This post comes courtesy of Katherine, one of our dear croppers who moved back east a couple months ago. I received her permission to post it!
Ok, so I finally decided to go and make scrapbook friends. OY. If you are reading this in the store, shout out to everyone, especially my table buddies! And please Thank Julia for sending those photos - I will cherish them.
So here's what happened, or what didn't happen, rather: I already told you that they don't carry Bazzil so I had to stock up at Michael's before hand (I know you are cringing, sorry). So there came around a time when I finished a page, and I was about to yell out "I finished a page, where do you go to claim a prize?" and realized that there was no such thing. It was all kind of quiet. People just finished and rejoiced in private. WHAT?
That room full of Australian goodness you have in the back? Yeah, I think they have a rack and there is no rhyme or reason. I have given up after the third time I asked for something and they said, well . .. I can order it. Ugh.
Oh, and do I need to even comment on the music selection? Sonja, we listened to the radio! I know. And every time the one cropper used her Cricut, the radio would go off. So someone suggested we listen to CD's, and the owner said that it was just too hard to get up on the chair to put them in. WHAT?!?!?!
I miss how bright and organized your store is. And I love how your crop area is smack in the middle of everything so when you are stuck for ideas, all you have to do is look around you. You don't have to get up (well, not unless you want a closer look).
I was talking to the store owner and she was telling me that in Pittsburgh, scrapbooking is seasonal and really doesn't pick up until September. They get really busy during the winter months. Either I had no life in LA, or this is really backwards compared to what I remember experiencing in a part of the country where there is no winter and the weather is ALWAYS nice. I just didn't get it. They only have Friday night crops, 1 Saturday Crop for in May for the National Scrapbooking Day and 1 crop that lasts 3 days, where they book a hotel. That's it. Oy.
Anyway. I hope all is well. Fill me in on the gossip please. I miss you all!