Record-breaking cookie seller takes to the streets again – Orange County Register

As the sun went down on Friday night, Girl Scout Hailey Heren and her father Glenn piled boxes of cookies on a table at the foot of Huntington Beach Pier in preparation for selling the annual candy.

Hailey Heren of Troop 3155 in Anaheim won the busy location in a raffle, but as she will tell you, “I found a way to sell every cookie. You can give me the most disliked cookie and I could sell it almost every time.”

Heren has the numbers to back their confidence. In 2021, she set the Orange County record for annual sales with 13,093 cases.

“It’s astronomical,” she said of her record year. “I’m still in disbelief at how I sold it.”

“I did it like every year,” she said, but also credits the pandemic. “So many Girl Scouts didn’t sell, people didn’t get cookies. So when they found a Girl Scout, they bought as many as they could.”

This year, their goal is more modest: 6,000 boxes. That would bring her troupe about $6,000 and help pay for their part of a 15-day trip to Europe next year.

Heren doesn’t sit behind her desk, she doesn’t even bring a chair. She spends her time running around, approaching people, and selling her Girl Scout cookies.

Her father attributes her confidence to cookie sales. He said while some Boy Scouts like to build conspicuous stands and lots of signs, his daughter prefers to engage in conversation with people.

The family home is like a warehouse, with her mother’s office bearing the brunt of the product with 10,000 boxes stacked 7 feet high and sorted by biscuit type, arranged with a maze-like path to navigate.

The outgoing teenager is in the Orange County High School of the Arts Culinary Conservatory. She hopes the sales experience will help her later in life, she said. “I want to open my own bakery and be my own boss, and that has a lot to do with sales because you have to sell yourself and your product.”

Girl Scout cookie season runs through March 12; The stand sale was allowed to start at the weekend. Record-breaking cookie seller takes to the streets again – Orange County Register

Dais Johnston

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