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Sale Changes

Heidi and I spend so much time together immediately before, during & after each sale, that once everything for a sale is settled, we tend to retreat back into our "normal" lives and don't talk as regularly as we usually do.  After about a month, we've had all the separation we can stand and start talking and visiting regularly again.  Just a few days ago we had dinner and spent a long time discussing sale dates.  
Eight years ago, when we bought CCE from the two women who began the sale, we inherited a well run sale that had been around for more than ten years.

The end of an experiment

After much discussion, Heidi & I have decided to discontinue the Women's Clothing Exchange.  It was a very hard decision but ultimately we feel like its the best choice for the sale.
A few years ago, we decide to give women's clothes a try.  We treated it like an experiment.  We knew it would take some time to grow, but we felt like it was worth the extra time & effort to see what we could make of it.  The sale did grow, but a very unevenly.  There were certain areas of the sale that took off immediately, such as purses, jewelry and accessories.

It's all over!!

empty storeWell, it's been a couple of weeks since the sale wrapped up.  Here's a picture of the store after we moved out.  Its always unbelievable to see the space empty after there's been so much amazing merchandise and so many people shopping.
Its a big process to completely break down the store, and I have to say the part I hate the most.  All the sorting of things back out by consignor number is very tedious and very loooonnggg.  Usually two complete days of nothing but sorting by number.

Getting Started

Every year I send out chirpy, peppy emails encouraging people to start tagging their things early.  Its great advice, but hardly anyone does it, me included.  Why is that?  There's no denying I'm a procrastinator, always have been.  And it is a pain to get everything out & go through it all.  Though I have finally gotten a big tub that I put things in that I know will go in the sale.  As i swap over closets from season to season, I've started putting things that I know are too small into the CCE tub.

Calm Before the Storm

I just got back from a trip to the lake with friends. One last "hurrah" before school starts and before the real work for CCE begins.
Heidi and I talk all the time about the love/hate relationship we have with the sale. We really enjoy doing it, we love getting to see people that we don't see any other time of the year. We REALLY love hearing from people how much they depend on CCE to clothe their families, without breaking the bank.
But, I won't deny that those last few weeks of freedom before we really get started, almost have the feeling of a condemned man's last days!

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