Pin Something, Win Something.

Pin Something, Win Something.

When a vendor, product manager or co-worker has a product sample or extra piece of swag from an event, they bring it to my office with instructions to “give it away on social media.”

Some of it’s undeniably awesome, but available in one size only, like this Large Men’s Marmot Zion jacket:

Some of it’s totally cool, but kind of random, like this Loop Tote bag from The North Face:

Throughout 2012, I amassed a pretty big pile of cool stuff. Now that the new year is here, I’d like ALL of this stuff to go while helping Eastern Mountain Sports get cracking on Pinterest.

In the spirit of the dentist office treasure chest, I give you:

PLEASE NOTE, this is not a Pin It to Win It (heck, it’s not even a company-lawyer approved giveaway), if you’re one of the 50, that’s right 50 lucky winners, what you get is what you get. It could be a $495 mens’s Adidas jacket size medium in bright red or a $9.00 CAMELBAK bottle leftover from our 2012 Employee Century Bike Ride. It’s like a Yankee Swap that you don’t have to bring a present to. All you have to do is pin something from to one of your personal Pinterest boards with the hashtag #WinSomethingFromEMS.


The 50 random winners via a comment on their individual pin. One of those 50 people will win this women’s Mountain Hardwear jacket size Small:

Another will win this Clif Bar Frisbee and a pair of SmartWool socks:

Other prizes include EMS ENDO softshell jackets, an EMS Creek Freak daypack and merino socks from SmartWool and Icebreaker. Help me clean my office while helping yourself to a (potentially) awesome prize. Winners will be chosen at random from January 7 through January 31. Winners will be notified via a comment on their pin and I’ll also create a Pinterest Board with all the winning pins. The more stuff you pin from, the more chances you have to win something. Once again, EMS legal, marketing, merchandising and executive management were not consulted on this promotion – I’m going rogue in an effort to clean out my office and get 50 lucky Pinners’ new year off to a happy start.

Get pinning, people!

** OK, so our Marketing Manager Beth Marchand (she who consults with the lawyers) caught me… so here are the rules:

Must be 18+ and a US resident to enter. What you get is what you get, no exchanges or refunds (Don’t like what you got? Pay it forward to someone else!). No purchase necessary. Odds of winning will vary depending on how many people pin. But there will be 50 winners chosen randomly from all pinners from Jan 7 – Jan 31, 2013. Want to know more? Leave a comment here and I’ll answer all your questions.



Jim Darroch

Jim's love for the outdoors began with family camping trips in "Brady Bunch" style canvas tents and progressed to backpacking adventures with the Boy Scouts. In 2007, he fulfilled his teenage dream by joining Eastern Mountain Sports as Brand Communications Manager. When he's not in the office, you'll find Jim kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking around the Monadnock Region and throughout New England with his wife Brenda and his dog Brewski.


  1. skip Riley
    January 19, 2013, 6:11 am

    New to Pintrest so I hope I did it right!!

  2. Jim Darroch
    January 8, 2013, 4:36 pm

    Hey Jessica – no, you don’t have to post the link here and yes, we’ve started choosing winners. You can see them on this board we created today. Good luck!

  3. Jessica B
    January 8, 2013, 2:36 pm

    Do we need to post the link to our pinterest on here? Have you started to give things away?

  4. Thompson
    January 8, 2013, 9:00 am
  5. Christopher Sorel
    January 5, 2013, 10:30 am

    okay updated pins on my board

  6. Lamia
    January 4, 2013, 11:29 pm

    Hopefully I did it right and can win some free stuff!!

  7. Nicole M
    January 4, 2013, 6:54 pm

    Hey there! Broke college students love free swag!

    I’ll just leave this here

  8. Jim Darroch
    January 4, 2013, 4:57 pm

    That you did, Sondra – you too, Kori!

  9. January 4, 2013, 4:09 pm

    Well, I hope I did this right!

  10. Kori
    January 4, 2013, 2:50 pm
  11. Jim Darroch
    January 4, 2013, 12:29 pm

    All set, Caitlin!

  12. Jim Darroch
    January 4, 2013, 12:29 pm

    I agree with you 100%, Kori and I just had that conversation with one of our web guys!

  13. Kori
    January 4, 2013, 9:49 am

    It would be MUCH easier if you added a Pinterest button on your web page!

  14. January 4, 2013, 7:31 am

    Oh, I’ll never turn down a chance to win swag. And I’m more than happy to take any women’s XS/S and dog related products off your hands. =)

  15. Caitlin Moll
    January 3, 2013, 7:44 pm

    OK, I have to admit, I’m kind of new at this Pinterest thing…did I do this right? It’s a pretty sweet deal, I had to try!!

  16. Jim Darroch
    January 3, 2013, 3:40 pm

    Hey Christopher, please use #WinSomethingFromEMS on your pins. Nothing quite that big in the product pile but there are some terrific re-gifting possibilities – good luck!

  17. christopher sorel
    January 3, 2013, 3:19 pm

    Is there a tag or how will you know we pin from your site? Just from repins? Anything in a XXL for a big guy?

  18. January 3, 2013, 3:14 pm

    free swag? count me in! Any hints or insight on job openings in your Syracuse stores can be substituted!!! Thanks – Scott (CNY Biker Dude on twitter)

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