I remember the first time I encountered Gymboree.
I was 18, and was working as a part-time nanny (went to their house during the day but went home at night). The family I worked for had three kids: four-year-old girl, a three-year-old boy, and a newborn girl. One day we went to a mall (not the usual mall; we drove at least an hour) and headed for a children's clothing store I had never heard of, and which the woman I worked for couldn't stop talking about. As soon as we walked in I understood why she was so excited.
I was torn between wanting to have kids of my own to dress and wanting to BE a kid so I could wear the clothes I saw.
The colors - the colors! I loved how bright they were, just as kids' clothes should be. But more than that, they all coordinated with each other. The dresses, the leggings, the pants, the shirts -- a complete mix-and-match set, all of it. Prints and solids and stripes, I just wanted to grab it all and dress SOMEONE. Luckily, the woman I was with purchased enough that it made days getting the kids ready for the day really fun: the kids could pick out their own clothes, and whatever they chose, it looked GREAT! Easy, and everybody wins.
Now that I've been a mom for almost 14 years, shopping at Gymboree has been a treat. Their clothes are well-made and withstand, you know, the stuff kids do to their clothes. When I ask another mom where they got their kid's cute outfit, I'm never surprised when the answer is, "Gymboree." And I'm happy for them when they tell me about the good deals they got on their purchase.
Right now, Gymboree is welcoming friends who shop together with their Refer a Friend Rewards program. From their site:
Rewards Refer a FriendPromotion good 11/7/12 – 1/31/13. Bring a friend who has never been a member of the Gymboree Rewards program to any Gymboree store between 11/7 and 1/31. If your friend joins the Gymboree Rewards program during your visit, both of you will receive 25% off your entire purchase. If you bring two friends and both of them join the Gymboree Rewards program during your visit, all three of you will receive 25% off your entire order. If two Gymboree Rewards members come in with a friend, only one of those two members will receive 25% off their entire order. The person joining Gymboree Rewards cannot have been a member of Gymboree Rewards at any time. You must be a member in good standing in the Gymboree Rewards program in order to participate. See the terms and conditions of the Gymboree Rewards program at www.gymboree.com/rewards. 25% off discount will not be applied toward shipping charges, taxes, gift certificates/cards, gift packaging, in-store phone orders or donations. No adjustments will be made to prior sales. Purchases made with this offer are not eligible for a price adjustment. Cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions, including, without limitation, Gymbucks redemption or the Fill-A-Bag promotion, except as described on gymboree.com. Valid only at Gymboree stores in the U.S. and Canada. Not valid at Gymboree Outlet, gymboree.com, or Play & Music locations.
Pretty great, right? Bring a friend, join the program, and both of you get 25% off your entire purchase. Which kids will get awesome clothes as gifts from you this year?