My freshman year of college, I was casual acquaintances with this girl named Cat. Cat had this one sweater I was obsessed with -- a vintage wool ski sweater in bright red with blue stripes. Every time Cat wore the sweater, I gushed over it. One day I heard a knock at my dorm room door. It was Cat. She was holding the sweater in her hand. “You love it so much,” she said. “I thought you should have it.” I was seventeen years old. Almost twenty years later, I still have and love that sweater.
Now I’m sure you’ve occasionally coveted an item from a friend’s closet. Complimenting her on it might not actually get her to hand it over, but you never know when someone’s going to get sick of something and want to give it away. Enter: The Clothing Swap. A get together with your friends where everyone brings items of clothing she’s finished wearing and trades for “new” ones.
Most of you have probably done a Clothing Swap or at least heard of them, but what if I told you that you could actually get more than just new clothes by hosting a Clothing Swap?
Crowdtap is a website that allows you to connect directly with brands that matter to you. Once you join, you’ll also be the first to know about new products, new brands you didn’t know you’d love, and there are lots of opportunities to sample products that interest you. The best part, I think, is that just by answering questions (or “tapping” as they call it), you have the ability to inform brands’ product decisions and share your ideas. Some of the questions are totally what you’d expect, like, “When do you intend to buy a new vehicle?” but others are a little more xoJane, like, “Have you used condoms or lubricant in the last six months?” NO. NO I HAVEN’T. THANKS FOR REMINDING ME, CROWDTAP.
But what does this have to do with getting cool clothing from your friends and free stuff while you’re at it? Each brand on Crowdtap is its own “crowd,” which is basically an insider community. The Wooliteers is a community of women who love their clothes (kind of like most of us) and won’t stand for torturing their favorite garments with harsh detergents.
Ok. So that kind of read like an ad. I get it. But the thing is, it makes a lot of sense. I mean, if I am super careful and hang dry every single 49ers t-shirt I love so much, why wouldn’t I also use a gentle detergent? (And I swear, I actually use Woolite.) If you become a Wooliteer (it’s kind of like Mouseketeers except for grownups), you get access to exclusive offers, rewards, and -- here’s where the clothing swap finally comes in -- events.
This month Crowdtap is launching a Woolite-Powered Clothing Swap that you can host at home. If chosen, you’ll get a $10 gift card for party supplies, Woolite samples for you and your friends, and -- after the successful completing of your party -- a bunch of Crowdtap points that you can then redeem for Amazon gift cards and other great prizes. Or, if you’re feeling generous, you can use your points to donate to charities.
500 Wooliteers will be chosen to host one of these Clothing Swap parties. All you have to do it apply is join Crowdtap and the Wooliteers. Then apply to host your own Woolite Clothing Swap. One thing to note: At this time, the Wooliteers is only accepting women who are between the ages of 25-45. Don’t want you to waste your time if you’re not in that age range. But if you are eligible, don’t wait. The recruitment period ends on Wednesday, February 27th.
Later this month, Woolite is giving 3500 Wooliteers 10 Woolite samples. You can use one for yourself and then share the rest with your friends. When you report back on your opinion, you’ll get points just for sharing your thoughts and helping spread the word. The sampling opportunity starts on February 27th and runs through March 13th. A chance to earn free stuff just for doing laundry? Sounds good to me.
I’ve only been on Crowdtap for a short while, but so far I’ve found it’s actually pretty fun. It’s like taking tons of mini-quizzes about yourself and earning rewards while doing so. Plus, you never know: you may be chosen to host a Clothing Swap party. And if you do, since I’m the one who told you about it, do you mind inviting me? If I get picked, I’ll totally invite you. I’m not swapping any of my 49ers t-shirts though. Those you’ll have to pry from my cold, dead hands.