So I’ve had 48 hours to recuperate from my first Tapestry Craft sale experience… and I’m still a little wrecked. We ended up working til 3 a.m. Friday night setting things up, which meant I only had about three (crap) hours of sleep before heading back the next day. The old ladies were lined up six deep by the time the doors opened. It was a melee. It was a madhouse. It was like the footage they show on the news of women fighting each other at the annual Harrods sale. Surprisingly, I didn’t touch a cash register until the very end of the day. I spent every other second helping people in the wool section. We’d been worried that people wouldn’t buy much since it’s the end of the knitting season, but instead folks were walking out with hundreds of dollars worth of stuff. By lunchtime I realized that I needed real food (as opposed to the Diet Coke and Krispy Kremes I’d been subsisting on for the past 24 hours) so I headed next door to a coffeeshop. I ran into Helen and her boyfriend Clinton on the way so they joined me. That was nice. Thirty short minutes later I was back into the fray. We didn’t actually get the last customer out the door til nearly an hour after our official closing time. Even Albert the owner was amazed. (Apparently it was really weird to have a sale day that was full-on busy all day without any slow periods at all.) We ended up having our biggest sales total in shop history, which is pretty amazing. I just stood there dazed, looking at the knee-deep piles of wool on the floor and dreading the clean-up. Luckily everyone else was just as tired as me so we left it and went home. Since then I’ve pretty much been knitting, sleeping, and watching TV. Unfortunately, this is going to be the pattern for the next, oh, three weeks. Gahhhh…


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  1. Three weeks may seem like a long time, but there’s something (finally) headed your way that will make the time passing much, uh, ‘sweeter.’ 🙂 Heehee!! I feel like Santa Claus.

  2. I kept my eye out for you on monday but it was insane in there!! Old lady overload and the the tourists were un believable. At this rate the shop will sell out of stock by the end of the week,

  3. Don’t worry; I wasn’t there. Sundays and Mondays are my days off. 🙂

  4. Great post. First of all, who knew there was a “knitting season”. Second, the madhouse image–that’s great. This is something you could make a movie out of. I’d like to hear more about the Harrod’s sale as well. When I hear the word “madhouse” I always think of the Canal St. McDonald’s during Mardi Gras. Contrasting a bunch of deranged McNugget seekers with aggressive, elderly wool seekers has provided me with much enjoyment.

  5. “Unfortunately, this is going to be the pattern for ….”

    Did you mean that pun? hehe

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