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  1. Karo

    Pampered Chef Dots Simple +

    ISO Simple Addition DOTS dinnerware to complete my set. I know it's been a while, but if you have a few I might be interested in purchasing them. Searching for bowls and salad plates... I mix and match the dinner plates with the square cranberries, but need the bowls and salad plates if I can...
  2. Karo

    Why I'm leaving Pampered Chef

    I do not like supporting companies that promote things with profits made from my money, and so I tell them why I do not purchase or recommend that others purchase from them. However, Berkshire Hathaway has, because Doris Christopher pointed this conflict out to Buffett, stopped donating to PP...
  3. Karo

    Stoneware Seasoning

    For people who are picky - and there are many - about how their seasoned stones look, this is what I tell them. I have a 3 year old DCB that looks new. It is smooth on the inside so you know it is seasoned, but there are no stains on the unglazed stone. I clean my stones with BAKING SODA...
  4. Karo

    Advice on this old product needed

    She was braising some meat in it? Can you even DO that with our stoneware? I thought that was something the RockCrok was created to address?
  5. Karo

    RockCrok Recipes

    Chicken Pasta in RockCrok I LOVE the recipe... but worry about putting the pan in the microwave without something covering the bottom. Isn't this the only caution about this pan? We are not supposed to let it heat 'dry spots' for danger of cracking the coating.
  6. Karo

    Need a Bridal Shower activity that is NOT a game.

    I brought pre-made white sheet cakes in bar pans to the shower along with our biscuit cutter set and some icing and decorating tools. The guests formed three "teams" to create mini wedding cakes out of those sheet cakes. There was much giggling as the cakes were being created... then the...
  7. Karo

    Some Booth Ideas & Photos

    The wire baskets were really hard for me to put up the first time too. But if you follow the instructions and practice with them a bit, when you are not under time pressure to get something up, you will figure it out as I did. The wires are tight fitting into the connector knobs, but that is...
  8. Karo

    Some Booth Ideas & Photos

    Sorry to be so long answering this... this is my 7th year doing this event and my display here is 3-4 times the size of anything else I do anywhere else. I am the only vendor of my kind here (BIG corporate sponsors are everywhere) and I am trying to draw the eye as well as focus on the...
  9. Karo

    Some Booth Ideas & Photos

    I have found these wire baskets (used to hold sports items in garages and kids closets) to be great for my tables. They lift the eye and expand what I can display on a small table. You can find them at Bed, Bath and Beyond or Home Depot/Lowes. 2013 update - adding my photo from this year's...
  10. Karo

    I have a dilemma

    I'd be tempted in incentivise your first crowd to return near Christmas. Give attendees who purchase at your first show an invite to your second 'Holiday Cookie Whatever'... tell them as a thank you for attending this show that you will show them how easy holiday cookies can be. If they come...
  11. Karo

    Bridal Booths

    When there were 2-3 of us working a booth at a rather large Taste of _____ Chamber event, I made up 'wedding bouquets' with some of our tools, wedding ribbons and silk flowers and had different consultants go through the event handing out recipes and cards with our booth number on it. They also...
  12. Karo

    Hardest thing about PC?

    While I realize the phone can be big and hairy at times (I've been temped to add fake fur to mine...:eek:) it IS the lifeline of our business. If we can stop projecting our own fears on to the people we call and see ourselves as first and foremost SERVICE people rather than Sales, this is key...
  13. Karo

    Where to get crates?

    :thumbdown: I would NOT go with crates - I only use my original PC kit crate to haul stuff there and (IF there's room) use it to elevate some of my display. Instead I use wire boxes [see booth photos in this topic category) that are designed to hold sports stuff in your garage. They are...
  14. Karo

    PIctures of Booths

    Seems like all I have been doing of late is booths and at the ones I've done in the past, I counted myself lucky to get names, emails and booking info on my drawing slips. This year I have buyers everywhere. Go figure. I am NOT complaining. But I do get many compliments on my displays...
  15. Karo

    Spinach Carbonara Pizza recipe?

    It's on page 21 of the Fall 2008 Seasons Best... you ARE busy! ;0
  16. Karo

    Engravable men's gift for golf tournament?

    >these aren't really the type of guys that would return something< Yup, they are few and far between. Most just say order me another. I think you are safe on engraving the grilling tools. Go for it! Throw in a barbeque basting bottle and you've got a winner! Personally, I'd be...
  17. Karo

    Congratulations for being a Serve it up Squad...

    >my DH made it my ring tone on my cell.< Wow! OK, Spill... how did he do that?
  18. Karo

    I have a question about a weeding registry. my mom is giving a friend

    wedding registry rewards The idea, besides convenience for the bridal couple and their gift purchasers, is that with a wedding registry, the bride is the HOST of her own show/registry. Whatever is purchased accrues to her as total sales and when all is said and done, she hopefully has FREE...
  19. Karo

    How do you get people to book fundraisers? I'm having the hardest time

    I will do my 5th fundraiser this year on December 1st and I've done one a month since school started. They are easy to find if you focus on helping to fill a need and not on the percentage. Schools are GREAT because there is always a need. The FR for my son's HS Chorus involved the September...
  20. Karo

    Anyone take "Get it together" time mgt. & organization?

    Wave 3 Awesome Workshop Yahoo! Groups - Join or create groups, clubs, forums & communities join and look for this group: pctimemgmtworkshop Wave 3... the BEST workshop I attended. See their presentation and related notes in 'Files'.
  21. Karo

    Organization question!?!

    Organized Files For some reason, I have a hard time getting myself organized when it comes to my Pampered Chef files. I had to go to a 'professional' organizing system for my household and it's still not exactly as I'd like it, but at least the larger groupings help me find things more quickly...
  22. Karo

    Cookware Film

    White Film? Are you putting this in your dishwasher?
  23. Karo

    Cooking Club

    Lisa, I'm curious... did you do the demonstrations all yourself or did you offer to have them use the tools? I've found that letting the guests use the tools really boosts sales. They can see demos almost anywhere, but using the tools keeps them 'in' the show mentally, and they can feel the...
  24. Karo

    Cranberry Glitter Napkins/beaded rings

    Would you take $10? You are just talking about the napkin rings and not the napkins, right?
  25. Karo

    My DH doesn't believe I can do well....

    It's all relative.... At a local Chamber event I had the Chamber President (who owns a successful computer and home theater business) complain to me in front of his staff "How come Pampered Chef cookware is so stinkin' expensive?" I said "Shane, if you were to build me a computer with a...
  26. Karo

    I need your brains for this one cheffers!!!

    Break it down.... Debbie, You have a year, that's two catalogs and a holiday season. Break it down. $75K divided by 25 students is $3000 in sales for each student. Divided by two catalogs that's $1500 in sales for each catalog. If each student will commit to holding 1-2 shows for each...
  27. Karo

    Relay for Life

    Go to http://www.acsrelay.org/main.php and then click NEW! FIND/LOCATE AN EVENT! put your zip code in and STAND BACK... you will have the date, time, location and chairman of every Relay for Life in your area. From there you can go to the individual Relay Event page and e-mail those who can...
  28. Karo

    Holy Sh**...what am I going to do!!

    Darby, hang in. I met a contact at a Junior's social back in October who told me she would never have a PC Show because the only one she ever hosted was a disaster. She said the consultant (a friend of her child's teacher?) was terrrible and she wanted to help her out with the show... but the...
  29. Karo

    Your PC Home Office!!

    I am not the most organized of people - but now I am working mornings for the two most unorganized people in the world and it is a health hazard just to get in the door, over laundry & boxes to my desk. This has been quite motivating. Unfortunately, my 'office' also doubles as the laundry room...
  30. Karo

    Need some advice

    PS. Find a hook.... When I pitch my February shows... I tell the host she can share with her friends that during Sweetheart Month, they will leave her show with a list of Food Aphrodeisacs, and they don't have to tell me what happens after that!