Today, August 1st is a memorable day for me. Twenty years ago today I sold my first balloon bouquet. Yup, this is Balloons by Absolute Value’s 20th anniversary. Never did I think I would be doing this 5 years later let alone 20 years later.
For those who don’t know the story behind Balloons by Absolute Value, I will give you the condensed version. It all started 21 years ago when I was at an auction of a party goods store. I was there to buy stuff to sell at the flea market, I was really slow at loading my truck and I was the only buyer left at the auction.
When the auctioneer said “Damn, I forgot to auction the balloon stuff” he then said “Charlie, do you have a twenty dollar bill?” The answer was “Yes”. So I bought a bunch of balloons, inflators and a couple small helium tanks.
That’s right, my investment to start my business was only twenty dollars. Just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Well the balloon stuff sat in my basement for almost a year, when one day in May I said to my partner Sandy “Let’s start a balloon bouquet delivery business”. So I bought a thirty-five dollar a month ad in the yellow pages.
We practice making balloon bouquets and developed pricing and waited for the phone books to be delivered and the phones to ring soon after. Back then there were almost two hundred balloon companies, a lot of them were strip-o-grams or singing deliveries. I didn’t fit either of those categories, so I was going to offer the best balloon bouquets possible.
Our first call came on August 1st, we were real happy campers. I was able to make that delivery within an hour. That one delivery got us our next order, the companies Halloween party. Never did one before, but that didn’t stop me, I came home and planned one. That party was a huge hit and I was hooked on balloons and meeting great people.
Back in the day, there was no internet to learn from. I sent away for every magazine and catalog I could get my hands on. Also bought a few VCR videos to learn different techniques and styles. We learned the hard way, trial and error. It was truly a learning experience we will never forget.
Over the next nineteen years I got to meet tons of great people and worked for lots of great companies and organizations. To all my customers ” THANK YOU” for letting me and Balloons by Absolute Value be a part of your lives and events. I have learned a lot from all of you and I truly believe you have made Balloons by Absolute Value the greatest balloon company in Colorado.
I will never forget that day twenty years ago or all the other special occasions that I have been a part of in the last 19 years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart