Duluth Trading Gave Me a Kick in the Pants

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The label pictured above sealed the box that my new Duluth Trading pants came in.

Duluth Trading gave me a kick in the pants–metaphorically speaking. But they did give me the actual pants.

About a month ago I got an email with the subject line Duluth Trading Wants to Give You a Kick in the Pants. I subscribe to their company newsletter, and at first glance I thought this was another sales offer. It’s a good thing I checked it out, because they made me an offer I didn’t want to refuse:

If you’re like us,there’s still a project (or two) you’ve started but haven’t quite gotten around to finishing. Being the passionate gardener you are, we’d love to help you do more of what you love. That’s why we’re hoping to give you a Kick in the Pants…In your case, we’ll spot you 100 bucks to jumpstart your supplies fund and let you outfit yourself with a pair of DuluthFlex Fire Hose Work Pants and whatever other DTC gear (with some great gardening options) you need to finish that pesky stalled or unfinished project.…Pick a project, any project, and show us your before and after transformation.

Two-and-a-half years ago, when we moved to this house, I discovered an Adirondack glider left behind by the previous owners.

weathered Adirondack glider

This Adirondack-style glider was left behind by the previous owners.

It still works but is so weathered and splintery that it’s unpleasant to sit on.

Last winter (that is, the winter of 2012-2013) I found a video explaining how to rejuvenate outdoor wooden furniture. In March 2013 I bought deck cleaner, sanding paper, wire brushes, paint brushes and stain. I was psyched to return that glider to good use.

But a funny thing happened once the weather was warm and settled enough to work on this project. Every nice day there was something in the garden that really needed doing. And, well–you know the rest. Winter rolled around again and I was chagrined to realize that I hadn’t done a thing with that glider.

So, Duluth Trading has given me a kick in the pants. Now that they know I’ve got this glider to refinish, and they’ve sent me money to reimburse the supplies, plus a pair of Duluthflex Fire Hose Work Pants, a pair of Heirloom Gardening Pants, and a Longtail 3/4 Henley, how can I not get this glider refinished?

Do you need a kick in the pants?

I know I’m not the only one who has an unfinished project or two, and Duluth Trading knows it, too.

In addition to the swift kick we’re hoping to give you, we’d like to let your readers in on the action as well. On April 16, we’ll begin calling for other abandoned projects to be submitted and start picking a few of our favorite “fix-ups” each week on Facebook. We’ll be rewarding chosen submissions each week with some cash and Duluth Trading gear – all in the name of getting more done.

Visit the Duluth Trading “Kick in the Pants” Facebook Contest to submit a photo and a brief description of your unfinished project. If they pick your project, you will win some Duluth Trading clothes and a gift card to finance your project.

But don’t procrastinate! This contest will end on April 29th, so you’ve only got about two weeks for your own chance at a “kick in the pants.” My apologies to my international friends; this contest is only open to U.S. residents.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

1 Comment… add one

Laura @ Raise Your Garden April 16, 2014, 11:44 am

Greeting!

Thanks for the contest info, what a fun idea =)

Love how they leave the project open-ended but they just might have to give me a kick in the pants to get my submission in before April 29th. So I’m in trouble before I’ve even started!

Hmmmm, so kick in the pants might just be the understatement of the year, there are so many projects on the back burner, which one to submit? That’s the question.

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