This is why I do what I do!
I love getting messages like this from my Backyard Nursery member/owners.
This is from Phyllis who lives in Florida. People always ask me; “Mike, you live in Ohio, will a Backyard Nursery work in Florida?” And of course I always tell them that it will because some of my most successful customers have been in Florida. . . . and Georgia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Washington, Arkansas, Texas. In other words, it will work any where people buy plants.
What really caught me off guard with this message is the that that this is mid November. Most of us are just tiding up, getting ready for the coming cold weather. I am used to getting messages like this in March, April, May and June. But November?
This is what Phyllis wrote;
I just had a “small sale” this past Veterans day weekend. ( I don’t have a lot of plants, yet ) I put a little ad in local paper. I’m in Central Florida, in between Orlando and Daytona Beach. I had a lot of hibiscus, red, and double peach, 4 0’clocks, elephant ears, yellow buttercups, and small amounts of other plants.
OMG, you would have thought I was giving away “money”.
I posted the sale from 8am-noon, Saturday only, and I had people in my driveway when I opened my garage door at 7am! I thought I was going to have time to set everything out in my driveway, but THAT didn’t happen!
My customers asked if they could help me move the plants outside. But as they picked up the plants they decided they wanted to KEEP them!! IT was SOOOOOOOOOOOOO Funny!
I had made sheets up, with the plant names and pictures, and how to grow etc.. I also had a “signup sheet for notification of next sale and my upcoming newsletter. People ASKED if they could put their name, and others who they KNEW would like to know about the upcoming sales. I got over 50 email addresses before 10 am! I also got about 45 mailing addresses, phone numbers, and names….amazing! I SOLD every single plant I had, and people wanted more! They wanted to buy the plants in my yard!
I was totally sold out by 10am ( NICE!!) and still had people coming up after everything was gone! I added them to my email list ( for next sale) and got to spend the entire morning talking about plants…….. I WAS in HEAVEN!!! People asked all sorts of questions. I made notes AFTER they left for topics for my newsletter.
WOW!!! WOWW!!! WOW!!!! What a great way to start out!!!
THANKS Mike for encouraging me, and ongoing THANKS to Mike, Dustin, and all of you for your constant help, and baby plants, and ideas, and the PURE MAGIC of plants!!!
I had some people wanting to “pre order my baby plants so they would get them BEFORE my next sale!~~ I was SO good, I LABELED every single plant….WELL worth it!!!! And I labeled every plant in my “front garden” ( I really did it for me, I am so forgetful. But people would walk over to the little garden, look at the plants, and WANT one!
What a HOOT!
Thanks for letting me share! Needless to say I spent the rest of the weekend & Monday, regrouping, counting, takingm more cuttings, etc etc…… Keep makin’ baby plants!!! I sold 535 plants! I used the ad that Mike gives us. I was absolutely amazed! it just “grows to show ya” that there are a LOT of us plant people out there, and we are fanatical about our plants, our yards, our “babies”.
I am still a little baby fish, in a BIG BIG pond, but it sure was nice to test the waters. I had NO Idea what the response would be. And, it made me realize, I need to grow MORE babies, and be more diligent about cuttings, and root more, and label, label, label…… people were really impressed that every single plant was labeled.
I actually ended up with over 100 email addresses, and I had people come back on Monday to see if I had any more plants ( how nutsy is THAT?!) Yes, it was a riot, and over soooooooooo fast. Made me also realize I need to turn my backyard into growing area.
Thanks for the kind words…… we all need to help each other.
THANKS MIKE, and DUSTON for your great advise, wisdom, and friendship too!
Mike~~ I only did what you TAUGHT me to do!!!
YOU SO ROCK! And………..
I look forward to learning MORE from you……
you Share……. we should ALL share with each other…..
THANK YOU for YOU!