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Monday, September 26, 2011


I usually use my blog as a platform for pleasant, dreamy things like crafts and projects and even a little elbow grease.  But today I'm a little fired up!
My soapbox platform: How annoying are door to door solicitors!?! 
IMO: Very!
Today is a coveted day off for me.  I woke up early and drank my coffee while making a menu list for the week.
I grocery shopped.
I baked! 
I budgeted.
I giggled to myself about things I read on Facebook.
I was having a lovely afternoon with the rain pouring down and the candles lit.
Then the doorbell rang.
There's a beautiful young girl standing there out of breath and soaking wet.
I am worried she's in danger or needs help.
Then, she launches into a whirlwind sales pitch...full of panting and rambling...
"Have-you-heard-of-Kirby-vaccuums?-They-are-the-ones-used-in-Mrs.Doubtfire-and-we-need-to-vaccuum-something, anything- in-your-house-we-have-to-do-seven-more-before-we-can-go-home-GULP!- and-many-of-your-neighbors-have-helped-us-and-even-GULP!-a-rug-or-anything-will-do!
I say... "I'm sorry, I'm just not interested."
She says "But-why-wouldn't-you-want-a-free-cleaning?!"
I say..."It's the end of one of my few days off and this just isn't how I want to spend it."
She says "But-all-you-have-to-do-is-reccomend-us-to-your-friends- it's Kirby's-way-of-advertising..."
(Me shutting door mid-sentence.)
So, I quickly whipped this up...
I do feel sort of sad for this dripping wet, gorgeous young lady...but,
I don't shop through my front door.
I really don't like shutting the door on your face.
I don't think I can go so far as to say "get another job."
But really, wouldn't you want to?

So, I ask you- do you have a "No Soliciting" sign?  If so, does it work?  I searched them online after this afternoon's events and read some reviews- that sales people see them as the doors to knock on because it means those people are bad at saying no.  (Not so in my case since I've never bought a single thing through my front door.) Or that good sales people just see them as a challenge.  I also read that some people still knock because they don't know what soliciting means (have mercy!) so I thought I'd be a bit more descript with mine.

Maybe tomorrow I will wake up and decide this is too forward and un-welcoming.  Or perhaps I'll decide my next project is to spell it out in lights.  I can't wait to hear your thoughts on the subject or experiences you've had!


katie said...

Not too forward at all! It isn't your job to keep them employed, I can't believe they try and guilt you like that! Thankfully, I don't get any solicitors.. (knock wood) just the occasional guys on bikes with white shirts and black ties... but I don't open the door. Just pretend I'm not home, even if it's really clear that SOMEONE is in there.... lol.

Getting Dirty with the Derksemas said...

I have done my share of holding my breath at the peephole! I guess that is the best way to do it- just don't answer the door... but I alway instantly regret it simply because I start wondering "Was that one of my neighbors who needed something?" Or someone I knew but didn't recognize or something to that effect. Damned if you do, damned if you don't!

Jodi@FreshVintageHome said...

I had a Kirby lady come to my door in the 90's and she would NOT take no for an answer! Even after telling her that my husband and I were wanting to give more to our church & cut out unnecessary stuff. Her response "Well, cleanliness is next to Godliness, God wants you to have a clean house"!!! And worse yet... After FOUR hours of her not leaving...I fell for it. $1100 dollars and a sick stomach. Yay for you not letting her in. BTW, Im a much stronger woman now days:) Enjoy your day off:)

Getting Dirty with the Derksemas said...

Wow Jodi! Please tell me it's the best investment you've ever made and still use it today! :)

Carla in Seattle said...

We have a no soliciting sign and it doesn't seem to matter... and it's always during nap time.
The door bell rings, big, loud, overgrown guard dogs bark and I hold my breath and pray they didn't wake the baby up.
I go set person at door straight.

Dragonbug said...

so cute!

Jodi@FreshVintageHome said...

Hi Kelly, I couldnt find a way to email you privately about the conversation we had on my blog, but you can contact me at if you would like to meet up sometime and chat. BTW...the Kirby...It was a nice (but HEAVY) vacuum and lasted about 6 years. Im REALLY hard on vacuums. Have a nice week, Jodi :)