This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of setting up an information booth at our local "Pumpkintown Festival." The set-up fee for an information only booth was $25, so I thought--WHY NOT?? I have had a difficult time educating and getting the word out about staging in our little city, so I decided that this would be a great way to introduce Athens, Tennessee to READY 2 STAGE HOME STAGING & REDESIGN.
The early morning hours of set-up day were quite rainy. When we arrived at 9:00 a.m. to prepare, the streets were still a bit wet. October being a very unpredictable month weather-wise, I wasn't sure whether the day would require cold drinks or warm drinks--so I provided both. Bottles of water and cups of hot apple cider (both labeled with the R2S name--of course!) attracted many to help themselves to a drink, and watch the slide show of Before & After pics while they were there.
I also offered a FREE kid craft--bookmarks with a nice poem and a pumpkin to color were placed on a table at the side of our booth. This gave me a chance to talk to the parents while the kids were busy working! And I didn't forget the drawing for a FREE consultation--which provided me with names and e-mail addresses to add to my contact list!
Being at Pumpkintown was a lot of fun and I feel like I made some good contacts for my business. But, most of all I saw so many friends, family and acquaintances that I haven't visited with in a while. I encourage you to get out in your community and get yourself known, by participating in festivals and other community events.
Oh by the way, as we were loading up at the end, a lady walked by and offered me $20 for one of my pumpkin flower arrangements. So, there was nearly all of what I paid for my set-up fee! Go figure!!