Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Memorable Moments

There were a few memorable moments this weekend at the craft show that I thought I would share with you. One of them was the booth directly across from me. I am not the type of person to be critical of anyone or really much of anything.....this is really more of a business tip.

I sat across from this booth for two full days. The girl did embroidery. She was a super nice person....very friendly. She had her computerized machine there and embroidered items for people while they waited.

The first thing I noticed in her booth was a sign that said, "Free Personelization with Purchase". I almost went over to quietly tell her that I think personalization might be spelled with an "a", but then I noticed a Santa hat she had embroidered that said, "Ms. Clause".

I wanted so much to tell her, but I didn't want to embarrass her. I wasn't sure what to do, so I didn't do anything. There is a fine line and I wasn't sure if I should cross it. Maybe I should have. What would you have done?

On Sunday morning she was making these cute baby t-shirts. One said "Bears Fan", one said "Cubs Fan" and the last one said "Soxs Fan". I actually heard a customer tell her that Sox was just Sox and not Soxs, but that t-shirt hung there for hours before she replaced it with one that read "Sox Fan".

I know we all make mistakes. I make plenty, but when you are putting it all out there and advertising your business and the awesome work you need to get it right.

We had a little excitement on Sunday afternoon when the fire alarm went off! No kidding!! A recording came on that said something like, "This is an emergency situation. Leave the building immediately." It kept saying it over and over with the alarm going every two seconds. We all stood there looking at each other. Are you serious? Slowly customers started heading for the door and some of the vendors followed. Some of us just continued to stand there dumbfounded.

Then a security person came around and told all of us that we had to leave the building. It turned out that someone in the elevator pushed the fire alarm button by mistake, but we had to wait outside for the fire department to come and check things out and tell us it was okay to return. They did finally let all of the vendors in followed by the customers and the show resumed. It was interesting to say the least.

Last was my favorite shopper of the entire show. Picture a little old lady....really tiny with white medium length hair. Make her the cutest little old lady you have ever seen. Now give her nice little navy blue dress slacks with matching flats on her tiny little feet. Of course she's carrying her big purse and of course and it matches her's navy blue.

Now put a navy blue T-Shirt....yes, a navy blue t-shirt on this darling little lady and on the front of it put a GREAT BIG beautiful screened butterfly. Next, on her ears give her two gigantic butterfly earrings made entirely of seed beads in navy blue of course...and be sure they are gigantic like maybe 2 inches by 3 inches. Next, give her two enormous seed beaded butterfly hair on each side of her little tiny head, holding back her beautiful white hair!

This precious little lady walked into my booth and I couldn't take my eyes off of her. She was just as cute as could be and so proud of her fine Sunday outfit! When she walked out of my booth, Irv and I just looked at each other with our eyebrows raised and our eyes wide and just smiled. Bless her heart....she made our day!


Lori said...

Haha! Love the little old lady story. Aren't they the best. I look forward to watching this tiny lady and her collection of hats at church every Sunday.

Can't wait to hear more. I hope it was a good weekend for you.

jen said...

awe, little old ladies are so fun! Great description, I can see her in my head!

As far as spelling lady goes, I think you did the right thing by not saying anything. Sounds like it wasn't an isolated incident. That's sad.

I always double and triple check things, cause I'm so scared of having something misspelled like that. How embarrassing!

PonderandStitch said...
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PonderandStitch said...

Awww, I love a good old lady story! She sounds adorable.

About the spelling mistakes- I am a HUGE spelling and grammar nerd, so I don't think I would've been able to take that. Yet, I would've felt rude saying something. That is a tough call. I think I would've ended up saying something. Maybe not. Ugh!

AMIdesigns said...

What a sweet wee lady!

re the spelling, I know mine is pretty bad but it doesn't sound like she would have appreciated any advice. Probably best to keep quiet

Beth Anderson said...

Wow - the spelling mistakes were amazing. As much as you wanted to it is probably better you did not say anything.

Angela said...

I would not have said anything either...but really SOMEONE needs to tell her. The right person will come along and let her know.

I have a personalized sign. When I ordered it (over the computer) I ordered it to say :The Holmans

When I got it, it said "The Holman's"

I see it this way so much, I am not sure if I am right or wrong. What do you think?

Lanyardlady said...

Proper spelling is essential to the success of her business, so she might appreciate the tip. I might have joked with her and said, "And I've always thought it was spelled Claus." And then she might have embroidered my hand to my thigh. Who knows.

Beholden-To-Nature (Kenna) said...

Wow! Sounds like quite a show... and SO eventful! :) Glad you had a good time with it all anyway!

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