Whenever I conduct an Open House for a listing, whether the home is large or small, single family or condominium, I always bring balloons to it. I love to use them to attach to signs to grab folks’ attention to come in, but I also love to have the balloons in the house. That way, it looks festive and welcoming.
If families come with children, it’s a great gift for the kids, and an ice breaker for the adults. However, there have recently been some open houses that have not had any children come at all. Now, I HATE to pop balloons that have not been enjoyed yet.
Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am HUGE on recycling. An unused balloon for me is the kiss of death. A couple of weeks ago, I finished an open house with 8 balloons, and no kids around.
On my way to the car, I passed a father and little boy starting out on a walk. Yea! One balloon given out! But, as I picked up my signs, I was picking up more balloons! Oh, no! I would glance into each car that passed me, hoping desperately to find a child in a car seat. One or two, and I passed the balloons to them….
But, at the end of the day, I still had four balloons. Where could I find some little kids in a friendly environment to give these balloons away? The Village Market in the center of Wilton! At the checkout was a family with two kids… I asked the mom if she minded me sharing these balloons with her kids. All were totally delighted!
Now, perhaps I would have been a little better served if I had remembered to introduce myself. That way they might have had a clue that I was a real estate agent, and they might remember me sometime in the future.
I was just so ecstatic to be able to give those balloons another life after the open house, and watch the absolute delight on those kids’ faces……What could be better??