We live on a quiet street in a peaceful neighborhood in Raleigh. Unfortunately, every so often, my son’s peaceful naps were interrupted by: DING DONG! And when I answered the door, this is who greeted me.
I finally decided to halt the door-to-door salespeople in their tracks. Especially after a neighbor informed me that sometimes these so-called salespeople aren’t actually selling anything. There have been a few incidents of burglary in our neighborhood, and one of the burglars had actually knocked on doors the day before. Apparently he was casing the home to see what homes were empty at what times. Plus, it offered them an opportunity to peek inside and see if there were any valuable items inside. Scary! Especially when I’m home alone with the little ones.
I decided to take matters into my own hands and create a No Solicitor Sign.
While at Goodwill, I searched for two small picture frames. The frames I bought were in good shape, but I added some new paint and glaze to give them a fresh look.
I printed out a simple message on decorative paper and inserted it into the frames.
No Solicitors! Unless:
- You are a Girl Scout.
- You are a Boy Scout.
- You live on this street
- You are a friend of ours
This message seemed to cover all the bases and still allow for the kids selling muchies!
I hung one sign by our side door.
And put a second one inside the storm door of our front door.
I can honestly say that we have not had a single unwanted salesperson knock or ring our doorbell since I hung the signs.
I’m not the only one who can’t stand solicitors, Becca from Blue Cricket Design cut some vinyl for her side light by her front door. I can’t help but smile every time I see it. 😉