Wednesday, June 30, 2010

That's Me All Over

Scarecrow: they took my legs off and they threw them over there! Then they took my chest out and they threw it over there!
Tin Woodsman: Well, that's you all over!

  • Organizer
  • Manager
  • Web designer
  • Decorator
  • Gardner
  • Cook
  • Drinker
  • Knitter
  • Reader
  • Writer
  • Remodeler
Who's there?
I don't know.
I don't know who?
I told you! I don't know!

A few (truthfully? More than a few) years ago I owned a consignment store. Can I say it was the best job I ever had? Can I say I enjoyed it more than Schwan's Rocky Road ice cream? Can I say I worked harder longer and better than I ever had before or after? And the hours FLEW by in that little store. It NEVER felt like work.

I loved all aspects of that store. The managing, the styling, the merchandising, the procurement, even the bookkeeping.

It was a place where I had a few women that shopped with me regularly. A place where a few women would come to me for styling advice. At times the tiny store floor would be all twirly with women trying on clothes and showing all of us how gorgeous they were. I saw my first tramp-stamp in that store.

Once, a couple was inspired to get very very "busy" in my one dressing room!

I even dressed a man as a woman for a party. He said he felt so pretty! Ha!

My girls helped me out in the store, I was right in the community where we lived and they went to school.

That was the best feeling. That moment, that time, the very best.

What is your fulfillment? What knocks off your socks?


Karen said...

Wow, that's really cool stuff! Why don't you go back to it, sounds like it was a love of your life!

My artisan gallery is mostly consigned things.. jewelry, purses, pottery,paintings, furniture and even candles! It's a great way to meet people and it's always something new, something different.

R. Jacob said...

So what happened?

R. Jacob said...


Heff said...

Yeah, I'm kinda curious, too. Did the economy kill it ? Usually consignment shops do WELL in a poor economy....

Marla said...

Wow, this sounds like my kind of thing! I would have been a regular in your shop. So, why no more?

Let's see.....what knocks my socks off? Two things. People and writing. I love both desperately.

deb-oh-rah said...

Anything creative -- from gardening to re-doing furniture to mosaic to graphic design. I'm all about artsy stuff -- when I go to an art gallery, or see a story on an artist on TV, I get pangs, an ache, and think "I wanna do that!"

Marnie said...

I love anything that has to do with nature. Simplicity is always what inspires me.

It sounds like you had a really fun time in your shop :0)

Ms. Anthropy said...

However it came to no longer be... what a tragic loss! Sounds like you feel the same way.

I can't think of one thing that knocks my socks off. Nothing, zero, zip, zilch, nada. Margaritas come close, sometimes. Not sure about knocking them off, more like just removing them quickly, to hit the couch.

Blasé said...

Marla "knocks my socks off" whenever she tells me that she is "proud" of me. She worries too much.

Deborah said...

Karen - your gallery sounds lovely. So lovely!

RJ - it just didn't work out. Heartbreak at the time for sure.

Heff - this was in the late 90s. It would be so different today yes? I had the right idea, but the wrong place.

Marla - you would have been one of my favorite customers for real.

deb - you are so good at tons of things!

Marnie - your online presence is very calm so I can totally see that!

Ms A - I don't believe you!

B-man - Marla is the best isn't she?

Ca88andra said...

It sounds as if you need to get back to that line of work! Your passion for the job is showing through. My socks get knocked off everytime I get a comment on my blog. Seriously. I love that people read what I write!

The Empress said...

My fulfillment is twofold. No, triple.
I love this question.
I love blogging and meeting people I really get, like you.

I love the heck out of being a mother.

I love to teach.

I love to work at my catering job.

Thank you for this.

What happened to your store?

Danielle said...

I love singing but haven't performed in over 10 years. That music degree is just gathering dust on the bookshelf.

Kimberly said...

Schwan's - chunky chocolate peanut butter binge.