Of course, in the midst of all the sadness, something wonderful is coming out of the whole affair: liquidation sales!! After marking down all patterns to 1.99 for the past week (I picked up a couple Burda and Vogue ones at that price since even on sale they never drop that low), I got an email last night from a ward friend mentioning that all patterns (except for Simplicity) had been lowered further to $0.25.
I probably don’t need to say that we were, of course, standing there ready to walk in when they opened the doors at 9:00 this morning. I had expected wild stampeding crowds, but, surprisingly, we had the pattern drawers to ourselves for the first half an hour. By the time the post-preschool-drop-off crowds (including a good ward friend: yay for patterns PLUS friend-time!!)--showed up a little after 9:30 we were most of the way through.
We were working through the drawers so quickly it was hard to process everything there was to see so I didn’t actually get a great feel for what we’d found until we got home and started spreading things out. We spent just under $20 dollars (self-imposed budget so I didn’t walk out of there with EVERY pattern) and picked up over 70 patterns. When they rang us up the “You Saved” part of the display read $975.
So if you’ve ever wondered what a thousand dollars worth of patterns looks like, here they are: