I'm a member of a WONDERFUL website called Crowdtap. It's a marketing platform where members get to give input to brands like Old Navy, Pinkberry, Woolite, Toyota and more. The brands actually listen, which is awesome, and the member get redeemable points that can be cashed in for awesome gift cards like Amazon and Dermstore (which is what I like to cash mine in for because they carry my expensive makeup - I'm actually just about to cash in my points for $200 worth of Dermstore gift cards)!
Anyway, Crowdtap also has special events for some members called Hosted Parties. I've done two of these so far; one for Pinkberry where I was able to have an in-store frozen yogurt party with my friends, and now an in-store Old Navy party with my friends. The brands and Crowdtap foot the bill, and we get free stuff that we can talk about and share with others!
This month I threw the in-store Old Navy party where I, along with three guests, got to choose a "bottom" (jeans, capris, shorts or a skirt) and a pair of shoes for free! My job was to choose three guests who were influential and would tell their friends about their experience. Once I chose my girls, we were off to the store to shop, play and walk away free goodies!
I decided to make it interesting by giving each of the guests an index card upon entering the store. The cards read "Beach Bunny", "Country Girl" and "The Boss". I challenged my friends to choose their bottoms and shoes according to the theme on their card (I matched the theme to each girl as best as I could to make sure she walked away with something that she'd really like).
We went our separate ways and met back up at the dressing room half an hour later (we also gave ourselves time to check out all of the other clothes in the store!). Here's that everyone chose:
We took turns showing off our outfits, narrowed down our perfect sizes (we loved the fact that Old Navy carries "short", "regular" and "tall") and took our loot to the registers.
The Old Navy employees had absolutely no idea what we were doing or why we had coupons for all of this free stuff. They looked at us a little skeptically as our total reached a staggering $0.00 for 4 pairs of pants and 4 pairs of shoes! I explained that we were working with Crowdtap (which they had never heard of), but seeing as how our coupons were from corporate they just shooed us along and away we went!
In honor of Crowdtap, my friends and I made a stop at Pinkberry for some frozen yogurt as we rehashed our awesome shopping trip!
*Here's the referral link if you'd like to join, too!