Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Stuff Sale Tips

The basics: HLR Stuff Sale
Friday, April 24, 2009

12 noon - 4 p.m.

Grimes United Methodist Church
13525 NW 70th Ave Ste A
Grimes, IA 50111
On Hwy 44 in Grimes, 1/2 mile west from water tower

New for 2009 is our welcome table. It will contain a display of:

1. Stuffed bags. Three Sisters will bring the take-home bags from last weekend's conference and sale. There is a small supply of these. The bags contain information (catalogs) from vendors who were unable to have a booth, including LEGO Education, Total Language Plus, etc.

2. Self-serve bag stuffing is available for you on the welcome table once the stuffed bags are gone.

3. Drawings for door prizes. Put your name in our fishbowl for our door prizes. If you include your email address, we'll put you on our e-mailing list. Vendors are eligible to win. We will give two seasonal craft kits from Shirley's Pre-packaged Crafts at 1 p.m. CD's from the Institute for Excellence in Writing will be given away at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

4. Surveys from the conference. In order to provide home learning resources beyond the sales and conference, we are asking for your input. Fill out a survey at one of the tables and turn it in before you leave.

Same as last year: The fellowship area of the hall will have tables and chairs for you and your kids to hang out during the sale.

Tips for sellers:

0.5 Table reservation is now closed. Sorry if you did not meet the deadline of Monday, April 20. There is always next time.

1. Start organizing your home school "stuff" now.

2. Price your stuff. Your shoppers can use the bags that Adoremus has supplied, or you can supply other shopping bags.

3. Find a cash box. Buyers deal directly with the sellers. Three Sisters does not offer a coordinated sales point for all sellers. Negotiating can be done at your discretion.

4. We expect you to set up and clean up your own assigned space.

5. Your kids will need to be supervised. Misbehaving children create a difficult atmosphere for sales.

Tips for buyers:

1. Kids need to be supervised. Misbehaving children make shopping and visiting unpleasant.

2. Make a shopping list. Bring cash rather than checks.

3. Realize that you will deal with individual sellers. All merchandise on one table will need to be paid to the renter of that table. So no grocery carting unpaid goods from multiple tables around the hall.

4. Adoremus has supplied shopping bags for you. You can also bring boxes and bags for your finds if you are a high volume shopper.

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