Two friends and I signed up to do a two-day quilt shops bus tour during the Minnesota Shop Hop; this took place on Friday and Saturday.
I was curious about these bus tours. They go around a specific section of the state and visit all the shops in that section. It saves me from driving too many miles, and I get to see some shops I had never visited before.
Nice idea. I don't think I'll ever do it again.
On Day One we visited six shops. All but one I had been to before. We had to be on the bus for a 7:30 AM departure, and we returned back to our starting point at 8:00 PM. Can you say Long Day??
Day Two was similar, but I had never seen 4 out of the 5 shops we went to, so the novelty of these shops was fun.
The problem with this bus tour idea is over-dosing on quilt shops and on spending. I know, I was not required to buy anything at all. However, they gave us a $10 gift card to each shop, so I wanted to at least get my free $10 worth of stuff. Sneaky, eh? It gets us in there looking around, then we get sucked in by the pretties and buy a little more. I really didn't do TOO badly. I only spent a small wad in one shop; the others I tried to stick to my "ten dollars free" limit or slightly above.
By the end of the two days I didn't want to see another quilt shop or think about shopping again for a long, long time. Too much!
Now it is Sunday morning, I got a good night's sleep, and I have all that beautiful, new fabric waiting for my attention. I'm going to go play in my sewing room! The fun begins!