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Spirit of fun drives these Party Animals

Home Grown

Business:

Party Animals

Owner:

Glenna Humphrey and Teresa Eary

Ages:

64 and 63

Address:

9486 Pumice Lane, Central Point

Phone:

830-1717

Employees:

2

EDITOR'S. NOTE:

This is one in a weekly series of profiles on locally owned and operated businesses in Southern Oregon.

What do you do and how long have you been doing it?

We get up at 4 o'clock in the morning, or when it's dark. And we put out tacky plastic pink flamingos, a barnyard mix of cows, sheep and pigs along with cats and put them in people's yards. We do penguins for weddings and storks for births. We also do costume balloon delivery.

We're good for hoe-downs and weddings. The business was started in 1995 by Marion McCallom. I (Glenna) started with her and then bought in four years ago.

How long have you lived in the Rogue Valley?

Glenna has lived here all of her life and Teresa most of all of her life. Both graduated from Crater High School.

What inspired you to go into this line of work?

Teresa and I have played together since we were in junior high. We've gone to wedding receptions and baby showers for years for families and friends. We're so different from each other that we work well together. Teresa is the one that gets everything connected and I do the foo-foo/more-artistic stuff and decorating.

What decision or action would you change if you could do it again?

Starting younger ' our lives are too full with grandkids and family issues to be playing.

What's the toughest business decision you've made?

I met Marion, who originally ran the business, and we clicked. She had to take some time off to run her husband's business. She had a lot of stuff going and decided she couldn't do this after all. That's when Teresa took over her part of it. Besides, it's really not fun to go sneaking around someone's yard unless you have someone with you. We've been caught a couple times. Once I was decorating my cousin's house and I ended up in the neighbor's yard. I have another cousin that just harasses me awful about it. The point, however, is to make people laugh, even in hard times.

Who are your competitors?

There are some people in Grants Pass who have a group of flamingos they use for fundraisers, where you pay to get rid of them and send them to someone else's house.

How do you define success for your business?

If you go out and do it, the neighbors see it. We quit advertising because simply doing the job is our best advertising. You get calls when you leave flyers behind with the people whose yards you decorate. People sometimes worry about them getting stolen, but we say that's our problem.

What are your goals?

We want to sell the business to someone who has time and enough energy for fun. It is fun; sometimes people's sprinklers are on and you have to move fast. You don't know what you're going to get into when you go out at night. There are times you go out and pick up the animals when the grass is frozen and it sounds like Velcro pulling apart.

What training or education did you need?

You've got to know how to play. We have an inventory of about 300 animals and things.

What's your advice for budding entrepreneurs?

You need to be out where people can see what you do. We put up a display for charity because we wanted to do anything to be out in front of people showing our stuff.

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Teresa Eary, left, and Glenna Humphrey own Party Animals of Central Point. The two set up all manner of animals in people?s yards for special occasions. Mail Tribune / Roy Musitelli - Mail Tribune Roy Musitelli