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Tent Sale & Fleece Market Tomorrow!

Friday, May 16th, 2008
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Yes – it’s that time again! That crazy wonderful, let’s clear out as much yarn as possible time of year! The WEBS Annual Tent Sale! Our two day extravaganza kicks off tomorrow at 10am and runs until 5:30pm. We’ll be back open on Sunday at 10am for Tent Part Deux! Steve has put together some incredible deals and steals under the tent, we’ll have garments for sale, many books marked down 30% PLUS all of the anniversary sale yarns are still on sale!

Tomorrow has some extra fun excitement built in. First, we’ll be recording our weekly radio show/podcast, Ready, Set, Knit! LIVE from the tent!! This will be the second time we’ve done a live show. If you live in the area or are on your way to the sale, tune into WHMP 1400 or 1240 at 9am! We’ll also be interviewing a SUPER special guest! We’ve got a knitting rock star in the house this weekend!

We have our entire WEBS team working tomorrow – we’ll have SEVEN registers running (5 in the store and 2 in the tent). In the store, the three regular registers will be running, plus three more in front of the windows. There will be ONE FEEDER LINE FOR ALL FIVE REGISTERS. Every register will have one person ringing and one person bagging. We should be able to keep up pretty well. We have staff on the store floor, in the tent and in the warehouse. We have a team of folks dedicated to just restocking the tent and the store.

In addition to the sale itself, Saturday always features our Annual Fleece Market! We have 12 local farmers/shepherds coming this year and they will be selling their fleeces, yarns, etc. I think we may even have a couple of alpacas in the house! I love alpacas, so this would particularly thrill me :)

WEBS Beads will also be participating at their location down the street. They have their own tent with special deals. Plus, we have a ton of new inventory! Alison and I attended a show last Saturday and brought back so many new items – more pearls, more semi-precious, more faceted semi-precious strands, wood, bone and porcelain. We also just added gorgeous lampwork beads from World Peas. We have beads and larger focal beads PLUS some goddesses! Be sure to stop into the bead store if you come by this weekend! They will be open both days as well.

We look forward to seeing everyone this weekend!

Kathy

Oh My

Monday, April 14th, 2008
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I knew it had been awhile since I had blogged. What I didn’t realize was that it had been THAT long. Ugh. I’m not quite sure what happened other than life and other work-related stuff. It’s been kind of nutty between travel (work & family), projects, beads. I’ve taken lots of pictures, it’s not that the blog hasn’t been on my mind. I just haven’t been able to fit blogging into the weekly routine lately.
So, with that said, the only thing to do is catch up and go forward!
Last I left you we had just returned from Stitches West, which was awesome. So great to see so many of you out there.
Once we got back, we only had a little bit of time before we headed out on our March vacation with the kids. Florida as usual, but this year, we had a surprise for them:

They were going to Disney. First.Time. We didn’t tell them until we were getting ready to head to the airport. They were stunned (we couldn’t ask for much more of a reaction, given that it was 4:30 am). It was an awesome trip.

Steve and I really made every effort to disconnect for awhile. It’s impossible to do so completely, but I think we did a better than average job on this trip. Which was great while we were away, but made things a bit harder when we got back.
First full weekend back was “Move the Bead Store” weekend. It went very well and we love the new space.
If you haven’t been by to visit, please stop in when you can. We’re offering a bunch of introductory classes and will be building upon that. We will be selling on-line, but not yet. You can check us out at www.websbeads.com.
We also kicked off our 34th Annual Anniversary Sale. I’m sure you’ve heard about it by now, but if not, be sure to click through and check out the amazing selection of yarns for knitters, weavers and crocheters.
Our event calendar is packed. This Friday night we have Louisa Harding at the store from 5-8pm. This event is FREE and will feature an informal talk by Louisa about her designs, yarn and everything that goes into creating her line each season. We’ll have light hors d’ouevres and beverages as usual.
Next up on April 27th is the Yarn Harlot herself. More details will follow, but we’re planning to open the store at 10am. She’ll be in around 11ish to start signing books. Then it’s over to the Calvin for the event at 2pm. Be sure to register here. We need a headcount! Then it’s back to the store for more additional book signings. We’ll be open until the last knitter leaves.
Then on May 17/18, it’s Tent Sale Weekend! Saturday also features our annual Fleece Market. It’s a fun and crazy time and something you don’t want to miss. More details to follow on that as well.
Hopefully I’m back on track now. Thanks for your patience!
Kathy

More Tent Sale Mania!

Sunday, May 20th, 2007
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Well, as I write this post, Tent Sale 2007 is just winding down to a close. WOW! What a weekend! It was truly incredible. Yesterday the weather was chilly and a bit ominous. Steve was worried there wouldn’t be a good turnout. I reassured them you would come. And did you ever! Yesterday was the biggest tent sale Saturday ever! Nobody cared it was chilly, nobody cared it was damp. The day actually improved as it went on, although the temp didn’t move very far.

We started out the day with our first ever, live broadcast of Ready, Set, Knit! We normally record during the week and the show airs on Saturday morning here locally and then it’s up to podcast-land. I thought it would be fun to go live and give everyone a real feel for the event. I know the radio folks were way more stressed than Steve and I were. It wasn’t even that we would slip and use some terrible language or say something completely politically/socially incorrect. I think they were most worried that we wouldn’t have the timing right. In recording the show, they can always do some “editing” if we are grossly off on the time, which we’ve never really been. But with live radio, you’ve got to hit the mark. And we did! It was so much fun! I think my years as a gymnast & figure skater, back in the day paid off. I may not have been good enough for larger-than-life glory, but both sports instilled a strong sense of timing. You had to end when the music ended in skating and floor exercise. Balance beam and bars had time restraints as well. Here’s a snapshot of the set-up:

Our thanks to Julia, Scooter and Jimmy who all got up really early on a crummy Saturday morning to pull this off for us!
And the tent as we kicked-off:


I heard at one point that it was easier to get from one side of the store to our office area on the other side of the building, by going outside.

We were also holding our annual Fleece Market. We had 9 or 10 vendors this year. One brought a bottle fed lamb that was sold during the day. We love this part of this event – it’s so awesome to give our local shepherd’s another venue to showcase their beautiful fleeces, rovings and yarns.

I think a discovery of mine during the late morning hours, really summed up the day for me, the staff and anyone around who knows me:

These are my feet. I left the house sans socks – I pretty much refuse to wear closed-toe footwear after May 1st. I don’t care what the fashionistas say, this is my rule and I’m stickin’ with it. I realized before the radio broadcast that a day like yesterday was not one to challenge with naked toes, so I grabbed these samples that were destined for the sale bin. I not only left the house with mismatched sandals, I put the socks on without realizing I had mismatched sandals. It wasn’t until I was in conversation with a couple of people about my sock/sandal combo later in the morning, that I realized what I had done. Now, I am usually a pretty pulled-together gal, at least on the outside. Everyone thought this was most fitting on a day like yesterday.

Quote of the day – in the tent, shortly after opening:
Woman on cell phone: “hello? oh hi! Guess where I am? The WEBS Tent Sale! I don’t see you here, so I guess you’re not coming? Well, that’s just too bad for you. I’ve got to go and shop” Bye!”
We saw lots of old friends and made many new ones as well. Congratulations to the woman from Ohio who travelled to come to the sale. I believe you came the farthest. If someone reading knows this not to be true, knows someone who came further than Ohio for the sale, please let me know!
I also wanted to something I saw along the way to a meeting last week in the far reaching corner of Western Massachussetts:

Yes, these two signs represent the same stretch of road. This coupled with my mismatched footwear really sums up the last couple of weeks.
Kathy

Tent Sale Mania

Friday, May 18th, 2007
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Tomorrow is our 4th Annual Tent Sale and Fleece Market. It shoulf be an awesome day, despite the weather! We are all so excited! We have incredible yarns, awesome savings, great special purchases just for this weekend, not to mentioned incredible buys on yarns in the store that HAVE TO GO to make room for Fall ’07.

Plus, we’ve got model garments that have to go, overstock books, magazines. . . .

AND that’s not all!!!

We have 12 Fleece Market vendors with their incredible fleeces, yarns and more. These are items that are local to our area, what more could you want?

Steve and I will be doing our first LIVE edition of Ready, Set, Knit! starting at 9am. Usually we record in advance and it is simply run by the push of a button. Tomorrow, all bets are off! We are flying with no safety net! I think the radio station folks are WAY more worried and stressed than we are.

We hope to see you all tomorrow and Sunday. It’s always a great event. We are open both days from 10am until 5:30pm. Feel free to come by early tomorrow to watch the show and maybe even end up on air with us! No fear, heck if we can do it, any of you can too!

Kathy