January 16 at 9am was Go Date for Girl Scout cookie sales around here.
Amazingly, the weather wasn't horrible.
Originally both kids had a goal of selling 60 boxes. However, Annabeth's troop announced that they would like each girl to sell 110 boxes in order to meet their troop goal.
We organized our spreadsheets on Friday night (we enter data on customers every year -- how many boxes purchased, whether they supported our charity donations to the homeless shelter, whether they bought from both girls or just one). And off they went soon after 9am.
By afternoon they had sold about 140 boxes total ... door-to-door sales in local neighborhoods. At one point they stopped by our house to take a break and strategize about where to go next, during which Rick flipped the television on to Shark Tank. I commented that, weirdly enough, they were preparing themselves for situations like Shark Tank by what they were doing -- going to house after house of people they didn't really know well and presenting the product over and over. In many ways the whole Girl Scout cookie thing gags me, but I've got to admit that Thalia and Annabeth have learned a bunch about sales and how to present themselves to the public.
At the moment Thalia is well past her goal, and Annabeth has exceeded her 110 box goal but is continuing to call on our repeat customers so that they remember that we are the family from whom they should expect to buy every year. She's thinking about going to the next level -- 160 boxes. The incentive at that level is a lunch bag (what does she need a lunch bag for?). It helps bring her troop average up, which is handy for the girls who perhaps didn't have a chance to sell so many boxes.