Posted by Cherie Warber on Sep 19, 2020

Dear Volunteers,
I read a comment the other day: “I just threw away my calendar for 2020. That means none of the bad stuff ever happened. 2020 is cancelled, over, done with.”

Personally, there are days I feel that way. Literally no social events. No luncheons or dinner with friends. No CAL meetings. Smoke.

However, on the days I go into Bizarre Bazaar, those feelings just drift away for a while.
We have been extremely busy with wonderful customers and gargantuan donations. Diane and I, once again, wish to thank our core group of volunteers who come in and make the “magic” happen. Many have worked hard behind the scenes, during off hours.
We could not remain viable without these magnificent ladies and our wonderful Robert, who show up constantly to keep us open. Our sales are on par with last year’s sales, even with being open only 4 hours instead of 6. So, hurrah to all of you and a warm social distanced hug! When we have a full team working, it is not work. It is truly a warm social event, both with our members and with our loyal customers.
Diane has a special "Thank you" for our volunteers: They have cleaned and maintained the landscaping, kept the laundry in check, picked up pass-ons and sorted through all the donations. Our merchandise looks clean and beautiful. Each department is filled with eye catching, and perfect selections to transition into Autumn. Thank you!
There continue to be a lot of questions about our hours. As Toni Sommer mentioned in her email, we will be continuing with our 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., one shift, into next year. We cannot function with two, two-person shifts. When we have one shift with several volunteers, it much more productive and a lot more fun! Four hours may seem like a long time, but it goes by fast. If that does not work, you can work a shorter shift but just make sure that the rest of the shift is covered.
This is the time of year when we get ready for the semi-annual Team Leader Meeting. Diane and I asked our hard-working team leaders how they preferred the meeting to be conducted and the majority requested that we just do folders with calendars and pertinent information. If there are any of you who are interested in becoming a team leader, please let either Diane or I know, and we will offer a hands-on training session for you.
A few “Store Hints”:
  • When hanging clothes, please button, zip, or snap.
  • All pants are hung flat front, not “creased”. No pleats, please.
  • All items going out on the floor NEED TO BE PRICED. (Exceptions are books, media, and small picture frames.)
  • Dust! All flat surfaces are starting to look like my house. Yuck!
  • There are updated lists at the sorting station for which items should be hung and which items should be folded for tubs. Your hurry makes work for others.
  • Shoes and purses: please be overly critical. Only the absolute best of the best. And please go through purses! Both are stored in clearly MARKED tubs under pants, skirts, and dresses.
  • Please continue to use the pricing guide. Summer prices are over.
A note on the back door: Since we keep the back door locked, it is imperative to have the back doorbell. Sadly, the reason the bell is not working is because the plug-in part seems to have gone AWOL. The part in the pricing section is for the chime to alert us when the door is opened. If anyone knows where the doorbell chime is, please let us know! Otherwise, we will have to buy a new one.
We encourage you to sign up and it is easier than ever with Marnie Easly back in the saddle to help you. If you need help, you can call: 970-596-6242, email: or just add your full name and email to the calendar at Bizarre Bazaar.
Please take a few minutes to use the online sign up for the rest of September and October. If you use the online signup, it lessens the load on Marnie. We need you!

September and October calendars are available online now!

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Diane and I miss so many of your smiling faces and helping hands. We hope to see many more of you soon!
In great appreciation for you and for all you do!
Diane and Cherie