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About this time before each sale Cindi and I start to get a little manic. Have we passed out enough fliers, secured enough sponsors, scheduled the utilities for the right day? Will we have enough rack space or should or husband carpenters build some more? Will we have more consingors this time around, and more shoppers too?

Luckily all usually comes together by sale time. We are really lucky to have multi-talented family members who, in addition to their day jobs, also function as cashiers, baby-sitters, tech-support, and the aforementioned rack-builders. We have also always been lucky to have enough great volunteers at each sale. We cannot do it without extra hands and the event benefits from a group effort. Having consignors who have a vested interest in making the event a great success makes the whole sale better. We all benefit from more shoppers, better customer service and a pleasant atmosphere.

The last few days are also filled with reminding folks how the system works. Everyone has to choose a check-in time. We cannot just handle people walking in during check-in. It is a period of controlled chaos and we need to know how many people are coming at once. Everyone has to get their tags entered before check-in begins. The sale has to be closed before we start taking in items. We need everyone to follow the same tagging guidelines. Hang all clothes, supply your own hangers, put small toys and puzzles in ziplocs, put shoes in bags. I think Cindi and I recite these things in our sleep.

About this time before each sale we also get pretty excited. This event that started with 55 consignors in 800 square feet is now taking place in 25,000 square feet with what could be over 250 consignors. We help people find great deals, we donate items to worthy charities, and we make ourselves and many others a bit of spending money! 5 days til the fun begins!

Just wanted to give everyone a head's up about the sponsors we have confirmed for our Fall sale. Also, we are always looking to include more people who have family-friendly businesses so keep that in mind. We are going to do our Goodie Bags again and they are a great option for someone with a small business who wants to get their name out there but doesn't have too big of a budget. For $25 we will include a coupon in Goodie Bags for the first 250 shoppers.

The Prenatal Experience

The Prenatal Experience

The Prenatal Experience will be returning to our Fall sale. The Prenatal Experience offers pregnant moms and their families a unique experience by offering 3D/4D ultrasounds. In a comfortable setting they provide amazing ultrasound images and encourage families to come view and bond with the unborn baby. Check out their table at our sale to view sample video footage from real 3D/4D ultrasounds. Go to theprenatalexperience.com for more information.

Fliggity

Fliggity.com

Fliggity is a line of clothing made exclusively for kids up to size 7. They offer adorable tie-dye shirts and "number" shirts that let kids show off how old they are. They also have a unique offering in their stylish superhero shirts. These imaginative shirts come with a removable and reversible super-hero cape and are available for boys and girls. Check out fliggity.com for pictures and ordering information.

Shana Beiro Photography

Shana Beiro Logo

Looking for a great photographer to capture some of your family's special moments? Check out shanabeiro.com and see some of the variety of events and candid moments that Shana captures with her camera. She will be at our sale to display some of her great photography.

Usborne Books

Usborne Books

Anyone looking for a great gift for a child or to stock up on your own home library will be thrilled to hear that Emily DeLisle with Usborne Books will be back at our Fall sale. Usborne offers great deals on books as well as fun activity "kits" for kids of all ages. You will be able to buy books directly off the Usborne racks at our sale as well as place special orders.

Good Samaritan Academy, Arts at Good Samaritan

Good Samaritan Academy

Another sponsor that we have worked with in the past is Good Samaritan Academy and the Arts at Good Samaritan. The Good Samaritan Academy is a christian based childcare facility located across from Southwood. They provide year-round care for children 18 months to pre-kindergarten/VPK. The Arts at Good Samaritan offers classes and lessons for children in music, art, dance, and drama. You can find information about the Academy and more details about class times at goodsamaritantallahassee.org

We love finding sponsors that have unique things to offer our shoppers and consignors. It is fun getting so many family-friendly businesses under the same roof. If you know of someone else who would make a good addition to our sponsor list please let us know!

Just wanted to give everyone a head's up about the sponsors we have confirmed for our Fall sale. Also, we are always looking to include more people who have family-friendly businesses so keep that in mind. We are going to do our Goodie Bags again and they are a great option for someone with a small business who wants to get their name out there but doesn't have too big of a budget. For $25 we will include a coupon in Goodie Bags for the first 250 shoppers.

The Prenatal Experience will be returning to our Fall sale. The Prenatal Experience offers pregnant moms and their families a unique experience by offering 3D/4D ultrasounds. In a comfortable setting they provide amazing ultrasound images and encourage families to come view and bond with the unborn baby. Check out their table at our sale to view sample video footage from real 3D/4D ultrasounds. Go to theprenatalexperience.com for more information.

Fliggity is a line of clothing made exclusively for kids up to size 7. They offer adorable tie-dye shirts and "number" shirts that let kids show off how old they are. They also have a unique offering in their stylish superhero shirts. These imaginative shirts come with a removable and reversible super-hero cape and are available for boys and girls. Check out fliggity.com for pictures and ordering information.

Looking for a great photographer to capture some of your family's special moments? Check out shanabeiro.com and see some of the variety of events and candid moments that Shana captures with her camera. She will be at our sale to display some of her great photography.

Anyone looking for a great gift for a child or to stock up on your own home library will be thrilled to hear that Emily DeLisle with Usborne books will be back at our Fall sale. Usborne offers great deals on books as well as fun activity "kits" for kids of all ages. You will be able to buy books directly off the Usborne racks at our sale as well as place special orders.

Another sponsor that we have worked with in the past is Good Samaritan Academy and the Arts at Good Samaritan. The Good Samaritan Academy is a christian based childcare facility located across from Southwood. They provide year-round care for children 18 months to pre-kindergarten/VPK. The Arts at Good Samaritan offers classes and lessons for children in music, art, dance, and drama. You can find information about the Academy and more details about class times at goodsamaritantallahassee.org

We love finding sponsors that have unique things to offer our shoppers and consignors. It is fun getting so many family-friendly businesses under the same roof. If you know of someone else who would make a good addition to our sponsor list please let us know!

In an effort to give back a little more to the charities that we support through The One Week Boutique, we are starting a Diaper Drive at our Fall sale. Any packages (opened or unopened) and any size diaper or pull-up will be accepted. These will then be donated to the Pregnanacy Help and Information (PHI) Center and the Brehon Institute. Please look through your cabinets and closets for those half packs of outgrown diapers and bring them to the sale. We obviously will accept them from consignors and shoppers alike so spread the word! New packs of wipes will also be accepted.

Thanks in advance!

October 10-12, 2014