Thursday, July 18, 2013

dog days of summer.

Dog days of summer.
A slow time of year.
And Yep, It is hot.

We are unpacking many - many shipments of Christmas!!

But don't worry, it doesn't hit the sales floor until November. 
It isn't a bad thing to do, unpack beautiful glittery glam, as you sit in front of the fan. It really is too hot to do anything else.  The Barn doesn't have air conditioning, it does stay relatively cool until about 3 pm. Then it's all over, it turns into a furnace inside... we have a sign that we hang 
"too HOT - went to the Lake"

It gets hung on the door when we leave early.

As It is still summer here at the Barn, we still have that look going on, but I can't wait to move on to harvest season....

I am a sucker for the black, white and bright green combination.

To touch base on the 2 day sale that I mentioned last post.  
Last year was the first year. I didn't know what to expect.
It was crazy. It was HOT.... the line was long and constant until 2 pm on that Friday.
It was still hot but more relaxed after that.
Saturday was constant and the lines were manageable. 
Doors closed. 

The week before, those who couldn't make it in during the 2 day sale came in and bought the goods that they wanted, they knew it would all be gone after the sale. Some tried to hide things under tables and behind large art work.  Some came in for hours with paper and pen and made notes and wrote down everything that they couldn't live without.... gifts...soaps... lotions...  After all, it isn't often a brick and mortar store does a 50% off Sale.

I also give my employees and my volunteers (that help with the sale) the opportunity to shop early. They are allowed to come on Thursday 2 hours only....4 pm - 6 pm.  I had a few customers who wanted in on this ... to beat the crowds and the heat.... they were charged a one time $10 fee.  Those who paid enjoyed the quiet and avoided the crowds...they also spent as much as the entire days receipts on Saturday. They were the serious lovers of the Barn. They came early and left with treasures. Some traveled from neighboring states and came Friday morning, Friday evening and Saturday !!!

Also, I want to mention.... the sale is 2 days only. Last year I heard every excuse in the book why they couldn't attend the sale AND why they expected to be honored the sale price the day that they came in.... Some came in as much as a week after the event was over... 
Good Golly Molly!
No Sir
The event is for 2 days and then it is back to business as usual.

Oh boy, it is coming up fast...

Aug 2 and 3

After that, deconstruct the entire shop and rebuild for Fall.

Lori - RBPCo.