• Expect the Unexpected

    OPENING DAY

    Well Grand Opening day for University Pickers definitely exceeded my expectations. I woke up anxious and ready to roll this morning. I had my heart set on something in the Rusty, Repurposed, and Recycled booth, and I just KNEW if I didn’t buy it at 9 am sharp I would literally D..I..E! Okay that is a bit dramatic, but I would have been an unhappy camper for a long, long time. I was so focused in “picker” mode on my way to the store that I really wasn’t thinking about OUR booth and what to expect on opening day.

    I arrived at the store and it was already full of dealers. I thought that in itself was just AMAZING- we all came out to support each other, and it really does feel like being a part of a little private community [the kind with matching T-shirts!]. We had a lovely team meeting and prayer first thing in the morning, and then as the clock hands struck 9 am I quickly snatched up my Hollywood Spotlight!

    After my extreme giddiness over my vintage score died down a bit I started to focus on OUR booth. I was feeling a little bit apprehensive about how things would go. The store was PACKED (I mean there were people lined up in the cold before the doors even opened and the store stayed packed all day), and people’s hands were FULL of vintage goodness but I wasn’t seeing anything of ours selling. I expressed my concern aloud, and Tori’s husband tried to calm me down by saying it was only 9:45 a.m. (guess I’m not very patient… I wanted things to fly off of our shelves). He also explained that BIG items probably wouldn’t sell on the first day (you know gotta go home… measure your space… check the bank account… get the OK from the significant other… yada yada). I was actually satisfied with that explanation, so I decided I would just kick back, relax, and enjoy the glorious day.

    I had a blast getting to know the other pickers, shopping for my own home, and seeing familiar faces around the store. After a few hours I saw a few of our knick knacks leaving out the door with happy new owners (I wonder if they felt as giddy as I did about my spotlight!), and I felt truly satisfied.

    The morning FLEW by and Tori and I decided to go grab a quick bite to eat. It was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the store. During our break, Pam (of Wild Heart Studios) called us and frantically explained that our BOOTH was essentially E.M.P.T.Y. What?! I mean what happened to the whole go home, measure, check the bank account situation?! I guess people decided it wasn’t worth the risk of something not being there the next day (geez… the way things were going all over the store you couldn’t guarantee that something would stay in a booth for five more minutes).

    So on day ONE (before the sun even began setting) we needed to restock our booth. Wow, that was completely unexpected and I FEEL SO COMPLETELY BLESSED! So we restocked our booth during the grand opening not once but twice (and I saw other pickers doing the exact same thing throughout the day- hauling in new pieces to fill in where another had sold). We are so thankful for all of the people that came out to support US today. Our friends and families are completely amazing, and We Love You Guys. We are also thankful for all of the new bonds we formed with our fellow pickers, and OF COURSE we appreciate all of the kind words and interest from the sweet shoppers! We had an absolute blast today, and we are so excited that the day went as well as it did for EVERYONE (especially Paul and Katherine who have worked their tails off for this!).

    I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know that Day 1 was amazing. It was full of laughter, hugs, and tears (the happy kind of course). I hope to see you all again soon.

    ~Kiki

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  • http://www.facebook.com/larry.mcwhorter.3 Larry McWhorter

    Great article.Your enthusiasm is infectious.I to am very pleased with a great opening day and look forward to sharing with all the new friends made and the new family of pickers as this journey begins.Good luck to you.Oh and thanks for the purchase of the theatrical light.I knew I had held on to it for 8 years for the rig person to appreciate it

    • kiki

      Larry- My family and friends have been hearing about my Hollywood spotlight ever since I bought it (seriously)! It will be well loved in my home. I had a blast at grand opening, and I am so pleased with how well it turned out! I look forward to running into you again at the booth some time! Thanks for reading our blog ~Kristian