Hello all! On Saturday something big happened: I joined a few friends, drove two hours, and hit up the Prima Marketing warehouse store. Woo!
so here's the first batch. Everything's a dollar, remember. You walk in
and it's just rows of boxes, about knee height, in a hot and sweaty
warehouse with only two industrial fans to move air around. It's 9am, I
haven't had coffee, and I may or may not have been suffering a huge
headache. Anyway, I'm getting all these ideas on canvases I can make,
trying to think back to the canvases I *have*
made, what I needed for those, what I've searched the internet for but
could not find, and what I already have that might need companions. I
also tried to get a lot of white things since I can Copic or spray them
whatever colour I need. I filled a basket willy nilly, just shoved in what I wanted, got a big bag and checked that with the cashier to fill up *another* hand basket. Then, since they had crop space with tables, I sat down for a lengthy session of weeding out my purchases while the other gals explored. I was really good and put more than half of the stuff back. Telling yourself "it's only a $1" only works so long as you're not chucking in twenty items "just because". I wanted to make sure these things would be used properly and were items I really just couldn't get anywhere else at any other time. In the front there I was delighted to find
stencil packs. Five stencils screwed together. I'm always so reluctant
to spend on stencils, now here's my excuse to actually get some! I was
also happy because Peep Susan found some of the butterflies I'd been
looking for so I got a bunch of those because I just can't find them on
the internet anymore and I love them. This whole thing was $70. Not
shown, I also got 5 pieces of paper for $1.
is the second batch. We all five of us make our purchases, and it's
about 12 by now. We're tired, hungry, dehydrated, and still way hot. So
we decide to go out to lunch to talk and hang out more. About 1:30 we
leave and though Susan decided to go back to the warehouse, not
realising originally what a HUGE discount $1 for this stuff is, I
decided to pass. Then I start looking at Facebook while
Mike is in WalMart. They opened new boxes! They posted pictures of
things they hadn't had out!! I knew I'd regret it if we didn't go back,
just to make a pass through. Sure enough, all those Sprites at the top?
Totally new box just sat right in the middle of an aisle that hadn't
been there before. In fact, everything but the white flowers,orange
butterflies, the bright blue teal ones, metal tin, and the ivory with
the writing was all new that they'd taken out. The flowers are SO pretty
in real life and like the Sprites? I never had a chance at those back
in 2009 when they were new! This purchase was $32. Total of $100 for
both purchases. I asked the people there how much it would be retail and
they said *easily* $500 if I had bought in a store.
Sunday I woke up going "well, now what?!" because while all of this stuff is totally awesome, and I don't even regret it one bit, I had only vaguely planned on how I'd store these things. I've shared my flower collection with you before, it's not like I'm lacking in flowers and I knew I didn't need anything, but this wasn't something I'll be able to go to again for a very long time. So, here we go.