Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Do You Have This Problem?

We have a major problem of having at least one solicitor a day. I really am a nice person but I am just not interested in buying carpet cleaner, newspapers, magazines, etc... One lady came wanting me to buy magazines for the inner city but got quite offended when I wouldn't buy any because the minimum purchase was 5 subscriptions, totaling over $100.00! Now, if it is a child selling something I will probably buy it although Cody bought popcorn from a boyscout and never received it. Unfortunately it was a scam. Soooooooo, when I got my "Welcome" sticker from Scribble It there was also a "No Soliciting" sticker in the package.

I bought a cheap canvas frame and put some scrapbook paper in it and added a ribbon. My goal was to make it cute so people will not get offended. :) I really don't want to hurt any one's feelings but I don't want to waste any one's time either. So what do you think? Do you think it is cute enough? Nice enough? Rude? Going to get stolen? Would you do this?

110 comments:

Chris said...

I think it's brilliant. More importantly, it's very cute! :)

Vanessa said...

That's lovely! I would definitely do the same! These kind people scares me. I don't like having someone coming to my door it makes me very nervous. Great idea! Thanks! hugs, Vanessa

Jessica said...

It's a great idea...this is such an annoying problem!

Courtney said...

Its very cute, but sadly, I don't think its going to work. I tried to be nice and sweet with my no soliciting sign. It got ignored. I now have a stern, no nonsense sign taped OVER my doorbell, and it still gets ignored about 50% of the time.

I hope yours works better.

Alissa said...

We have this problem too. I have thought about how to do this for months and I think you made it very beautiful and polite. I would go for it. I just might be doing the same. W

Sarah said...

We don't have this problem, living out in the country somewhat, but this is a great idea! I certainly wouldn't be offended...because it's so cute!

Brittany said...

What a great idea! Our HOA has a "No Soliciting" policy and even has signs up at the main entries to our community. Unfortunately, we still get soliciters! It drives me crazy. I even had a little girl ask me (when I told her I had already bought from someone else), "Who was it? What was her name? What did she look like?" Unfortunately, I have been scammed by the kids too, purchasing cookie dough and never getting it! I am very cautious now and do not buy from them unless I know them personally. I need to make a no soliciting sign myself!

McGlaughlin Family said...

Great idea! Very well done....

Vashti said...

I love it! And the papar in the frame looks very familiar! I am still loving my framed 'D'
Have a great Easter.
xx

Amber B. said...

I think it's cute and I would absolutely do it! The solicitors are especially frustrating when you have a napping child!!! Our neighborhood gets a lot, too.

Katie said...

Wow, one a day...I'd say that is definitely a problem! We are fortunate not to have that! I think it's a great idea for you to put it up! It's really pretty and to the point! I hope it works for y'all!

Jennifer said...

Good idea! That is very cute!

Amy Mott said...

Really cute! Actually,I think I will copy the idea and make one for my door!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I think it is super nice that you don't want to offend someone. What a lovely sign. I always get nervous, because they always seem to come when I am home alone (well, with my kids). that just bothers me. I love the idea of a sign.

Emily said...

I think it is very cute and a GREAT idea!

I love the new layout too! Very cute!

Christy said...

I think you just might have your problem solved... besides it's super cute!

duchess said...

Love it! We had the same problem here until our neighborhood assoc. put up signs.
Great idea & it's cute.

queenbee said...

Great idea, I usually just dont open the door unless its a kid from the neighborhood.

Blanca said...

I've thought of this for a while too. Not only are most of them scams but it can also be a cover up for commiting crimes. With children in the home it frightens me terribly. I will have to give this a try and see if it works.

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

we don't have a problem but the sign is adorable!!=)

Shaka said...

I love this! Cute enough so it won't be offensive :)

Twice as Nice said...

It must be the time of year for it. There was a knock at my door yesterday and there was a service man there (I think he was from the Navy) and I just told him I wasn't interested before he could say a word. It may be because my son is 17 but we have no intentions of him going into the service.

Yes, it is annoying, all but the cute neighbor kids selling something and the sign is a great idea. I think I will be making one soon.

HeathahLee said...

I bought some wrapping paper or something like that from some kids and never got it either. Never again.

I think it's very cute, but who knows if they'll pay attention? Something like, "Oh, I'm sure that applies to all the OTHER people, but I'm not a real solicitor, I'm collecting for charity, blah, blah, blah..." But I'd put it up anyway and if someone knocked I'd politely point to the sign and shut the door in their face. HA! No, I'd be a little more polite than that. It's very cute and not offensive in the least. It is YOUR house after all!

Could you make one for the phone? Man, you'd make a mint if you could invent one of those...

Jennifer said...

Great idea & cute. I am blessed to not have this problem. I guess they don't want to bother with driving around the gravel roads to those of us who live in the country. ;)

Jennifer said...

Its so nice! I never have people come to my door. I guess its one of the blessings of living "out" of the city limits in the country.

I guess if it doesn't help, I am one of those people who just doesn't answer the door.

Not very nice of me, but hey.

Jessica Roy said...

Your sign is very cute. If someone steals it, it's because they just want it for THEIR front door.

Another way you could avoid any awkwardness in the future is:

DON'T ANSWER THE DOOR! hee hee

They will probably leave some sort of paperwork hanging from your door and you won't have to deal with explaining why you're not interested.

It works for me everytime.

Hautemama said...

That's an awesome idea! We get people like that all the time. I don't like answering the door because you never know who it might be in today's world.

Vanessa said...

I love it! I once had someone come to my door trying to sell magazines and when I told them, "Sorry, I'm not interested." they replied by saying, "Sorry is a board game you buy at Wal-Mart!" I was in shock!!

Trudi said...

It's cute and I'd do it. I also got a visit like that one time. It was unrealistic to think someone would purchase that many magazines at once. I'm also leery of door to door salesman anyway...

Laura said...

It's a great idea and one I am looking to do because we have them all the time too! I am constantly picking up the flyers they leave in my door, so annoying. My question is where are you going to put it? I want it to be seen obviously but also don't want it the main focal point of my front door!

Laura :)

Brenda said...

Not rude at all - I think it is a very nice and pretty way to let solicitors know that you are not interested!

Southern Fried Gal said...

It's cute and definitely a lot nicer than what we do which is pretend we don't hear the door bell - ha!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

It's a great sign! Hang it in an obvious place. I would hesitate to open the door for anyone, adult at least, you don't know without your husband at home, though! I don't think that you should worry about hurting anyone's feelings, either. They are told to be pushy, and sometimes a firm "No, Thank You" and shutting the door is all that will work. Love the little sign idea!! :)

Scrapper Mom said...

I hate soliciters too (although we are in girl scouts and have to from time to time)..The sign on the door is great..Not too harsh, but enough to get the point across. Good idea.

Diane said...

I for one think it will be stolen...but you'll easily find it again hanging on my door. :) It's really cute, and necessary!

mrs boo radley said...

So cute! And much sweeter than ours...but in the winter months ours is framed by a wreath, so I guess that makes it sweeter.

Nikki said...

Very cute! If I had one a day I would for sure put up the sign.

TCKK said...

I think it's a terrific idea and very pretty besides!

Darlene said...

Great sign....but I am with many of the others I just wouldn't open the door. I don't care if they can see me inside or not. Nope I don't want to buy ANYTHING!!!

Megan said...

I think its really cute! I hope it works!

Joanne Kennedy said...

Yes I do have that problem. Now I just don't answer the door. In fact, one time I was watching tv. We have a window right next to our front door that you can see right into the living room. The guy came to the door and rang the door bell. I just sat on the couch and didn't get up. He kept looking at me like "Don't you hear me". I didn't care I wasn't about to go answer the door to tell him I didn't want anything. It was really kind of funny. Rude, maybe but I think it's rude they come to the doors.

Hugs,
Joanne

Juli said...

We have the same problem. The neighborhood has signs up but people tend to ignore them. The biggest problem we have is handbills. They leave them in the mailbox (which I hear is illegal), tack them to the mailbox post, rubberband them to the mailbox handle, and the most annoying they attach them to little rocks and toss them in your driveway. I will purposely not purchase from these people. Nor do I purchase from people selling on the phone. I have been threatening to put a "No Soliciting" sign on the mailbox for years. This just may be the jumpstart I need. I think it is a great idea.

Vivienne said...

I think you should add a skull and cross bones to the scrapbook paper.

kidding.

It's darling.

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Such a cute sign. I would be hanging that on my door!

Karyn said...

Years ago, a friend got a call fron Arthur Murray Dance studios, in her Southern accent she said, 'oh honey, I aint't got but one leg!"
I tell callers and people at the door that my budget only allows me to support my church. No one can arguing with tithing!

melissa said...

When I was in 3rd grade and selling candy bars for a fundraiser, a mean old guy got upset with us because we didn't know what it his "no soliciting sign" meant. That's my first memory of the signs~I think yours is adorabe though and hope it works.

Terri said...

We do not have that problem. I think the sign is cute and tasteful...hope it works for you!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Personally, I like your sign & it is cute. There is no reason someone should be offended. My community has "no soliciting" and I only remember 2 showing up few years ago. One very pushy & wanted me to open the security door ?!?!. Told both Not interested and shut inside door. Found out later the newspaper office was called and a complaint filed on one, and someone called the police on the other. So be careful who you answer you door to. I don't answer mine now, if I don't know who it is.
Glenda

Ally0005 said...

I have a No Soliciting sign up, it's not that cute. But I have to say only sometimes does it stop people. Most times I point to the sign or say there is no soliciting in this subdivision which there is a sign posted at the front entrance..

April Z said...

I think it's a great idea. I understand not wanting to be rude, but it is your home and you have the right to not have people bothering you. Plus, the sign is really cute!

The Graves' House said...

i have seen a lot of people doing this recently. our neighborhood goes through spells of solicitation. one woman practically let herself into the house with me when i answered the door recently. being home alone, i didn't like that feeling. your approach is very cute and chic:)

Susie from Bienvenue said...

That's so like you to be so sweet but sometimes you just have to get tough! I had to laugh because I have the same problem. I will listen for five minutes to a spill before they give me a chance to say sorry but no thank you. They then get very rude and that just kills me. We really dont have door to door people because we live in the sticks but we get our share of phone calls even on the no call list. I hope your little sign works...it is cute~ Good luck!

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Shannon! What a clever and great idea! I have pondered this very same thing recently and thought, I need to make a little sign! Thanks for your inspiration! Making mine today! Hugs, Maryjane

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

I think it is adorable! I keep thinking I need to put one of those up, but I don't mind the children who come by--it's the adults selling stuff that drive me crazy!

~ Sarah

Heather said...

YES!!!!! I may still your idea! We get them all the time and if Matt is out of town, I won't even go to the door. People can get very rude. I am like you , nice and don't want to hurt feelings, but my word they can be overbearing!

Jamie said...

It's very cute & a nice way to say, "no thank you". I've been lurking on your blog for quite some time now & just thought I would, finally, come out of hiding to say, "hi". I love your blog & think you have some really fabulous ideas.

Leslie said...

Cute sign! I have learned in over 20 years of homemaking, a.k.a. staying at home alone with kids most of the day, that if I don't know who is at the door, I don't open it at all. In the South, trust me, most women think it's rude not to answer the door to someone. But, I think it's rude to ignore the No Soliciting signs and come to my porch uninvited. My two cents. Hope the sign works!

Rambling Girl said...

Something I never would have thought of but great idea!

Living in the country I don't have problems like that but if I lived in the city I would do it.

~aj~ said...

At least one a day?! WOW! I thought we had it bad with maybe 2 a week.

I think your sign is very respectful and CUTE. I would hope no one would steal it. I say go for it and see how it works. And let us know! :)

Regina said...

I think it's really cute, but more importantly, you gotta do what you gotta do. I bought magazine subscriptions for inner city kids before! I did end up getting them, but my husband has bought those discount cards you can use for pizza, fast food and movie rentals and we never got that. And it was a neighbor! Anyway, I got to where I just won't answer at all, but I have a 12 mo old and a dog who barks, so it is tricky! Please let us know if it works for you!!

Jennifer said...

We don't have too much of this problem - but I have to say you're nicer than I would probably be if I got to that point! The sign is totally non-offendable! :)

cwag31 said...

I had the same problem before we moved to the country and made a cute chalk-board sign to the same effect. I think it cut down on the number of solicitors, but some just ignored it. Hope yours works!

Blessings,
Courtney

Girl with the Curlz said...

Good idea and very cute. I can't believe you get one a day. We get them every once in a while and if my husband is home he answers but I have to say when I am home alone I never answer the door. We live in a good neighborhood but there are too many crazy stories I have heard. So I tell family and friends to call me if they are coming over so I don't leave you standing on the front porch (ha-ha).

Linda

Jill said...

Totally cute & friendly. I was thinking of writing one that said "I'm happy with my vacuum, windows & religion-but thanks anyway!"

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Good going lady! It's great!

Abby said...

I love it! It's very cute, yet still means business. I'd totally use one if we had people coming to the door every day! Unless it's a kid in the neighborhood, I don't buy it!

Dawn said...

I think your sign is really cute! I hope it works for you! Let us know if it does!

I am always amazed by the person that will open my front gate and come to my front door with my dogs in the yard. I even had one woman do this about a month ago and use masking tape to tape a flyer aobut a band playing at a local pub on my front door! What was she thinking?! One of my neighbors called the police on her.

Fabiola said...

The sign is really cute.
I live in a closed gate comunity, so I don´t have a problem.

Fabiola

Cari said...

I think it's a great idea! I am so glad I don't have to deal with this situation. Not rude at all.

Gena said...

I would do it and actually have the stuff to make one for my door and the doors of my neighbors.

We have extremely rude and PUSHY solicitors in our neighborhood. I actually had to tell one man I'd call the police if I ever saw him at my door again.

Yours is really cute. I'm not sure, since it is OUR home and OUR property, that it even needs to be cute. But, I'm nice, too and I'd rather at least try to be polite even when others aren't. I definitely think you should hang it.

Anonymous said...

You are being very kind. I hope it works. ;) When our doorbell rings, the first thing I do is make sure that the back door is locked. I let the 2 dogs go crazy at the door and bark for a bit. Then I "sneak" to peek and see who is there. If I don't know them, I don't open the door. Unfortunately, we all have to be careful about opening our home to strangers.
Cheryl

Paige said...

Love it! What a fun way to tell someone you don't want to be bothered.

a boy a girl and a pug said...

I love it. I was just telling my husband that I need a no soliciting sign on the door. Love your idea...you are so creative!!

the undomesticated wife said...

I just don't open the door to people I don't know. Problem solved! :)

Cute sign, but a lot of people don't care and will still ring the bell. Just don't open the door! :)

Also, I've read/heard that some churches will not abide by "no soliciting" signs because they don't consider what they are doing as soliciting. So you still might get those visitors.

the undomesticated wife said...

I wanted to comment on this comment from Jill...she said "Totally cute & friendly. I was thinking of writing one that said "I'm happy with my vacuum, windows & religion-but thanks anyway!"

Guess what...they make door mats that say that!!! LOL I've seen them online!! :) Isn't that funny?!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

I got scammed by the magazine lady last year! YES I would do it in a moment!

Vivienne said...

OK, I am definitely making one. After I saw your post, a woman came to my door and was very angry that I would not come to the street and look at the wares in her mobile grocery truck.
Sorry, but the last time I bought food off of a truck, I was 8 and it was an Eskimo Pie. I have no plans to change my policy. Don't get snippy with me because of it!
ugh.

Shaila Creekmore said...

When I first started reading this, I thought - maybe it's that big "Welcome" sign on your door. LOL I did my own version of that today by the way - post coming in the next couple days! But I think it's a great idea. I've thought about doing something like that myself. We don't get a lot of that, but occasionally we get people selling magazines or window cleaner or what not. It's really annoying when you have a sleeping baby and they ring the door bell!

TwoHeartsTogether said...

Great idea and this is wayy cuter than the sticker you find in the hardware section at Fred Meyer lol
When we lived at apartment this always happened

Stefanie said...

I have this problem too! I also made a sign - have actually done three lol I change my mind on how it should look and I think the first one was too adorned so no one read it :). Hung it right above my doorbell...doorbell is on a wall that is perpendicular to the door. Unfortunately people did not listen or see it. Or some would see it after they knocked or rang doorbell :( The worst was a guy who came wanting to clean my carpets. I immediately told him I had a no soliciting sign and he said he wasn't soliciting!!! Finally after continuing to come home to fliers on my door I hung it smack dab on the door. No subtlety there right? ... STILL I have fliers... ugh! I understand they want to make a living ... but obviously if I have the sign I am not going to buy... don't waste your flier! sorry for the rant lol. I LOVE your sign and hope it works better for you than it did for me!!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Awesome idea! The last people to knock on my door were from an off the wall church. I was so amused by their "beliefs" that I laughed in their face. Surprisingly, they haven't been back. Hmmmm...

Mandi said...

Great idea! I think I may just be joining you in this. We live fairly close to the interstate and get a lot of meat salesmen. The last one really creeped me out. This just might do the trick.

Kate said...

What a cute idea! Between vacuum sales people trying to bait me with a free roll of paper towels (what's that about anyway!?) and the magazine subscription people, I need to make one of those, too. You could do a bunch and sell them on Etsy! :)

Tricia Anne said...

What a pretty sign. We live in the country, but we tend to get Jehovah Witnesses out this way. I smile and tell them no thank you. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

designergirl007 said...

You are right on with your sign. We are having the same problem and I have just stopped opening the door, however, I was thinking of hanging some sort of sign as well so I appreciate your blog idea. Keep us updated if it helps detering the solisitations. Great idea, way to take a stand (in a friendly way). =)

Natasha said...

Umm I love the idea although I doubt the Jehovah witnesses would care. I just dont open the door unless I know you! That works really well for me, slightly rude but what else can I do? :)

LovesPINKandPEARLS said...

best idea ever! and its cute too!

The Cherry Family said...

I think it is so cute! I am going to have to make one, we have the same problem. I think it is b/c we live in a subdivision. Thank you for sharing!

JessicaR said...

Tell them your neighborhood has a no soliciting policy and if they don't leave you will call the cops. They tend to be pretty eager to get off your doorstep after that.

june@craftyniche said...

Yes, I have this problem. I wonder if the sign would work for me?

Linda said...

we kind of live in the sticks so not much solitation but those phone solicitors were a bother. I got an 800 number and finally put an end to those. now if we could just end all those political calls during election times!
Your sign is nice--very tactful and quite cute.

A Hint of Home said...

It's definitely cute enough and I would be be tempted to do the same if I had a number of unwanted solicitors. I'm on a list for telemarketers not to call and that has helped greatly but I still get a few at the most impromptu times. You know while you're up on a ladder, etc. lol

hi-d said...

I think it's an absolutely adorable sign and you should use it. In this day and age, I wouldn't open my door for a stranger. I know it's sad, but we've had younger kids, come around before with the magazine thing. It's usually a scam...

Angela said...

I love that! I think I will make something similar for my front door since I have the same problem.

sherri said...

Great idea! I think I'll have to steal it! I get annoyed by them too. I LOVE your new blog look!

Amber said...

Definitely not rude. And as polite and cute as you can get with a No Soliciting sign. We rarely get solicitors, but if we got at least one a day, I'd probably go for a sign too! That's too much!

Liz and Garth said...

Wow! One a day is a bit much! How do you stand it?? I think the sign is really pretty and will hopefuly get the point across!

Leslie said...

Great idea!! Love it!!!

hi-d said...

I remember growing up that our neighbors had a sign on their door that read: "We shoot every 3rd Salesman. The 2nd one just left." You seem way too sweet to post a sign like that. :)

Empty Nest Full Life said...

You have given me a great idea! We have had someone come at least twice a month selling vacuum cleaners and she got mad at my friend for telling her NO, so you have come up with a brilliant plan! Jackie

Joanna said...

I love this idea...We have solicitors at least once a week. It gets so annoying. I am going to do this and get it up next week.

Anonymous said...

I rarely get solicitors because I live upstairs behind a gate, but my parents do, and their "No Solicitors" sign doesn't help very much! I find that people who are asking for money for charity, as opposed to selling something, are understanding when I explain that I help others through my church.

K. in California

Alex and Jill said...

I think this is brilliant!! I had a guy come by my house yesterday, trying to sell me meat out of the back of his truck. Seriously!??

I'm going to make me one! Thanks for the idea.

Lori said...

We also have this problem, but not everyday. We have a generic sign on our door and some people act like they didn't see it. I think I want to make a cute one like this anyways. Great idea!

Nate, Abbey and Noah said...

We have this problem but we got stickers from our city that say No Soliciting and actually have the city code # on the sticker. When they see the sticker, they immediately leave, it's great!

Stephanie said...

I love it and we have the same problem and I just can't be mean to them so I have been looking for something similar to use! Thanks for the idea!

J.J. said...

this is soooooooooooooooooo much nicer that those aweful black and gols sticky signs!!!!!! I think it is great! You should put up a photo of where you put it!

edeenut said...

I have a sign out over my doorbell. I was so annoyed when the bell would ring when kids were sleeping only to find it was a person selling something I don't want. I still get a ring every now and then, but I laughed to my self just yesterday. I saw a big man walk up to my door, then I saw him turn around and walk away without even knocking. I heard him yell out to his friend who was waiting with a lawnmower at the sidewalk that "this house is a no..." then I heard him say something about a sign. HeeHee, I loved it. If my sign turned one person away I feel it is worth it.

Good luck with yours, mine is by far not as cute, just the words printed out.

Bellamere Cottage said...

Great idea.....I don't like solicitors either.....if it's a child selling something for school or whatever, I just give them a donation instead of buying their products. They actually end up with more money that way anyway and I don't end up with something I don't want. They only get a very tiny percentage of the item they sold...isn't that sad?

Blessings!
Spencer

Amanda said...

Hi Shannon,
This is my first time visiting your blog. A sweet blogger left me a comment saying you had made one of these signs. I had to pop over and see!

I don't have nearly the blog traffic you do so it's great to read that most of your commenters (thought my sign is a bit more wordy) don't think it's rude. That's exactly what I was concerned about. I worry too much! ;-)

Whats very ironic is at the end of my post I asked what people thought. I "LOL" when I read the end of your post! Great minds!

Have you noticed less people at your door?

Blessings,
Amanda