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Our first two shoppers are already in line at 8:30am, ready for the deals to be found when the doors open at 10am. The cool clear weather this morning will at least make the waiting comfortable.

The Fall 2009 event has easily eclipsed all of our previous sales in scale, with 26,000 items from 300 consignors. Featured at this sale are:

  • Over 1,200 pairs of kids shoes
  • 250 Halloween costumes
  • Almost 100 pieces of furniture
  • 73 strollers
  • 40 high chairs
  • 18,000 clothing items!
  • 30 bikes
  • Over 200 DVDs
  • 2,000 toys
  • 900 maternity items
  • 1,000 books
  • and way more in hundreds of other categories

We have posted photos from the sales floor in our online gallery,

Among the many improvements shoppers will find at this sale:

  • significantly more floor space and rack space for easier shopping
  • better fixtures to display bedding, toys and accessories
  • clearer signage indicating sizes and sections
  • five checkout lanes to keep peak-shopping lines moving quickly
  • of course a huge inventory of kids items at rock bottom prices

Registration for our Fall event has been open for about 10 days now and we are excited by the number of consignors already registered. It's nice to see so many familiar folks returning and equally exciting to have new people joining us. Word of mouth has definitely been one of our best ways of marketing and expanding our sale so we appreciate everyone spreading the word.

It's hard to believe this is our 7th sale! Three years ago this week we were opening up our first sale at Goodwood in an 800 square foot cottage. Cindi and I have a lot of fun memories about that sale including calling our husbands after the first day of check-in telling them to make a plan to build more racks. We were overwhelmed with the number of items we received! We also had a rainy Preview Sale which was unfortunate as we had big items set up outside. On a personal note, that week I had my first child with a broken bone and Cindi had a minor fender-bender while out running errands for the Boutique. All in all, though, the event was a success and here we are 3 years later!

With each subsequent sale we have tried to re-evaluate and offer things that improve the experience for shoppers and consignors alike. This will be our 3rd sale using the online tagging software . We have heard only positive things from our consignors about doing tags on-line. Albeit, there are always some questions that arise, I think everyone appreciates the uniform look of the tags and consignors especially like being able to log-on each night to gauge their earnings. I hope that anyone that finds this blog will ask questions and/or offer advice or suggestions to those needing it regarding tagging.

For this sale we are offering some Sunday check-in hours . We're hoping that those hours will be a good option for working consignors or people who want to come without bringing the kids along. If you are a consignor don't forget that you need to sign up for a check-in time on-line.

With every sale we have increased our marketing efforts and have tried to think of new ways to incorporate new sponsors and reach more families. We're always open to suggestions in these areas.

I'm hoping to use this blog as a way to update anyone who is interested on extra event details as the sale nears, as well as offer a forum for those that might have questions or suggestions. We'll see how it goes. Feel free to post any comments about The One Week Boutique.

Sara

October 4-6, 2019