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RE: Garden Product samples

Start early! :) Some companies only do this at certain time of the year and
you can be added to their list.

I didn't do goodie bags... but I did raffle prizes for pond expo's. Luckily
I had a source for all email address of pond suppliers.. from big guys to
little ones. I sent a zillion emails out- ( copy paste with just adding
their name to the beginning and email address- rather than an impersonal one
and a group mailing).

I was SHOCKED at the amount of stuff that landed here. No response,
nothing... just UPS showing up with tons of packages. When the 18 wheeler
pulled up and asked if we had anything to offload with, my DH went berserk!
I still don't hear so well out of that ear since the phone call asking me
what the H*** I ordered now! Of course I was clueless since they didn't
bother to tell me it was coming.

When someone won an item, I made them sign a card (my computer generated
thank you for donating) with their name, city and state. Afterwards, I
mailed them to the respective companies. Now they had proof of a donation
and all of those companies donated even more the next year! Maybe you can
contact who ever did this last year for there donor list.

Of course you can always hit up on local vendors for stuff. I offered some
free advertising via the web site. We also sold logo room on the bags we
gave away which paid for them. 


> As many of you know, I am a member of the Long Island Daylily Society in
> NY.
> We will be hosting a national daylily convention for the American
> Hemerocallis Society for about 600 people in July of 2006. We typically
> give
> each registered person a bag of garden related products. I need to write
> letters to request samples of products that would be  appropriate for
> gardeners (sunscreen, insect repellant, fertilizer, magazines or booklets,
> notepads, snacks to eat while on the garden tours, hand wipes, hand held
> paper fans, etc.).  Does anyone have suggestions of companies who may be
> inclined to donate samples to our not-for-profit group? Any ideas for good
> things that we might put in the bags?
> Has anyone had to do this type of thing for another organization? Any
> ideas
> would be appreciated!
> Thanks!
> Chris
> Long Island, NY
> Zone 7a (Average min temp 50 - 00)

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