I have had a long-standing policy that I do not attend “selling parties.” I don’t know what else to call them, but you know what I mean: Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, etc. My reasons have been very good too! Here’s a few:
- Once you get invited to one, you feel obliged to go to everyone else’s party. If your standing policy is not to go to any, you don’t have to feel bad when you say no.
- I have attended many where the sales person was exceptionally pushy. I have even been to ones where you were made to participate in a game where if you pulled the paper that says “party” on it, you had to have a party of your own!
- Everything is overpriced! I could buy this stuff cheaper, well, anywhere!
There are more reasons, but that is what I could remember off the top of my head.
Notice how that is all past tense. See, my dear sister, Christin, decided in the spring to become a Pampered Chef consultant. After much grief and agony over her decision, I decided to give her moral support – just moral, not financial. Well, THEN I found out my mom was hosting her first party! Thus spoke my sister to me: “If you do not come, I will be offended.” I knew it was tongue-in-cheek, but it still left a mark in my mind. I sought advice from many people about what to do. Finally, I broke. I attended the party. Many ladies looked astonished to see me at such a venue, knowing my policy and all.
The biggest surprise came to me, though. I enjoyed myself. I liked what Christin made and what she was selling. I became hooked… and I bought stuff. And I love it! I use the stuff, and I ask Christin what the upcoming specials are. I am a Pampered Chef junkie. It goes further than that. I actually went online to look at Tupperware. I didn’t buy anything or sign up to host a show, but I looked.
Now tonight a friend of mine is having Christin do a party at her house. She wrote on the invitation “think Christmas.” I can already hear Handel’s Messiah being played with kitchen utensils. So, if you are struggling to invite people to a “selling party”, know that you can count me in.