So, let’s talk about Fall Open House 2014. Lets just talk about it. Were you there? If you were, then you know. 😅
Holy moly. Never in my wildest dreams could I ever have imagined.
In the beginning, we went to so many events. Any event that we could sign up for within reasonable distance, we were there. This was the best way to get our name out there. Some events were awesome, and some were flops- but either way we would pack up fixtures, clothing, a cash register, bags, business cards- all the jazz and hope for the best. Well, a couple of months into business we decided to sign up for the big kahuna of all events- a barbecue festival in our city. We got all of the information and saw that spots were on a first come, first serve basis so we didn’t waste any time signing up.
It came time for the event, and since we were still really new, we did not have dedicated inventory just for the event. So we pulled our favorite pieces from the sales floor, fixtures, and readjusted the sales floor so that it didn’t look empty and headed down to set up. We arrived and immediately started looking for our spot number. We started at the center since we were one of the first businesses to sign up. After walking and walking, we realized we were at the very end. Turns out it was first come, first serve AND based on years participated. So we were kind of bummed. But either way, we set up and hoped for the best. Opening night came and much to our surprise- it was awesome!! We met SO many new people, and everyone was curious about what our plans were.
A couple weeks went by and we decided (very last minute) to have a fall open house. We announced on a Saturday that we would be open the next day from 12-4 and invited everyone to come check us out. The next day, we pulled up and there was a line waiting outside that was wrapped around the building!! Mind you, I have this trial and error thing happening, and the thought never crossed my mind to only let a few of them in at a time.
So I’m sure you know where this is going. It got out of control. We attempted to crowd surf more leggings from our stock room and I got stuck on top of the fireplace. One of the girls attempted to pack hangers to the stock room and fell into a display. The line to check out got wrapped around the store and somehow split into a Y and a fight broke out. Thankfully, my mom came to the rescue and started handing out numbers to check out. Then, the fire Marshall showed up and said that we had 7 reports filed within 30 minutes, and that we had to get it down to 40 people. It was complete and utter chaos. That’s the only way I know how to describe it. It was frantic, and scary, and exhausting- but I was on cloud 9. People knew about us. We were gaining traction. We were getting somewhere, and I was proud.
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