All photos in this post were taken by the talented Daniel Peter.
First, a heartfelt thank you.
After many sleepless nights, we, along with Nicole and Kyla, hosted our very first Flash Sale for Charity this past Saturday! But seriously, Scott and I were so giddy about the day, that we barely slept the night before – or the night before that and before that one, too. I might’ve fallen asleep around 4 AM that Friday evening, but as soon as my alarm went off, I leaped out of bed, ready to get the day started! It was the very best time, and we couldn’t have done it without the help of everyone you see above. From our checkout volunteers (thank you Holly, Elissa and Meghan!), to the heavy lifters (thank you Josh, Tim and Pete!) to the location host (thank you, Renee!) to our photographer (thank you, Daniel!) to my right hand girl (Elissa, you are the bees knees!) to our reader donors (thank you, Toby and Angelica!) to our very amazing, generous co-hosts (thank you, Nicole, Kyla and Eleanor!) – wait, what was I saying? Thank you.
And a very warm thank you! to each and every one of our Chicago friends who came out, waited in line and sneaked their pups into their big purses so that we could kiss and cuddle all the wet noses. Together, we raised almost $4,000 in less than 4 hours, and every last dollar went straight into the hands of CRISP Chicago, Jackson Chance Foundation and Housing Forward!
It’s been almost a week since Flash Sale Day, and we’re still pinching ourselves over the generous sponsors. Sam from Grounds & Hounds came out to serve fresh brewed coffee and keep us all caffeinated, and we received stock donations to sell from local Chicago vintage shops Strangelovely, The Savoy Flea and Humboldt House.
We owe a large part of our monetary success to the raffle sales, which was such a fun addition! We had twelve awesome prize packages, ranging from shopping sprees to overflowing home decor baskets to custom furniture and a boutique hotel stay. Many of you walked in and went straight to the raffle table and purchased 5 or 10(!) tickets without a blink of the eye. We’re so grateful to you for supporting the sale in this way, and for our raffle sponsors who didn’t hold back:
Schoolhouse • Rejuvenation • Article • Unison • Sydney Hale Co. • Framebridge • Hygge & West • Josh Young Design House • BISSELL • St. Jane Chicago Hotel • MegMade
And the music! Our neighbor and friend, Josh (same as Pergola Josh, ha!) – an insanely talented DJ whose tracks have gotten Scott and I thought many DIY sessions – volunteered to handle the live music during the sale. He kept us dancing and happy, and now we’re wondering why all flash sales don’t have live music? (That should definitely be a thing.) Josh, you’re the best, and we were so lucky to have you!
The adoptable pup
Can we talk about sweet Marx for a moment? CRISP Chicago brought along adoptable Marx to the sale, and this 10 month puppy stole the hearts of everyone he met. I’m almost positive his coat is made of silk, and his ears are softer than any stuffy of Lucy’s. We thought for sure he would find his forever home (we had so many inquiries!), and I’m still leaning on the studio owner, Renee, to scoop him up; he love loved her. Marx has inverted eyelashes, and he’s currently awaiting surgery to give him a more comfortable life, free of constant pain (all he’s ever known, and yet he doesn’t show it). Marx is currently in a loving foster home, but if you’re interested in adoption, you can contact One Tail at a Time!
Items ranged in price from $2 to $300, with most pieces averaging around $10 a pop. We had furniture large and small, headboards, bistro tables, night stands, lamps by the fistful, quirky tchotchkes, barware, tabletop decor, vintage artwork, wall hangings, sconces, baskets and textiles – among so much more. The first hour was an absolute whirlwind. Throughout the planning stages, it’s been hard to predict how large of a crowd we could expect. Although I did my best to share as much as possible (without becoming a nuisance), my hope was that a few dozen people would show up? Ha! Haha. You guys beat my expectations ten-fold (love ya!), and seeing you come through those doors with the biggest smiles made us smile. Also, not only are y’all adorable, but so are your babies and puppies.
Thank you for taking a moment to introduce yourselves to us and tell us about who you are! We loved talking with you. We loved learning about you. We loved hearing where you lived, what you’re DIY-ing and what you’re hoping to or are renovating. Meeting you has put a permanent spring in our step.
The end of the sale snuck up on us, but no one showed their exhaustion more than Marx! (It was all that lovin’, no doubt.) The room emptied out of almost all of the large items, and mostly small bits and bobs remained. As it slowed down, we did some shopping ourselves, and we purchased two small chairs for Lucy that are perfect for her future activity table. (Now, if only we had a table! Maybe we’ll DIY?)
At 1 PM sharp, we drew names from the raffle, with the help of Nicole’s daughter, the lovely Eleanor. (Her tiny hands were the only ones that would fit through the jars!) We had one double winner, which, amazing. Scott called all the winners to let them know, while we packed up the remaining items into boxes for local donation.
We had a wonderful time! Thank you again for all of your support as our small idea turned into one much larger than we could have dreamed. Let’s do it again sometime?