Friday, November 21, 2014

The Crockery Den + a GIVEAWAY

If you've been following me on Instagram, then you surely must have seen a snippet here and there of my newest hobby, which is to collect blue and white plates. I used to just have a tiny collection of white plates, but when we went to Japan over the summer, and when we visited a wholesale kitchen market in Osaka, I started falling in love with Oriental blue and white plate-ware.
I started my collection with a small number of deep bowls bought on sale at Sogo.  And then I bought a few more from the wholesale market.  I painstakingly handcarried these lovely and delicate pieces to make sure they survive the travel back home to Manila.

Luckily, I don't have to go to Japan to indulge myself in this growing addiction.  Early this year, I discovered The Crockery Den, an online retailer with a well-curated selection of items. The Crockery Den supplied my addiction to beautiful crockery quite efficiently that it wasn't long before my growing number of plates now hold fort quite beautifully in one side of my walk-in pantry. Dalasan na lang ang pag-grocery because the grocery items have slowly been inched-out of precious shelving real estate. tee-hee!

Enjoy looking through some of my IG posts using plates from The Crockery Den:

The Crockery Den uploads a new collection 2-3 times a month, with no particular schedule.  But a day before the upload date, she announces the time details on IG. Buying items from her always involves a little bit of "survival of the fittest and fastest WIFI."  I have expereinced several let-downs of not being able to purchase a coveted item because I did not type "MINE" fast enough, or my IG did not refresh fast enough or I wasn't able to check her feed exactly when her auction started.
The Crockery Den is an after-office project/creative outlet of Sheila, who holds a day job as a merchandising and operations manager. Like me, her interest in crockery started with Japanese ceramic plates, before it grew to include stoneware and earthenware.  Her interest in architecture and interior design can be seen even in the way she creates the vignettes when she posts her items in Instagram. If you haven't followed her on Instagram yet, you can do so here.

I've also shared in Instagram my unboxing of several packages from her.  I am always excited to receive my orders.  The items are always tightly-packed and well-protected so they are always sure to get to their destination in one piece! All the the plates are nicely covered with kraft paper and sealed with a packing tape before they are wrapped with bubble wrap-twice! I have purchased mulitple times from her and have never encountered a problem so far. What's more, Sheila occasionally also throws in a lagniappe of random items such as bowls or sauce plates.

Here are some more of her merchandise which I have fallen in love with and cannot get enough of.  Yeah, seriously showing my age with my obsession with crockery!

Luckily for all of us, The Crockery Den is throwing a raffle for 4 of my readers!!!  I am so excited for all of you.  If it's even possible to join my own contest, I would!  Just look at what the lucky winners can win!




Why, yes, 4 winners get to win one collection each!!! Each collection is estimated to be worth P2,000.00. Giddy!

I know they are so lovely to look at, and so for the benefit of everyone, here's one more gratuitous viewing for your pleasure.:) tee-hee!

It's so easy to join:
1. Follow ThePhenomenalMama on Instagram, Twitter and Instagram
2. Follow The Crockery Den on Instagram
3. Capture and Repost any of the promo photos of the collection you want to win in Facebook and Instagram
3. Tag @thephenomenalmama @thecrockeryden and caption "I want this for Christmas!"
4. Don't forget to use hashtags #TPMxTCDinstaraffle and #TheCrockeryDen
5. You can send in multiple entries, but you can only win once!  So go ahead and post all 4 sets!!!

NOW go to rafflecopter to ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Terms & Conditions:
Winners will be picked at random.
Giveaway will run from today November 21 to December 24, 2014.
It is open to MetroManila residents only.
The Phenomenal Mama will announce the winners, The Crockery Den will ship the prizes.
Winners can only win once, but can send multiple entries (if you want all plates, then go ahead and repost the photo of all plates).