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Thrifty Impressions

Throwing the perfect party--and making a buck or two

This story appears in the September 2002 issue of

Most people wouldn't think of being laid off as a particularly pleasant experience. But when Carla Johnson lost her job in banking, she suddenly found herself knocking on opportunity's door.

A self-described crafty person, Johnson decided to put her creative skills to work by starting her own party-planning business, Special Occasions by CJ. Meanwhile, she happened upon Thrifty Impressions, a business opportunity that provides people with party-planning equipment to do everything from making signs to creating balloon arrangements. "They have so many things that I thought would be able to help me in my own business venture," explains the Queen's Village, New York, entrepreneur.

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