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Dear Santa...this year please leave me the gift of 'patience' under my Christmas tree!

Friday, November 16, 2012

emoticon This has been the retail week of H...E.....double toothpicks for me! emoticon The hubs has been tied up on a construction job...so that leaves me in the consignment gallery every day ALL day! Now granted..we have the wimpiest retail hours under the face of the sun emoticon but even 10-4...is WAYYY to long to suffer fools! I can't take it! I'm weak and impatient, and sassy, and sarcastic...and REALLY cheap, stupid ANNOYING people make me MORE so!

Dear Santa...this year...PLEASE leave me the gift of patience under my Christmas Tree..pleasssseeee! emoticon I need it badly and I know it is my ultimate earth plane lesson because it gets TESTED double, time...even TRIPLE time during 'season' in FL.

Examples of patience needed situations today. YES these all occured in ONE single day...within a six hour time span.

Question...is this the BEST price you can give me on this chair?

Me: Why yes it is...in fact as you see from the ORANGE sticker tag that says "MOVE IT" pricing MARK DOWN.... that I just put on today...it's a VERY good price for a beautiful chair!

Note the chair to the far right corner...beautiful chair agreed? Comfy, happy color, fashionable rattan with leather wrappings, not the cheap~o raffia ones. A $300 dollar chair retail marked down to $169...good price right? To the typical informed shopper this would be a no brainer deal. To the moroons that I deal with..this is too much money.

If you don't like the price...fine...don't buy the chair...but DON'T insult the little shop owner with your needless wheedling and cheapster~whining..it's ANNOYING! emoticon

Conversation continues and her husband (the REAL pro)....jumps in.

"Well what about this foot stool?"

Me: "Yes it's marked down to an even BETTER sales price also. That's $119 reduced from $159, it matches the chair perfectly and it's very well constructed.

Husband: "Well, would you take $200 for both!"

Me: Insulted now..."What..... that would only be $30 for the footstool! I think NOT!"

Husband, thinking he's EVER so sly..."Well, you CAN'T sell the footstool without the chair now then CAN you?" Glances over at the wife with a smug smile on his face.

Me: Why yes, as a matter of fact I can, I have another one available...and oh...by the way...another chair that matches it also. This is a VERY good price on both items..they are top of the line. I turn on my heel to walk over to another customer who is waving frantically at me.

Husband: "Well, we aren't going to pay that much!"

Me: "Alrighty then, no problem...a more INFORMED customer will certainly recognize the value of this sale and snap them right up and be happy with their find!"

What I REALLY want to say...is...don't let the door hit your tailbone on the way OUT..and maybe you should be shopping garage sales for your idea of what a real sale is. But don't expect top of the line merchandise for what you are willing to pay. The two just DON'T go together now do they?

Another lovely customer (the one waving frantically for me) on a 94"X54" oval 1/2" glass beveled table top with a beautiful black wrought iron base. Marked down to $999 for the entire set. Honestly the GLASS alone is worth this price.

Question: "Wow, I really love this table, but I don't like the black base can you reduce the price because I have to have it painted?"

Me: "No, the glass alone is worth that price, but it's very easy to paint with the advanced spray paints that they have out today. You could do it in 1/2 hour or less and have an absolutely gorgeous table at a real bargain!"

Retort: "I don't do paint."

Me: "Oh...well maybe you could have someone do it for you?" Thinking...wow...if you are so discriminating then why are you in a consignment gallery in the first place?

Question: "Will you deduct the price that it will cost me to do that?"

Me: In full out annoyance mode..."Wow...I've never been asked for a labor discount before, that's a new one...even for me!" emoticon

I'm telling you...honest spot on TRUTH...this kind of nonsense went on ALL day long!

I SO need a day off from stupid! Or...maybe CHEAP and stupid..they really seem to go hand in hand! I came home tonight so annoyed..that I almost ate my frustrations..a common method I would have resorted to in the past.

Instead I had two Stella beers and drank them! AND...believe me I could have kept going..but I'm doing Spark therapy and blogging them away instead! emoticon

Oh..please dear Santa...leave me patience for fools under my Christmas tree this year...I'm SO gonna need it. It isn't even January yet! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    I'm so sorry you had so many "yard sale" customers this day! Esp, the ones who think they can bargain with you! You wouldn't have price tags or reduced tags on them if you expected a haggle! There's always somebody trying to get something for nothing, though, you know. Hope you get a heaping helping of patience, my friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1764 days ago
    Oh my, I hope this is soon the exception to your day. May some great people happen onto the furnishings you provide in such a loving way.

    I hope you realize that when you pray for patience, you usually end up getting tests that result in trials and tribulations. I have reminded God that I’m a major woos when it comes to taking on too much at any one time. Fortunately, we only get troubles for what we can handle. My rather wimpy attitude of weakness to trials probably brings God to smile!

    1768 days ago
    You can do this! Patience, my dear friend!
    i haven't been getting your blogs?!?! So I'm catching up now! Love YOU!
    1769 days ago
    Hey Bobbie! Can I get a discount on this blog? It too me too long to read it and I could have been unloading my dishwasher, instead. So, I think you owe me for this time. Sigh. Yep, some people just don't get it!

    Wishing you much patience this holiday season & into the New Year!
    : )
    1772 days ago
    hahahaha They are everywhere aren't they! People always want something for cheap. That's why everyone shops at Wal-mart! I don't think I could work in sales. I don't think I could be that nice. I hope Santa does put some patience under the tree for you this year.

    emoticon emoticon your virtual daughter!
    1772 days ago
    looks like you have lots of beautiful things for great prices...too bad people dont appreciate it more
    1772 days ago
    1772 days ago
    Enjoyed your blog. I have never been good at trying to get a better deal, and I usually pay what is asked or just let it go. But I understand the vacationers getting used to trying to get the best deal. That is common practice in other countries, but I would hate to see it become common here. Good for you for sticking to you prices.

    1773 days ago
  • DR1939
    I suspect it is as EVWINGS says--they see the reality shows, even Antique Roadshow, where people get a treasure for a pittance and believe they should be able to get something good for nothing.
    1773 days ago
  • ANNE1123
    I had to read your blog because of the title, if you get patience from Santa, let me know how that works, I'd like to get in on it. I don't work in retail, I never have, not for lack of desire, just don't have the experience, so reading your blog was a good way to see how others get through the day. I know I'm cheap, but I don't think I'd ever have the b---- to say to a retailer some of the things you've encountered. It's just wrong! I know when I don't have the money to afford something and I keep my mouth shut!! I hope the rest of the season gets a little better day by day. Take care and thanks for making the post!!
    1773 days ago
    Dear Lord, deliver me from fools. And if that is not possible,
    grant me the strength to walk away. HUGS!
    1773 days ago
  • DEELB1
    emoticon One of your readers said she is amazed by folks like that. Sorry to sound cynical BUT I am used to folks like that! emoticon
    1774 days ago
    I work in my friend's consignment women's clothing store so I can understand where you're coming from. The things I'm asked are incredible. I can sympathize with you. Sometimes I want to go home screaming. Keep hanging in there. It was a bad day. Days will not always be like that. But there will always be those one or two who can make your blood boil over.

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    1774 days ago
    Sometimes you really wonder about people. I get some real weirdo customers myself. Where do these people come from?? lol
    1774 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    hahahaha I have to laugh cause oh boy do I understand, selling a piano is wwwaaaayyyy worse, people treat you like crap when they come to look at a piano and think that we are Santa, i had one lady actually think you can buy and new piano for $600 and used pianos should be cheaper and oh course it has to work like a new piano (and I think they think I'm getting rich off their $600's)...hohoho see my white beard. (funny the same costumers that want the price lower than it should are sooo shocked that I don't have a retail location anymore....I can't afford the retail location with piano sales that are awful)

    here is what has happened in the sale front (I'm not sure when it started) but one store has a sale and gets customers to come and buy stuff so the other store want the business to so they have a better sale and this goes on and on and now the customers expect way way lower prices and think that they can get a better price than the sales price, the problem is us honest business owners who are just trying to make a little money...aren't

    Your not alone and I just have no more patience, either.

    Good luck and hope tomorrow is better. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    1774 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/16/2012 10:28:54 PM
    I so enjoyed your blog. Remember though tribulation worketh patience so with the patience you asked for you are asking for tribulation also.
    1774 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    Patience is a virtue but a shotgun speeds the wait!
    I wish I had seen these pieces! I have to come down and visit. Hmmmm, maybe I should let you know what I'm looking for!
    Have a great weekend, Bobbie!
    1774 days ago
    I had several things on my mind when I read this.

    #3. People are used to dickering from all the "reality" shows they watch on TV or they do themselves.

    #2. People from other parts of the country think of Floridians as dumb hicks and since they are so smart they can get anything over on us. Plus they want lower prices as what they pay in their area because we aren't as good as their hometowns.

    #1. I always ask for patience and everytime I do, a slow train passes in front of me. Or crawls and stops, backs up and stops, then goes ahead, all the time blocking the crossing!

    HOpe your days and customers get better as the season progresses.
    1774 days ago
    That is why I never do yard sells. I lose patiences. I told one man I would put article in garbage before selling to him.
    1774 days ago
    people like that amaze me!
    1774 days ago
    I honestly would not be able to deal with the public these days. It's a very different
    world now. I was selling my very good
    jewelry on Ebay recently - quality stuff,
    great prices, great customer service, etc.
    I had to stop because I had nothing but
    difficult people to deal with. Couldn't
    take it anymore.
    1774 days ago
  • -VIXEN-
    There's a special place in heaven for those of us in customer service. :)
    1774 days ago
    ROFL! I feel your pain, my friend! I got idiots like that all the time in my Native American jewelry store. I carried only high-end, top quality pieces, and people would constantly ask for better price. Remember, high-end American Indian jewelry appreciates at a rate of between 10% and 25%, depending on the artist. So I'd give them a better one. If the earrings were $300.00, marked down to $250.00, I'd tell them, "Okay, you can have them for $275.00!" Imagine the look on the idiot's face! "How's that a better price?" they'd say! "Well, it's a better price for ME. If you want them for that, fine, or you can have them for $250.00." If they walked, no big loss for me - I don't make money giving stuff away. I still do that on my website! emoticon
    1774 days ago
    I know exactly how you feel. I have had jobs that deal with customers, like someone said you
    can't fix stupid. The funny thing is that some customers don't realize how dumb they really look.

    I hope you have a great week-end.

    1774 days ago
    Oh, I soooo had to laugh at this! Our little vacation cabin that's been on the market 5 years now is like so many cabins here in the mountains. We bought it furnished, discarded what we didn't like and replaced that with things we brought up from Fla or bought new. Now when people (I swear they're your customers in Fla!) look at it they'll ask, "Will you take $20 thousand off the price and sell it unfurniushed?" Well, duh, that would mean I'd have to PAY a crew to come in and haul the stuff off!

    So I laughed out loud when I read about your customers. People never cease to amze me!
    1774 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    People want something for nothing. Bless your heart. Retail sales can be stressful.

    Take care and hand in there.

    1774 days ago
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