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Sunday, 24 July 2016

Forever Paris Contest: Pandora fans are not Grinches

Pandora recently held a contest on Instagram to win a limited-edition gold Eiffel Tower charm. Fans were asked to, "Share a photo and write why you are a true Pandora fan." I submitted a photo and write-up on five of the six days that the contest ran. And one of my submissions won! This was my entry for June 24.

For your information the contest details are at the end of the post.

Pandora fans are not Grinches

"It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags." (Dr. Seuss' version)

Clearly the Grinch was NOT talking about Pandora. And he was certainly NOT a true Pandora fan!

"Pandora's not just about bracelets. It's not just about rings. It's not just about necklaces, charms or ear rings." (my version)

Pandora is about being part of a community of Pandora lovers. For over four years now, I have been part of a Pandora community on Facebook, and more recently on Instagram. We buy and sell charms from each other - new, preloved, retired, or hard-to-find. Sometimes we even swap. We help each other with promos or the latest gift with purchase. We send each other display boards, wrapping paper, gift bags, and display decorations.

Small gift bags
Large gift bags
I try to do my part by sending ribbons, pouches or catalogues. I've helped ladies around the world buy Disney pieces that they don't have in their country, retired charms I've discovered in my city, or charms exclusive to Canada - usually taking advantage of the free bracelet promo. I'm in a group that swapped Christmas ornaments with friends around the world. I've been in a support group that grew out of a selling page. I've even been in a photography group with friends who met through Pandora. And I'm in a wonderful group that does Secret Santa, exchanges birthday gifts, and are there for me during the ups and downs of daily life.

Pink travel box (plus chocolates) from a friend in Australia
Valentine's backboard from my local store

We've shared photos of our charms and bracelets. We've admired each other's creations. And we've shared stories about the meanings of our charms. With the support of my Pandora friends during my recovery, and with their feedback on my stories, I even started a blog.

VD - Valentine's Day
Ch - Christmas
MD - Mother's Day

Pandora fans are NOT Grinches. A true Pandora fan is kind and generous, is never jealous of someone else's collection, and is pleased to see the happiness that Pandora brings to the lives of her friends. I am a true Pandora fan.

"We collect ribbons.
We collect tags.
We collect packages,
boxes and bags."
(inspired by Dr. Seuss)

My Forever Paris dangle on one of my favourite promo items, the "Love is Forever" music box.
Only my second gold charm and it does glow!
A surprising find: the four feet of the Eiffel Tower are hearts - little gold hearts in this case!
How cute is that? Even my sales associate hadn't noticed this detail.

Related Posts:

Forever Paris Contest: grieving the loss of my mom - the winning story and photo, now with more photos of my mom's trip to Paris and the surprise I discovered; my submission for June 21, 2016

Forever Paris Contest: using Pandora charms in my recovery - a story about the role Pandora has played with links to stories about some of the charms; my submission for June 22, 2016

Forever Paris Contest: the meaning of Pandora's box - a story about how Pandora has helped me and what it represents, now with photos of my Pandora's box charm and the bracelet it's on; my submission for June 23, 2016

Forever Paris Contest: Ode to Pandora - a silly poem I wrote about Pandora, now with a photo for each stanza as well as a photo of my whole collection to date; my submission for June 26, 2016

Here is Pandora's description of the contest:
"To celebrate summer in the city of love, Pandora has created a limited-edition 'Forever Paris' dangle charm, and from June 20 - 26 you can win it in our #PandoraForeverParisContest. Each piece is beautifully crafted from 14K gold and features two diamonds.
"Because they are true collector's items, only 500 have been produced. Each dangle charm is engraved with a unique number (from 1-500) and they are only sold in selected stores in France but we have kept 10 for you!" 
Contest rules were available on Pandora.net.
The charm was valued at 599 € (approximately $860 CDN/$665 USD)


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