When Susan Lehman first approached me with the idea of hosting a sale to benefit the East Bay Children’s Book Project, I thought, “That’s nice. It may make us a few hundred dollars. Why not?’
I was ill prepared for her organizational skills. She immediately started emailing lists of friends and kept a database on who, what, when and how. I sent emails to our clients, but had them contact Sue. She then sent her amazing husband Skip around to pick up all the donations.
When the book team came to help get ready for the sale, we couldn’t believe our eyes. Practically, every downstairs room of the very large home was covered with donations. Our job was just to sort. We were not going to price anything. How was that going to work? We followed directions and hung all clothing on hangers. Of course, the amazing Skip kept going on hanger acquisition runs. We boxed all the books and stacked them in the breakfast room; sorted toys and kitchenware; and boxed up kids clothes.
The next morning we got there at 7 for a 9 AM opening. There was so much stuff, eight of us couldn’t carry it out in 2 hours. We hung all the clothing on the fence and sold it for $1 an item. Kids toys were the same except for the brand new ones still in the original wrapping. Books were a bargain and everything was priced on the fly. Kids sold lemonade and gave us half their profits.
And, at the end of a very tiring day, we counted up $2000. Bravo to Sue and Skip and the book team for a job well done.