transit card frames (and I think this is great, as I live in Chicago)
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  33. I love the recycled transit card frames (and I think this is great, as I live in Chicago)
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  34. Wallet w/ Key Chain made from Recycled Netting CA09!


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  35. follow blog via GFC

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  38. +1 extra: Join FIVE accessories on Facebook

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  40. I love the Cambodia messenger bag suelee1998 @ gmail.com

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  41. i love the Recycled Key Chain CA09

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  42. I like the Beaded Gold Bracelet
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  43. i love the Wicker Handbag Market https://www.fiveaccessories.com/item/Wicker_Handbag_Market

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  45. like you on facebook kathy l pease
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  46. I really like the Wicker Hobo Clutch thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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  47. The Bali Cream Coconut Wrislet is my favorite product. garrettsambo@aol.com

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