Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters. In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages. People of all ages, particularly the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks.

As manufacturing increasingly supplanted agriculture as the wellspring of American employment, labor unions, which had first appeared in the late 18th century, grew more prominent and vocal. They began organizing strikes and rallies to protest poor conditions and compel employers to renegotiate…..1

Nevermind. Let’s stop right there. You can read the history of labor day for yourself. We are here to give something away.

If you remember Mechanix Wear and Ethel Gloves joined Tiny r(E)volution as sponsors around April 2012 to keep our hands protected as we began construction on our tiny house. We have been fans of both products for a couple of years now since first being introduced to them by our friend Susy over at Chiots Run. Since having the companies join us by sponsoring two pair of the Mechanix Utility Gloves and a pair of the Leather Gloves and a pair of the Signature Gloves by Ethel, we have worn them consistently to paint, frame, side, install, etc. They are quality indeed!

And now to celebrate Labor Day, the act of labor in general, and our friends at Mechanix who keep us working, we are sponsoring a Mechanix Wear Labor Day Giveaway! Starting today one lucky winner will be chosen to receive a $25 Mechanix Wear gift card good toward any purchase online.

Contest ends on Monday September 3!

So how can you qualify to win? There are no less than 6 ways.

  • Visit Mechanix Wear on Facebook anytime after August 29 and LIKE their page
  • Find Mechanix on Twitter and follow them. Then immediately post a Tweet saying, “We are following you now! #TinyRevLabor
  • Share this post on Twitter using the hashtag #TinyRevLabor
  • Visit Tiny r(E)volution on Facebook and LIKE the status update announcing this contest
  • Leave a comment on this post telling us why you should win the gift certificate
  • Take a photo using Instagram of your rough, beaten up hands (in need of some good gloves) tagging it with #TinyRevLabor

courtesy of the History Channel

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Holmen


UPDATE: Having received some 111 entries for this contest we are please to announce (via that Petey Boy of is the winner of the gift card. Hopefully he will send us a pic once he is outfitted in a brand new pair of Mechanix Wear gloves. Thank you all for participating and making this such an awesome community!