Design Contest – Collaborate with Pick Up Sticks!


Have you ever wanted to see YOUR design on a Pick Up Sticks photo charm? Have you ever looked at an old photo of your Aunt Thelma on a bad hair day and thought it looked like a Pick Up Sticks charm waiting to happen? Have you ever been sitting under a dryer in a beauty shop in rural America listening to local gossip, or waiting in line for a stall in a dive bar bathroom and thought, “this conversation is like a scene from a Pick Up Sticks charm”. . .?

Well, here’s your chance to make it happen! We’re holding a Pick Up Sticks design contest and we want YOU to enter.

Our first design contest will be for a design to fit into our current holiday category. Feel free to go to to see our holiday charms (we’ve also displayed them above) – certainly it won’t work very well for you to duplicate what already exists. We want a charm that will celebrate life’s big transitions, something that will say “look out world, here I come.” Think about what you’d give to a new mom, or to a graduate, or even to your best pal after she obtains a divorce from that nasty guy you told her not to marry. Something that celebrates each of them for being brave, or for being the absolute best at what she does. And create a charm that you could give to all three.

Take some time to come up with a fabulous original idea from your store of experiences and images. We’re not talking about your sorority’s emblem or a photograph of your new puppy. We’re talking a design/photo and/or a quote so amazing that our eyeballs could pop out like Roger Rabbit when we look at it! Make us laugh out loud. Make us drool.

Got a picture of your mom in a beehive with a bad date? A cat dancing on a beach ball? How about three girls in the back of a boat surrounded by Coronas and limes (oh no, wait, that’s a photo that Bunny has of her and Glena and Sabrina. . .)? Add a quote that makes us snort milk through our noses and you’re on it!

If you prefer something sentimental that will make us cry, that’s okay as well. We like sentimental, we like humorous. Life is all of the above, sometimes all at the same time. And at Pick Up Sticks we’re definitely about noticing how amazing life really is!

The staff, friends and family of Pick Up Sticks will help us decide which design should become the next Pick Up Sticks photo charm! If it’s too close to call, we may post three or four of the best ideas on the blog and let you help us choose.


Deadline: July 23, 2010

1.    Who is eligible? Anyone! But please understand, if you win, we can only ship your prizes to United States or Canada. You may enter as many designs as you want, before the deadline.

2.    What is eligible? All designs must be original. Don’t submit copyrighted images or characters of any kind, or copyrighted work from other photographers.

 3.      What do I need to submit? Entries accepted via email only. Size your image smaller than 4” in any direction, high resolution images work best. Please email in a jpg format.

 4.    Where do I email the entries and who do I contact if I have questions?

You don’t have to purchase anything to win or participate. Internet access and valid e-mail address required. Void where prohibited. All entries must be received by July 23, 2010, 11:59 pm (MST).


Your personal vintage photographs work really well.

Quotes shorter than 35 characters (including spaces) are a must.

If it makes you laugh in recognition of how goofy or special life is, it’s probably a winner. Or at least a close contender.

Think about all those Pick Up Sticks customers out there going through a display and seeing your charm. What would they want to buy for their best friend? (Now you know how we do it. . .)

THE GOOD STUFF (aka The Prize!)

If your idea is selected for production, you’ll receive:

10 charms of your design for you to keep and give to your friends and family.

$100 of your choice of in-stock Pick Up Sticks Jewelry (retail cost). 

When you submit a design idea, it means you have read and agree to the following rules:

Submissions must be the exclusive original work of the entrant and made for the exclusively for this contest. You must have the unrestricted right to submit the design. You guarantee that the submission does not infringe upon any third party’s proprietary, copyright or other rights.

You transfer to Pick Up Sticks all rights, title and interest in and to the designs and materials you submit.

Pick Up Sticks reserves the right to alter any design submitted, in any way they see fit.

Pick Up Sticks will have the worldwide perpetual right to copy, display, reproduce, change, sell, assign, and market your design. Your design must not have been submitted for any other awards or competitions. Pick Up Sticks may register or otherwise use and exploit your design and materials, in whole or in part, for any purpose, in any way and in any media without approval by or compensation to you or anyone else.

If you’re not the winner of the competition, you still grant Pick Up Sticks the right to use any element of your design if they deem it appropriate for same.

You grant Pick Up Sticks the worldwide, perpetual right to use your name as the designer of this charm and the winner of this contest, without approval or compensation.

We’re going to say this part again, just so you don’t forget:

You don’t have to purchase anything to win or participate. Internet access and valid e-mail address required. Void where prohibited. All entries must be received by July 23, 2010, 11:59 pm (MST).

Published in: on June 21, 2010 at 9:44 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. ¡What a fantastic contest!… It’s is spectacular… I will try to design somethin special for this marvelous contest. ¡A big hug!

  2. Nevermind, got it!

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