May 15th, 2009

Tent Sale & Fleece Market Weekend!

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That’s right folks!  It’s the third weekend in May and it can only mean one thing – it’s time for our 7th Annual Tent Sale and Fleece Market! 


This is one of the craziest sales of the year and it’s what we call an “all hands on deck” weekend.  Tomorrow – everyone is required to work (unless they are graduating from college, getting married, etc.) 

Oh – don’t worry, there will be yarn under the tent in the morning – it’s all being staged and prepped:

Saturday is super special because (a) we broadcast our weekly radio show live from the tent and (b) the Fleece Market will be in full swing – more on that in a minute.

I know you are all dying to know about yarns – what’s on sale, what’s under the tent.  Let me give you a few highlights.  Sorry, no linkage because the tent sale prices are only available at the tent!

Kureyon Discontinued Colors – $47.50/bag of 10.  Folks – that works out to $4.75 per skein and it normally retails for $8.95!  Steve has obviously lost his mind.

Adrienne Vittadini – $27.50/bag of 10 (you can do the math) – normally $8.95.

Dive Zenith (great worsted wt superwash yarn) – $25.00/bag

Rowan Bamboo Tape – $35.00/bag

Fiesta Kokopelli – $7.49/skein – that’s crazy!

Oh – here’s something super special.  Steve bought a HUGE lot of closeouts from Universal.  All 100% wool, all 100 GRAM BALLS – $30.00/bag.

We have an amazing selection of accessories and bags at an ADDITIONAL 25% off (now’s the time to be thinking about gifts for teachers, holiday gifts, birthdays, etc).

We have a great selection of larger size Colonial Rosewood needles at $9.99 – savings of 75%!!

Now, this last tidbit is what really makes me think Steve has gone off the deep end.  He’s GIVING AWAY YARN.  That’s right folks – we’ll have free yarn.  It is not junk, it’s not leftovers, it’s not a big tangled mess you need to deal with.  It’s some really decent yarn from a yarn company YOU KNOW AND LOVE.  Please – don’t let your eyes be bigger than your belly as my mom used to say.  Share the free yarn love.

Okay – onto the Fleece Market.  Fleece Market only runs on Saturday.  This is one of our favorite aspects of this weekend.  We invite local shepherds to bring their fleeces, handspun and hand-dyed yarns and it’s like our own mini-festival.  We are so privileged to be here in Western Mass among an incredibly rich fiber community.  We love being able to give these folks yet another opportunity to share their passion.  We’ve been told there  will be Llamas and we are also confident about Alpacas (I’m really hoping they bring them this year).  Buddy the herding dog will be with us again – we love Buddy.

You can check out a complete list of the vendors here.  Also, Barb Parry of Foxfire Fiber will be vending again this year an in addition to her beautiful yarns, she will also be selling and signing copies of her new book Teach Yourself Visually Hand-Dyeing.

Finally – don’t forget WEBS – America’s Bead Store!  They are participating in the festivities and will have their own tent full of great bargains and specials throughout the store!  Our Store Manager Barbara is just back from a show and we have tons of new pearls!

Now – a few tips:

We will have someone directing traffic and we have access to a large amount of parking.  Do not get discouraged.

We will have SIX registers running – 4 in the store and 2 in the tent.  Our strongest ringers are on register (including Steve & I) and every register has a dedicated bagger.  Trust me – no matter how long the lines, we will move them along.

Pictures are welcome.

Bring your coffe and be sure to eat breakfast.  I suggest bringing a snack too 🙂  If nothing else, we’ll appreciate it 🙂

Play nicely and if you have questions we have PLENTY of staff on to help.  Everyone has an assigned area/job.  Even if you think the nice young man in the warehouse can’t answer your question -ask.  Even if he can’t, he’ll get you to the right person.

Spinning Wheels, equipment and fiber are on sale at 20% off throughout the weekend.  In stock items only, no special orders.

Saturday and Sunday 10-5:30.  Come early either day and we’re unlikely to turn you away – show up at 5:15 on Saturday, well, as much as we love you, we’ll be dead on our feet.  We’re going to do our best to bring the lights down at 5:30.  Sunday – we tend to wrap up between 4 and 5pm. 

Smith parents of graduating seniors – if we think you are going to miss graduation, we will send you on your merry way and hold your purchase.  Trust me – we know who you are – you’re the best dressed customers we have all weekend 🙂  Congratulations to you and your graduate!

Speaking of graduates – a special CONGRATULATIONS to our own Elisabeth who works in the store! Yay Elisabeth!  She’s graduating and coming on board full-time!

Steve will be running one of the registers in the store, I’ll be on a register in the tent so be sure to stop by and say hi!

Okay folks – here we go!  Tent Sale & Fleece Market 2009 is almost here!!


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14 Responses to “Tent Sale & Fleece Market Weekend!”

  1. amy Says:

    And that is why it’s so hard to make it to the tent sale–graduations! It’s a terrible weekend to try & stay over. But we visited last weekend and had a wonderful time and I came home with enough yarn to keep me busy for quite a while. 🙂

    Have a great weekend & tent sale!!

  2. Sojourner Design Says:

    I’m almost all packed up for the Fleece Sale. Bud has a postage stamp of territory in the front passenger seat… the rest of the car is dedicated to fiber!


  3. Louisa Loring Says:

    Everyone should come! this is going to be an amazing event!

  4. Melissa (Meliabella) Says:

    Free yarn?! I am so worried y’all have lost your minds! I’ll be stopping in after I attend a gathering near Springfield… Prolly around lunch time. Text me if you need a coffee! 😉

  5. Cirilia Says:

    Oh my my my…my weekend plans are set and I can’t possibly squeeze anything else in but this post make me want to go SO BADLY!! Anyone who can make it should GO, it’s absolutely awesome. And congrats to Elisabeth!! Webs is a fantastic job, and I speak from experience. So much more than “just” retail =) Have fun everyone!

  6. TamaraQ Says:

    I just can’t wait to get to the tent sale tomorrow!! Free yarn?! It’s like that great dream I have every so often – what could be better? Someone pinch me!

    About the ‘m’agical ‘m’ yarn – how about Mountain Colors? or maybe Mondial?

    Just had to guess. See you tomorrow!

  7. Melissa Says:

    Wish I could be there! So many good deals. I would love to get my hands on that 100% wool…

  8. Judy-So Cal Says:

    I am so jealous! It’s a bit of a drag when your LYS is 3000 miles away! Hope you all have a great time.

  9. elisabeth Says:

    awww thanks kathy! i came in today to check out what was going on (and show off my dress!) but you and steve both looked so busy out at the tent registers i didn’t want to disturb you.

  10. elisabeth Says:

    oops, the internet ate half of my comment…the part about how excited i am to stay at webs! you guys are the best! that goes for the entire staff 🙂

  11. KathyElkins Says:

    Oh no! I can’t believe we missed you! You should have just come into the warehouse! You’ll have to bring the dress in this week and model – the natives are restless! I hope you have a wonderful celebration!

  12. KathyElkins Says:

    We’re pretty excited you’re staying too 🙂

  13. KathyElkins Says:

    You rocked today Louisa! Thanks for being my partner in crime in the tent!

  14. Mollysmum Says:

    I love listening to this particular podcast. I remember the one last year. Every time I hear Pixie laughing in the background (which is usually a lot) I smile so wide my face hurts! Hey, the bit about the Alpacas in the car this year was funny. You all seemed genuinely amazed at the sight. All I can say is “I cant wait until its my turn to be sharing the fun with you”. Glad the weekend was a success.

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