February 16, 2012
The idea is you send a basket with someone - like to their office or book group or salon - and they sell what they can for you. They get a "hostess bonus" for their effort, and it's easy peasy on your end. A win-win.
First you have to find a basket or a small suitcase or something. I think this used to be a picnic basket. I bought it at a thrift store - it was $8 which I thought was high, but it was exactly what I was looking for, so I splurged. I wanted something that had a lid so it closed and handles. Here's my preschooler showing you how easy it is to carry:
I had to modify the basket just a bit - I wanted the top to prop open like a display instead of flipping all the way over, so I hot glued in some ribbon on each side like so:
Inside the basket right when it's opened you can see I have smaller baskets ($1 section at Target) laying on their side. That way when the picnic basket is picked up, the baskets inside are upright. Then the person with the basket party can pull out the smaller baskets when they're selling the items. I have a basket for hair clips, headbands, and bracelets. The rings I keep in their original container and the necklaces are just laying in their in the original sleeves. I also have a little zipper pouch with change in it (about $20 in quarters and $1s)
Also in the basket is a tally/info sheet - I just use a clear folder. On one side are shopping bags prefilled with my info and a sheet on Paparazzi info in case anyone is interested in hosting a party or becoming a consultant. The other side has a tally sheet to keep track of what is sold and how much change is left, etc. I also include a small calculator and a pricing sheet.
Once again, I use this for Paparazzi, but I think basket parties are GREAT and would work for anything where you have a little inventory you want to show off.
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