Tent Sale, Day 2

It was such a beautiful day here in sunny San Diego (for those of you following the sale progress from other states – the weather is clear and in the high 60’s).

In fact, it is so beautiful that I have a feeling quite a few of our customers were out riding and in the morning and will be visiting the sale later today!

The customers who did make it in early were treated to a peaceful and fun Saturday with lots of time to chat with our vendors from around the nation. We’ve had Marty here from MDC stirrup irons with the world premiere (literally!) of his new Classic Stirrup irons. We’ve also got Larry from Butet saddles, Dr. Colleen Wilson with Adeptus – I could go on and on. With about 30 vendor representatives that are product experts here at your disposal, it is a great time to just chat, with no pressure, and learn about these products.

Remember, Saturday our Tent Sale hours are 9-5pm, and Sunday the hours are 9-4.

Monday (after the Tent Sale) we have holiday hours of 10am – 5pm.

Hope to see you soon.

Dale, GM

Mary’s Tack & Feed

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Tent Sale, Day 1

Can you tell what this is?

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It’s the beginning of the line to get into our Tent Sale…a line that started nearly 2 hours before we opened our doors!

Each day of the 3-day sale definitely has its own “personality”. Friday is fun, hectic, and crowded, not at all like the more mellow Saturday and Sunday.

Everyone receives a scratcher ticket as they enter, and if it says “winner”, the customer gets to take a trip to our special booth, spin a wheel, and win an instant prize!

Even if the card doesn’t say “winner”, everyone can still drop their name into the prize bucket for their chance to win some fantastic stuff.  This year we are giving away 3 $500 shopping sprees sponsored by Ariat and English Riding Supply, plus 1 Frantasi shopping spred that includes a GPA helmet!

With crowds of people in the store, old time barn buddies catching up, free bagels
and donuts, and lots and lots of shopping, it was definitely the Tent Sale Friday we look forward to all year.

There are still two more great shopping days left, so we hope to see you sometime this weekend at Mary’s Annual Tent Sale.

Dale, GM
Mary’s Tack & Feed

Sale hours: Friday and Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 9am – 4pm.

Tent Sale Set-up Sneak Peek

Even though the store is closed today, this is one of the busiest and exciting days of the year for the staff at Mary’s: our huge Tent Sale is this weekend and today is set-up day!

It takes close to 60 people to completely remerchandise the entire store to prepare for all the excitement of this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

tent sale, equestrian, horses, discountsJust think about it- in addition to our entire store, this 100 foot tent half stocked with all kinds of great sale goodies, and half set up with 14 cashiers!  And this year, keep your eyes peeled for entries in our cutest horse contest while you wait in line, which hopefully won’t be for long with our fast and efficient cashier staff.

Inside, the store is completely transformed as pallets of merchandise are unwrapped, stocked, tagged and hung up for your shopping enjoyment. The amount of preparation really is incredible – from our IT guys hooking up all the computers and PA system, to our buyers and sales people getting all the merchandise set out for our customers.

This is just a quick post as I want to get back helping the rest of the crew, but I wanted to share some of the excitement with you in advance!

Hope to see you this weekend –
Dale (GM)
Mary’s
PS – remember our sale hours! Friday and Saturday 9-5, Sunday 9-4.

This is Your Chance to Win!

Let’s Have Some Fun!

How would you like to win your very own Mary’s embroidered hat?

Mary's Tack and Feed, cap, ball cap, horses, equestrianFebruary 7 through February 15, in preparation for our fantastic Tent Sale, we’ll be drawing a random winner from the comments on this blog post each day to win a Mary’s hat. So how do you enter?  It’s so easy and you can enter up to three times!

1.      Follow this blog via email or RSS feed AND leave a comment here that you’re now following = 1 entry

2.      Share the post on Facebook and leave another comment here that you did so = 1 entry

3.      Like our Facebook page and leave another comment here that you did so = 1 entry

Mary’s Tack & Feed is a well known store out here in Southern California, and this whole social media thing is right up our alley.  Why?  Because we really enjoy all of our customers, whether they visit us in the store or on the internet.  So whether you’re right down the street or all the way across the country, please feel like you’re a Mary’s friend.

Now, try and win that hat!

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Mary’s Tent Sale 2012!

The excitement is building…

It’s that time of year again, and we’re all getting excited- Mary’s 25th Annual Tent Sale is coming up February 17th, 18th and 19th!

“Hectic, frantic, and a heck of a lot of fun,” is the way one of our veteran temporary workers (we call them Temparoonis) described her time of helping at each year’s sale, and we had to agree.  In fact, we go from a regular staff of about 40 employees to a smiling crew of over 70 people working the sale!  It really has become quite the tradition, with some of our local customers working alongside us for all 3 days, year after year.

If you’ve never been to one of our Tent Sales, you might be wondering what the big deal is.  Well, in addition to our entire store, we fill an enormous 100 foot tent with TONS of incredible merchandise and amazing specials.  The deals are so good this year that we’re going from our normal 4 to 14 cashiers (the most we’ve ever had!).

Mary's Tack and Feed Tent Sale 2012

Even our GM gets into the act, with auctions, contests (insider tip: make sure you know who won last year’s Kentucky Derby), and countless chances for you to win a Mary’s gift card.  The atmosphere overall is electric, complete with delicious food for our customers and employees, and best of all, the chance for all of us to spend the weekend with all of you!

And to top it all off, because the Mary’s Sale is so very special, we’ve had many of our fantastic vendors participate over the years, ready to answer your questions and share their incredible product knowledge with you.

So mark your calendars – we can’t wait to see you there!

Mary’s Tack and Feed Tent Sale 2012

Friday, February 17  9am – 5pm

Saturday, February 18  9am – 5pm

Sunday, February 19  9am – 4pm