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+ ROUND TWO USA 'Here's Hoping' teabox - SIGNUPS now CLOSED for round two! USA only

Thankfully, the first round of the ’Here’s Hoping’ teabox was so successful, that I’d like to do a second round. The first round is here: http://steepster.com/discuss/4583-plus-plus-the-heres-hoping-traveling-teabox-sign-ups-are-now-closed?page=1

SIGNUPS are now closed. Not to offend anyone, but I reserve the right to include people who have been on Steepster a while, who I deem are more trustworthy, who I know are active with trading, just so there is less chance for the teabox to get lost. There will be many sign ups, so I have the right to be extremely selective. I think that worked for round one. Please do not be offended if I do not choose you! Or you can start your own teabox. :D There will probably be future rounds. Also, a few people from round one wanted to sign up again for round two! I will update this thread with the shipping order, which is how you’ll know if you’re in or not!

It’s called the ’Here’s hoping’ traveling teabox because not only am I hoping it works, but it might give others more confidence that other boxes might work. I know many people have been disappointed by these boxes before.

The ’here’s hoping’ teabox is quite big – please keep in mind it cost over $13 to get back to me, though I am trying to downsize it a bit. It will have everything from full ounces, to enough tea for a cup or two, and some teabags. The teas you include can be your favorites you want others to try or things that just weren’t “your cup of tea” just as long as you think someone might like them! The idea will be to replace an equal amount of tea that you take out. Please post on this thread updates on the box when you get it, like what you took out of the box and what you added to the box, since I will not be including a notebook to keep shipping weight lower. Please send the delivery confirmation to me and the person you are sending the box to (Do NOT post it in this thread, due to privacy issues).

ROUND TWO // Please follow a couple people before and after you on the list!
Stephanie – Indiana Received 10.22.13 Sent 10.23.13
BrewTEAlly Sweet – California Received 10.30.13 Sent 11.5.13
Shelley_Lorraine – Wyoming Received 11.10.13 Sent 11.15.13
QueenOfTarts – Colorado Received 11.16.13 Sent 11.18.13
Moraiwe – Wisconsin Received 11.21.13 Sent 12.13.13
Short Sorceress – Wisconsin Received 12.16.13 Sent 12.28.13
Amanda Wilson – Missouri Received 12.30.13 Sent 1.2.14
KimLovesTea – Michigan Received 1.4.14 Sent 1.23.14
Fuzzy_Peachkin – New York Received 2.4.14 Sent 2.24.14
Ellyn – Massachusetts Received 2.26.14
Veronica – New Jersey
Yappychappy – Georgia (moved from further up the list)
Back to me – Tea Sipper – New York

((DigniTea – North Carolina – asked to be skipped – removed from shipping order))

RULES:
+The teabox will travel within the US only. Sorry! I want to keep shipping costs down! PLEASE mail with the delivery confirmation option (it’s 80 cents the last time I checked)! Post updates on the box in this thread. Please add an equal amount of tea that you remove. Also include on this thread what you added to the teabox and what you took out.

+ Please send the delivery confirmation number to me and the person you are mailing the box to. Please do NOT post in this thread with the delivery confirmation number due to privacy issues and your location being public.

+ Please only keep the teabox for a couple weeks at most. It should give you time to sample some things in the box, but not too long that it is held up! Let me know if something comes up before the box gets to you and I can move you in the list.

+ Please make sure you are following at least a couple people after you and before you on the mailing list (and hopefully they will be following you) so you can get their address quicker, and in case the next person doesn’t respond. Also, ask for the next person’s address as soon as you get the teabox. Check to make sure the next person is ready to get the box shortly before you mail it out.. something may have changed (I’ve lost many packages asking for addresses way before I mail something.)

+Make sure each tea name and brand is labeled. List ingredients on tea labels in case other people have allergies to it.

+Try not to put strong smelling teas that might contaminate other teas in the box. For example, I store all of my smoky teas away from the others and I wouldn’t put them in a teabox. They’d make all the other teas smoky! I also store my samples by keeping smaller ziplock bags with similar kinds of tea (ie: oolongs) in larger ziplock bags to keep the tea a bit fresher. Sometimes sandwich bags are permeable enough that the teas will affect the others. I recently put a tea that was smelling through THREE sandwich bags into one of these and it doesn’t smell through the pouch at all (and they have other sizes): http://www.ebay.com/itm/50-3-5×5-Ziplock-Stand-Up-Pouches-Bags-SUP-AA-Clear-Silver-/310658911232?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4854b6cc00 I know there are other options out there, but those work for me!

+Please don’t put anything heavy in there that isn’t tea (like a mug! Yikes!) Tea tins will also increase weight.

+It’s also a nice idea to look at the shopping lists of the next couple of members after you on the list, to see if you have any teas they’d like to try!

+Make sure the box isn’t too beat up before you send it to the next person and replace with a new box if necessary. Also, since there are so many teaboxes out there now, in an inside flap of the box, please write “Here’s Hoping teabox”. Please do NOT use a USPS priority box to replace the box, since if someone doesn’t pay priority shipping for the box, it WILL get lost in the mail.

+If you’re trying to search for this thread, just remember TEABOX (one word) and search for that in the forums (and make sure the thread is for round two) there aren’t too many search results for that.

thanks everyone! I’m looking forward to round two! I’ll be selecting tea to go in the box in the meantime and trying the existing teas!

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I’m interested, I live in WI

Edited to add that I’m also part of a traveling box right now.

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moraiwe said

Also interested! And also in Wisconsin!

Editing to add, like Shelly_Lorraine, that I’m also in a traveling box right now, and if you want to prioritize people that aren’t I completely understand.

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Oh me too. I’m in WY.

(I’m already a part of a traveling box now, so if you want to give priority to those who aren’t, I understand).

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Im interested! I live in California. I also am in the same situation as Shelley_Loraine and moraiwe :)

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I’ve never participated in a traveling box before, but I’ve been semi-stalking previous threads and would love to join in! I don’t have a TON of teas, but I’ll do my best to take/replace fairly. I’m in MA (but in CA for Christmas through New Year’s).

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I am interested, live in Missouri. Never participated in a traveling tea box but I have been stalking the threads about them, such a neat idea!

I should point out, I have not done any swaps on Steepster but I have done a TON on swap-bot a lot of them being tea related. http://www.swap-bot.com/user:Azhuresjewels

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RogersCK said

I’m interested and I live in MD. This will be my first time participating :)

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kimquat said

I’ve never been involved in a traveling box but I would love to be a part of this one. (: I’m in AR.

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I would be interested. This would be my first box. I’m in CO.

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Me!! ooh, ooh, me! I keep missing these teaboxes. I am in MI.

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