So, as many know I love Vera Bradley. I think because the colors are so happy! They just make me smile. I have quite a number of bags and I have no idea how many I have, I just buy what I like and was able to get at a good price. I now know how I got some of those deals on e-bay!
We got on the bus and pulled out at precisely 5:00 AM. We drove about 2.5 hours and then had breakfast at Cracker Barrel. (They had called ahead and they were basically waiting for us when we got there!) After breakfast we were handed maps of the coliseum so we could begin our plan of attack! I had done a little research online so I thought I knew what to expect. HAHAHA!
We checked into our rooms and were given about 45 minutes to freshen up then we met to take the bus over...as we pulled up and saw this MASSIVE line of people I thought to myself we will never get in. I only had a granola bar and one bottle of water with me. This line was crazy. Well, we went to the bus entrance and were told, to talk single file, quickly into the holding room where they would explain how things worked. We were ushered passed even more people waiting in lines inside. We were taken to a room and told that with our hand stamp we could check out in the special check out. I was still thinking that we had to wait in line...but NOOOOO, we went directly out to the sales floor where it was madness. We all grabbed the XL Duffel which retails for $108 and was on sale for ...are you ready???? $39.99. Holy Cow! I grabbed two...One I used to put all my purchases. (They did give us a pink shopping bag to put stuff in, But the duffel was easier) we walked around just grabbing things..and loading up our bags. I was impressed with the madness that there was all around, it was still very organized. As tables became empty they would bring out more merchandise...they tried to keep things as neat as they could. All the workers there were so pleasant! I just couldn't believe how great it was!
After check out for the first day, I had amassed $650 in product for $211! After checking out we could wait in a holding room for the rest of our group. there were tables with Vera Bradley tablecloths on them. It was nice and relaxing in there.
We went back to our room and then over to the mall to get dinner. We ate at Red Robin and our service was not great BUT the food was good!
We went back to the room to look at all our 'stuff'. I ended up crashing at about 9 as I had been up since 1.
Sunday morning up early - got breakfast and were ready for round two! We went over to the Coliseum by bus, naturally there were lines to get in. The sale started at 10...we got in and waited about a minute and WE WERE THE FIRST PEOPLE ON THE FLOOR! Oh was that exciting! Prices had been reduced! We were grabbing and putting things in bags...seriously I filled two pink bags within 20 minutes. I got such great deals! I was so excited. As I was buying raffle tickets for a quilt and a car (A Vera Convertible) the woman asked me if I had a coupon...huh? a coupon? She said she would get me one. It was a $10 off coupon! OMG, I was so excited, I had to find Christy, Cindi and NeeNee...we did each get a coupon!
We then stood by the car with our bags. We took turns running off to look at this that or the other item...we were able to be quick since we weren't lugging the bags!
We checked out and went to our holding room...today they had water and cookies for us! SO nice. They also had Sharpie markers to mark our bags so they wouldn't get confused.
We boarded back to the bus and left Ft.Wayne to head home!!!!