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Absentee Host

Oct 2, 2005
Hey all, I have a show scheduled for this Friday . . . I think!! She is a contact I have from a fair I did at our mall in October. I set the date with her back at the beginning of November & told her I would mail her the host packet--why, oh why, did I not ask if I could BRING it over?! I have not been able to get in touch with her again since! I am getting a voice mail with someone else's name when I call the same number, & she has not returned calls, even though I know she has my contact information stamped on everything I sent to her. I am probably going to run over to her house tomorrow to try & catch her, but it kinda makes me nervous to think about doing that! Has anyone else ever been in a similar situation? If I don't get in touch with her before Friday, should I scrap the whole show, or should I just buy the ingredients for a quick & simple recipe & show up on her doorstep 15 minutes before the show?! I'm $500 away from being at the $2000 level for sales this month, so I was really hoping to have her show, because it's the only other one I have in December! It probably won't reach $500 anyway. UGH! What a weird situation!!


Legacy Member
May 6, 2005
I've had this happen once, but I've read about it numerous times on here. I wonder if you have the correct phone number. If she is close by to you, I would try to run over there sometime this week and see if you can catch her. Explain you weren't even sure if you had the correct phone number. If she is getting your message, but she's too afraid to let you know she has to cancel, maybe leave a message assuming the show is on and you're showing up at such and such a time for her party and you're looking forward to it. In most cases, from what I've heard on here, THAT is when you'll finally get a call back. But, if you have the wrong phone number, then that's a problem. I would maybe check her phone number with information or look it up on the internet. Do a reverse directory check using her address and see if the phone numbers match. Of course, this is harder to do these days because so many people give out their cell phone numbers instead. Good luck! :)
Nov 23, 2005
Something similar happened to me. My host had tranposed 2 numbers in her phone number and her address, turns out she'd had a root canal the day of her friends show when she booked with me and I had been leaving messages on some strangers answering machine. Luckily I gave her the hostess packet the night she booked. I'd pop by and I'd have a simple gift to give (celebrations recipe cards held together with a small twix-it clip) and just say, " I've been unable to reach you by phone so I wanted to stop by real quick to see if we're still on for Friday" Then I'd say "If we are still on for Friday I have this little gift for you". Good luck and let us know how it goes. :)


Veteran Member
Jun 20, 2005
Check 411.com to see if you've got the right number. You can pretty much find anyone that way!


Senior Member
Feb 18, 2005
Reverse Number Lookup

I agree - use 411.com and do a reverse number look-up to make sure you have the correct person for the phone number you have. It is a great tool! I use this tool for all of the contacts I receive from fairs before I contact them. I always want to make sure I have the spelling of their name, address, etc. correct. I sometimes have a hard time reading handwritting.

In my area I usually use Verizon.com and then use their reverse number look-up.
Dec 17, 2005
I've had this happen as well. Meet the host through a trade show. I called & talked to her the same night, checked that I had the correct address & mailed the host pack to her. When making the follow up calls, I either got her voice mail or her significant other who would tell me I had the wrong number. I tried leaving the message I would be at her house at such & such time on the date we set & still no response from her. I sent a certified letter to her letting her know all of this & still no response nor did she send the host pack back. I kept her drawing slip & marked it as NEVER AGAIN! The only reason I kept it was so I could remember the name, etc. I chaulked it up to a live & learn experience, even though it was a little maddening. I felt she could at least have called & left a message that she changed her mind...just a little common curtsey.

Debbie Salanitro
Future Director

Happy Mom

Aug 11, 2005
My own friend did this to me, twice! Then she turned it into a catalog show and never gave met the money or the orders. Finally after, too many calls and email, I just let it drop. I am not happy that my reputation was probably trashed as a result of her careless behavior, though.


Jul 6, 2005
I would give it a shot

try to drop by , why not. Lets hope she has been really busy and was unable to contact you ! Let us know what happens !