First off, I must preface this by saying I am a really nice person. Our door is always open to friends and family and my husband and I are very much like the "take your shoes off and prop them on the coffee table" type house. One of my big motto's in life is to treat your family like your friends and your friends like family. But door to door solicitors? I'm not a jerk or rude, but I have hit my limit.
Enough is enough. So"what part of no soliciting do they not understand??" I had a no soliciting sign that was in black vinyl lettering on my door, but since my door is a deeper blue I don't think the salespeople were seeing it. Or maybe they did but didn't care. But as I think of it several have admitted seeing it - but then said it didn't "apply" to them because they were not trying to "sell" me anything. I love the "we're not trying to sell you anything" line. If you're not then why are you on my doorstep?
My concern has been how bold solicitors have been lately. My husband and I were working in our garage and a salesperson entered our garage to get our attention. Another noticed that I was working in the garden because the side gate was open. So the 2 of them marched right up to it and started calling me to come over. In my opinion that's crossing the line. And of course neither of them were trying to "sell" me anything.
My other concern is that I am a stay at home mom and I have no idea who is at the other side of the door. Sometimes my kids run and get the door before I get there thinking its one of their friends, and lo and behold its another salesperson. I don't want to open my door to a complete stranger!
I heard about Say Anything Expressions from a popular blogger and I marked it in my favorites bar. I love how you can customize a saying and they can create it for you. She charges $4.50 per foot and 25 cents for each additional inch. The best thing? That includes lettering up to 5 inches tall! And for a 6x9 envelope she only charges $1.50 for shipping. I've seen other vinyl lettering sources that seemed like a good deal but then turned around and charged 8 dollars or more for the shipping which didn't make it a good deal after all.
I scoured the internet for "no soliciting" type sayings, but something that was a little more blunt. Personally my favorite is "We shoot every third solicitor and the second one just left." But I figured that was a little too much and I didn't want anyone walking by to see that from the street and wonder who the heck lived at our house. I decided on No Soliciting. Period. I emailed Say Anything Expressions, and in a few days I had my custom saying delivered to me. It was really easy to apply, and the vinyl is really good quality.
I just put it on the door this evening. Hopefully from here on out the salespeople will leave me alone!