I want to publicly thank all of you who came to the site at four (there were about 800), wrote to me privately, or left comments here. You've all made me feel so much better, but more importantly, you've shown me that you love me. You all made me cry with happiness and relief, and then I promptly fell asleep at the keyboard for five hours. I wrote a very moving thank you letter to someone that contained nothing but b's, g's, m's, and r's, depending where my face was located at any particular moment. I don't care about the money I lost. I care about my vendors having lost all that business. As you all know, I'm all about my vendors, and they all busted their asses to work with me. I'm so lucky to have the group I do; they all understand and are anxiously awaiting the new opening.
I feel better now and realize that if this had happened when all those people hit the server, I would have lost their orders and money. In that regard, it was a blessing that it happened when it did. We got hit with so many customers because L&V were good enough to write a glowing review of the shop. I've written to Miss Violet and practically begged her to announce the new shop opening. I guess we just weren't meant to open today for whatever reason.
I look forward to seeing everyone a week from Saturday. I'll announce the new contest this week, but there's going to be a $50 gift certificate, the Lorna's for the first three customers (except that I'm upping the ante - now the first customer will get six skeins, the second four, and the third two). I'll also be choosing a customer every hour (the last one at 6:00 p.m.) for a prize of indie happiness. There will be other surprises, too - like random and surprise drawings. I'll also be having a contest where you have to do something. It'll be a blast, I promise. :) The winner of that contest will receive a BASKET of yarny goodness and other happy surprises.
Again, thank you for everything. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by so many people who care about me and want to see the shop succeed (don't worry, Marin... there are goodies you'll love). After seeing how many people came to the site, I'm a bit overwhelmed. And scared shitless. I hope the numbers are as good or better next week. Just think - this will heighten your anticipation.
And allow me to go back to bed.