READY. SET. BUZZ! Who knew vibrators at a bar would turn into a wet mess? The It Collection founder (Deanna), my wife (Nikki), and I attended an event in Dallas on Friday, June 23rd. It was exciting, stimulating, and super hot. The best part, the vibrator racing benefitted TWO important organizations.
Occasionally, Nikki finds fun and interesting events at various venues in Dallas. About a month ago, Nikki came across this event for Vibrator Races and a Silent Auction to benefit the Texas Equal Access Fund & Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. This event was to be hosted at a venue that we enjoy. The Double Wide is a great dive bar/live-music venue on the far east side of Dallas’ Deep Ellum.
We made plans to attend and looped The It Collection team into the idea. We assumed that vibrator races would be a fantastic place to do a little guerrilla marketing for the Perfect Pleasure Cushion.
Day of Event
To step up the marketing a bit, we decided to make a few shirts with a provocative campaign to grab attention.
We arrived about 10 pm and the event was already in full swing. Many outdoor vendors like a mobile photo booth, Easy Sliders food truck, an outdoor bar trailer, mobile tattoo trailer, and the silent auction area. The indoor area of the bar was packed. Outside, attendees were attempting to balance the heat with their cold beverage intake. It was so hot! The temp. was still in the high 90’s at that time of the evening, and we have all seen what happens when you try to replace the water your body loses to heat with alcohol.
We grabbed a couple beers, then headed over to the Texas Equal Access Fund and Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas tables to join the mailing lists and see what type of swag they had. Plenty of great information, but we’ll let you decide for yourself how you feel about the cause.
Adjacent to the charitable organization tables was the silent auction area. A temporary wall displayed local artwork, sculptures, and handmade goods. Everything was appropriately labeled to correspond with bid sheets located on the table in front of the pieces. There were already many names and bids on each piece, which was wonderful to see since it was still early in the event.
The Vibrator Races
After placing a couple bids ourselves, we decided it was time to see a vibrator race. The race was held in an area usually considered an outdoor patio for the bar. Tonight, a large gate had been opened to allow for attendees to easily transition from the parking lot/event space to Vibrator Race Area.
The vibrator races kicked off each time they had 6 participants who donated $5. Each participant held a vibrator and flag that matched the color of their vibrator. The vibrators were placed on a sloped section of corrugated plastic roofing, giving each vibe its own track to race down.
Once the organizer of the races counted off the start, she would lift the starting gate and the vibrators would rumble down its section of track toward the finish line. Lots of cheering and alcohol infused banter ensued until long after the winner had been determined. It was a hilarious and fun time for sure.
The Wet Mess
We took in a few races and had a great time with other friends that had joined us. Occasionally we would sneak out of the group to go strategically place some fliers about the Perfect Pleasure
Cushion around the event space. We tried to keep an eye on the fliers to see what the reactions would be. We always enjoy when a small group really get caught up in discussing the pictures and details.
As the night went on, our free light show provided by Mother Nature drew near. Lightning was getting closer and more frequent, so Nikki and I decided to leave before the bottom fell out of the clouds. We learned later that Deanna was still at the event when the rain decided to cool things down a bit. We managed to recover one photo of her soaking wet in a white t-shirt.
All in all, it was a great time and we’re looking forward to more events like this in the future. We’ll try to put those events on our calendar so you can join us. Cheers!