Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Copper rain gauge from UncommonGoods!

*This is a sponsored post for which I received product and compensation, but (as always) all opinions are my own!*


A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Tom at UncommonGoods. He asked me if I would review a product--the product being one of my choosing.  He sent me some great info about the company (I had heard of them, but didn't really know what they were about) and some links to some great products worthy of Father's Day consideration!

First of all, I feel like I need to mention how awesome Tom is...so great to work with!  (And helpful. And he chases tornadoes...but not in Brooklyn.)  Brooklyn is where UncommonGoods is located. Much like the hipster borough it's located in, UncommonGoods is a company on the cutting edge--dealing in environmentally-conscious and handmade items as well as donating to several charities of their choice. They have a cool blog where you can meet their team as well as the artists who create their interesting products.



The product I chose was a copper rain gauge, because DL is a weather geek.  He's the kind of guy who watches the weather channel anytime he thinks there's a chance we'll get snow or a tornado or wildfires or really any weather at all, including mild and sunny.  For years he has been using different items to figure out how much rain we've had, but it's mainly just a guessing game.  This copper rain gauge is just the ticket!! (Because you can't just leave a plastic Little Mermaid cup out in the yard to catch the rain, fercryin' outloud...you should have something pretty! Now that I think about it...why do we still have a Little Mermaid cup? But I digress.)

The rain gauge arrived in a matter of days, and what impressed me first was the way it was packaged.  Normally when I order something, it comes in several boxes surrounded by an ocean of packing foam.  True to their mission of being environmentally-friendly, the UncommonGoods box was one cardboard box inside another. (It is true that what I ordered wasn't breakable, so maybe that's why there wasn't any extra packaging.) But I loved the simplicity of just two boxes.  




The rain gauge is also beautiful in its simplicity--it's a copper tube wrapped inside a metal spiral.  Like the sticker says, it's made in the US, and you all know how I feel about American-made goods.  The quality is sturdy, not flimsy, and I am sure it will spend many happy years in my garden, if I can keep the man-eating ivy away from it!

This item came with instructions (mainly just how to make sure it's set up properly and how to clean it--nothing special or fancy necessary) and a little bit about the company who fabricates what they consider to be the World's Coolest Rain Gauge.

Needless to say (but I'll say it anyway), DL is thrilled!  The fact that this rain gauge uses the Archimedian principle of water displacement to measure rainfall (UncommonGoods has a whole section of Geek Gifts) makes his little heart glad. I am thrilled because it's pretty and sturdy and made in the US.  It's a win-win for both of us. They also have a great selection of gifts for men who are cool and our better halves! (Or is that 'halfs'?)



If we can just get it to rain......

Find the World's Coolest Rain Gauge here!

14 comments:

Eliesa Prettelt said...

I love a good geeky gift! Off to check them out for the kiddos. :)

Junkchiccottage said...

Love uncommon goods and this rain gauge is too cool.
Kris

Eliesa Prettelt said...

Uhm... bioluminescent dino pet?! Yes please!

Art and Sand said...

Those are totally cool looking!

miss flibbertigibbet said...

How great that they found you! I also love that it is an American made product . I am going to check out that catalog. If you miss the Little Mermaid touch, you can do a Rain Gauge Part Deux and do a decoupage treatment! You never know...they may add you to their development team! Goodbye teaching....hello designer geek!!

Bliss said...

My Midwest rain is jealous. All we have is a white coffee cup, but my rain man was proud when he showed me how much we got.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

so cute! they have such fun items in general!

Laura @ Top This Top That said...

oh i like that. need more companies and products like that just not more geeky hubby's like yours and mine. ha :)

karen@somewhatquirky said...

love Common Goods! I want Tom to call me! Their art section and arts and crafts section are so great! Do you like exclamation marks?!

reFresh reStyle said...

Love it! Great gift idea! I hope you get some rain!
Debbie

Atta Girl Amy said...

I love Uncommon Goods. I have a typewriter keys bracelet from them from years ago and always enjoy getting the catalog and dog earing the pages in hopes someone will take the hint. Hope we get a little rain soon so DL can test out the gauge. But just not on the day we're planning to go to the pool, OK?

Atta Girl Amy said...

I love Uncommon Goods. I have a typewriter keys bracelet from them from years ago and always enjoy getting the catalog and dog earing the pages in hopes someone will take the hint. Hope we get a little rain soon so DL can test out the gauge. But just not on the day we're planning to go to the pool, OK?

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Hah, I found one of these in my parent's yard and pulled it out to bring home with me. It didn't make the cut for the first haul because it was muddy and wet from the storms so I won't be able to use it until next spring after I've brought back the bulky, dirty stuff.

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