NEW: Birthday Bash idea, should we start? Rules:
I was wondering who if any would be open to a new group devoted to our birthday month?
Who ever signs up would receive boxes from everyone in the group on their birthday or in that month...I would prefer it be the week of or shortly after the actual day of the birthday date. This would be for plants, unless, the birthday person doesn't want plants that month OR plants wouldn't be available for the person sending them, such as January and the ground is frozen, then the rule would be to send garden related items, such as knee pads, gloves, pruners, seeds, small pots, new four/six packs, bulbs, houseplants, or anything else that may be appropriate, or on the Birthday persons exchange page as a request, even for none garden items if you have it or can find it.
Yes, this would require us to start getting items NOW on clearance to share in the months were plants or bulbs are not available. So, if you want to participate then you might want to start making purchases now to send out to who ever for those winter months.
Ok, now for the spending limit, it is up to you, but letÂs say a minimum of 20.00, I am not saying you have to spend 30.00 or 40.00 bucks per person per month, but make it something you would like to receive as well. The limit will be on gifted items not plants, but letÂs agree to spend a minimum of 20.00 per person for non-plant items. Again, the limit would be up to you, but at least 20.00 dollars per person, unless of course you can take advantage of clearance racks now then the dollar value would actually be less then 20.00 even though the original price would have totaled 20.00. Say you find a 5.00 pair of pruners on sale at 70% off, that would make them 1.50, but you can count it as a 5.00 purchase toward your total of the 20.00 minimum.
Now, there would be not limit toward plant totals, because how would you gauge the value of a plant, UNLESS you actually purchase a prized plant for someone then it can be counted toward your spending limit. Example, someone is looking for a Lilac bush or special tree (or any other plant this is an example), you find it for 12.00 and you purchase it that will be part of your total limit amount because you actually had to make the purchase for the receiver and understandably you would only need a value of 8.00 dollars more to achieve your 20.00 spending limit. In a case such as this, if you feel as though there would be a grievance against you in the group you may contact the moderator to explain your intention and it will get approval. This way there will be no dispute on any partiesÂ behalf. *** see below for more information on this subject.
I would like to start in January 2009, why am I posting the idea NOW you ask? To give EVERYONE a chance to make purchases now for items they may want to include for the months of January, February, March, and maybe even April for those who may join who still doesnÂt have plants available from their yards in April. Also, it would give everyone time to think about this and whether or not they would like to participate. Please consider your commitment long term BEFORE you agree to join this group.
Ok, now, I understand that things unforeseen arise from time to time, but this is going to be a ONE YEAR commitment on all our parts that join up for this Group. With that being said, please either start putting back items and savings for these months in order to be able to ship to whomever will be the recipient for future months, it wouldnÂt be fair for anyone to ship something to someone else and then because something happened they didnÂt receive a box from everyone. LetÂs prepare for the upcoming B-day months.
OK, now, to decide how many can join this group, I was thinking 1 or 2 per month, if it is limited to only a few participants then it wouldnÂt be so hard on any of us to ship to a few. Therefore we would either receive anywhere from 12 (limited to 1 B-day a month) to 24 (limited to 2 B-days a month) boxes each for our Birthday in that month, which is why I would like for the boxes to be shipped as close to the actual day a possible.
***Grievances or Dispute!!!*** As always, there will be no personal private emails, no negative comments, or anything to hurt anyoneÂs feelings. This is meant to be a fun group and fun swaps for all who participate. If you feel you need to vent please contact me or one of the other moderators and explain what happened or made you think you have a complaint. I feel this is necessary due to some issues within other groups. If you need approval for something you would like to send then again contact me or one of the other moderators. Grievances or Dispute WILL NOT be made public to other group members only to the person(s) involved and to the moderators.
I would like to have one or two moderators to help me in case I (god forbid) get sick or something and can not monitor the monthly happenings in that week or two. This is to be persons who can and will be willing to email myself and the other moderator about happenings within the group. This will keep us educated and up-to-date within our group.
Also, I would like anyone who participates to post what they receive and pictures would be even better.
Should we happen not to have someone for every month than we as a group will decide whether we want to partner up and choose a theme for that month OR skip it all together.This is to be decided in that particular month!
Ok, I think thatÂs it, if you would like to sign-up or think it is a good group to start then please post. I would like your thoughts, and or commitments. Good, Bad, or to sign-up, letÂs begin!!! Let's have some fun!