I can now attest firsthand that a Young House Love book signing is to 25-35 year women what a Justin Bieber concert is to teenyboppers.
Do you see that gleeful gleam in my eyes? Because it’s there, I can assure you.
My friend Jen and I agonized over how early to get to the West Elm at Mockingbird Station for the book signing – parking there is notoriously ridiculous, and we’d read that the lines for these events have been insane (like some people have camped out!). We finally decided on a sane 10:15 for the 11 o’clock signing to hopefully get a decent spot in line. Our husbands agreed to drop off and pick up (which I highly recommend) so the logistics wound up being really easy.
When we arrived at 10:15 I didn’t think the line was too bad – I saw a short line at the front door . . . and then I realized that the line extended inside the store and around the building. While we waited the line got even longer – I’m talking hundreds of people! The crowd was about 95% chicks, with a few husbands and babies thrown in to mix things up a bit. Jen and I both left our babies at home, which turned out to be a great decision – I don’t think our kiddos would have been too happy waiting for a few hours in the chilly weather.
Apparently everyone got the brown boot memo, myself included (and btw, YHL readers are a cute bunch!). We all snacked on cookies and hot chocolate while we waited, and the time actually passed really quickly since Jen and I got to chat and enjoy a much overdue gabfest. The line started moving pretty quickly right at 11, and just before 1pm we were meeting the famous duo!
If I’m being totally honest, I felt a little weird waiting in line to meet a couple whose lives I’ve read about almost every day for the past 4 years – did any of you that met them feel that way? It’s probably natural to feel a bit like a stalker in this situation, but at least I wasn’t alone, right? :)
But once I set my stalker-vibes aside, it was super cool to meet John and Sherry – they are just as friendly and loud and sweet and normal as I had imagined. You know how they come across on their blog? That’s just how they were in real life, which is pretty darn cool.
We squeaked in to meet them just before one o’clock (when the event was scheduled to end) and there was still a huge line of people behind us. Yikes! I know that Sherry and John are super cool about trying to stay to meet everyone, but a West Elm staffer was saying that there was no way they could meet everyone before they had to leave to catch their flight. I hope that didn’t happen, what a bummer!
It’s so exciting to see such awesome bloggers have this success – and have you gotten their book yet? It’s amazing! I seriously don’t know how they do it all, but I’m glad they do. :)
Have any of you been to one of the YHL book signings? I want to hear about it!