As our company has continued to grow, we have improved our operations—resulting in fewer nicked corners, less overstock, and fewer products heading to the bargain tables. When I looked at the amount of bargain-table product we would have available for our originally planned November sale, it was "slim pickings"—if we had the sale, you would be extremely disappointed with the decreased selection.
Many of you have amazed me with your dedication to travel long distances (from NYC, Chicago, Minnesota, to name a few) and to arrive "at the front of the line" (which usually meant arriving before midnight to await our 8:00 a.m. opening). Since holding our first Showroom Sale in 1980 at the Peabody Holiday Inn while we were still operating out of Mom and Dad's house, I have enjoyed interacting with so many of you, our dedicated customers. I will greatly miss these times.