The December NAPO-WDC chapter meeting was held on Monday, December 2, 2013 in Fairfax, VA.
NAPO-WDC kicked off the holiday season with a White Elephant sale, My Favorite Things presentations, and fabulous catered food!
The Second Annual White Elephant Sale was a colossal success! It was obvious that even professional organizers have items they no longer want, as chapter members arrived at the meeting, bringing hundreds of organizing and business items for our White Elephant Sale. We had books on organizing, file folders, storage boxes, containers for this, containers for that, books on running your business, trays, note pads, drawer organizers, tote bags, 3-ring binders with sheet protectors, more books and many more items. All were priced to sell quickly – at $1, $2, or $3. And we even had a “free” table.
Nicole Athas (left) and C. Lee Cawley selling lots of great deals for $1!
Special thanks to Nealey Stapleton who coordinated the White Elephant Sale and to the ten volunteers who staffed the event – Susan Kousek, Judy Tiger, Nicole Athas, Judy Parkins, C. Lee Cawley, Tiffany Mensing, Penny Catterall, Alisa Levy, Jody Al-Saigh and Maria White. The White Elephant sale collected over $260. Half of the money went to our Community Partner, Women Giving Back, and the other half went to the winner of the raffle ticket drawing – Judy Tiger.
What did we do with the stuff that was left at the end of the evening? Corporate Partner B-Thrifty was on hand to take it all away to their thrift store in Woodbridge, VA. After many of the White Elephant goodies were snapped up, chapter members presented over 25 of their favorite organizing products and services. Some of the crowd favorites were “Shush!”, an Android app that turns your phone’s ringer back on after a set amount of time (presented by Janet Schiesl), using bar mats to store messy oil and vinegar bottles, sponges, or dish soap (presented by Kyra Szanto), and using cut pool noodles to store your boots upright and help keep their shape (presented by Mary Malmberg).
What an evening! We offered chapter members an opportunity to easily shed some of their excess stuff, buy items they needed at a great price, make a donation to a charity, and share some awesome organizing products!
Chapter members enjoyed tasty treats and networking while shopping the White Elephant Sale!
During the business portion of the meeting, Janet Schiesl and Maria White spoke about the upcoming chapter GO Month event, to take place on Saturday, January 4th. We will be helping our Community Partner, Women Giving Back, organize their warehouse and store. In addition, Penny Catterall, Director of Communications and Technology, announced the launch of the new mobile website for the NAPO-WDC Chapter.
The next meeting will take place on January 6, 2014 in Bethesda, MD.