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Thread: Darn Tough Annual Factory Sale - this weekend and next weekend

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    I have a pair that I love, I should try and get up there for some more.....
    Have fun & be safe
    Mike P.

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    I went over this AM, got there just after opening. By the time I left at 10 there was line across the parking lot into a large warming tent outside the door. There was little of no mention of the sale on social media but word gets around. The sale runs on Sunday and next weekend. Darn Tuff socks of various types are $8 to $11. The military versions which I find have a bit more durability and better for winter hiking. Three pairs for $10 three additional pairs are $18 (for irregulars).

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    Was there @ 8:30 myself. rode the shuttle bus over and arrived at warming tent around 8:45. Over an hour to get in but well worth it.
    Never been to one before. It was 10 deg there this morning. By the time we checked out around 11 the line was 3 times longer just to get to the warming tent.
    Being a rookie, went a little crazy. Didn't even know how many pair of hiker crew heights I bought till I got home.
    Don't laugh but ended up with about 15 pair of hiking socks, a 3 pack of the military merinos and 3 or 4 pair of low cuts that turned out to have 2 pair in each pack.
    Felt a little gluttonous but it seemed most people coming out before us had at least as many each. Don't want to go every year (2 hr ride each way)so stocked up on about 10 years worth. Micro crew cushion hikers were going for $8 a pair and received another 10 % off for going over $100 total so really only $7.20 a pair. All other styles were similar discounts and they had tons of most styles. They don't appear to limit your qty and do this for 4 full days!
    Oh and they are seconds so no lifetime guarantee included
    Oh yeah my wife purchased almost as many as I did

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    Wow we must have passed each other. Most of the participants are groups of two or three so they can combine a purchase to meet the magic $100 for the extra 10% discount. One tip is the employees are usually real helpful and will point out tips on specific model numbers if asked. I have been using them for years and rarely if ever have I had one fail for a defect. I think they are pretty careful on what they put out on the tables, the defects are cosmetic usually a skipped row of weaving or an odd transition between colors or sometimes just an odd color match. The military socks are usually the cold weather ski sock style with a smooth exterior and then rows of wool loops on the inside, the defect will usually be a row where the wool loops were skipped so it looks like a line around the perimeter of the sock. They used to have the the deep discount table where they dumped boxes of single socks of many types and colors for a buck a piece. Customers would crowd around and try to make pairs. It slowed up the traffic through the building and I expect some sleazebags were breaking up pairs from elsewhere in the sale and calling them singles.

    It was a sunny day, a bit cold but I find everyone that I meet at the sales are having a fun time although the first timers usually do not dress warm enough. I think many Vermonters use it an an unofficial kickoff to winter and the holidays. I made it a day and headed over to the town of Norwich and hit the King Arthur's store (20% off until Nov 30th).

    I keep them "on inventory" and I wear them all the time, when they wear out I just grab a new pair.

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    Yeah we blew thru the 10% discount threshold in about 10 minutes. The sun felt great when we got out and we hoofed it backed to the car much quicker than waiting for the shuttle bus.
    We did dress warm enough but feet still got a little cold in that tent which was snow/ice covered on the ground.
    I convinced my wife who had buyers remorse and guilt that these are to be kept in inventory for years to come and save quite a bit of money for the next several years. Even so spending almost $300 on socks seems almost comical like some seinfeld episode. Though half of hers were for friends, my size 14 shoe means they will most likely remain all mine.
    Haven't inspected them closely enough to see any evidence of defects but doesn't really matter to me anyway.
    Took a while just to get a spot at the sorting tables.
    You are right the employees were very helpful and everyone was friendly and civilized.
    We made a day of it as well and had lunch at Sarduccis in Montpelier which is a great place and our waitress mentioned Mr Cabot is in there a lot and gives them a great discount as well.
    We drove 2 hours each way so wanted to make it worthwhile.

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