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Re: Money-Makin' Time!

Our MG plant sales adhere strictly to the posted hours.  Folks can get in
line, but they can't get into the sales area.  If rain is expected the sale
is held indoors; the only room available is too small for this, but we make
do.  Most of the time it is outside in a roped-off area.  I don't know of
anyone who has tried to cut ahead in line to pay, but I doubt it would go
over too well.  The local conservatory holds a plant sale in May at the
Lawton Park Greenhouse which sounds to be more on the scale of Donna's and
Ceres' big sales.  I've never been to it as I've heard it's a madhouse.  I'm
not fond of such situations.

As to my own sale.  Yes, people show up early.  Since I start set up at
5:30, I'm usually ok with a few shoppers at 7:30 rather than the 8:00 start
time, but these folks don't usually get much of a smile and at times I've
told them "Correct change or come back at 8", when they try to get $6 worth
of plants and hand me a $50.  The early ones I REALLY have trouble with are
those who come the day or even 2 days ahead.  They either want a crack at
the best stuff or say they can't make it on Saturday.  Nothing is labeled or
priced, and I'm already in a tizzy of getting ready.  I don't have time to

A special few early buyers are welcome.  My niece is buying a house and will
move in next month.  I told her not to wait until Saturday, to come over
before and pick what she wants.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Donna " <justme@prairieinet.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2004 6:27 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Money-Makin' Time!

> So do you have folks showing up early? Ours starts at 9, and by 6:30
> someone is hassling us to pay for the plants and so they can leave. We
> are still doing some final preps (putting out plant signs with pictures,
> bringing in the last of the plants or something) and they want you to
> stop what you are doing and set up the cash box.... geesh. Or someone
> with a half dozen plants walks to the front of the line and demands you
> do their small order before those already waiting in line with larger
> orders cause they are in a hurry.... not fair to those waiting already.
> Unfortunately the few seems to aggravate me early on in the day....
> This year we are going to be inside the nature center rather than on the
> patios outdoors. Hopefully this will help since we can do more of the
> prep work Thursday-Friday and not unlock the door till 9ish :)
> Donna
> > > I enjoy doing this except the day of the sale.  People are rude, we
> are
> > > way too busy for the amount of volunteers we have, and my feet
> > > hurt/voice gone by the end of the day.  - Donna
> >
> > I do all the prep for my own sale, but I need help to handle customers
> the
> > first 2 hours.  God bless my dear sister.  She comes over and helps
> out.
> > Customers are nice and tell me how the plants they got last year are
> > doing.
> > I am so totally worn out by the time it is over - need a nap.  I could
> > only
> > do this once a year.
> >
> > For the MG sale I used to help with all the prep and set up, etc, but
> we
> > have plenty of people, so I've cut back.  I always work the sale
> itself, 3
> > hrs, and then help with tear down.
> >
> > Kitty
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