Monday, December 1, 2014

Bazaar Fun

A few months ago, I didn't even know what a Hollyday Bazaar was. I also didn't know how to publicize an event on such a grand scale, but I guess you learn something new everyday. I'm still in awe that we spent a few months with our nose to the grindstone, and transformed a plain ol' Army hanger into a bazaar wonderland.


The morning of, I was blown away at the line of HUNDREDS clamoring to get in. We were offering free 'swag bags' full of goodies to the first 350, and we ran out in FIFTEEN minutes. We were up against four other big local events, and if I had any doubt about how our turnout would be, my mind was eased that morning.





I mostly ran around as a floater/photographer, but our FRG {Family Readiness Group} had a taco stand fundraiser, so I wrangled up some friends and we volunteered for that too. Even Will came to help, which definitely made my day.





But Will wasn't the only one that had me smitten. I have been volunteering with a lot of 'important' spouses that I'm already pretty stoked about rubbing elbows with, but when the Command Team spouses know you by name...it's pretty unreal. I liken it to being a fangirl to celebrities in the civilian world. To me, these people are celebrities as cheesy as that sounds.


Wanna know the best part? We raised $23,000, yes THOUSAND, dollars this year! I still can't believe that a small force of volunteers can pull something like this off, but I guess our small force is a force to be reckoned with, and I'm just honored to be a part of it. That's why this is the hardest I've ever worked for free, and possibly harder than even when I was getting paid. Meaningful trumps a paycheck these days, I guess.

Now, I'm just ready to take a break and enjoy the holidays. Time is flying by, and I'm not ready for what comes next. The next move could come with a lot of factors to consider, so I'll just be living in the moment for now. Happy December 1st!!


16 comments:

P!nky said...

Way to rock it out, lady! That's amazing you raised so much money! WOOHOO!!

You look fabulous in that apron, too! xoxo

Jenn said...

Your talents are endless, I swear!! So great that you guys raised so much money!!
Hope you had a good rest of the holiday weekend, too!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Way to rock it out! That's a ton of money to raise. Congratulations!

Mandie said...

Wow! Good job, girlie! That is so awesome that you guys raised that much money - awhoo hoo! :)

Mandie ~ http://badbrewpack.blogspot.com/

Jen said...

I'm glad it turned out so well!

Katie @ Chalk it up to Better Luck said...

That's pretty impressive! Keep up the good work. I'm sure it can be a lot of pressure to be the volunteer that make it all happen!

Mallory said...

That's awesome! I have been a bad blog reader lately but it seems like you're enjoying your new post. I'm glad it was such a huge success!

Pamela said...

wow that is awesome!!

Karen M. Peterson said...

That is fantastic! And so much work! I'm glad it all turned out so great.

♥ ♥ Just a Girl in Love w/ a Soldier ♥ ♥ said...

Check you all, just call you super woman!!! You did a fabulous job, totally wish I could have checked out the Holiday Bazaar. Your simply incredible at everything you do!!!! Enjoy the Holidays, they'll be here and over before we know it!!! Which frankly Im not complaining about this year!!!

Courtney B said...

You are super woman!! I'm so glad this turned out amazing... but of course it would when you're the one doing it!

Kait said...

Way to raise all that money, girl! GOOD JOB!!!!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

That's AMAZING! You guys raised so much!! And look at you rubbing elbows with all the important people. ;)

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

You guys made bank! That is some serious cash, and for a good cause! You rock!

Kelly said...

That is so exciting that it went so well and your hair is getting so long, so pretty!

Kenzie Smith said...

That is so great that the bazaar was such a HUGE success!! You go girl!

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