|Boutique Sales, Notions Table|
On average, the Boutique raises $500-600/meeting (which goes a long way in keeping membership costs down, as well as supporting our philanthropic efforts within the community). However, not everything gets purchased and several boxes of goodies must be transported back to the storage unit. Over the course of the membership, the collection of unsold items was approaching 75+ boxes and was quickly filling up the storage unit. The Boutique volunteers came up with a brilliant idea to host a Boutique Sale at our July meeting, where members bring their own paper or cloth grocery bag and fill it with books, fabrics and notions for the bargain price of $5 per bag!!
It took an army of volunteers to transport and set out the 75+ boxes of goodies onto 20+ large tables!! Many of our members arrived extra early to get first pick and fill their bags!
I was sure to bring a bag just in case I found enough items to fill it. I started to scope out the tables and found a book or two here, and then some fun fabrics over there, then some more books, more fabric, and soon my arms were full and I had a bag's worth of goodies!! I found four fun books with great inspiration, along with fabric yardage ranging from a fat quarter to several yards including some Kaffe prints, stripes/plaids, novelty and several meters of this wonderful ethnic printed fabric (that one of the volunteers shared was an African Kanga cloth that creates wrap dresses/skirts). While I have no immediate plans for any of the fabrics, I am on the look out for the perfect project to utilize that gorgeous Kanga fabric!!
|My Bargain Finds: books, fabric and a Kanga cloth|
|Sales Success--Lots of Empty Boxes and Just a Few Books/Fabrics Left|
Many thanks to the organizers and all the volunteers that made this sales such a huge success!! It was truly a win-win-win scenario: happy members/shoppers, empty storage unit and increased revenue to support the association's activities!! Let's hope this becomes an annual tradition!!