I guess that all adds up to personal preferences! How you like to work. There are almost a hundred ways to do it.
- Work out of the plastic bag that you got your balloons in.
- Work out of a pouch with the colors all mixed up.
- Work out of an apron where the colors are all mixed up.
- Work out of a suitcase.
Oh, there are many more ways that I won’t put here, except how I do it. I started doing balloons back in 1995. I would find out what they wanted and what color they wanted it made in back then and now. I liked giving a choice. I felt that this way, they would get what they want in the color they want and would be a lot happier! It wouldn’t be like “K-Mart,” where they try to exchange the balloon creations!
When I started, I worked from the plastic bag and then moved up to a fanny-pack. After about a year, I decided that the separation of colors was the way to go. I started buying the colors individually. I purchased a carpenter’s apron that had three big pockets. I went and got some material to cover the apron with. I sewed the fabric to the apron and then added pockets to match the number of colors I would buy. As the numbers grew, so would the number of bags! I would add another apron and fix it up like the first and join them together! Right now, I have four rows of pockets with the different colors and types of balloons, i.e., 160s, 260s, 350s, even rounds, and bee bodies! This way, I know precisely where a type of balloon is and where the different colors are! I can now carry over 1000 balloons in the apron and last through any job!
For me, it matters because I let them pick what they want and tell me what color they want. If you don’t ask and make it with what color balloon you grab, I guess it doesn’t matter to you.
Oh, and I seldom throw things away! Remember the fanny-pack? I am using the strap! I sewed it onto the apron I made! Recycling at its best!!! I even got the fanny-pack from the Thrift Shop!!!! True!
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1 thought on “Does it Really Matter if you have your Colors Organized?”
Thanks for the article, Rick. I love how you made your own apron by sewing together several aprons. Fabulous idea. I have yet to find an apron to purchase which is just what I want… so I may follow your example and make my own.