Saturday, 14 May 2011

Black & Spiro Sale 2011

Mum snapped this photo as the beautiful pair of Antique chairs were loaded into the back of this truck.  They were headed to their new home in Byron Bay.  I was sad to see these chairs go as they were my favourite things in the entire shop.  These ladies drove all the way up this morning from Byron Bay...unbelievable!!

What a beautiful, sunny day it was today.  Perfect weather for a sale.  I arrived at the store at 7.15am to find the first two ladies lined up at our front door.  They had apparently been there since 6.45am.  To say I was surprised is an understatement.  By 7.30am my friend Faux Fuchsia had arrived and by 8am there was an army of happy, excited women at our front door lined up in an orderly queue around the corner into Browne Street ready and prepared for our 9am open. 

I have to say that every year I become more and more anxious about our one day only sale.  My thoughts drift from what if nobody comes to what if more people come than last year.

However, it seems that the latter is true - to my complete astonishment more and more people come every year.  Last year I don't think I was really prepared for the numbers we had on the day but this year we set in place some new procedures for our sale which I think made it so much better.  

I would like to thank everyone who supported us today.  I was absolutely delighted by the kindness, politeness and civility of everyone and it seems that everyone left the store not only with something they love but also with a smiling, happy face which makes me very happy and relieved!!

PS.  A huge thank you to my oldest and dearest friend in the entire world Sophie and also to Diana and Mum for stepping in and helping us.  I don't know how we would have done it without you!!!!  Oh and also the biggest thanks to my beautiful Black & Spiro girls - Kel, Liv & Eve.  You girls all worked tirelessly over the last week getting us ready for today.  You are THE BEST!!!

32 comments:

pve design said...

I would love to surprise you on that line one year!
Who would be more anxious? I wonder. I think me.
pve

Micasaporeltejado said...

Enamorada de las telas que muestras en tus post. ¡Enhorabuena!

Janet K Stevenson said...

had to work early today - so missed another one...perhaps next year might be a goer. Its a testament to you and your beautiful shop Anna - bet you are tired 2nite.

*JaNiCe* said...

Hi Anna!
I just love your blog and follow it everyday. I think your furniture pieces and everything in your shop are absolutely beautiful. I was wondering if you ship furniture and other items interstate? I am in Melbourne and if I could, would love to purchase something from your shop!!

Janice xox

Olga said...

Hi Anna! It's really great you had such a successful sale at Black&Spiro. I'm an inspiring interior designer and very much admire your work and the shop you have created :)

Sarthak said...

Admirable ! i wish i could have attended the sale.

annie said...

Wish I could have been there! LOVE those chairs with the mismatched checked fabric on the arms and around the backs. I remember these from a previous post and it has inspired me on some projects in my daughter's room.

A line out the door...so fun!

The enchanted home said...

How exciting!!! Sounds like this sale has caught on and you have quite the following. Thats wonderful, if I was closer, I would have happily been one of the followers:) Glad to hear it was a success!

lily-g said...

congratulations Anna!! I know sales are absolutely exhausting but the energy is amazing!! Hope you put your feet up today and rest.

lily-g said...

Congratulations Anna on such a great day. I know sales are absolutely exhausting but it is worth it just for the great energy and seeing your customer so happy is such a bonus. Hope you are resting with your feet up today!

Al said...

Glad to hear that your sale was a huge success. Those two chairs were quit beautiful, I can see why you were wistful to see them go. Wish I could visit your shop, but I am all the way in New York :(

Kimberlee said...

look at that line up!! well done for surviving another sale, looks like you would have had a very very busy day. LOVE the window display xx

Rose said...

Brilliant! What a witty window display...it has me thinking of putting hand painted monograms on my plain old ivory shades...

Helen said...

Hi Anna, I popped past yesterday after the Powerhouse markets but we were obviously a little late as your store was just about completely emptied! I loved your Kate Spade two tone ballet flats by the way :) I hope you are enjoying today's glorious Brisbane weather!

Briar Stanley {Sunday Collector} said...

Love the window display! And, what a great line up! Would love to visit your store one day...

Faux Fuchsia said...

Dear Anna

I had a lot of fun-your clients and staff are very very nice. I come for the discounted cushions, but I also come for the great atmosphere. Can you believe someone I'd just met got their husband to action take away coffees for us? So kind. I love Solidarity amongst sale shoppers! I am loving my acorn lamp SICK.

Love FF xxxxxx

chuck said...

Wish I were there too Portland Oregon is a bit far. My friends bought me something from your shop last month, it looks like a small rolling pin.Is that correct thanks

Tina Kent - Lady Chatterley's Affair said...

Black & Spiro sale = highlight of my weekend! Possibly THE highlight for the month of May! New blue & white lamp trumps all others- did look great amongst all of its colourful companions in your shop. I know, I should just live in your shopfront!haha

chuck said...

Would love to be there, but abit far away from Portland,Oregon. Our friends bought us a small rolling pin at your shop is that what it is?

Sharnel said...

I'm happy your sale went so well. I wish I could have joined in but I had quite a few jobs on this weekend.
I absolutely love the sale window - very cool.

laura said...

Wish I could have made it with an empty credit card!!! would have been scooping up some of those yummy fabrics you posted the other day!!!
Laura x

the gardener's cottage said...

dear anna,

one day i'll be in that line.

xo

Phoebe said...

Anna you made Browne St look like downtown Manhattan! So gutted I missed the bargains. Only you would have such civilized sale hunters! Classic. Can't wait to get home and catch up xo

Karena said...

Oh how I wish I were closer have always loved all of your gorgeous wares!

xoxo
Karena
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Shoestring Splendour said...

Oh wow!! Now this will be a never to miss event when I finally get to move to brissy. My next trip up I am definitely coming to visit your lovely store. Well done Anna for all the hard work and pride you so obviously have in your store. xx

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Melinda said...

As usual, us poor Sydneysiders miss out. One of these days I'm going to lend you my living room and ship a whole bunch of stuff down here so we can get a bit of that Anna Spiro magic.

Posie Patchwork said...

How super exciting!! Congratulations, looks fantastic. Love Posie

First House on the Right said...

I love the S A L E lampshades, very original. Looking forward to all the newbies. Nicolex

Paula said...

Great window - love the lampshades!

la la Lovely said...

Looks fabulous, now if only I lived a little closer. LOVE the sale lamp shades - so clever and pretty!
xo