West Hills residents launch E-business for buying and selling event leftovers

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carole-rosnerBY CAROLE ROSNER

Ever wonder what to do with all those leftover party favors, decorations and miscellaneous goods—even clothes—that were so incredibly perfect for your event, but are now stuffed in some corner collecting dust?

Well,  Allison Krumholz, a West Hills resident,  had the same thought, having organized many events and parties as a  fundraiser and party planner in the non-profit arena for the past ten years.  She’s seen a lot of vases, candles, gift bags and table cloths go to waste.  For two years, she had boxes of excess seating cards taking up space in her garage.

Allison and  Krumholz

West Hills residents Allison and Jeff Krumholz have the answer for event leftovers.

With that in mind, she wanted to find a way to re-purpose these new and gently-used party items and not just see them thrown away or put in a closet.

Three years ago, Allison came up with the idea for Event Leftovers and this June she and her husband Jeff launched their business. This unique e-business specializes in recycling, reusing and re-enjoying party favors, decorations, paper goods, and even party clothes and some costume jewelry.

The site uses a buyer and a seller model, like Ebay, and Event Leftovers acts as the middleman, making transactions easy. A seller (also known as the Member) posts her leftover items either at a high visibility level ($2.50 per post) or a standard visibility level (free) on www.eventleftovers.com. All transactions are securely handled through Paypal, and Event Leftovers charges a small transaction fee once the goods are sold. A recent review of what’s currently on sale include small gold pitchers, silver picture frames, earrings, votives, candy dishes, wine glasses, a collection of 20 formal dresses and a tuxedo.

EL-LOGO-FINAL_smallAllison is thrilled with the unbelievable response from both professionals and non-professionals who have used her site, and she is striving to make Event Leftovers the go-to website for party-planning items.

“I hope to have people get in the habit of checking the site first for their parties,” said Allison.

This green approach to party planning is just what Allison meant when she said she is “saving the planet one event at a time.”

For more information, go to www.eventleftovers.com

Carole Rosner is a native Valley Girl who has lived in Studio City for the past 11 years. She is a strong supporter of her local public schools and an active volunteer in her neighborhood. Some of her favorite things to do in Studio City are to celebrate 4th of July at CBS Radford, walk along Ventura Blvd. and browse through the racks at Crossroads Trading Company.

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