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Salesmen in training..

Written on September 14, 2005 by Kevin.

It's that time of the year again where the school kids are out in force trying to sell odd ball items from a catalog. Items ranging from chocolates to gift wrap and even cactus shaped bowls (only in Arizona). I believe we have all either participated in such an event or at least seen a kid trying to get your money. I recall when I was a kid, I came to school one morning and let them know I sold X amount of items and I got to spin the prize wheel and wham, I won $50. An amazing feet for a boy in say the 5th grade. Anywho, the past couple of years have been difficult around this time of the year because I feel so obligated to purchase something. Not because I feel bad that they wont get their prizes that they lust for but just the fact that each little boy that comes to my door reminds me of myself at that age. Funny looking kid with glasses not knowing what to say when the door opens. The day came again today and unfortunately I had to turn him down as the money in my pocket isn't as plump as it used to be. Anyone else have any experiences/memories about your candy selling days?


I sold Scout-o-rama tickets. You know, because the average suburbanite loves to attend Scout-o-rama. I'm sure they loved standing there listen to me try to define Scout-o-rama. The biggest selling point of the ticket was the so-so Round Table Pizza coupon on the back. So, in summary, we were selling door-to-door what these folks already received for free by direct mail. Plus, no one told me what "no solicitors" meant. "Huh? I'm not a solicitor. I'm a cub scout."

Written by Thingamadad on Sep 14, 2005

Scout-O-Rama tickets were definetly my thing as well when I was a kid. I stood outside our local grocery stores for hours trying to swindle old women out of their money. They seem to have changed in recent years because when a kid at a gas station came up to me to sell the tickets, they were a half sheet of paper instead I believe. No more 'tickets' it seems. I definetly had to buy one from that kid because I know how important it is for young boys to go to the Scout-O-Rama. I enjoyed going the 2 or so times that I went.

Written by The Dad to Be on Sep 14, 2005

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