Same here Jim, but needs must...I cant believe how quickly I've increased my stocks, I'm now on 8 colonies and running out of equipment RAPIDLY!!...not a situation I envisaged a couple of months back I can tell youI am not going, I now prefer their winter sale. Sale prices but via internet and delivered.
fyi I wanted to go but after being told 4 weeks ago that they had no stock on 90% of lines at the point I doubt there will be much to see.Same here Jim, but needs must...I cant believe how quickly I've increased my stocks, I'm now on 8 colonies and running out of equipment RAPIDLY!!...not a situation I envisaged a couple of months back I can tell you
this will be interesting, no word of a lie I had someone go along to collect items they reserved the day before and they sold the lot before they got there, they even asked if I wanted anything and every item I asked for Thornes could not provide - all just 4 weeks agodid they have much stock to sell?
What a headache it was...Worst sale ive ever been too. Too many people in too small a building. I had to park 100 yards away to get any where near at 9.00am. No trolleys to carry anything away and people were picking up stuff if you left it sitting there. A lot of folks were buying bulk loads of hives so if you got there at 10.30 it was all cleared out.A couple of customers I saw one had a ripped shirt and another had blood on his hand from another customer dropping a lid on his hands. All that and I didnt get a cup of tea . I did get some bargins though but as they say the early bird catches the wormI live just outside Melton Mowbray, so it's about 1hr & 20 minutes for me, I got my petrol money back just by buying a pack of 50 frames (half price) So I bought frames -SN1 & DN4's packs of 50 only, rapid feeders - £3.50, Frame pins, £3 a 500g box, a nylon strainer £2.00, and then I was also getting stuff for friends, so National brood and super, crown board, got a good smoker for £15 & more frames.
The stuff was on pallets, every type of hive, flat packs, lots of frames, all seconds so maybe the odd piece will break, all sorts really. I was amazed as I called in about 3 weeks ago for a pack of 10 frames and they had to go in the back and make them up, but they did say how much demand there has been. The piles of stuff people were taking out I needed an assistant as you just can't carry what you need, there were so many people in there, but everything was orderly.
This is something that I noticed at a Thornes sale last year,my local BBKA branch apiary manager and band of helpers were first in the queue and purchased over 5 pallet loads of stuff before anyone else got a look in,I questioned them on why they wanted so much stuff and they said it was to sell to learners after doing the apiary bee course.I think there could have been a limit set for how many items some people had though. I saw one guy wheeling out over 40 varroa floors alone, with shed loads of other stuff, would have wound me up if I'd got there and people had got off with everything.