Let It Snow! Hoofers Resale 2009...By Kami York-Feirn
As the clock struck 7am, the line outside the doors began to form. It wound around the building and out the doors in a snake-like fashion while people anxiously waited to be let in. Workers in neon yellow shirts could be seen running around barking orders, running skis up and down stairs and taking an occasional break for much needed food and coffee. When the doors finally opened at 9am, nobody could have predicted the events that would ensue that weekend.
The Hoofers Ski and Snowboard Club held their annual Resale on December 5th and 6th in what proved to be one of the most successful sales in the clubs history. More than 3,500 visitors were recorded and more than $350,000 of equipment was sold over two days; a feat that not many people can say they have been a part of.
While the sale was only open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, the set-up began days before. Club members put in more than 40 hours of work in just three days, staying up in the Union until 3 or 4 in the morning hauling skis, snowboards and miscellaneous equipment up several flights of stairs to be organized by size, color and brand. The final product was two levels of equipment and apparel brought in by numerous vendors and sales that numbered in the hundreds of thousands.
The set-up began Thursday and Friday when vendors arrived to drop off their products. Some vendors had small loads while others brought more than 5,000 pieces to be sold. Members and volunteers spent the two days unloading trucks, carrying loads of skis, helmets, snowboards, ski pants and jackets, boots, goggles and other apparel to their appropriate rooms. Workers started a ski-train system to make the process faster in an amazing group effort. People everywhere could be seen helping each other out without a question. Members and volunteers alike aided the public in purchasing new and used skis, regardless of their experience level. Some volunteers helps a person buy their first snowboard or first pair of skis while others helped people upgrade from their current set-ups.
When the sale closed their doors at 3pm on Sunday, it was hardly the end; there was still much work to be done. Tear-down went faster than expected but still kept people at the Union until the early hours of the morning and into the next day. But their efforts were well worth the cost when the financial planners counted the final dollar amounts. The 2009 Resale beat out last years sales for a total of just over $350,000 and there is no doubt there will be an even bigger effort to beat this number next year.
As the last pair of skis was given back to its owner, everybody breathed a sigh of relief. Relief that the busy weekend was over; relief that people could go home and sleep for the first time in a week; relief that the sale went smoothly; but most of all, relief that they could go shred the gnar with their newly acquired equipment. Congratulation on an amazing sale Hoofers and On Wisconsin!