A little over 3 weeks ago, we held our first large event as a cooperative organization. Until this point, we had mainly been conducting meetings concerning the organization and how we plan on moving forward. Our yard sale was our first test to see how well can work together on something that doesn’t have any one person taking the helm and deciding where we would go. I think we were all really pleasantly surprised with how well it went.
The general idea was to piggyback on the traditional weekend of garage-sale-ing in the area, and take donations in order to build our inventory of “stuff.” This also was in line our principle to recycle and reuse goods and to be locally sustainable. I believe we saved a lot of things from ending up in the landfill, and hopefully people that attended the sale bought things they found useful. Our donation drive was so successful that I only had time to look through a fraction of the items donated. The leftover things at the end of the weekend were donated to the Link, Goodwill, and were offered to pick up free off the lawn of the Crane.
In addition to this sale, we also had a hog-roast and an afternoon of music. Never mind none of us had never undertaken a full hog roast – we would figure it out as we went! We fired up the roaster on Friday evening, with Dylan and Erik taking shifts throughout the night to get the pig cooked. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Model Citizen for helping us through this process, as well as Mr. Koch for lending us the pig roaster. We couldn’t have done it without their help.
Music lent a great ambiance to our afternoon, with Johnny and Brook, Jeff Vetch and Bethany, and the Green Lake Bluegrass Band and DJ Tozer (Deb Mortenson) all contributing some great sounds to the general chow down hubbub.
Through your generosity and hard work we cleared a little over $3000!!!!!!
As with anything that has “hold on to your seat” as the general operating method, many happy surprises and contributions from the community were greatly appreciated. The garden club of New London donated us leftover plants from their sale the week previous, and this contribution gave many people that attended out of curiosity leaving happy, with something green in their hands. Many community members volunteered their time to this event, and coordinated to piece it together into something successful. Again, we couldn’t have done without their help. If you see these folks around town give them a big pat on the back! And thanks so much to our local businesses for donating some pretty incredible silent auction items. We’re so excited to keep pushing forward. More to come.
Green Lake Cruises
New London Legion
Alley on Ash
West Side Liquor
Mill Pond Salon
Middle Fork Cafe
Cash Wise Liquor
Green Lake Nursery
Little Crow Sports
New London Bakery
Electric Motor Company