And So It Begins...

Written by Jenifer Gifford on .

Summer has just started, but for those of us who are sale organizers, our 6-8 week countdowns to our sales have just started.

Today launches my 6 week countdown. Registration opened up for consignors, new moms will open up in 2 weeks and then it's 3 short weeks to the beginning of the sale. After 23 sales, I still get nervous on registration day. I used to leave registration open, but when we started running out of room and added a waiting list, we went to an official "launch day" so that everyone could have the same shot at getting registered.

This year we went to an automated registration system and it has made me even more neurotic than usual. I am not accustomed to having so much information out on the web. I have listed more volunteer positions than we usually have filled because our volunteer team keeps growing. We usually have 10 people work check in, but when I checked my schedule for the last sale, we had 18 people working that shift. I opened up 20 slots for this sale, 10 are already filled, but my brain just sees 10 empty spots! So to say that my perception is off would be an understatement.

This happens every sale. Any time we have a new change, the way I see things stays the same. We had so many people working check in at the last sale, that there were no lines, no waiting. I had convinced myself that no one had shown up to consign. Not true. The most consignors and the biggest sale happened! But my perception hadn't adapted with what I knew was the truth... more volunteers makes things go smoother!

As you head into to your sale this year, just remember that everything works out. Change is good. And I, for one, am glad I won't be glued to my computer for the next 50 hours confirming registrations. At some point you have to walk away and trust that you know what you are doing. Advice I should try and take since I have already checked my registration website 10 times this morning!

"Like Wal-Mart Barfed in Our Gym"

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I went to our location yesterday to schedule some time for our Emotional Taggage Class when it slipped out that the gym floor was being resurfaced the week before our next sale. Well, to say that my anxiety shot through the roof would be an understatement. It's not that I was worried about the floor being done in time, or not fully hardened, but the thought of all those baskets being slid across that nice, shiny new floor... and thinking about all the scratches that would be left behind... well, you get the anxiety picture.

So off I went to chat with the facility manager to try and calm my nerves. His response? "Don't worry about it! I never have to worry about your group, and I am not going to worry about it now. In fact, I was warned about you." Really? You were warned about me? Uh oh. He then goes on to tell me this story that the other facility manager told him. He said:

"Patrick told me about you. He said that I would walk in on Tuesday morning (because he was off on Mondays) and I would have a heart attack because it looks like Wal-Mart barfed in our gym! But they somehow manage to get it all set up, and 4 days later you never knew they were here. And he was right. I remember how stunned I was when I walked in that first Tuesday, trying to figure out how all that stuff in the hall was going to fit in the gym!. But you know, I never have to worry about your group. You take great care of the facility and that's why I am not concerned about the floor."

Having a reputation for caring for your facility will help you keep getting booked there. We all know how hard it is to find a facility, especially one that is the right fit for your sale. Keeping it is crucial. When I walked out, my anxiety was still high, but I am really excited they know I care about what goes on when I am in charge of their space. I guess it's time for me to buy that bull horn... looks like I'll be barking "don't slide your baskets along the floor" all week long!

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