- Category: Staff Blogs
- Created on Friday, 25 December 2009 09:04
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There were five of us on the sales floor today, with yesterday's snow starting to melt in the above 30 temperatures: would it be a madhouse? One never knows!
I brought my gifts in: I try to make them personal, with toys for the kids, and unusual things I buy at art fairs throughout the year with specific employees in mind. But sometimes, by the time the holiday comes round, the gift no longer seems suitable, so I have to rush out to find something else. For some, it's easy: if I know what gem they like, I make them earrings or a pendant in a special design just for them. I like giving gifts (but dread having to wrap them!).
Anyway, with most orders done ahead of time this year and already picked up, it turned pretty quiet today. Soft jazz was playing, and we were finally relaxed.Around lunchtime, customers started filtering in, the legendary men who leave things for the last minute : they still exist! We had fun with them, and curiously enough, their purchases ended up in the middle range (which had been absent for a lot of the season), around $2000 each.
The phone started ringing: "How late are you going to be open?". "No problem, we'll wait". Diane and I stayed after the staff left in a flurry of good wishes. The kids-my grandkids- came in with their dad, and Rebecca, 6, helped with gift-wrapping while her 5-year old brother played on the computer (www.pbskids.org, I recommend it!). It was a mellow ending to an unexpectedly good December.
Thank you for letting me share this with all of you at Instore.mag!