Friday, April 26, 2013
If I Was Left Alone, I Would Have Spent Double (at least!)
This past weekend, I headed to the Shore to collect Sea Glass (more on that and what I got/didn't get in a future post). Before I left, I looked up bead stores between my house and the Shore. I found 2 along the route I was going to take, but quickly found out that one closed a few months prior. I was bummed but one is better than none!
My departure was delayed for various mothering reasons, so by the time I got to the bead shop, I had 90 minutes to shop. My routine is : take one slow lap though and browse, get the tray, take second lap through to pick up all I want to buy. When I walked in, I briefly scanned the size of the room and the layout to plan where I was going to start. It was small area. Lots of stuff packed in it, but I knew I could do it in 90 minutes.
I have debated whether I should call the store out by name. I decided against it. The store itself has a lot to offer, and 3 of the 4 owners/workers were either nice or left me alone. They shouldn't be smeared for this other person's behavior.
When I walked in, there was a lovely woman behind the counter that went through the usual pleasantries. Another woman was dealing only with crystals and mostly ignored me. A third woman peeked out of another room to tell me that I was welcome to come in that room and shop~it was all for sale. (this room looked like a cross between a class room and a dump-and-sort-eventually room. it had some good stuff in it!). Literally, out of no where, #4 appeared. She insisted I take a tray no matter how many times I said I wasn't ready for a tray yet. I eventually gave in to shut her up about the damn tray. As soon as the tray battle was over she insisted I touch certain beads...that were $150 each. They were gorgeous lampwork beads, but I was not in the market for them. Each time I stepped away, she said "Oh, you didn't touch this one" and plopped it in my hand. After 20 minutes (now I only have 70 minutes before the store closes so I am nervous about seeing it all) of looking at beads that are clearly out of my league, I sternly said "I appreciate you showing me these. I am moving on now." Each time I bothered to look up from the beads, she was standing 1-2 feet from me, staring, with no regard for personal space. I held up a piece of pyrite to my chest, trying to get a visual of what I might do with it in a necklace. She said "That is an odd thing to do with a bead, hold it up to your chest." I put it on my tray and walked away. When I was looking through charlottes, she was standing so close, I could not spin the display to see the other colors. I picked a green charlotte, and she said "Hmmmm. Interesting." She left me alone when I headed toward the Czech glass, but only long enough for me to get through 1/2 of them. It was the tightest spot of the store. I was cornered. She called one of the workers over and demanded "Take off that gorgeous birthday gift I made you so I can show this woman what I made." The woman took it off, handed it over and walked away." It was a bracelet made with the brick shaped beads with the two holes. (I recently bought some and am making a brick wall with vines with it) It was a lot less flexible than mine, so I asked "Was this done on a loom?" "Of course, But not just any loom. Rick's Loom. You need to buy one and take my class. You Must!" I said I would not be doing that. "You must!" Time for me to walk away again. Only 2 minutes later, she came up to me and said "You have never seen matte agate before, I am sure. Touch it." I said I had and it was lovely. "Touch It!" WTF?!? I literally touched it with the tip of my finger for a fraction of a second and walked away. Left on my own, I would have stroked it for a while...it does have a lovely feel. And I probably would have bought some! I left the Czech and went through some amber and turquoise and other gems. She was loudly closing all closets and locking side doors. I got the feeling we were reaching closing time so I hurried over to the seed beads and delicas. I had not seen that section yet. I wasn't there more than a second or two when a strand of un-pretty, very expensive, odd shape, orange and yellow matte Czech beads literally were thrown onto my tray. I picked them up and looked up. There she was. She said "I think you really need these beauties." I said, "I do not" and I slapped them into her hand and turned my back to her. After that, I never saw her again until I heard her yell to everyone that she was having sushi delivered for dinner and aren't they all jealous. One of the other women came up to me and said, "I hate to bother you, but we are closing now. Please make your last selections." I didn't even get through the whole store, and it wasn't a big store! I briefly thought about putting my tray down and walking out. I was so disgusted by #4's behavior. But the other women acted appropriately and I really wanted the beads I picked out. So I made my way to the cash register. One of the women said "I do hope you will come back again sometime." There was so much I wanted to say at that point, but I just managed to give a weak smile. I spent a lot, but truthfully, I usually spend double of what I spent on Saturday. I wish I had that opportunity, as it would have been good for them and me. But #4 stood in the way of that.
I got in the car and drove a couple miles down the road and pulled over in a grocery store parking lot. I sat there for several minutes, trying to process the events of the last 2 hours. It was hard to shake. I had a very unpleasant 90 minutes with a clueless, overbearing woman, but at least I didn't have to work with her day in and day out. I was pulled out of my deep thoughts by the ringing of my cell phone. "Where are you?" That was a good question. Lost in thought. 15 minutes away. Back in the bead store. Headed for the Shore. In the middle of an imaginary knock-down-drag-out with a nasty bead woman. In a parking lot. So I settled on "In my car. I will be there soon".
Ok, it is off my chest. I am moving on...and I already made some cool jewelry with my purchases :-)