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Re: Money-Makin' Time!


Auralie,
Our MGs have plant sales in May and June and Sept and I usually contribute
about 50 pots.  We put a fair amount of work into these and make a
2-3thousand $ profit each time, because most of the product is donated by
MGs and, in Sept, sometimes a few local nurseries.  However, a few years
back a team of 6 of us began the MG nusery and we buy wholesale and grow on.
These items bring in more money than the donated items usually.

When you say > it's too much work for so little profit.<  I can understand.
For the MGs, it's a lot of work, but what else are we going to do to get
some money?  Besides, the interaction during these sales helps us serve the
community.  As for my own sale, I usually pull in about $700, maybe more
this year - we'll see.  I don't know how much I spend on soil, pots, and
fertilizer, but I'm sure a few $ go back in my pocket.  And people do bring
the pots back, so I only have to buy one certain size.  It may not make me a
lot of money but it beats lugging 500 pots over to CES for the MG sale.
And, call me crazy, I do have fun doing it.

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2004 9:19 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Money-Makin' Time!


> In a message dated 04/14/2004 8:30:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> kmrsy@comcast.net writes:
>
> > Once someone does this sort of sale successfully, the word gets around
and
> > I
> > think there are others like mine around town.  Last fall a woman on the
> > other end of town said a friend had told her about my sale and she
called me
> > and asked for pointers on how to do it.
>
> Garden Clubs have plant sales around here, but they usually go to a
nursery
> and order flats of seedlings.  There are two organizations my DH is
involved
> with that have large plant sales in the spring - sometimes on competing
dates,
> though he has tried to encourage them to avoid that.  The   competition is
> interesting to me - I try to stay out of the politics of both groups.  The
Teatown
> Nature Center has a huge plant sale at a park in Croton with a preview
event
> for members.  They feature all the popular sorts of annuals - impatiens,
> petunias, marigolds, etc. with some interesting stuff but mostly
standards.  This
> is a major fundraiser for the organization - they make many thousands of
> dollars each year.  The Friends of Lasdon Park & Arboretum also has a big
plant
> sale, but the controlling group here are Master Gardeners who look down
their
> noses at the common stuff.  They also order in much stuff from nurseries,
but
> their list is all unusual and specialty stuff, and pretty pricey.  The
turn-out
> for this sale is pretty good, and a lot of stuff is sold, but the profit
is
> usually in the vicinity of $5,000 or less and some of those involved are
saying
> it's too much work for so little profit.  As I said, I try to stay out of
the
> politics.  DH is on the board of both organizations, and I just pick up
the
> pieces and listen.
> Auralie
>
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