Monday, June 11, 2012

Best Garage Sale Ever!

Today, we have a guest blog writer, Kim Morris, volunteer at In-Sync Exotics, who was most kind to give us an account of how the special event went on Friday and Saturday of last week!

Kim, take it away!

Thank you Wylie Walmart!
Well, on Friday June 8th and Saturday June 9th, In-Sync Exotics held its very first garage sale at Walmart in Wylie, Texas.  When we arrived at Walmart, we were told that we could use the entire area between their two front doors--which just happened to be a prime location for our garage sale!  Thank you Walmart for providing a perfect location for our event!! 

Beautiful hot sunny day!

Friday was supposed to be a collection day, but there were so many people wanting to purchase items as we were pricing them, we decided to go ahead and sell at the same time!  So, on a day that we were not really planning to make any money, we sold $625.26!  Thank you to the eight volunteers that came out on a very hot Friday:  Kim Morris, Mary Marsh, Jake Sahonick, Ruth Nimmo, Molly and Hannah Velic and board directors Ron Morrill and  Jodi Payson.

Dedicated volunteers!
Ricki (l) and Kim (r)
Saturday morning started VERY early, as we opened our garage sale at 7am.  A very special thank you to Ron Morrill, who came out and helped us unload the U-Haul, when he was not even on the schedule!  The 14-foot U-Haul was filled floor to ceiling and front to back!  Our awesome volunteers and supporters donated that much in a one day drop off event!!  There were people sitting in cars watching us set up, chomping at the bit to buy, buy, buy!  So, we started selling items as they were coming off the truck!  We had 12 volunteers on Saturday, which turned out to be even hotter than Friday:  Kim Morris, Mary Marsh, Molly Velic, Hannah Velic, Ron Morrill, Jodi Payson, Tabitha, Judy Chappa, Sue Diamond, Fawn Payson, Sara Nabus, and Ricki Hart.  Thank you all so much for your all of your help!

Our hard working crew!  Team In-Sync incognito!

Hello Hanna!
All items that were not sold were donated to New Hope church located in Wylie.  The church volunteers arrived at 8pm and picked up the remaining items and will be using it to help people in Africa. The event was a big success, with the total proceeds raised totaling $2,095.89!!!!  The even better news is that a private donor will be matching most of the funds, bringing our total amount raised  for the two-day event to $3,953.78.  Mighty lion roars and tiger chuffs of thanks to everyone who helped to make this such a successful event!

Kim Morris
Team In-Sync Member                          

Jodi Payson (front) and her mom!  Hi Mom!

Lots of treasure, looking to be discovered!

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What a fantastic two-day event!  Of course, the expectation next year is that our garage sale must be even bigger and more profitable for the animals at In-Sync Exotics!  We would like to thank everyone who tirelessly worked in the heat for one or both days--great team work everyone.  Team In-Sync is truly awesome!  To give you an idea of how much time our volunteers spent on this two-day event, you should know that we recorded 150.50 volunteer hours!!  Thank you everyone who worked this event and our gratitude to all our supporters who came out and shopped at our special garage sale fundraiser!  Thank you!
Aurora with her special ball!
What a great start to our week!  Excitement is building as we get closer to Razoo's  Twive and Receive special one-day event.  Last week we reported the importance of the mid-year fundraiser as this is the time of year when donations start to "dry up" some.  As you know, our operation is 24/7, which means we still have to pay the feed bills, the vet bills, the medicine bills, etc throughout the year.  Supporting events such as this will help us pay these bills.  Please consider making a kind donation of $10 or more on June 14th starting at 2:00am CST.  This special event will only last for 24-hours and then it's over!

We cannot help but think, wouldn't it be a great birthday surprise if we were able to share in the $30k prize monies!  So please, let your friends, family, and co-workers know about this special Razoo project by any means possible (ie. Facebook, Twitter, email, telephone, carrier pigeon).  A great showing in the Razoo competition will provide us with publicity that money simply cannot buy and help put In-Sync Exotics and Wylie, Texas in front of the national stage!

So let's get pumped up and do this for the animals of In-Sync Exotics!!  You can see our Razoo web page by clicking HERE.  Remember, do not donate until June 14th so every dollar will be counted towards the prize money!  Oh, and we would be remiss in not telling you  that you can schedule your Twive and Receive 2012 donation in advance of June 14th  by clicking HERE!  Thank you!

Sabu enjoying some birthday ice cream!
To culminate a great week of special events we are hosting our special big Birthday Bash! Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we will be giving out lots of new balls to our cats for their enrichment and enjoyment plus several other special surprises for the cats to enjoy.  You'll just have to come out to see the expressions on our exotic wild cats' faces as they play with their new toys!

Come on out and enjoy some free ice cream and cupcakes, games, bounce house, dunk tank, and a scavenger hunt!  Available for purchase:  Drinks/
Snacks, Souvenirs and Face
Painting!  To learn more about our special event, click HERE for our flier!

We would be very grateful if you shared this information on your Facebook and Twitter pages, Google+ circles, and by email to your family, friends and co-workers.  We have the ability to make this the best week ever for In-Sync Exotics!

Thank you everyone for your support!

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