On a beautiful Saturday in our small local community some of us creative souls gathered for a boutique that our lovely Zumba Mary hostessed. I neglected to get a photo of Mary. This is my best friend Lorraine (in red) and myself (in black) and together we are the Saucy Chicks. Mary held a boutique last year and I was out of town so this year I didn't want to miss it...even with my broken, displaced and bent rib.
This is not a fancy venue but it is wonderful that Mary arranges for us to have indoor space (weather unknown ahead of time) and she charges us zero to participate. Who could ask for more?
For this boutique I think I reached the proper balance. I kept it simple.
This is more of our things. The pricing was affordable with items from 2 for $1 all the way up to $5. I wanted to concentrate on the small easily purchased things for people to buy. Our local economy is quite strained and it is hard for some to spend money on anything that isn't a total necessity...food, fuel and utilities.
I was participating more to get a few dollars to recoup my supplies expenses than I was to get "rich". I am fortunate to even be able to buy supplies and create in my days of retirement and volunteer helper.
We Saucy Chicks prepared a dozen "Grab Bags" for the cost of $5 donation to our local Kare Crisis Nursery program. Silly me thought every one knew what a grab bag is. Funny how people are sometimes. The very first lady who gave us $5 didn't realize that she got to select a bag and keep the contents. I don't guarantee you will like the items inside but I do say you will get lots more than $5 worth of goodies. Lets call the contents stocking stuffers and ornaments. In the end we sold 9 of the 12 bags with blessed Mary saying she will sell the remaining 3 for us during the week. After all...it is for a very worthwhile cause!
Here is an overview and it does show our small intimate affair we enjoyed all morning. Too funny...we are our own very best customers as we each bought from one another and back and forth.
I cannot complain about sales and being disappointed this year. I didn't get "rich" but I did make some money for replacing supplies and buying a few gifts from the other gals. I certainly enjoyed the friendship time chatting and laughing (in my case more smiling than laughing) and I can watch people forever and never get bored. As each Zumba classes finished Mary would send the gals over for shopping time as we were just two doors down the walkway. We even had some home baked cookies for nourishment to offer guests. I made peanut butter with a dash of sugar and cinnamon on the tops. After all...my doctor did tell me to eat more cinnamon for good health.
Thank you to Mary and her wonderful husband Antonio for allowing us this "Small Intimate Affair" opportunity to offer our creative items with others. Thank you to Mr. C for getting up and driving me there at 6:30 am and setting up the tables.
Our weather is glorious. The Fall colors are finishing. We have had another recent night of rain and for that I am truly grateful. Now that the busy season is here it will be good to stop and take a breath and really concentrate on what is important versus what we think we must accomplish.
Prayers continue for all affected by Storm Sandy. I am amazed with how well California has responded and sent huge transporter planes full of people power, machine power and supplies for rebuilding and restoring the East Coast. We live in a great nation of strong and resilient people who come together for the greater good.
Mr. C and I have voted. We vote by absentee ballot due to years in the past not knowing if we could get to a polling place due to snow and road closures or power outages.
May you each have much to be grateful for. Blessings and Creative Bliss...