13th sale was back at the Von Neumann building. They
hadn't rented it and we couldn't find anything we liked better.
We pretty much went with the same layout as beofre because it
had worked well. We
added curb side service during drop offs and received a lot
of compliments. We separated the inspections for clothes vs
other stuff and even though the comments were mixed, we felt
it went pretty well. I've come to the conclusion that people
just don't like change.
had the same amount of racks, but with stricter limits on number
of clothing items each person can bring, we had more quality
items on our racks and actually sold MORE than any previous
sale. With the same number of items as the last sale, sales
were up because quality was up and overall we sold a higher
% of our inventory.
of our consignors had a 2 year old battling cancer and used
PIO as a fundraiser. Friends from near and far donated Halloween
costumes to help the cause. We ended up with over 1600 costumes
and accessories, double what we had in 2010! Costumes for a
Cause was a HUGE part of the sale and they were able to raise
over $3000 through their ingenuity. Some families bought multiple
costumes to use as dress ups throughout the year. We were so
glad PIO could help in this way, but they also helped us as
members of their family took on volunteer shifts and we are
pretty sure they sent us a ton of new shoppers.
the years we've added some wonderful people to our core team,
which now has about 20 members! These ladies work hard to make
the sale what it is, from inspecting, merchandising, and cashiering,
to sorting and helping people pickup their unsold items at the
end. Our awesome core team is supplimented by hundreds of wonderful
volunteers who may just work 1 shift but do it professionally
and with a smile. Thanks to all who help out!