There were four ladies who had numbers several spaces behind us, but they insisted on being in line in front of us. This was really frustrating to Auntie the "rule follower". I reassured her that "they won't get in ahead of us, they go by the ticket number". Two of the ladies snuck in several places ahead of us-so much for them checking the tickets!
I was really frustrated by that! HLC even says on their website that if you aren't in the correct "ticket" order, you will forfeit your place in line and have to go to the end of the line and start the wait all over again-yet they don't enforce it-not good! Also, while we were standing in line, a man and a woman came out the entrance with their dolly with milk crates on it and squeezed their way through the line of people waiting to get in, saying they got kicked out and told to go to the retail store to pay for their purchases.
People were asking them what they got kicked out for and he said it was because he complained about people line jumping. As he got further down the line, we heard that he had a called someone in there a nasty name He should have had to go to the end of the line and start the wait all over or be taken off the premises. We kept seeing him and his wife walking in and out of the retail store and all around the check-out end of the tent.
Then we see a security guard coming from the check-out end, and one coming from the start end, and as they passed right in front of us, one told the other, that it was "that same guy causing trouble again". We later learned he got taken away in handcuffs. How immature! How embarrassing for his poor wife! He looked to be in his late 50's, early 60's-shame on him-he should be able to control himself better in public. They said he made one of the female employees cry! The whole saga with him probably went on for an hour and a half or so. Another shot of the line-so you can see what a tight fit it was, and how that man and his wife with their dolly of full milk crates had to squeeze through.
Finally we got to enter the tent!!! Just as we got our crates and got in, the sky opened up and it poured!! It was VERY overwhelming! It sure felt like there were more than 75 in there at a time! Another thing that was really annoying were the people with the giant over-sized carts and dollys-something HLC says on their website is NOT allowed I was worried that they would tell me our dolly was too big, it was actually one of the smaller ones there you'll see a picture of it a little later. After we paid for our purchases, we got a couple of pics of the entrance to their retail store.
They have a neat broken pottery garden along the front of the retail store. Of course, we had to stop in the store! We couldn't just leave without checking it out! I went in first while Auntie watched our purchases from the tent. They wrapped everything up really well and boxed all of our purchases up for us. These were my purchases, before I went into the retail store-see my dolly was a pretty big one!
After Auntie had a chance to pick up some juice glasses and some tumblers in the store, we turned in her rented cart, and piled everything up on the dolly. We stopped at the Hall tent on the way to the parking area. It was a much, much smaller tent with not very much merchandise in it, but I found two pitchers I couldn't live without-I think they are very unique-tell me what you think certain people think the white one looks like an old-fashioned urinal These are my treasures from the Fiesta tent Red prep bowls-in both sizes. There was a limit of 2 per customer on these. I only got the little one because my cashier asked if I wanted a small one because someone in line before me had too many and couldn't get it and she had it under the table.
Two dinner plates, one Lemongrass, and one Turquoise and a Turquoise Gusto bowl.
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A Peacock sauce boat, and a red loaf pan. There are actually 6 of these mugs, but Eric just had to use the white one this morning for tea, and I didn't feel like washing it just to take a picture of it!
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I was bummed when I saw I got 2 in the yellow-I was trying to not get any duplicate colors. A white pedestal bowl and 4 cereal bowls-I got two in Lemongrass on purpose, because it looks so much like the chartreuse color that I love, and collect that NO one is allowed to use. A set of 4 square mugs.
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I'm still not liking the square plates and bowls, but these mugs are pretty awesome! Maybe I'll end up liking the plates and bowls after a while. This is Auntie, peeking out from behind the dolly when I went to get the car. These are our purchases combined-they're not all mine! She still has her sock on her hand! You wear a sock on your hand to dust off the pottery-everything was covered with pottery dust.
Some just a tiny dusting-some was really thick and gray. I took one of Eric's old low cut socks-it was yucky gray when I was done. Some of the dealers we were talking to said that on Saturday, all the items left in the tent go down to half off and whatever doesn't sell goes over to the edge of the property and gets smashed, and if you get caught trying to take some of the pieces they will have you arrested. I think they should donate it to a non-profit agency that helps people get back on their feet rather than smash it.
But, if they just HAVE to smash it, they should bag it up and sell the pieces-I know people would buy bags of broken Fiesta for mosaic craft projects-there were ladies behind us talking about just that! Here are my thoughts about the tent sale after having been through it now. It is not worth the 4 hour drive and 3 hour wait in line and then another 4 hour drive home.
Because the items they have in the tent are nothing special. Just your average, run of the mill items that are regular things from the 2nds room.
When we got in line, we were given a price sheet that listed over items and their prices. We got all excited and started plotting our course and planning what we were going to look for and get.
When we got in, there were only 42 different items all in different colors, so it looked like a lot of stuff, but it was the same things over and over. I emailed a veteran tent sale shopper that I found on Facebook and he told me that they restock the tent throughout the day-so don't worry about having enough stuff to choose from and buy-they never restocked it the whole time we were shopping-and believe me-we stayed in there for a good long time!
I was very disappointed that people were allowed to cut in line, and there were such huge carts and dollys in the tent-making it very hard to get around-especially since their rules on their website say the over-sized carts and dollys aren't allowed. The event planner in me thinks it would make more sense to have a second tent just for check outs so that the original tent can just be shoppers. That way the line to shop would be shorter and would move faster because all the people waiting to check out would be in another tent.
I think if they give you a price sheet with over different items on it, there should be different items to choose from. I think for newbies, they should make signs at each crate telling what the item is. How long would it take to print up some real simple signs with text only that says what an item is. I think they should have a couple of staff members freely walking about in the tent offering assistance and answering questions.
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While they do have good information on there, I still had questions and had to send them an email for the answers. Basic stuff like credit cards accepted and things like that. They should sell Fiesta shirts and hoodies! I know I would buy one of each-maybe in multiple colors-and I'm sure other people would too!
If I'm ever in the area for something else, you bet I'd stop by again- I'd make sure I was either in the first 75 to go in, or go later in the day when the crowds thin out. I probably would skip the first day too. The one dealer we were talking with pointed out that of the 70 or so people in line ahead of us, about 30 of them were dealers.
I was thankful that we had the dolly, thankful that they took credit cards, and glad that we took the adventure, because if we didn't do it, I'd always wonder and wish I would have done it. Posted by Bargain Hunting Treasure Seeker Labels: chartreuse fiesta , Fiesta tent sale , hall china tent sale , tips and advice for shopping the Fiesta tent sale at PM. WW October 16, at PM. Anonymous May 22, at AM. Monique August 14, at PM. Ronclown October 8, at PM. Newer Post Older Post Home.
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