Real Estate Staging Association Hamilton/Halton Chapter August Meeting

Home Stager with Center Stage Design-real estate staging, Ancaster/Hamilton

The Real Estate Staging Association Hamilton/Halton Chapter August Meeting was a great success.  Even though it was still summer we had quite a few members show up.

We welcomed Sue Kowalski from "The Glass Candle" as our sponsor for the morning. Sue is from Brantford, Ontario but serves Hamilton/Halton as well. She shared how her candles would be an asset for staging homes since they do not melt in the sun.  They are made from palm wax.  She brought many votive candles with many different scents.  They can be made scentless as well.  Every member received two votive candles to take home.

Also visiting our RESA Hamilton/Halton Chapter meeting was Julie Stobbe as our main speaker.  Her business is "Mind Over Clutter".  She is trained through the "Professional Organizers of Canada".

Julie shared how she could help stagers assist their clients with the de-cluttering process.

Julie also shared how she could help each of us with our home offices and inventory.

A couple of tips to our RESA Chapter members was 


  • schedule anything that takes longer than 30 minutes
  • try to leave a room in better shape than when you entered it
  • take 15 minutes every day preparing for the next day
Excellent tips Julie.

Our RESA Hamilton/Halton Chapter members really enjoyed our guests and what they had to offer.

As the RESA Hamilton/Halton Chapter President and owner of my own staging company Center Stage Design, I have been working with MacFrugals, a furniture rental company, in the Hamilton area to put together something specific for stagers.  After meeting with them twice they have decided not to help us out.  They will rent to us, however, the service would be the same as if you wanted to rent for your own personal use.  Not ideal.  Very disappointing.

I have used them twice already and the service was excellent by the way!!!!

The "Bagster" was also shared to the group as an alternative to the bin rental. Fill it up and then call 




Bag for waste taken care of by waster management


See everyone at the end of this month.


Karen Hubert, CCSP

Center Stage


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Karen Otto
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Hi Karen, it sounds like your Chapter is really doing some great meetings! We in Dallas are also looking to partner with other businesses who would like to sponsor our group for informative meetings using their products and services.  We've had both national furniture rental companies locally, CORT and Brook host 2 separate meetings this year and we hope to get a majority sponsored next year.  It not only is great for a RESA group but the businesses as well as we bring in essentially a mini "sales force" of home stagers who are going to go out and sell or purchase the products and services these affiliates provide. 

We are also utilizing the service of a paid for service which helps us coordinate our meetings with members. We just started it this month and had a great result.  I just wrote a blog on it.

Best of luck with your chapter!

Sep 20, 2010 12:43 AM #1
Karen Hubert
Center Stage Design-real estate staging, Ancaster/Hamilton - Ancaster, ON
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Hi Karen,

We have had really great meeting this 2009/2010 season.  We have had a guest speaker and a sponsor for every meeting.  We even had an evening where the guest speaker does fabulous virtual tours and we invited realtors for the evening.

I didn't think of using meetup to coordinate our meetings.  I wil check out your blog.  Thanks for commenting Karen


Sep 20, 2010 08:04 AM #2
And I was just wonedrnig about that too!
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