Tuesday, March 31, 2009

IT’S OFICIALLY SPRING

Spring is here in all its glory. The birds are singing, the bees are buzzing and the flowers are blooming. And you know what that means…. time to sell tadpoles. Now most of you are probably thinking that no one could sell tadpoles because no one in their right mind would buy them. Wrong. We proved it.

A few years back when we first started going to the flea market, my son came up with the idea of selling tadpoles. This is how it all began;

We were going to the flea market selling plants. We had a few water plants to sell as well. We thought it would be a great kid-attractor to have a minnow in the jar with the plant and it was. Kids can spot a live animal a mile away. When families were walking by our booth, more often than not, the young children would see something moving in the jars and stop to see what it was. Most of the time, the parents stopped as well. The first step in making a sale is to get someone to stop so we were on our way to a sale. If the child wanted the fish, we would offer the plant, fish and jar as a combo. It worked.

Well the next week, when my son went to catch some more minnows, he caught a few tadpoles and he asked if I thought he could sell them. I told him he was crazy but let him try anyway. He brought about 20 and planned on selling them for a dollar each. He sold out. One lady bought about 5 of them. I asked her what she planned on doing with them and she said she was going to release them in her fish pond. A few weeks later, she returned and bought more. I guess the frogs didn’t’ like living in her pond so after they sprouted legs they hopped away.

I would say that over the course of that summer, we sold over a hundred tadpoles at a dollar a piece. Not too bad for frog spawn. Now here is the interesting thing. About 1 in 20 adults questioned, didn’t know that a tadpole turns into a frog. One lady wanted to buy one and asked if it would be ok living in a dish on her kitchen window sill. She said they were cute. I told her that it would live there for about two weeks. She then asked what would happen. I told her it would climb out and hop away. She couldn’t believe it.

Maybe I am just a great salesman. How does this sound? “Chia lawn.” You take a pot, put some dirt in it and sprinkle it with grass seeds and add water. When it starts to grow, you simple cut it with scissors. This is still a work in progress but I think I am on to something. I just did a google search to see if this idea was already taken and it isn’t. However there are some other great ideas out there that I am sure you won’t want to miss. Check this out. I thought it was a joke but it isn’t. Click HERE if you want to see a truly amazing idea. Joseph is my hero.

Have a great day,
Greg

11 comments:

Jenny said...

ahahaha, Chia Obama.. I can't believe people actually buy tadpoles. Me and my BFF Mindy used to catch them in the ditch next to our houses and put them in the fish tank to watch them change. One time we went out of town and forgot they were in there and came home to frogs in the house, Mom was not too happy:}

The Dental Maven said...

Hey, people pay 2 dollars for a bottle of water, why not a dollar for a tadpole? Dude, you could be a marketing genius!

Monogram Queen said...

I cannot believe grown people don't know what a tadpole is! You should have let her keep it on her sink, hilarity might have ensued!

Chatty Kelly said...

Fun and USEFUL gifts. Wow. What is the use of a chia obama? You & your son are quite the sales men!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Your son is my hero, pure genius! Ok, you get a little credit for letting him do it and being a salesman and all, but chia Obama...if only that's all he'd be known for is a chia head!

Susan Skitt said...

That's great, he's quite the enterprizing little guy, huh?

As for the Chia, I still can't believe they sell that stuff, and the Obama head - oh my! Crazy!

skoots1mom said...

lol, rotf, what else can i do?
i think there's gonna be a run on these!!
too funny

Patrice said...

That is too stinkin funny!! You and your adventures at the flea market!!

ChrisJ said...

Try your local schools for selling tadpoles. Someone in them should be giving lessons on tadpoles at thgis time of year. I always did and the kids had to draw the stages of a frog -- from spawn to tadpole, to tadpole with legs, to full grown frog.

Beverlydru said...

I laughed out loud at the Chia Obama. Funny post.

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