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Using Your Kids as Walking Advertisements

Is it wrong to use your kid to advertise??  This was one of my baby shower gifts.  I thought it was so cute.  In case you can't read it, it says:

Houses for Sale

The size is for 18 months so she'll be a "walking" advertisement instead of a "crawling" one where you wouldn't be able to read it as it's on the front.  I got a couple of others too.  One says "My Mommy WILL sell your House" and the other one says, "Realtor in Training". 

It was very creative of my friend to think of this as she created them herself.  What do you think?  Has anyone else sent their kids to day care with their advertising on their clothes?  Have you taken them to the store or the park with your advertising to strike up conversations?  How did it go?

I'm so excited for her to be big enough to fit into these!!


Comment balloon 23 commentsDonna Harris • November 07 2007 09:39PM


People pay their own money to wear advertising for large corporations - NIKE, Reebok, FUBU, Etc....

It is thought provoking, it is innovative, it is brilliant.  You are working hard to provide a home for your child, and what better team than a family to work together for a common goal.

Keep a positive perspective, dont let the shortsighted comments of others dim your energy and resolve.

Posted by William Moore (Innovative Realty) almost 11 years ago

What can you do if you don't have kids? Wait, I know. I'll dress up my cats. OK, that won't work. Have you ever tried to dress a cat and lived to tell about it? Maybe I'll glue my business cards to their tails and send them out into the streets. Wait, that won't work, either. They won't get close enough to anybody before they're run over by a truck. You know, maybe I should own a dog.

Actually, I think your shirts are cute!! What sweet friends you have.


Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
Hi Donna,  I really like that idea.  I have a grandson that is soon to be two and I am sure he, and his parents, wouldn't mind advertising for me since I am contributing to his 529 college fund.  Good luck with the new baby!
Posted by Leslie Bloss, Bellevue Real Estate Professional almost 11 years ago

Look at how cute you are!  I want to rub that belly!

What a great idea!  I love it! 

Posted by Renée Donohue, Las Vegas Real Estate Broker - (Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate) almost 11 years ago

I love the idea!  I'm going to buy smaller Gateway shirts for my daughters right now! ;o)

Posted by Josh Perrington (Arkshire Financial) almost 11 years ago

As the Guinness commercials would say: Brilliant!!!

It's oh so cute and perfect! And there's not a thing wrong with it. 


Posted by Ricardo Bueno (Diverse Solutions) almost 11 years ago
I love it and you look fantastic!!
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 11 years ago

William, Thank you for your comments.  I thought it was brillant too, and couldn't believe I didn't think of it first!

Elizabeth, You could get something printed on little bags that you throw the kitty litter away in and leave the bags laying around your neighborhood??  or maybe that would only work with dogs... lol

Leslie, Give it a try!  At two, he could even point it out and tell people what it says which would work even better!

Renee, that picture is from September.  I'm definitely not that cute anymore.  My face is HUGE as I'm retaining ungodly amounts of water and my doctor is dumbfounded by it, but thank you!

Jessica, Great idea, thanks!

Josh, I'm glad I could help you grow your business! Your daughters will love the shirts!

Ricardo, Thank you!

Missy, Thanks *blush*

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 11 years ago

That is a great idea!  Yes, that is certainly fine to employ youngsters in the advertisement of the business.  In College Station, Texas as times, they even have folks who stand on the street corners holding signs.

Posted by Nathan Cook (BCR (Brazosland Classic Realty)) almost 11 years ago
Nathan, Agent have their kids stand on the corners with signs??  Very sad... LOL
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 11 years ago
I love it!  I hope you don't mind if I copy the idea!  I wonder if I can get the rest of my family to buy into advertising for me?  My Mom & Dad, sister??  Hmmmm....  I wonder if the shirts are a gift to the rest of the family that they will feel "obligated" to wear them??
Posted by Christi Greene, Realtor - Coppell & DFW Real Estate (Keller Williams DFW Preferred) almost 11 years ago
That's Great Donna.  There is not bad way to advertise as long as it is legal.  I read a great book for agents called "Walk like a Giant Sell like a Madman...Ralph Roberts"  In it he talks about how he set up a listing appointment at his Grandma's funneral (His Grandma was his biggest supporter!!!)
Posted by Jason Botelho (Keller Williams Utah Realtors) almost 11 years ago

Christi, Stay on your side of town and copy away!!  LOL!  jk  Yes, they would feel obligated to wear them, maybe even if it's only when you're around, but then suggest going out to dinner while they're wearing them.

Jason, Why wouldn't it be legal?  I'm not promising any interest rates or anything like that. That's great you got a listing at a funeral... sad, but great.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 11 years ago


I think that's very cute and why not.  People have been doing it for years in all different ways.  We are in the advertising business!

Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) almost 11 years ago
Too cute - I bet you get some business off of the cutie baby.
Posted by Rebecca Savitski, NC Real Estate Listings (BSR Real Estate Group) almost 11 years ago

Lisa, Thanks and very true!  Just like advertising on a baseball uniform!

Rebecca, Hopefully so.  I'll need to start hanging out at the parks and malls.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 11 years ago

Mommy had a baby, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt..... LOL

I like the "Realtor in Training"


Posted by Tom Burris, Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience (NMLS# 335055) almost 11 years ago
Tom, maybe something more like, "My head got deformed from squeezing through a tunnel as I got kicked out of my home, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt!"
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 11 years ago
I like the idea. I wouldn't force it on my older kids...but if they didn't mind then I'd have them made for them.
Posted by Cheri Smith, Realtor Prudential Gary Greene (Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX) almost 11 years ago
HMMM...a Christmas present to my kids?!?!  Great idea! Don't forget to have them carry your business cards in the pocket too!  heehee
Posted by Cindy Richter, IRIS Dallas, TX Home Stager (Interior Motiv Home Staging) almost 11 years ago

Great idea. My kids are older, but may use this for the dog. Great idea.


Posted by Bonner Thomason, CRS, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Keller Williams Realty) almost 11 years ago

Cheri, Everyone loves sweatshirts in the winter.  They might not mind if there was a little something on the back of the sweatshirt as they throw it on to run to the store or something.

Cindy, Kids love business cards, and I hand them out to the kids of my clients all the time. 

Bonner, That would be cute for a doggie shirt, or even on a dog collar or bandana around the neck...

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