This week Duchess announced they would be shutting down the Provisions location and moving it back to a space beside their bake shop, and yesterday, was the first day of their clearance/moving sale.
This was kind of timely for me since I have been doing a massive stockup of kitchen related utensils, bakeware, & tools, and slowly bulking up the ingredients I have on hand in my pantry.... yet deeply saddening at the same time.
The first day of the sale was a little bit crazy! I had planned to take the morning off and make my way over there in the morning; however, I had my monthly staff meeting at work and couldn't make it work so the best I could do was show up at lunch time, so I did.
The parking lot was a mess and I ended up having to move my car because I had originally parked on the side of the street with a 30 minute time limit. Good thing I did that before I got inside because there was no way I was in and out within 30! The shop was a bit of a madhouse. There was a line at the door to get in and once in, it felt a little like the hunger games and then there was a nice hour long wait in line...or maybe more, but it's really hard to say because after a while I started making friends in line and we were all still sorta shopping and adding things to our baskets as we slowly made our way around the store to the till!
But considering I made the trip on paid vacation time, which I'm banking at a rate faster than I am using, and the savings on all the things I ended up picking up and (a few things for my coworker), it was worth the waiting time/time spent!
I ended up going back today. I originally didn't think I had any loyalty points, only to realize when I got home that I was wrong and had 20-some dollars worth, so I went back to grab myself some vanilla bean sugar, extract, bakers twine, and a cookbook. It was a lot calmer this afternoon...and a lot emptier as well 😄
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