Last Friday, August 12th, Knit Picks warehouse in Columbus had warehouse sale. They’ve been doing the Connecting Threads fabric warehouse sale for years now and this year they decided to include the yarn they’ve had piling up from Knit Picks. Here’s the email that was sent out to Ohio folks. I wasn’t sure I’d go, not really knowing what to expect, but after some discussion at knit group, 4 of us decided to take a car up and check it out.
Between the time we decided to go and the day of the sale, I checked the Knit Picks Lovers group and saw a thread about the warehouse sale. Looked like there were quite a few people coming in from other states. Some were planning on coming from much further then we were (roughly 2 hours away). I was a little worried that the place would be crowded, but figured it wouldn’t be too bad based on the responses there. In that thread someone who works for Knit Picks said that the yarn would be returns, things missing ball bands, and discontinued yarns or colorways.
The sale started at 1 pm. Karen, Lani, Mary and I got there at 1:05 pm. By the time we parked and got inside the warehouse at maybe 1:10 pm, the place completely packed and a bit chaotic. I found out after getting home and checking the Knit Picks thread again that they started with 18 boxes, side by side in two lines, on the floor, that were most of the way filled. By the time we arrived, there were half the amount of boxes and tons of people bent over them trying to dig through and see what there was.
This is near where the yarn was
I can’t stay bent over for really any length of time without my back hurting, so after a few minutes of seeing nothing but boxes of mostly tangled messes, I gave up on the idea of getting any yarn. I’m really not kidding when I say that every box that was left looked pretty much like this when I tried to see what was left.
By the time we got to the yarn, much of it looked like this
Right as I gave up on the yarn, I found that they also had books for sale at very deeply discounted prices: $1 for soft cover, $3 for hard cover. I quickly changed my game plan from finding a place to sit away from the crowd, to looking through the books they had. They were all books that they weren’t able to sell for one reason or another – torn or bent pages, torn or bent covers, missing book jackets, etc. In no time, I had a pile of books that have been on my wishlist for a while and some books I hadn’t heard of, but looked interesting.
After I was done looking through the books, I managed to find Karen and we got in what we thought was a line. Not long after being in what we and others thought was the line, we found it had started splitting off in a totally different direction. I asked the person in front of us what was going on after some people near us left and found out the line ordeal. She said to just stay here and we would merge with the line. I did and thankfully it all worked out because we’d been standing there for 20 minutes and I may have completely abandoned buying anything if I’d had to go to the back of the now VERY long line. I think we stood in line for well over an hour and shopped for a total of 20 minutes. Here was the scene as we were getting closer to the check out table.
This is while we were near the front of the line
*See those boxes that the piles of fabric are sitting on? Yarn was in boxes the same size, just on the floor with holes cut in the tops.
From what was put out by Knit Picks and what was in the thread, I had a bit of a different idea of what would be there, how things would be organized (ie not on the floor in boxes, considering all the fabric was at knee to waist level), and the amount of people that would be there. I will admit that I’ve not been to a whole lot of warehouse sales in my life and apparently I have not been to any “true” mob type warehouse sales. I suppose the closest I’ve come is Kohl’s on Black Friday and while the lines were long, it was still nothing as crazy as this. I’d compare it to The Fold’s booth at Rhinebeck or MDSW (if you’ve experienced that), except with a lot of tangled yarn and everything in a few boxes on the floor. Now, I didn’t expect top-of-the-line, straight-off-the-warehouse-shelf type stuff, but I expected more than a tangled mess of yarn with a huge mass of people bent over and surrounding boxes on the floor that were difficult to dig through. The saving grace for me was the books, which I was lucky enough to get to before they were gone and that didn’t take long!
After I got home, I found out that they had announced to the people waiting in line that there wasn’t “that much yarn” and that the people that were closest to the front of the line waiting for the warehouse sale to start had the best/biggest scores. Full bags of yarn, knitting bags, more popular knitting books, and anything else that was likely gone before we even got out of the car. I do wish we could have been there earlier, but I had to work, so it didn’t happen. Then again I don’t think any of us expected the amount of people that ended up being there! From reading the thread later it seems a number of people were very happy with their deals, others were upset, and others just tried to make lemon-aid out of lemons. I would have abandoned my purchases and left had I not come with 3 other people. In fact my friends all scored some decent yarn findings when people abandoned their purchases and left! The sale ran from 1 pm to 6 pm, but I’m sure anyone that arrived after 2 pm didn’t find much in way of yarn or knitting books.
It wasn’t all bad, though. I scored some great deals on books and I’m thankful for that. I’m also thankful that it wasn’t a hot day and it was relatively cool in the warehouse once you were out of the crush of people. Would I go again? Eh… I don’t know. I’d say probably not. I have quite a bit of yarn already and considering the 4 hour round trip drive, I don’t think yarn at $10/lb is worth it to me unless I know what will be available. I think because this is the first time Knit Picks joined the Connecting Threads warehouse sale the staff really didn’t know what to expect in terms of how many people would show up or from how far away they’d drive for the promise of yarn at $10/lb and when hundreds of people arrived and waited in line, they were overwhelmed. I’m sure they learned some valuable lessons from this experience!
Now… on to the books I scored. I came home with: Victorian Lace Today, Knitting Nature, Vogue Knitting The Ultimate Sock Book, Favorite Socks, Romantic Hand Knits, Selbuvotter, Knitted Tams, Lace Style, Country Weekend Knits, Arctic Lace, Twisted Stitch Knitting, and The Great American Afghan.
Now for the giveaway!
I picked up two copies of Selbuvotter. I don’t really know why other then I thought it’d be a good idea. Obviously, I don’t really NEED two copies of this book, so I’m going to give one copy away to someone. It does have a little damage to the bottom of the spine and there’s an “X” on the back (all the books were sold this way), but it’s in good shape otherwise and has no missing pages from what I can tell.
If you’d like to win a copy of this book, leave a comment on this post (be sure to leave your email address) by midnight eastern time in the US on Wednesday, August 24, 2011, letting me know you’d like to be entered in the drawing. On Thursday, August 25, 2011, I will use the random number generator to pick a winner and will announce it on the blog. Good luck! 🙂
23 thoughts on “Knit Picks Warehouse Sale and a Giveaway”
Wow, I wish I lived in Ohio! It sounds like it was awesome if you got there first, but you definitely got some great stuff. I’d love to win a copy of this book-I’ve been eyeing it for a while.
Thanks for doing the giveaway!
I’m so glad I decided not to go, and it was right by me too. 😀 I would have had to leave work early, but my husband was willing. Then I decided I didn’t really need anything (plus he spent money on farm stuff). That would have been a bummer to get there and see all that picked through yarn.
Thanks for posting this Lindz, and I would love that book. Put me in the contest! 😀
Oh man that sounds crazy!!! I would have been uber p!ssed if that was all the yarn they had and how it was displayed. Nice score on the books though!
Wow I am glad I didn’t go either! That kind of crowd is definitely not my thing. I don’t have the patience to dig through bins and fight with other shoppers for stuff that may not even be what I wanted. Great book haul! Thanks for the contest. I’ve been wanting that book for a long time.
Wow, that sounds like such an experience. Great score on the books.
That book is actually on my wishlist.
Thank you so much for sharing.
your so lucky that you got all those lovely books on discount..i heard there was a crazy amount of people there that the knitpicks people didnt expect..anyways i would love to win a copy of this book…i love Norwegian knitting! thanks!
When I first started reading, I thought, “Gee, I wish I’d known about the sale!!” But now I have to say that I’d rather crawl naked through broken glass on a freshly salted highway than go to that sale. Yeesh.
Great book score, though! I’m glad you came out with something that made it worthwhile!
I absolutely love this book! I borrowed it from a friend and feel in love with it – I would love my own copy!
Please enter me into this giveaway! The book looks amazing. I’ve posted about your giveaway on Google+, so hopefully you’ll get some more contestants from there.
Your post has made me realize that I will need to go to this warehouse sale someday! Dangerous (to both the wallet and, possibly, one’s sanity. But so worth it!
I think I’m with you on it not being worth a two-hour drive for boxes of tangled yarn. And since I live in Oregon, there’s little or no danger of my ever going.
Great score on the books tho! I would love to win the Selbuvotter book, I just love Norwegian knitting motifs.
What a nightmare! At least you scored on books, lucky for us, and thanks!
Heard about your giveaway on G+ and had to come check this out. I have to say I’m so jealous, must have been an experience and a half going there (sorry about your back though). Great books! Would love to win 🙂
Oh my, what a sale! You got lucky with the books. And thanks for the giveaway, that is very generous of you. Please count me in for the draw.
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I heard about your blog on google+ and think I’m now a dedicated reader. I’d love to be entered in your giveaway. I’ve just started stranded knitting and love it.
If that’s how their sale is always held-don’t think I would go just for the yarn and fabric. Now for book, that’s a different story. Glad you were able to take advantage and for such a great price.
I don’t think I would’ve liked going to that sale. I hate crowds. But yay for the books! I’d love to win the spare copy. 😀
woah – that is one crazy sale. I’m glad you were able to score some awesome books tho! Count me in for the drawing – I’ve always been interested in that book too – excellent choice 🙂
Lindz, you lucky dog! You got some great books! Thank you for the write-up!!
Oh, my goodness! What a debacle. I’ll bet if Knit Picks goes again next year they do a better job of it. I think you’re right — they completely underestimated the demand.
Please enter me for the drawing. I really love stranded knitting and I’m dying to try out some more complex designs.
A little disappointing that the yarn was gone so quickly–but seems you made lemonaid! Great books, and I’d love to win the extra book! 🙂