Scrap-a-Palooza #8: The True Story
Many of you know about the Palooza Curse. It began with Scrap-a-Palooza #4 (January 2010) when Stacey and I both had the flu during set-up day and the actual event. Bad timing! Following set-up for Palooza #5, on the way back to SG I was involved in a minor car accident. Paloozas #6 and #7 had been curse-free, but with #8, it was Allison's turn. On Friday, we were about an hour into set-up at Remington's when she got a call that Jackson had a high fever. She immediately went home to take care of him, so luckily Don was able to pitch in and help us get the store set up.
From 5-7 pm Friday evening, we hosted a reception for a group of about 40 members of the Two Peas in a Bucket message board. A few were local and Missouri ladies, but most were from other states, including Texas, Nebraska, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Illinois, Georgia, Minnesota, and Arkansas. Most of what I've dubbed the Traveling Peas had never met each other or even seen photos of each other. Some came in small groups and others were by themselves, ready to make some new friends. Some arrived earlier in the day and cropped in our classroom, and others just rolled into town in time for the reception (after having started on the road at 4 am!). We had some snacks and drinks, and were happy to give these ladies goodie bags, which even included a generous donation from Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker.
|Some of the Traveling Peas check out Scrapbook Generation during what we called the Pea-ception.|
|The Traveling Peas pretty much filled the store. We also had some local shoppers stop by, and they asked if we were always this busy on Friday evenings. We had to laugh and say "we wish!"|
|When they weren't shopping, the Traveling Peas were able to use the classroom area to get better acquainted with each other.|
|The largest group came from the Kansas City area. I sat with them at Palooza the next day and had a wonderful time.|
Scrap-a-Palooza #8 was another successful collaboration of Chris Louzader and Midwest Family Broadcasting with Scrapbook Generation. Chris and MFB take care of the seating, building, food and the other vendors (there were a record 19 at this event!). We focus on the SG store, big-screen demos, goodie bags, and classes. I'm happy to say that Palooza #8 broke all previous records for us. You shopped, shopped, and then shopped some more. We're so appreciative! Hope you enjoy this photo essay of the day.
|When I arrived about 7:15, the line had already started to form...|
|...and by 8:30 when it was time to open the doors, the line was substantial.|
|Following the demos, Allison is happy to help with any questions people have.|
|Packed house is the best way to describe Allison's paid Palooza classes. (Several people have inquired about kits for the three classes, and we are going to be able to sell them as kits. I'll tell more about that in another post.)|
|This is just a small portion of the nearly 70 new paper collections that we had available for shoppers at Scrap-a-Palooza.|
|The Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker free classes were popular places to be. The second project was just as cute as the first!|
|The third of the free classes continued to be a crowd pleaser!|
|I have tremendous admiration for what Stacey does at Palooza. She is on her feet at the register for about 14 hours straight, rarely takes a break, and manages to keep the whole store area running smoothly, despite the huge amount of shoppers.|
|Karin takes a photo for a group of Palooza gals. Karin gets double-duty on Palooza day, because someone has to run SG all day, and she gets elected. After the store closes at 5, she comes back to Remingtons and helps out where she can.|
|Karin and I at Scrap-a-Palooza #8.|
|Locals Jana, Karin, Katrina, Debbie, and Allison join some of the Traveling Peas, including the gals at the table, trip organizer Penny and Lynette, who traveled all the way from Minnesota to meet up with the other Peas and attend Palooza.|
|Natalie's first place winning layout in the single-page layout category.|
|Cherrie's first place winning layout in the double-page layout category.|
|Amy's first place layout in the sketch layout category.|
We need to thank two groups: our local, loyal customers, and the Traveling Peas! The local and area scrapbookers are with us on a daily basis, shopping at our store, participating in our activities, and recommending us to their friends.
The Traveling Peas (and other Peas who didn't live close enough to travel to Springfield) are also our customers. They subscribe to our kits, buy our sketch books, and sing our praises to anyone who ventures onto their message board.
In today's economy, it's a challenge to be a retail business, especially one that doesn't sell necessities. We are so fortunate to have both groups supporting our products and activities. We can never say "thank you" enough. So "thank you" from the SG team...give us a week or two, and we'll be ready to start on Scrap-a-Palooza #9!