There was a huge consignment sale held by some folks from our church, called Dittos for Kiddos, which is a semi annual event here in Abilene over the weekend. They had a midnight madness event on Thursday night, from 9 pm till midnight, and us being first timers, thought we would go take a look. It's basically a "gently used" children's goods sale where parents can bring their used stuff to sell at bargain prices ( for us ) ... a kind of "green event" of sorts, while helping a bunch of other parents save a bunch of money.
We got there about 10 minutes before 9, and there were already about 200 people ahead of us in line ( I kid you not ), waiting for the doors to open. By the time we got to the doors, there were another 200 people ( at least ) behind us in line. A bunch of "veterans" to the sale had brought along laundry baskets and little grocery buggies to put their stuff in, and David and I looked at each other, like, "What were we THINKING??"
The real pandemonium didn't start till we actually got IN the place. The lines to check out started almost immediately, and snaked their way all around the tables and after we looked around in bewilderment and got a few things, David and I decided that we were NOT going to stand in line for the hour and a half it would take for us to make it to the cashier, and so we got a couple of chairs and SAT and talked while the crowd VERY SLOWLY thinned and the line FINALLY tapered down to a few people. Besides, I am 34 weeks, and huge and heavy and it would have been really onerous to have had to stand all the time in line. If we had started out standing in line when we were wanting to leave, we would have reached the register at the same time as if we had just sat it out. We actually watched several people stand in line for over an hour, while we sheepishly sat at the side. We finally got out of there about 5 minutes before midnight. Which was a good thing, cos I was getting HUNGRY.
One might wonder if the stuff we got was actually WORTH waiting that long? Maybe not, but hey, one has to savour every experience one gets with all this baby stuff, right? :)
Afterthought : They should have had a line for OBVIOUSLY PREGNANT people. Or something :)