Monday, January 5, 2009

Monday Mayhem - Bringing in '09

Happy New Year 2009!

Hope you all had a wonderful celebration of saying good-bye to 2008 and welcoming in 2009!

The Hubby and I rang in the new year in a unique way. After spending some time with our college students from church and playing APPLES TO APPLES (the BEST game ever!), we hopped in the car before midnight (when all the crazies are out driving) and headed for Nashville...
Now, for Christmas this year, Zack says I got him this as a gift...we arrived in Nashville at his favorite sporting goods store, REI at 1:30 am to camp out in front of their store for their Annual Scratch and Dent Sale.


Now, this sale contains all sorts of items that have been returned throughout the year for whatever reason and are sold .20 - .30 cents to the dollar. For instance, if someone bought some shoes, wore them a few weeks and decided they didn't like the fit, they could return them for a money back guarantee. So what happens to those shoes? They're sold at this sale!
So we got there at 1:30 am. This picture pretty much sums up the evening:


By 4 am, we were shaking ourselves sick. Luckily, this was not real camping and our roasty toasty Honda was parked a few feet away in the parking lot :) So that is where we "camped" until 6 am.
Just so you have an idea of how big of an event this is, here are a few pictures to show you the 150-200 people attending. Because we got there at 1:30 am, we were VERY close to the door, compared to the straglers that arrived at 6-7 am (doors opened at 8 am):


In front of us to the door:

From us all the way back:

When the doors opened, it was CHAOS! People were running everywhere. The group in front of us (which was all one group of college kids) scattered through out the store, picked up every item they could hold and ran off to corners of the building to sort through their stacks. That pretty much left NOTHING for the majority of the people behind us.

So we have our strategy already figured out for next year :)

But don't worry...we did not leave empty handed. My one responsiblity was to find North Face jackets. I collected so many, people were looking at me in jealousy :) I finally tracked down Zack and as we sorted through the findings, we ended up only being able to keep a few. Each of us got away with a North Face Denali!

So there you have it...the crazy New Year's Celebration we had. We got lots of other goodies as well...I got a super cute pair of Merrell's, a Columbia rain coat (with a removable fleece interior), and Zack got two pairs of sunglasses, a watch, some socks and another North Face jacket he's been wanting! Happy New Year!

19 lovely comments:

Amy said...

Happy New Year to you too!:)

moody mom said...

Oh you two...just a couple of crazy, crazies! Happy New Year! Love, mom oxoxoxoxo p.s. ...taking a MUCH needed nap at 10:00 a.m. ...been up since 3!...this better STOP soon! :D

Megan said...

That definitely fits under "Monday Mayhem!" Next year you guys will have to "encourage" the college kids at your church to come out and help!!

Alison Mayes said...

That sounds like fun but I think after being cold I would have given up!

Michele said...

That sounds AWESOME! I love shopping for deals like that! Not so much the waiting in line in the cold. Glad you rang in the new year in a fun way.

Liz said...

Wow... you are one seriously motivated woman!

Natalie said...

Whoa, that does sound crazy, but you got some good deals out of it I guess! :D

What Merrel's did you get?

Rachel said...

I am sure you both had a lot of fun...and what a great wife to do this for your hubby!

Emily Harrod said...

I'm glad you found that jacket! Isn't it the greatest? I'm thinking we should all venture there next year and be like those obnoxious college students that everyone hates... :)

HeathahLee said...

That's crazy, but fun! I LOVE bargains like that!

Glamorous Life of a House Wife said...

You are officially the best wife ever to sit out there in that FREEZATION! My word. That is awesome!!

erinkern said...

Wow, what a crazy night! Glad you got some good finds!

Mother Hood said...

Wow!You guys are hardcore shoppers!

tootie said...

That sounds like it was fun! (Or, as much fun as you can have waiting in the cold.) Glad you found some good buys!

Happy 2009!

Pleasant Drive said...

what a fun way to ring in the new year! sounds like you had some great finds!

Carrie said...

How crazy but it looks like you got some great deals.

Vikki said...

I live in Nashville and had no idea this was going on!! Glad you got some good stuff. Wish I knew you were here there is a great store in the center-Hot Pink and also a great place to eat-Puffy Muffin! Maybe you visited them or maybe you were too busy shopping!

Miss Anne said...

i LOVE the denali's!

love love love them!

Caroline said...

sounds like you had an awesome/crazy new year!

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