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Posted: 9/21/2011 7:16:00 PM
Wow... I've never seen this thread before. GREAT stories!


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Posted: 9/22/2011 3:51:24 PM
Not just you.

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Posted: 9/28/2011 1:57:42 PM
Time for me to join the thread!

Part I

I have a group of ladies I crop with regularly- we usually use a room in a public library for a day, no fee, no games, we usually all take a break together and run to subway etc. for lunch and everyone is responsible for themselves and it's always fine and dandy. We decided to go away on a real weekend retreat earlier this year. The place we picked was about 3.5 hours away, and people were largely carpooling to make life easier. I offered some space in my car up with the one caveat that I would be leaving later int he day Friday (we had the place Friday morning - Sunday evening). I made it very clear that I as happy to drive someone, but we'd be leaving late. I forced no one to join me! One woman from my group who is nice but kind of nutty wanted to ride with me. All was fine, I knew I'd be tired and thought the company would be good, except as we got closer and closer to the event, it became clearer every day over email that she was miffed at having to leaver late. Easy solution lady- drive your damn self! I busted my butt to get ready to leave as early as possible, yet she was still late getting to my house!

On the ride down, she constantly bitched about my driving- she didn't think I merged correctly etc. Not really in an aggressive manner- but it just got on my nerves. All through the crop (we sat back to back at separate tables) she either was singing along to her ipod or she'd randomly start talking- sometimes to me, sometimes to herself). Also, she's one of those people who can't just do something- she can never focus or make up her mind on how to do something, and never shuts up about it! The ride home, I refused to talk to her for the first 30 minutes or so because I was tired and had no patience, but eventually we got to chatting again and this time the ride featured heated discussions over school policies where she contradicted herself because she's one of those people who just doesn't think through what she says before she opens her mouth. I vowed next time to drive by myself.

Also, she kept talking about her credit card debt and I don't thinks he had any cash on her, so I never bothered to ask for gas money, made me too uncomfortable.

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Posted: 9/28/2011 2:10:01 PM
Part II

My scrapping group and I went to the retreat again just this past weekend. The lady who rode with me the first time didn't go and I blissfully drove by myself! I knew the lady who runs it is quite religious, and she's got lots of little religious knicknkacks set up around her cabin and several of the ladies were having religious discussions the first weekend, but they did it in the dining room and it wasn't overbearing in any way.

This time, there were 5 in my group, a group of 2 who were very quiet, and then a group of 3 that was not so much quiet as blaringly loud and also highly chatty about religion. It was so ridiculous though- my friends and I were able to laugh about it separately, but it was annoying after awhile. They also played the Christian radio station a large part of the weekend, complete with singing along. I got a lot of use out of my iPod this past weekend, but it was difficult to totally drown them out. I've only encountered a few people in my life capable of speaking that loudly.

Funny moment though was this one incredibly loud annoying woman saying how she was on her third husband but this time god had led him to her, so it's was all good. I think we were all pretty tired when she said this, and it was at the time the funniest damn thing I had heard!

The same lady was just overbearing at times and did not understand that people had their own obligations and preferences and we do not exist simply to be a photo opp for her. Saturday night we made s'mores outside and she kept harassing this one quiet woman in the group of 2 to let her marshmallow catch on fire so she could take a pic, even though the woman clearly didn't want to. Eventually she let the thing blaze up, probably just to shut loudmouth up. The next day some people wanted to leave early because they have lives and such, and she kept whining about it because the owner was coming by later that day to do a group photo. She was one of those people you could mostly laugh about, but after 2.5 days she'd just wear you down.

It also didn't help that I couldn't get much sleep due to rooming with snorers and thought I had food poisoning at one point. We all brought food to share and I think people got carried away with the quick and easy food and also fun snacky things because there was nary a fruit or vegetable to be seen save for the fruit I brought for snacks and in the one meal I made for the group.

All in all though, I got a lot done and I had a mostly good time- just from now on:
solo driving
no rooming with snorers
try to make it so our group fills the place
bring some salad

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Posted: 9/28/2011 2:26:04 PM
what a nimrod I am! It is weekend memories and I should totally know this since I go to almost all of them, even driving up from Richmond! Thanks!


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Posted: 9/28/2011 3:45:20 PM
Just had a hard morning at work so I took my laptop to the break room, got a cup of coffee and a cookie and read this entire thread - hilarious and just made me chuckle - thank you for the funny read !!

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Posted: 9/28/2011 4:22:12 PM
My mom and I headed to a CM crop several years ago. The consultant lived in a neighborhood, and my mom had been to her house before. I was very pregnant with my second child. We pulled up to the driveway, decided to park on the street and haul our loot up to the front door. The hostess opened the door and welcomed us in. There were several ladies sitting around having snacks, but there were no tables set up. My mom asked the hostess where "C" was (the consultant). They lady looked confused and told us that "C" lived three houses down! We had crashed a BABY shower. They ladies were waiting on the mom-to-be to arrive. Once the shock wore off, we laughed so hard! Here we were hauling all of our stuff into this house of someone we didn't know. Mom had been confused because all of the houses look the same and there were so many cars for the baby shower that she assumed that was the crop. Funny!


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Posted: 9/28/2011 4:32:01 PM
Oh, I forgot to add...

Last month, I went to the CKC Charlotte convention. Overall it was amazing. I had enough room to crop and the classes were great. One thing though...at the crop, they were giving away door prizes. A lady at my table won an ENTIRE set of studio calico stamp sets. No kidding! She kept saying how she has never stamped and didn't know how to use them. I LOVE stamping, and I have to say I was a bit envious. When my name was called, I was handed a pack of Christmas papers. Upon closer inspection, the label said Christmas 2001. I kid you not, the papers and stickers were so old and faded. REALLY? I don't even remember what company or brand it was. I was just so shocked. I threw them away when I got home.


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Posted: 9/28/2011 6:23:34 PM

We had crashed a BABY shower.


That cracked me up! Glad everyone got a good laugh out of that! I would've been so mortified, haha!

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Posted: 9/30/2011 10:13:12 PM
"X" marks the spot so I know where I left off. It has taken me a few days to read through this entire funny thread. I don't have any crop horror / funny stories to add, but if I ever do I will post them here.


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Posted: 9/30/2011 10:46:08 PM
Hey, swirlygirly, I was at CE too. Which group were you in?




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Posted: 10/1/2011 8:36:16 AM
ok after days of reading and laughing... lurking.. enjoying the posts I have decided to share too..
A few years ago...
In a tightly pack room of scrappers and product..
I was snuggled into my cropping station trying to craft.

I had lost my dad and was in a rut of deep grief. Didn't really feel like going to a crop but my dear friends encouraged me to "help" me.

So at this weekend crop a person behind me had bent over.. looking through her paper stash and RIPPED a BIG one..

ok an elephant sized fart.. Kaboom!

And you guessed it. ME.. holding in my laughter... shaking... then the tears..
and I couldn't stop. Not for the life of me.

So a scrapper accross from me who KNEW how I was still griveing saw my tears..
And started to "tend" to me.. with kindess and "OH NO are you ok?"

So I had to LEAVE the room and go to the bathroom where I could LAUGH OUT LOUD!! I felt bad for the person..
But I hadn't laughed I don't think for over a couple of months? I was so raw. I was so shocked at laughing that I couldn't stop! Weird hu..

So the joke now at the crops is... no elephant farts...

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Posted: 10/1/2011 8:36:37 AM
ok after days of reading and laughing... lurking.. enjoying the posts I have decided to share too..
A few years ago...
In a tightly pack room of scrappers and product..
I was snuggled into my cropping station trying to craft.

I had lost my dad and was in a rut of deep grief. Didn't really feel like going to a crop but my dear friends encouraged me to "help" me.

So at this weekend crop a person behind me had bent over.. looking through her paper stash and RIPPED a BIG one..

ok an elephant sized fart.. Kaboom!

And you guessed it. ME.. holding in my laughter... shaking... then the tears..
and I couldn't stop. Not for the life of me.

So a scrapper across from me who KNEW how I was still grieving saw my tears..
And started to "tend" to me.. with kindness and "OH NO are you ok?"

So I had to LEAVE the room and go to the bathroom where I could LAUGH OUT LOUD!! I felt bad for the person..
But I hadn't laughed I don't think for over a couple of months? I was so raw. I was so shocked at laughing that I couldn't stop! Weird hu..

So the joke now at the crops is... no elephant farts...

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Posted: 10/1/2011 9:14:26 AM
I was at a crop recently that was oversold, so we were packed in there like sardines. It was like being on an airplane, and every time you needed to leave your table you had to get everyone to stand up and move out of your way.

Worse than that for me was the fact that the smoker-to-non-smoker ratio was so high. Higher than I've ever experienced. So a lot of these ladies smelled very strongly of stale (or not so stale) smoke all the time. And there were two entrances to the room from the outside and the smokers were using both entrances, so there was a perpetual waft of cigarette smoke coming through the room.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not judging smokers. I have many of my own vices. But as someone who is ultra sensitive to second hand smoke and who has never experienced that many smokers at a crop, I found it rough to deal with for three days.

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Posted: 10/2/2011 10:55:02 PM
I have lots of nightmare stories. Think the worst one was when I held a crop for NSD and Nashville and surrounding areas flooded. Quite a few of my ladies had trouble getting home that night. Two ladies had come from Clarksville, TN and said they kept having to take detours. They did eventually make it home safety, thank God.

Some people have still not recovered from the flood.

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Posted: 10/3/2011 9:32:05 AM
Bump! To keep this thread going.

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Posted: 10/9/2011 4:19:20 PM
I love this thread!

I stopped into my LSS a few weeks ago. I didn't have time to crop and had not signed up but I was killing time while my daughter was at her youth group. I was just looking at the new product and picking up some odds and ends supplies I needed.

When I first got there and looked into the room, I actually missed cropping, I haven't been to a "real" crop in probably over a year. Then someone came out of the crop room and left the door open. All I heard was a group of ladies talking and laughing about another cropper who I am guessing was not there that evening. Then the conversation spilled into the store.

I used to go to this crop all the time but I didn't really know anybody and would try to keep to myself for just this same reason, some of these women are absolutely nutso!


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Posted: 10/9/2011 5:32:24 PM
In the spirit of keeping this thread alive, I am going to throw in a crop nightmare that I believe I was a part of creating for others...I won a crop weekend in a drawing and so I attended a retreat alone for the first time. I didn't know anybody at the retreat weekend and asked the organizer if she knew someone I could go to dinner with, and as I was asking, three women were walking by who invited me to go out with them. I jumped at the chance! Turns out, they weren't going to dinner, but to a bar! I'm not a big drinker, but somehow I got totally into the spirit and kept up drinking beers with them and eating oysters (it was a beach retreat). Next thing I know, I'm totally wasted and wearing my bra on the outside of my t-shirt (uhhh, in my defense, so were they..and thank goodness, I was thinner in those days and it was my pretty Victoria's Secret lacy one!) and we are heading back to the crop (but not before driving through the Brew Thru)! Yes, we went into the retreat, drunk, wearing our bras over our shirts and I'm sure we were loud and obnoxious. I'm surprised I wasn't banned from this retreat! I was only able to complete ONE layout (it wasn't bad, surprisingly! But every time I look at it, I remember I was three sheets to the wind when I did it!) before I had to retire to my room for ten hours of fitful sleep! I was SO EMBARRASSED the next day and have wondered how that episode hasn't made it to this thread yet. BTW, it was 2004, Outer Banks. I have been good since then! I promise! If anybody from that retreat is a pea, I am so sorry! If my partners in crime are on here...Hey, it WAS FUN! LOL


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Posted: 10/25/2011 5:30:03 PM
Been reading this oldie but goodie thread lately. I think I've been guilty of a lot of these crop transgressions, will try and be more considerate at my next crops!

Today I had a small one but familiar one. Went to LLS store to get some stuff done and not be house distracted. Fine and dandy till the end of day. Gal comes into store with double stroller with one screaming baby. I mean at the top of his lungs. Think she'd leave after 10 minutes of this, NOPE. I packed up my stuff and left. When mine were little I mostly stayed out of the scrap stores and if they cried I quickly left.

Have had my share of bad retreats too. Must be a gluten for punishment cause I keep going back hoping the next would be better. The noise issue is what really gets me. Usually one loud mouth who can get a few others going. What ya going to do, pack up on Friday night with almost 2 days left. One gal on my last one would just not SHUT up. On and on and on and ON. Some stories can be pretty racy or over the top obnoxious too. When someone talked she'd let them finish their sentence and tell her version of said comment or story. Was the first to correct a minor mis-speak or mistake too. OMG, never shutting up for hours. We even tried to initiate a quiet time, think she'd get the hint nope. Promised next time would be different, was not.

Where I like sharing the hobby, I really need a break from cropping outside my home for a time.


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Posted: 12/29/2011 4:43:00 PM
Any more stories???? This thread makes me laugh so hard!!!

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Posted: 12/29/2011 5:32:36 PM
This thread has to have set a record for being here as long as it has! Over 4 years. Wow! I still love reading all the stories here. Hopefully someone has more to share.


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Posted: 12/29/2011 10:35:23 PM
OK, I have just spent the last four hours reading this thread. Can I say, too funny! You all have some horror stories. In some ways I miss going to crops but now I am afraid of what may happen at them!

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Posted: 1/25/2012 10:46:12 AM
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Posted: 1/25/2012 7:45:28 PM
This thread is priceless and I am going to be sure I am not 'that scrapper' at my retreat next month, lol!



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Posted: 1/25/2012 7:56:56 PM
This one time a last cut the tip of her finger off with the paper trimmer at a crop at the scrapbook store. It was one of those industrial trimmers that had the handle that comes down (the ones that look like a machete.) so I guess that crop was a nightmare for her. The ambulance came to the shop. It happened about ten years ago so details ate a little fuzzy


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This one time a last cut the tip of her finger off with the paper trimmer at a crop at the scrapbook store. It was one of those industrial trimmers that had the handle that comes down (the ones that look like a machete.) so I guess that crop was a nightmare for her. The ambulance came to the shop. It happened about ten years ago so details ate a little fuzzy


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One time a lady cut the tips of her fingers off with a paper trimmer. It was one of those industrial trimmers that have the handle that comes down. I never liked that kind...always reminds me of a machete. The ambulance came. Not sure what happened after that.


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One time a lady cut the tips of her fingers off with a paper trimmer. It was one of those industrial trimmers that have the handle that comes down. I never liked that kind...always reminds me of a machete. The ambulance came. Not sure what happened after that.


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One time a lady cut the tips of her fingers off with a paper trimmer. It was one of those industrial trimmers that have the handle that comes down. I never liked that kind...always reminds me of a machete. The ambulance came. Not sure what happened after that.


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One time a lady cut the tips of her fingers off with a paper trimmer. It was one of those industrial trimmers that have the handle that comes down. I never liked that kind...always reminds me of a machete. The ambulance came. Not sure what happened after that.


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One time a lady cut the tips of her fingers off with a paper trimmer. It was one of those industrial trimmers that have the handle that comes down. I never liked that kind...always reminds me of a machete. The ambulance came. Not sure what happened after that.


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Here's hoping that I won't need to add to it after the first weekend in March!


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tips of her fingers

tipS? As in MULTIPLE FINGERS!?

AAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!



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Posted: 2/2/2012 9:04:39 PM
I haven't read ALL of these stories, but enough to scare me from ever going to a crop like this. I really have only been to one overnighter and that was at a cousin's house. Not sure I could venture out to something like these stories describe!


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This is my first peas post, but I've been lurking for a while. I've been scrapping for about 15 years and been to a lot of crops (at least 30 - all days, weekends, and evenings). I'll say first that I love crops. I get so much inspiration from the other croppers, learn new techniques and products, and usually get a lot done. The organizers have all been wonderful women who worked hard and did a great job.

Here's my worst experience...

My CM consultant hosted a weekend crop at a nearby hotel. Rather than stay overnight at the hotel I stayed with my BFF at her house close by. I go to crops with a CIS Navigator and a big CM tote. I ended up with those really shallow tables, so the CM gave me two in an L. Worked out great for me, and I set up my stuff on one arm of the L and worked on my layout on the other arm. I also put my tote up on a chair and my Navigator open on the floor next to that chair.

So we cropped happily away on Friday, but left around 10pm. We got a call early Saturday morning and found out that the jacuzzi in the room above had overflowed and leaked through the floor into the conference room below where our crop was being held. My Navigator took on a lot of water. But I was very very lucky. I had but my large accordion style holder of PP and sticker binder on the table top the night before, so they weren't in their usual spots in the Navigator. That was almost my entire stash of PP and all my stickers! Actually the only thing that was a complete loss was a book of quotes and sayings. No water actually hit the tables I was working on. My CM tote was dry, because it was up on the chair and couldn't soak up water from the very wet carpet.

Some of the other croppers lost some small amounts of paper, but we were all lucky it wasn't much worse,


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Posted: 2/6/2012 8:03:54 AM
A friend and I try to go at least a couple times a month to the LSS during the day. There are almost always other scrappers there cropping, too, so it's kind of like an impromptu mini crop.

My friend and I were working away one day when another gal came in and set down her stuff on a table. I sort of noticed she was talking to my friend, but didn't think too much about it. I was busy trying to find paper to go with my pictures and just planned to say "hello" to the new scrapper when I came back to my table.

As I was looking at papers, I passed by the LSS owner who asked me if the gal had "commandeered" me yet. I was surprised to be asked this and said she hadn't. Apparently she had been asking for a lot of help from the employees, far more than most customers need. I was warned by the owner, "She wants someone to do everything for her."

I went back to my table finally, and my friend said that the gal was asking her questions that she didn't know how to answer and thought perhaps I would be a better person to help. So I went over and asked what she needed.

"I need someone to glue these things down for me."

I suddenly understood what the LSS owner had tried to tell me.

Instead I told her to come watch me do a page for my album, and she could see what adhesives I use. And I showed her a few other things. I totally overwhelmed her and blew her away just showing her the different adhesives. She got up and went back to her table, the LSS owner gave her an " assignment," and my friend and I left soon after.

I don't mind helping someone who is new and overwhelmed (she was), and I can even deal with someone who is especially "needy" but gluing down their stuff to their page for them is just a little too much, even for me!


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Posted: 2/6/2012 8:36:00 AM
The last retreat I went to a fellow scrapbooking friend came along. We had been scrapping together for many years, but had never attended an overnight retreat together. All was going well until it was time for bed. Little did I know my "friend" snored like a freight train. The walls literally shook. Oh man it was so bad. To make matters even worse we had paid extra to go a day early. So 3 nights of horrible snoring! Needless to say I took a long nap everyday and by Sunday was a walking zombie. It's a good thing the rest of the retreat was great. Note to self - Never share a room with said friend!


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Bumping for someone who requested it.



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Posted: 4/8/2012 11:41:09 AM
This is just a reponse to those who have roomie problems at overnight retreats. Many retreats of experience have taught me to accomodate. For snoring roomies, I have downloaded an app to my phone of White Noise. I plug my phone in, set it up and place it on the table between the beds. This, in combination with some klennex in my ears makes it possible for me to sleep. My other problem is really my preference for a cold room...my best scrapfriend likes a really warm room. We compromise on a moderately cool room and she brings an electric blanket (and I swear, she wears a hoodie to bed! I laugh at her because the room is only set on 68-70) We also ask for an extra blanket for her just in case it is still too cold for her. The only thing I cannot do is share a bed with anybody...I'd pay extra for my own room first! The one time I gave in to this, the roomie tried to snuggle me all night! LOL Turns out she likes it warm (yes, she is the one above and this was our first rooming experience) and was seeking warmth all night! I am single, so sleep alone every night and love my space! LOL


Carolyn Peaing in VA

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Posted: 4/9/2012 10:03:29 AM
Off to a retreat on Thursday...hope there are no horror stories to share!

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Posted: 4/10/2012 3:32:05 PM
I have only been to a few crops and have enjoyed them all but I will agree that CKC crops are insane, over crowded and the least friendly place I have ever been as a scrapper. I go to these events alone because none of my RL friends scrap and find it kind of disheartening so I have been scrapping at home instead.


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Posted: 4/10/2012 4:17:11 PM
I have only been to a few crops and have enjoyed them all but I will agree that CKC crops are insane, over crowded and the least friendly place I have ever been as a scrapper. I go to these events alone because none of my RL friends scrap and find it kind of disheartening so I have been scrapping at home instead.


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Posted: 4/10/2012 10:05:32 PM
I don't know why, but I keep giving the same rude, obnoxious people a second, third, and even fourth chance. I recently went to a crop with a friend, and we ended up being seated with her friends that she usually crops with. The whole day, they spoke another language (that I don't speak or understand well). They talked about people and were very loud the whole time. They complained about "white" people (of which I am one, thank you very much!). One of them criticized almost everything I said and gave me strange looks whenever I tried to make conversation with her. I ended up putting on my headphones and listening to my iPod for the final 2 hours. I only wish I had done that at the beginning. I would have left early, but 1) I paid a good amount of money for that crop, and 2) My friend drove us in her car.

Never again. I'm trying a new crop at the end of the month, and I'm hoping to meet new cropping friends. With any luck, it won't be like the crop I went to where I was asked to change tables so friends could sit next to each other - after we had been cropping for 2 hours, and all my stuff was spread out.



Cricutgirlg
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Posted: 4/11/2012 6:00:53 AM
JennyGirl, so sorry you had a terrible time at your last crop, it sounds awful! No one should be made to feel uncomfortable and if you are from a different race people should be sensitive to your feelings before they speak. Find better friends and you'll definitely have more fun at crops. Bone heads come in any race. I just wanted to share with you that I received the flip side treatment at some crops as the only African-American attending primarily all white crops: I have had my stuff stolen, their kids pushed on me, people begging to use my expensive things, people saying horrible things about my race with me sitting there and my table space taken because I bring, so little ( I'm organized, so I travel with page kits), because of this they took most of my space from me.

I did not make a scene. I pasted a smile on my face and I either contact the organizer or I wait to be contacted and I shared my observations and declined to return. In regards, to the table space I received a discount on the table. I believe life is to short not to share with people why you are moving on if they really want to know. I tell them. But, I do not put myself back in bad situations. I never travel with anyone in my car to a crop, tried that before and paid more than I would have paid if I had just driven my own car. But, most of the crops I've attended were fun for me though and full wonderful people. Have fun at your next crop.

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Posted: 4/11/2012 7:40:47 AM

Bone heads come in any race. I just wanted to share with you that I received the flip side treatment at some crops as the only African-American attending primarily all white crops


I don't even have to imagine. I've been to crops with my friend and some of the conversation lets me know exactly how it was when people of color were not even acknowledged to exist in a room. Some people will say anything and assume everyone in the room agrees with them. It is really terrible. I usually confront it; my friend is not at all confrontational, but I will speak up and ask them to stop because it is ruining the crop for us.


My choice is to not take it personally - people have opinions. Particularly people here.-Peabay 12/29/11
I know this is assuming, but I'm really starting to think you are one of those "entitled" peas - Dalayney 4/2/12
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Posted: 4/11/2012 9:52:05 AM
Every now and then, I read through the posts in this thread and am reminded why I don't go to many crops. I usually scrap in the peace and quiet of my home. But - I never had a really "bad" experience the few times I've cropped away from home so I don't have any interesting stories to share.

Upon closer inspection, the label said Christmas 2001. I kid you not, the papers and stickers were so old and faded. REALLY?
Wow! I wonder if they were AF/LF papers and stickers? I probably would have done the same thing you did - toss it all in the trash.

meowgal
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Posted: 4/11/2012 10:25:07 AM
Cricutgirlg and Jannygirl...come to my area...the crops I've gone to are diverse and frankly, I feel we all mix well together and have a blast! One of my crop buddies is Hispanic, another African-American, another is Jewish.. and I never gave it a thought until right now that we're a "mixed bag" in our group. We've all roomed together too. Generally, we try to avoid conversations about religion and/or politics, but that is the only problem we've ever encountered...(Righties and Lefties can get passionate over their stand! LOL...also the Christian/non-Christian viewpoints can cause problems, so best to avoid and just get along!).

Going to a crop retreat TOMORROW through Sunday....can't wait.


Carolyn Peaing in VA

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Posted: 4/12/2012 9:15:26 AM
I thought of another crop nightmare.. I can't find any in the Harrisburg,PA area. Does that count?


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Cricutgirlg
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Posted: 4/12/2012 4:03:55 PM
Thanks myboysnme and meowgal!

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Posted: 4/12/2012 4:09:52 PM
We host scrapbooking events and at one of our events. One of the girls was working on a book for her brothers wedding. she had just stickeled a white page with a red heart of stickels. One of the women at the crop came over put her finger in the stickels and said IS THIS WET and proceeded to schmeer the stickels all over the area where the heart was. I thought that the girl was going to KILL her then someone else was like go get some fresh air I will fix it. when she came back it was all fixed and you would never know that someone did that..lol People have nerve
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