The once a year, charity fundraising, extravaganza that is the Smoking Lily Garage Sale is a kooky thing to behold. So much work goes into preparing for it and then in only 3 short hours of frenzied shopping it's all over. I decided to head over from the Vancouver shop to behold the Victoria spectacle. It was fun working with the Victoria crew. We're in phone contact a lot, but there's nothing like discussing new designs with the people who'll be sewing them while holding the actual fabric - very satisfying. But that was all prior to the sale.
Day of, we had to batten down the hatches and great ready for the frenzy. Dedicated customers in the know lined up really early to get first dibs on the deals (5:30 am was the earliest I heard - impressive!). The doors opened at 10:00 and the scene was happy chaos. Lots of darting about the racks, digging through $5 bins, and giggling while trying on mounds of serious scores. I enjoyed catching up with old Victoria customers and meeting new ones.
The photos above are a couple I took within the first 10 minutes of the sale. Then I had to put my head down with Nicole and Beth and Trish behind the till. After 3 intense hours, we took a brief break then put the studio back together. People began silk-screening scarves and all was back to normal. Incredible!