13 Quilt Shops in One Day ~ It Can Be Done!
Today is the last day of the “The Valley of the Sun Shop Hop”, which started 9 days ago on the 16th of September. My friends and I wanted to do the entire hop together, so we decided yesterday was the day we were going to do so. We (5 of the 6 of us, anyway) put on our matching Shop Hop T-shirts and headed for the first and farthest shop, WAY on the other side of the valley. We arrived about 15 minutes before they opened at 9:30am. We covered 270 miles and visited 13 shops before returning to our gathering spot around 7pm.
At each shop, we watched a short product demonstration before getting our passport stamped. Then we quickly perused the store and made our purchases before heading out the door to our next stop. Every store greeted us with comments on what a great idea and how cute our shirts were. They were great conversation starters, plus it made it easy to spot the members of our group as we got ready to leave each store. Before leaving, we made sure we got a group photo outside of each of the stores, trying to get the stores name in the photo (oops, one of the store photos is missing). Sometimes we were able to get someone to take the photo with all of us in it, other times we had to rely on one person from our group to take the photo.
There were 12 shops on the hop, so that left no time for stopping to eat (we all brought drinks and snacks to nibble on throughout the day), but we did make time to stop at Patrick’s Quilt & Create Studio since we were right there.
We bought copies of the newest issue of Quilting Celebrations magazine and got them autographed by Patrick. I also bought a yard of his fabric (the blue swirly pattern in the photo with the magazine), wishing I could have bought more.
By time we arrived at our final stop, about 10 minutes before they closed, they were actually expecting us! As we walked in, they told us they had heard about us throughout the day. We watched the demo on the books they are using to teach classes on some beautiful quilts they had there. We got our final stamp on our passports and turned them in for the drawing. We tried to make our purchases quickly so we didn’t keep them too late, and were out the door by 6:15.
As a group, we made purchases at every shop, some of us just purchased at more of the shops than others did. We were surprised that the shops were not offering much in the way of sales or discounts during the hop since we (and MANY others) were spending quite a bit of time on the road and gas money to get to their shops. We most likely would not have reason to visit many of the shops, due to distance, if it were not for the hop. Most shops were only giving about a 20% discount on the item they were demonstrating with no other sales or discounts evident. There was only one shop that was advertizing a couple of other discounts.
Here is what I got:
Cutting Edge Quilts – Binding Tool
3 Dudes Quilting – Lil Twister & Frixion Gel Pen
Sun Valley Quilts – Holiday Panel
In Stitches – Hunter’s Star Cutting Guide
What a fun day! I can’t wait to get started on my new projects.