Collingswood to give away $45K to shoppers Nov 21 as part of yearly ‘free money’ promo
Collingswood is hosting its eighth annual Collingswood Cash sale! Shoppers flock to Collingswood for the yearly "free money" giveaway, lining up in all kinds of weather as early as 6 a.m. Once again, Collingswood is partnering with Camden County to host a morning tailgate party for the dedicated bargain hunters that will gather outside Borough Hall on Saturday, November 21.
This year Collingswood Partners will give away $45,000 to patrons of Collingswood businesses. Shoppers that purchase $50 in Collingswood Cash –the Borough’s equivalent to a mall gift card– will receive an additional $20 to spend anywhere in town. The bonus cash is limited and in recent years long lines for the giveaway have started at the crack of dawn.
Those camped out at Borough Hall will enjoy an early morning party to kick off the holiday season in Collingswood! Starting at 6:30 a.m. on November 21 festivities kick off with music and games for guests. WMGK will be broadcasting live and keeping crowds entertained. There will be multiple giveaways per hour including concert tickets, sports goods and sports memorabilia courtesy of Memorabilia for Charities, tailgating gear and Collingswood themed merchandise. Organizers will also host crowd trivia games, provide breakfast snacks and drinks to keep folks warm and happy.
"Last year’s party was a blast," said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. "We gave folks an event and they added to it, bringing heaters, coming out in groups and sharing good spirit. We’re hoping to build on that atmosphere even more."
The Borough will sell $112,500 worth of Collingswood Cash and give away $45,000 meaning that in less than two hours there will be more than $150,000 in the hands of shoppers that can only be used in Collingswood. Shoppers that buy a max of $400 during the promotion receive a bonus $160 to spend in town.
The bonus money is limited and has traditionally sold out in less than two hours. The yearly promotion greatly stimulates the local economy by incentivizing holiday shopping in Collingswood. Doors open when Collingswood Cash sales officially start at 9 a.m.
Over the past seven years, more than half a million dollars’ worth of Collingswood Cash has been sold to spend at local shops during the holidays. The promotion comes with a coupon book filled with additional offers from more than two dozen Collingswood shops, restaurants and services, deepening the discounts. The event takes place a week before Shop Local Saturday with the hopes that shoppers will patronize Collingswood for their holiday gifts, parties, appointments and necessities. In 2015, all Collingswood Cash bonus money will be sold at Collingswood Borough Hall, 678 Haddon Ave.
Tailgate guests can use #CollsCashTailgate and #ShopCamdenCounty to share about the event on social media.
About the annual Collingswood Cash Sale:
How do I get my hands on free cash? Starting at 9 a.m. on November 21, ONLY Collingswood Borough Hall (678 Haddon Ave) will sell Collingswood Cash starting at 9 a.m. and give away $45,000 of bonus cash. Lines start forming at roughly 6 a.m. It is first come, first served, but there are limits.
What are the rules?
Shoppers can purchase a maximum of $400 Collingswood Cash, netting a free $160 to spend, give as gifts, etc. Bonus cash comes only with Collingswood Cash purchased in $50 denominations. One bonus cash sale per customer. Customers must be 18 and over. Purchase can be made by cash or credit card (a credit fee of four percent is added to the sale, credit accepted only at Borough Hall). Personal checks are not accepted. Bonus only comes with the sale of a $50 certificate. The $50 certificate cannot be broken down into small denominations either at the time of purchase or after the purchase. Collingswood Cash cannot be used to purchase gift cards for out of town businesses. The standard certificates last forever but the bonus cash expires on March 31, 2016. Wawa is no longer accepting Collingswood Cash. Collingswood Cash is sold year round at face value. The promotion is limited to the season and quantity. A full list of rules regarding the bonus cash sale is here.
Shoppers commonly buy gifts and dinners, but have gotten cars repaired, taken vacations, gotten dental work done and even had animals taxidermied with the bonus cash! The promotion is funded by the Business Improvement District tax, a collective fund used to support the business districts.
The cash incentive is paired with the Borough’s yearly effort to put together a beautiful shopping streetscape in the downtown. Merchants extend shopping hours and carolers sing on Fridays and Saturdays, storefronts are hung with garland, the town is dressed in more than a quarter-million lights and parking is free in December. Collingswood even guarantees snow during the season, setting the winter mood with snow machines throughout the downtown. For more information and holiday schedules, see the holiday events page!
The Collingswood Youth Theatre has limited spaces available for our Winter/Spring Workshop.
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The Collingswood Rotary will hold a Gala Art Exhibition & Auction on Saturday, November 14 at The Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (839 Haddon Ave.). Doors open at 6 p.m. to preview the event, auction begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 per person in advance and $15 at the door.
Admission also includes refreshments, hors d’ oeuvres and desserts from local restaurants and bakeries. This is an excellent opportunity to purchase a gift for the Holidays!
Proceeds benefit Rotary scholarships for Collingswood High School students, Collingswood Little League, Thanksgiving food baskets and other Rotary fundraisers and projects. For more information contact Michael Trainor at 609-313-4910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rotary International is an organization of business and professional men and women united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. To learn more about being a member of the Collingswood Rotary Club visit their Facebook page here. Collingswood Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at Villa Barone (753 Haddon Ave).
The first performance of Collingswood Sings takes place on Tuesday, December 22. Seventy-five local performers, including nearly two dozen Collingswood High School singers, as well as professional soloists and instrumentalists from the region will entertain at the First United Methodist Church (201 Dayton Ave) at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free but guests are encouraged to bring a donation of canned food for the Collingswood Food Pantry which is in need.
“It's exciting to come together as a community and create beautiful music,” said director Cristin Charlton.