Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Looking for Last Minute Inspiration Pallet Ideas for PalletPalooza?

Are you looking for last minute pallet ideas to enter PalletPalooza™?
Try this for finding inspiration - Google "Pallets" and a favorite pastime or interest.

*Links to all of the pictures can be found on our Pinterest page Pinterest.com/PalletPalooza

Crocheting is one of my favorite winter pastimes - so I googled "Pallet Crochet" I found these crochet covered pallet stools:



Chandeliers are very popular right now - so of course I searched "Pallet Chandelier" and found these amazing creations (Find links here: Pinterest.com/PalletPalooza)

A fellow Goodwill Team Member said her daughter loves Pineapples so here we go - search results for Pallets & Pineapples! (Find links here: Pinterest.com/PalletPalooza)

Let's get a little crazy.... how about Pallets & Goats? (Find links here: Pinterest.com/PalletPalooza)


One last search - Pallet & Music! (Find links here: Pinterest.com/PalletPalooza)



Again, you can find all of the links to these images on our Pinterest Page Pinterest.com/PalletPalooza
Have fun with your own searches on Pinterest or Google Images, or your favorite browser. And when you find your amazing idea, take photos and enter PalletPalooza™.

PalletPalooza™ is a competition and event that celebrates recycled pallets.

Enter at PalletSWMI.com today!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Ready to share your Pallet Creation? PalletPalooza Entry Period is Now!

The tagline for PalletPalooza™ is Create. Build. Inspire. And that is what PalletPalooza is all about! PalletSWMI.com

CREATE.
It's all about creating something new out of an old recycled pallet.
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BUILD.
Building with something that could have been thrown away.
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INSPIRE.
Inspiring others to repurpose, reuse and recycle.
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ENTER TODAY! PalletSWMI.com



Sell at PalletPalooza Day! You can be a vendor on PalletPalooza Day
Learn more here: PalletSWMI Vendors
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PalletPalooza Benefits Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan.

Our Mission:
Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan Provides employment, education, training, and support services to individuals and families so they can achieve self-sufficiency.
Learn more at:
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Monday, June 19, 2017

PalletPalooza at the Cheetah Chase

Team PalletPalooza™ is going to be at Binder Park Zoo this Saturday at the Cheetah Chase.

The Cheetah Chase is one of the most unique 5K events in Michigan and a favorite as Binder Park Zoo! Runners of all ages and abilities complete a 5K covering two continents—sprinting all the way to “Africa” and back. Kangaroos, wolves, and giraffe will be on-hand to watch participants race through the Zoo, whether in the 5K Gazelle Gallop of the 5K Sloth Walk. For more information visit www.binderparkzoo.org

We are excited to be there and cheer on the runners and also share with everyone about PalletPalooza™. 

At our booth space you will be able to meet the PalletPalooza™ team and learn more about entering this cash prize competition.....plus!!!!!

We will have a fun Make It & Take It pallet craft project. For a $5 donation to Goodwill Industries of SWMI, kids and families can give a pallet project a try to make and keep. 
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Enter PalletPalooza Today! PalletPalooza is a recycled pallet creation competition that benefits Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan. Enter at PalletSWMI.com

Friday, June 16, 2017

Not sure which PalletPalooza™ category to enter?

What pallet creation are you working on? Furniture? Something functional? A sign? Or a piece of art or decor?
PalletPalooza™
Here are the category descriptions for PalletPalooza™ 2017. And following the description are the official rules. ENTER PALLETPALOOZA™ at PalletSWMI.com

Furniture - Movable articles, such as tables, chairs, desks or cabinets, required for use or ornament in a house, office, or the like.

Functional - having or serving a utilitarian purpose; capable of serving the purpose for which it was designed.

Art & Décor - something used for decorating; adornment; embellishment.

Sign - a notice, bearing a name, direction, warning, or advertisement, with the purpose to be displayed or posted for public view.

New Category!  Inspire Online

Enter the new category Inspire Online. This category is open to anyone living 75 miles or more from 420 E Alcott Street. See rules for complete details.
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OFFICIAL RULES FOR PALLETPALOOZA™ 2017
Rules for Entering PalletPalooza 2017
Eligibility
PalletPalooza is a Maker competition open to anyone who enters their pallet creation during the PalletPalooza registration period of May 22, 2017 through June 30, 2017.
Eligible Pallet Creations
·        The creation must be the original work of an individual artist or a team.
·        The creation must be made out of recycled pallets and the piece must be made of 50% recycled pallet.
·        The creation must have a title and will be voted on as a single entry.
·        The creation must be wholly owned by the Maker or team of Makers. If entering as a team, there is only one registration payment required, but each team member must have their information registered.
·        The creation can not infringe on third party rights.
·        Creations entered in previous PalletPalooza™ competitions are not eligible.
Entry Categories
Each Maker creation must be placed in one of four categories. The Maker will choose which category best represents their creation. The 3 judge panel will select 5 finalist creations for each category. The public will then be able to vote for one of the 5 creations in each category through the PalletPalooza website: PalletSWMI.com Only one vote per I.P. address will be allowed. 
Category Definitions
1.      Furniture - Movable articles, such as tables, chairs, desks or cabinets, required for use or ornament in a house, office, or the like.
2.      Functional - having or serving a utilitarian purpose; capable of serving the purpose for which                   it was designed.
3.      Art & Décor - something used for decorating; adornment; embellishment.
4.      Sign - a notice, bearing a name, direction, warning, or advertisement, with the purpose to be displayed or posted for public view.
New Category!
5.      Inspire Online - This category is open to anyone living 75 miles or more from 420 E Alcott Street, Kalamazoo, MI USA. Enter any original recycled pallet creation by photo only. 

Categories: Furniture, Functional, Art & Décor, & Signs
·        Each Maker must be at least 18 years old at the time they register. If under 18, then a parent or guardian must sign the registration form.
·        Makers must pay a $20 non-refundable registration fee to enter their creation in one category. A $20 registration fee is required for each piece.
·        Creations must be shown if movable at an assigned venue and at the PalletPalooza event day, August 12, 2017.
·        Only original creations are eligible for submission. The Maker is responsible to ensure that the creation does not infringe on any third party proprietary rights.
·        The Maker is responsible for transportation of the creation to the assigned Venue and to pick up the creation at the end of the PalletPalooza event day, August 12, 2017 by 6:30 p.m.
·        Artists that win any of the Public Vote prizes and/or Juried Awards can participate the following year, but must enter a new creation.
·        Photographs and/or video of pallet creations taken by the PalletPalooza Event Team or Goodwill Industries of SW MI can be used for future promotional use.
·        All unclaimed creations after the August 12, 2017 6:30 p.m. pick up date will be donated to Goodwill Industries of SW MI for resale. A donation slip is available if requested.
Displaying Your Creation
All creations that are movable will be put on display during the display week of July 25th – August 10th, 2016 with a host venue. You will be notified of when and where you are to display your creation. A picture may be used as an alternative depending on the mobility of the creation.

Makers will be assigned a host venue.

After the display time, the PalletPalooza team will transport your creation to the PalletPalooza event on August 12, 2017. Special arrangement can be made if you wish to move your creation for special handling to the event site.

Winning
PalletPalooza is a cash prize completion. Each category will have a 1st and 2nd place winner chosen by public vote. There will be one overall award winner chosen by the three judge panel.  A Maker can win both a 1st or 2nd place award and also win the overall award. Additional prizes for honorable mentions may be chosen by the three judge panel. Prizes will be awarded as follows:
Furniture             1st Place   $300                  2nd Place   $150
Functional          1st Place   $350                  2nd Place   $150
Art & Décor        1st Place   $250                  2nd Place   $150
Signs                    1st Place   $150                  2nd Place   $100

Overall PalletPalooza Prize Winner   $400
Winning Makers must be present at the PalletPalooza Awards Day or will forfeit their prize.

Winners
If you win an award, monetary prizes will be awarded in a lump sum to the creator or split between registered team members. Makers are eligible to win more than one category.  Checks for the winning amount will be issued the week after the August 12, 2017 PalletPalooza event.
Winning Makers are eligible to enter the following year, but must enter a new original piece.
Registration
1.      Sign up at palletswmi.com
2.      Enter your creation and pay the registration fee of $20. Each entry will get a PalletPalooza 2017 T-shirt. The first 50 entries can receive a free pallet to be picked up at the Goodwill Alcott Street location. If you are one of the first 50 entries you will be notified by email instructions to pick up your pallet.
3.      Complete your Entry Profile
4.      If you are entering as a team, each team member must be included at this time.
5.      The registration fee is non-refundable.

Selling your creation
If you choose to sell your creation, that will be between you and the buyer. The PalletPalooza Team does not broker sales and will not take payments. All sales during the event are considered pending until the end of the event. Creations cannot be removed from the venue during PalletPalooza. 
Insurance
Goodwill Industries of SW MI does not require Makers to obtain insurance for the creations, but it is strongly encouraged. Liability insurance can be very affordable and can protect the Maker in the event of an accident during the installation, display or transportation of the creation.
Labels
PalletPalooza will provide one official label for each creation entered into PalletPalooza. Each label will contain the title of the piece, the category it is entered in, and the Maker or Team name. Each label will include voting instructions.
Want to sell more pallet creations on PalletPalooza Event Day?
You can rent a 10 x 10 booth space for an additional $50. Spaces are limited and are reserved on a first come/first serve basis. 10% of the items you are selling must be pallet related. Items that you wish to sell must be approved by PalletPalooza Team. Contact info@PalletSWMI.com with a general idea of the items you want to sell, and you will be approved or not approved. If you are not approved you can select other items, or your booth fee will be reimbursed. 
Entering Our New Category: Inspire Online
·        This category is only available to makers who live 75 miles or more from 420 E Alcott Street, Kalamazoo, MI USA and do not wish to have your creation displayed in the Kalamazoo Area or be present to win on PalletPalooza Day. If you do live 75 miles or more from 420 E Alcott Street, Kalamazoo, MI USA and desire to fully participate in the other four categories, you may enter any or all of those categories per the rules.
·        Each Maker must be at least 18 years old at the time they register. If under 18, then a parent or guardian must sign the registration form.
·        Makers must pay a $10 non-refundable registration fee to enter the Inspire Online category. A $10 registration fee is required for each piece. A PalletPalooza T-shirt is not provided with this entry fee, but PalletPalooza shirts are available for an additional fee. Contact info@palletswmi.com to order a shirt(s).
·        Maker to provide two photos of the creation – A Creation Photo and a Verification Photo.  The Creation Photo should be a quality photo of the complete creation. The Creation Photo will be posted on the PalletPalooza™ event website PalletSWMI.com Inspire Online Page and will be the photo that is judged and voted upon. The Verification Photo will be of the creator standing beside the creation. The purpose of the Verification Photo is to verify that the creation is an original piece belonging to the maker.
·        Only original creations are eligible for submission. The Maker is responsible to ensure that the creation does not infringe on any third party proprietary rights.
·        Artists that win any of the Public Vote prizes and/or Juried Awards can participate the following year, but must enter a new creation.
·        Photographs and/or video of pallet creations taken by the PalletPalooza Event Team or Goodwill Industries of SW MI can be used for future promotional use.
Winning
PalletPalooza is a cash prize completion. The Inspire Online category will have one First Place Winner chosen by public online vote. The First Place Prize for the Inspire Online category is $150.00 USD. The winner will be announced on August 12, 2017 at the PalletPalooza Day event and the winner will be notified also by the maker’s registration email and a check will be issued to the maker’s registration address.  

Thursday, June 15, 2017

You could win this Stencil Kit!

Do you use stencils on your pallet projects? You could win a set!

We are giving away this Helvetica 6" Alphabet stencil kit donated by Quill.com. 

Facebook.com/PalletSWMI Giveaway

Go to our Facebook Page to Enter! Facebook.com/PalletSWMI
PalletPalooza Entry Period is now through June 30th! Enter Today! PalletSWMI.com

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

PalletPalooza Entry Period is June 30th! Enter your recycled pallet creation today at PalletSWMI.com
PalletPalooza

PalletPalooza™

New to the Kalamazoo Area, an exciting recycled pallet creation competition and event!

Recycled pallets will be transformed into amazing projects from wall art to furniture.
PalletPalooza™ is celebrating the recycled pallet trend with a competition and awards event. PalletPalooza™ will benefit Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan and its mission to provide employment, education, training, and support services to individuals and families so they can achieve self-sufficiency.

The main feature of PalletPalooza™ is the recycled pallet creation competition.

How It Works

  • Makers enter PalletPalooza pallet creations May 22-June 30, 2017 online.
  • Creations will be on display throughout the Kalamazoo Area July 24-August 9, 2017.
  • The top five in each category will be announced August 3, 2017 and online public voting will begin.
    The public vote decides 1st & 2nd Place Winners in each category. Grand Prize Winner selected by the Judges.
  • Winners to be announced and prizes award PalletPalooza Day August 12, 2017.
  • The public selects a 1st and 2nd place winner in each category:
    FURNITURE • SIGNS • ART & DECOR • FUNCTIONAL • INSPIRE ONLINE.
    The overall Grand Prize winner was selected by our judges.
  • Have questions? Contact us at 269.382.0490 ext, 275 of by email info@palletswmi.com

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Be Social with PalletPalooza™ & Deadline is June 30th!

There are so many ways to connect with us and share with the other people who appreciate recycled pallets!
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YouTube
PalletPalooza is a fundraiser for Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan. You can view PalletPalooza videos as well as Goodwill Videos.

When you support PalletPalooza you are support Goodwill's mission to provide employment, education, training, and support services to individuals and families so they can achieve self-sufficiency.

Facebook
Always filled with the latest news and information about PalletPalooza - fun giveaways - and a great way to message Team PalletPalooza with questions and comments.
Facebook.com/PalletSWMI
Twitter
Another great source for quick info and see what we found to retweet! 
Twitter.com/PalletPalooza
Pinterest
Our #1 resource for recycled pallet ideas! 
Pinterest.com/PalletPalooza
Find ideas, inspiration and news about PalletPalooza™ - beautifully filtered on Insta! 
Instagram.com/PalletPalooza
The deadline to enter PalletPalooza™ is June 30, 2017! 

Enter at PalletSWMI.com

Thank you for connecting!