A Special "Thank-You" to Elizabeth A. Concar of the Amherst Realty One Office for loaning us the use of their lawn to make this event happen!!!
The purpose behind "Pink Flamingo Day" 2008 was too:
To Set a World Record for the Most Pink Flamingo Displays Across the US & Canada
Pay tribute to Don Featherstone the Creator of the Pink Plastic Flamingo
Celebrate the 51st Anniversary of the Pink Plastic Flamingo
Increase Public Awareness of the Lawn Greetings Industry
Promote our own Local Lawn Greetings Business - Yard Card Surprise!
And in this day and age when we pick up a newspaper or turn on the news, there is so much reported that is negative... For this day, for a minute or split second, we were able to put a smile on many local resident faces and got many chuckles, so we believe it was a HUGE success...
Amherst, OH - April 1, 2008 - Yard Card Surprise, LLC, Lorain County’s
One-Stop-Shop for All Occasion Lawn Greetings announced today that
President/Executor Michelle Reed of the Lawn Greetings Association, Inc. (LGA)
has declared that April be considered as "Lawn Greetings Month". The purpose of
Lawn Greetings Month is not only to promote awareness of the industry to the
general public, but to help bring smiles to those who are celebrating a special
occasion or event.
The lawn greetings industry can be defined as small local businesses
which help their customers celebrate various special occasions and events by
renting displays that are set up in a recipient's yard. The displays vary
greatly from giant wooden character signs and small "critter" signs, as they are
referred to in the industry, to a wide array of elements for decorating a front
yard such as 3 dimensional plastic or 2 dimensional characters and shapes.
Every business is independently owned and operated, unless a company is
part of a franchise or dealership. Therefore, terms, prices and inventory vary
greatly. However, they all have one common goal in their businesses, to create
pleasant surprises by decorating lawns with out-of-the-ordinary items for
everyone to enjoy. These items could include anything from a yard full of
plastic pink flamingos, smiley faces, cows, ducks, to buzzards, or even hearts,
stars or other funny characters.
Reed states that she and members of the industry are very excited to
declare their first holiday. "This is a stepping stone in gaining national
exposure and awareness of the industry. We all love to help people celebrate the
special moments in their life, and a lawn greetings display is a unique and fun
way to do it." As a part of this celebration, lawn greetings companies across
the nation will be putting out displays in honor of this milestone event, most
are guaranteed to make you smile.
Association members are also planning on celebrating another important
event based on the creator of the original Plastic Pink Flamingo, Mr. Don
Featherstone. In the birthplace and hometown of Featherstone, (Leominster, MA)
Mayor Dean Mazzarella declared June 23 as Pink Flamingo Day. On this day, lawn
greetings company owners across the country plan on setting out pink flamingo
displays in honor of the pink lawn ornament.
"I just love the idea that all across the states, people will randomly
see yards full of pink flamingos, all in tribute to Don Featherstone. It will be
a hoot!" Reed states.
The LGA is the leading authority and only non-profit trade association
of the lawn greetings industry which consists of members from across the US,
Canada, Mexico, Australia, England, and New Zealand. For more information, visit
the Lawn Greetings Association, Inc. on the web at http://www.Lawn-Greetings.org
or to find your local Lawn Greetings Company visit The Flamingoed Lawn Greetings
Directory at http://www.flamingoed.com/. Information about Lawn Greetings month
can be found at http://www.lawngreetingsmonth.com. For more information about
Yard Card Surprise, LLC, visit http://www.YardCardSurprise.com and remember -
"Don't Send A Card - Say It In Their Yard!"
November 28, 2007 Marlene Osborne and Yard Card Surprise, LLC
September 13, 2007 - Yard Card Surprise! is pleased to announce
that it is the Nation's FIRST "Lawn Greetings" Company to offer the NEW
Skel-A-Flamingos to our Customers!!!
Yard Card Surprise Owner Marlene Osborne With a Small Flock of Skel-A-Mingos
Lorain County “Lawn Greetings” Company First in Nation to Offer Skel-A-Mingos
Amherst, OH -- September 13, 2007 – Yard Card Surprise, LLC, Lorain
County’s One-Stop-Shop for All Occasion Lawn Greetings announced today the
arrival of the Skel-A-Mingo. The Skel-A- Mingo, manufactured and sold by Pink
Inc. of Lake Forest, IL, is the first change in the plastic flamingo technology
in the last 50 years. The Skel-A-Mingo has a black plastic body and is painted
with a skeletal design. His cousin, the traditional pink plastic flamingo was
created in 1957 by Don Featherstone in Leominster, MA, manufactured, and
distributed by Union Products, Inc., which closed its doors in November 2006.
Marlene Osborne, Owner of Yard Card Surprise, LLC states that the Skel-A-Mingo
is a very welcomed addition to her inventory and should be very popular alone in
a “flock”, as an addition to her already favored “Over The Hill” displays for
milestone birthdays, and arrives just in time for Halloween, with its associated
Yard Card Surprise, LLC offers Storks for baby showers/birth announcements and a
wide variety of 3D plastic characters or “critters” as they are referred to in
the industry. These include bats, cows, crows, dinosaurs, donkeys, ice cream
cones, penguins, pigs, pink elephants, pink flamingos, roosters, rubber ducks,
sheep, swans and 2D collections of beer mugs, cutesy cows, flowers and bugs,
frogs, hearts, biker hogs, smiley faces, and sports balls.
Osborne is currently working on adding 2D displays of cupcakes, a clown for
children’s birthdays, which will include circus animals, skunks, trophies, a
mouse on a wedge of cheese, and a barrel of monkeys.
Osborne, 39, a Lorain County native, was previously employed as an IT Security
Administrator in the local data center of a national retailer. That retailer
merged with another national retailer and her job was eliminated as a part of
that merger. Osborne was offered the opportunity to relocate to the Atlanta, GA
area, but declined due to not wanting to leave family and friends. She was given
a severance package for her 17 years of service. Osborne decided that she wanted
to give entrepreneurship a try as she has always wanted to start her own
business and several years ago had a very small business making and selling
“Yard Art” via eBay. In researching possible business opportunities, Osborne
came across the “Lawn Greetings” Industry and thought it would go hand-in-hand
with her talents in wood crafting and painting.
This past January, armed with a portion of her severance in hand, Osborne was
able to realize her dream of owning her own company. Osborne was able to
purchase the business assets of her local competitor, Creative Cutouts, whose
name has been around the area for approximately 20 years and has already laid
the groundwork in educating the public in “Lawn Greetings”.
Osborne then found and became a member of the International Lawn Greetings
Association. A Trade Association for “Lawn Greetings” Business Owners across the
US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and the UK whose purpose is to network and share
ideas with others interested in this growing industry. The ILGA has 600+ active
members, is growing on a daily basis as more Lawn Greetings companies pop up
around the country, and is based in Fremont, OH with President Michelle Reed at
On any given early morning between midnight and 6am, under the cover of
darkness, you can usually find Osborne in her van or in a local yard sneaking
around and setting up displays to make someone’s special occasion even more
memorable. It could be a Birthday, Birth, Anniversary, Graduation, Retirement,
Marriage Proposal, Good Luck, Thank You, an Apology, or Welcoming One of Our
Fine Soldiers Home. Osborne does it all.
“Putting smiles on people’s faces is our business”, Osborne states. “It is a
very heart warming feeling to get a phone call, email, or note stating how much
the recipient loved their display and how it made their day, it’s just great to
be able to make a living at making people happy.” Yard Card Surprise, LLC
delivers free to anywhere in Lorain County and delivers to adjacent counties for
a delivery charge based upon mileage. Osborne has recently traveled as far West
as Port Clinton and as far East as Lyndhurst on her nightly “flockings”.
Prices for displays range from $65 - $85 and include 25-30 “critters” and a
larger theme sign or standard message board with a personalized message for the
recipient. Birth Announcement Storks come with a personalized bundle that
includes the Baby’s Name, Date of Birth, Weight, and Length. Osborne adds, “Many
people don’t realize it, but this is a year round business, although during the
winter months when the ground is frozen solid, we limit our displays to 3D
“critters” that sit on top of the ground rather than being staked.”
When asked how business was, Osborne stated “Booming and continuing to grow.
Since opening in June 2006, Yard Card Surprise, LLC has helped 305 area
residents with celebrating their special occasions. Everyone has a birthday and
many other special days to commemorate. With the recent announcements of more
jobs coming to Lorain County, thus improving our local economy, and the already
estimated population of 1.9 million in Lorain and its adjacent counties, Lorain
County is a great place to live, raise a family, and work.”
For more information, visit Yard Card Surprise, LLC on the web at
http://www.yardcardsurprise.com and remember – “Don’t Send A Card – Say It In