I promised some pictures of our yarn shop moving to its new location, but I was so tired after a second day of lifting, loading and unloading that it took until Sunday night to get to a post... I went to the pumpkin patch yesterday with family and friends and will share some photos from that adventure later in the week.
On Saturday, our group of yarnistas and volunteers was able to get almost all of the glass cases moved out of the old shop and into the new one... a great feat considering that yarnista Gail, her DH Dan, shop owner Allison and lil' ol' me did most of that moving, using two small trucks... these cases look terrific and show the yarn off well, but they are difficult and downright scary to move around!
Here's a photo of the old store, almost completely emptied out... except for glass cases. We were able to only partially disassemble them, and using brain and brawn (and a great moving dollie), get two-wide and five and six high glass towers loaded on their sides into little trucks, then very gently drive them across town....
As you can see, the old shop was really something of a long, dark hallway... with a wider, brighter room in the back. We were located right in the heart of 'old town' Grass Valley, and the store had been a hardware store, now divided into two shops. There was a lot of tourist traffic, but many of those shoppers were people who would peer in and then wonder what to do with themselves in a yarn store and quickly move on.
Our new location is light and airy, located in a neighborhood less than a mile away, on a tree-lined street with a mix of homes and businesses... it is also pedestrian-friendly, and our shop has at least five times more light inside (that's the increased window space alone).
In this photo, Gail, Dan and Allison have a glass case loaded into Dan's truck, and are pondering
how best to arrange more in one small truckbed.
We ended up laying all of the cases on their sides, padding them with bags of the last bits of yarn needing to be transferred to the new location, and then securing the cases with rope, moving blankets, bungees, etc.
Getting them set in place was a more trying process, as they had to be put into certain places in order to reconnect properly!
However, by the end of Saturday, these cases were moved and the larger wooden ones that had been moved on Friday were already filled with yarn, needles, books, etc. It looks pretty certain that the shop will re-open at the new location, 465 S. Auburn Street in Grass Valley, on Tuesday as planned... however Sunday's crew was going to be in charge of more shelving and getting computers, register, etc... all up and running.
My next workday will be on Saturday (Gail and I switched days this week) and I promise to take lots of photos of our new look... I got so busy yesterday that I never got photos of the new shop in progress....Looking forward to seeing you there!