Janice Hartman, in her home. © Tony Gale
Janice Hartman is the most talented organizer I know. She has helped run her church garage sale for 31 years, recently raising over $20,000 each year. She organizes the entire layout of the sale and storage of all the shelves & racks. That may not sound like much of a challenge, but if you could see how large the sale is, it would all make sense. Her magic touch doesn’t stop there, Janice can walk into a room and rearrange the items, adding displays and fixing layout, so that sales drastically increase.
As Janice’s daughter, my fondest memories are from childhood. We had rows of boxes, neatly stacked, labeled and often with samples taped to the front for ease of viewing. As a child, I didn’t understand the point of keeping so many random things, however now I do! My mother didn’t see toilet paper rolls, she saw an arts and crafts project for an elementary school teacher. Instead of laundry soap lids, she saw seed starting containers, which incidentally, I am currently using . My mother has a beautifully creative mind and a recycling-for-a-purpose mindset that I aspire to.
When it came time for dress up, all my friends came to my house because my mother had it, whatever “it” was. She had costumes, jewelry in every color, handbags, scarves and more. On the off chance she didn’t have something, she would find something different that we could alter or make into what we wanted. Playing dress up at Janice Hartman’s house was never taken lightly. Thanks Mom, for being so wonderfully creative and generous!
Nominated and described by Suzanne Hartman