Saturday, August 22, 2009

What have I been doing?

Firstly let me say thank you to everyone for their wishes regarding my sniffy nose.
I am still not 100% but I have to soldier on as I have heaps of things to catch up on.
The last weekend in September is the Embroiderers Guild annual exhibition and as usual I am running around like a dog chasing it's tail trying to finish off the things that I am putting in the exhibition.
I am also in charge of the Recycle Table which is a big money earner for the guild.
Members donate things that they no longer need like kits-books- threads-fabric-gadgets-embroidery frames etc -in fact as I tell them "if you no longer need it someone else will".
Last year we raised over $4,000 for the year by having a recycle table.
This week myself and another lady have been sorting out all the "treasures" that have been donated over the year and we have been pricing them and boxing them up ready for the exhibition.
We do operate the recycle table at the guild and it is always well stocked but I do keep things aside to take to the exhibition.
The photo below shows some of the threads that we have.
They are priced and bagged up with all the same type of threads in one bag ready to be displayed in baskets on the table.
We have all the different types of DMC threads
There are the Caron threads and every hand dyed thread type that I have used.
Then there is Appletons wool -enough to start a shop.
Gold threads silver threads --oh the mind boggles.
And all I could think of was "I would love that one" but I had to resist--"get thee behind me Satan"

This bag is chokkers full---but wait there's more---my head is spinning.

Next week we are pricing fabrics---Aida cloth-Lugarno--Linens of every count and type and colour and they all fit into a bag as big as the thread bag.
We also accept things from the members who want to sell their stuff on commission--we keep 20% of the sale price for the guild.
If you belong to a Guild and want to make money then this is an amazing way to raise money.
All I have to do is leave my purse home on the days or else it will all end up at my place.


Robin Mac said...

glad to know you are on the mend Doreen, love the photo of Ebony and her two Poppies in the previous post. I wish we were going to be in Canberra a couple of weeks earlier, then I could come to see the exhibition again - and no doubt I would come home with more luggage and less cash as well!! Cheers, Robin


It must have taken you ages to bag up all those threads Doreen. I find it scary just how much stash we all have!

Have a lovely weekend and reserve your strength for bagging the fabrics!


Magpie's Mumblings said...

Oh how I would LOVE to be able to come to your sale (but then again, it would be very costly, because I'd want to buy it all!).

Paula Hewitt said...

well I could not do that job - it wouldn't even make it to the table and I'd owe the guild $4000 :)

Heather said...

That's a great way to raise funds Doreen. We do something a bit similar in the group I belong to. Everyone gives me the fabrics, beads, threads etc., they no longer want and I sort them all and make up 'Inspiration' packs to sell on our sales table at exhibitions. This goes towards rent, insurance and other expenses. Glad you are feeling a bit better.

sharon young said...

What a great idea, Doreen, I think I'd be sorely tempted.
Glad to hear you're on the mend, but don't overdo it while you're recovering.

Many thanks for dropping in on my blog.

Margaret LaVonne Hall said...

Hi, Doreen, just me...What a marvelous undertaking..We did something similar with a non-profit group with craft goods..It was not as profitable as yours, but we did well...I love to discover craft items at a sale..Makes me feel like a treasure waiting for me to find~! Thanks for your work on the group, and if I were there, it would be the fabric...*smile*
Thanks for the email..

Doris said...

i hope you recovery soon. have a great week.

Dot said...

Hi Doreen
Sorry to hear you have been so ill. Hope you are feeling much better now. Love the photo of Ebony and her poppy from Kenya in the post below. She looks very happy!
Dot xx