It never fails to amaze – the occasional line of, invariably, young men outside Civil Skate Shop on Main Street for hours, even days at a time. For sneakers.
It happened again Thursday evening, when camp chairs and even a tent sprouted up in front of Civil. By Friday evening, chairs wrapped around the building into the municipal parking lot next door. The shoes would not be available to buy until Saturday at 10 a.m. That’s a long time to wait, but couple that with temperatures in the teens both Thursday and Friday nights and it borders on the insane.
OK, it’s not all that crazy: the guys took turns hanging out in their heated cars.
Still, you’ve got to wonder.
The goal? The brand new Nike SB Tiffany Dunk (the SB stands for skateboard). Retail price $108.
The owner of the tent, Dylan Daily of Providence, said he’d set up Thursday night.
“I’ve been here for a day already,” Daily said. “That’s what the tent’s for. Slept in the tent, got up, went to school, got my school in, came back.”
He could do that because this camping out business is a team effort.
“We have a bunch of friends,” said Ross Dressler of Cranston. “We have about 20 people here and 20 people in Providence. We all split up and we have both locations covered.”
Civil has a second store on Westminster Street in downtown Providence. The crew assigned to EG seemed happy with their assigned spot.
“It’s a nicer neighborhood,” said Mark Thomlinson of Providence. “And it’s the original location. It’s better, there’s a town.”
The shoes are more than just shoes, of course. They are a commodity. Civil may have been selling the shoes for $108 but by Saturday morning, the price on Ebay for the new Tiffany’s was already up to $350.