When the alarm went out on the CGOA_Membership online group, I jumped to action! A field trip was a must because Wrights, well known as Boye's outlet store located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, had been announced on the list to be closing! A phone call to the store confirmed the news. Everything, as of this past weekend, is 25% off their already low prices.
I went on this "emergency field trip" with my friend Grace, and with Mini~Dee and her friend Mini~Lois. It turned out to be a long -- yet fun -- day, starting at 8:00 in the morning
Our first stop, shortly after 10:00, was at the Mt. Laurel Yarn Boutique. This was a new yarn shop (to us) to explore. Inside we found that the shop is one of the most "crochet friendly" -- from staff, to displays, to patterns available for purchase. In fact, one employee was working on the crocheted socks featured in the latest issue of Interweave Crochet magazine! After selecting some yummy yarn, we then drove down the road and started our adventure at Wrights.
At Wrights we were not alone -- the store was hopping! Word is out, although there are no signs to indicate that, the store is closing! Everyone was stocking up, walking out with huge bags! I managed to pick up quite a few goodies myself, including the new Boye "InterChangeable Head" crochet hook set that many have been discussing on various online groups! (For those interested, some of the Wrights employees said that their goal is to close the shop by the end of April.)
After checking out, we popped back onto the highway and headed west to Northampton. While there we enjoyed lunch at Sylvester's, then ventured over to WEBs to partake in their Anniversary Sale where I, once again, loaded up on lots of goodies, including some beautiful Ella Ray bamboo/silk yarn! (It's soooooo soft & silky!!)
Our final stop was at WEBs new bead shop (formerly known as Beaders Paradise). They just opened the shop and, according to the staff, they're still in the process of stocking the store. That didn't stop me from finding some new beauties to bring home! LOL
The girls had a fantastic time shopping too -- and I expect they'll be sharing information about it at their after-school "Hooks and Needles Club" meeting today. :)