You’ve been hearing more from me lately. People, I have no other job now except GivingCity! No more PR, no more marketing collateral, no software copywriting, alumni magazine assigning, conference planning, boring meetings, going to an office every day to sit with my co-workers, pick at our economical homemade lunches, talk about how we need to exercise more, blah blah, etc. This is it!
And the best part about my new-found freedom: No more lying to skip work and attend the first day of the Settlement Home Garage Sale.
(Did I just say that out loud? I really did feel sick that day AND I had a parent-teacher conference!)
Stop what you’re doing (reading this) and open your calendars and mark these days: Friday – Sunday, Nov. 2-4. Those are the shopping days, and you’d better plan to get there before I do because I know where they keep all the good stuff.
You’re back? Okay, now I’m going to tell you how you can get a sneak-peak for free at all the good stuff: Volunteer to help set up.
If you set it up, you’ll know EXACTLY where to find it when you come back later to shop! Stick it behind all the Christmas stuff or put something heavy and a little sticky on top. No one deserves that piece more than you do for all your hard work, bless your heart!
Now, I am not advocating that you deny someone the chance to buy it and have the money go to the children at The Settlement Home. If you hide it (not that you would hide it but if you hide it) then you have to buy it!
After all the money goes to support the specialized care of some of Austin’s neediest girls and young women who live and go to school at The Settlement Home until they’re ready to be more independent or until they’re adopted by a loving family.The Settlement Home is almost 100 years old!
All I’m saying is, you and the hundreds of other Settlement Home volunteers deserve a shot at the best stuff first. I’ve visited the warehouse and I’ve seen those young people hard at work, sorting, repairing, tagging, storing. It’s hard work!
One of our 2012 New Philanthropists, David Courreges, is looking for young professional volunteers to help stash… I mean, help sort and distribute the goods. You’ll work with the finest people, I promise, and have the best time. Courreges has been volunteering for years! You know he has all the good stuff!
Listen, Courreges is a lawyer so, for the record, you DID NOT hear this from me. Besides, I put him in my magazine so, you know, who’s he going to believe?
But contact him BEFORE OCTOBER 12 to find out how you, your young professionals group, you and your girlfriends, your drinking buddies, all of them can volunteer for a few hours in November. When else can you have fun, score some real deals and help Austin girls get the love and support they need to get their lives back? Wins!
(Note: They won’t let you stash anything. It’s a totally up-and-up organization. But if you see a giant blow-up snow globe holiday yard decoration, can you let me know so I can beeline for it when the doors open?)