Of all the jobs I've had, I've enjoyed the ones with customer interaction quite a lot. I know...how can that be, considering that I hate people? Just kidding, I really don't - but I do enjoy my solitude. However, I like helping people - my seasonal stints at James Avery were really fun, even with working during the holiday rush. And while I didn't set out to work at the gift shop when I applied to be a volunteer at the hospital, I've ended up really enjoying my time there as well. I like helping people choose things to purchase; neither of these jobs had any stress on me as far as commissions, so that's probably an extra bonus to liking them - I wouldn't want to feel like I had the pressure of making sales or the pressure of making someone purchase something...I just want the fun of helping them feel good about whatever they're buying.
I guess my enthusiasm for shopping translates to our gift shop customers, because my co-volunteer, Rosalie, and I end up doing really well on our days there. What can I say - we like a lot of the stuff we sell, and when someone is interested in it, we can't help but show our love for the product. Kendall, who is in charge of the gift shop, noticed this a while back and started letting us choose the Fossil items for the shop - purses, wallets, watches, and jewelry. I can't tell you how neat that is, to sit at the computer and click on all the items we think are cute and put them into our shopping cart - basically we are buying everything we love, without having to spend any money. A few weeks ago, Rosalie and I placed another Fossil order; as usual, we picked out everything we liked and left the cart for Kendall to review. We were shocked when she asked us if we submitted the order - she trusted our judgement that much to not even need to see what we'd chosen! That made us feel really good.
The week after we placed our most recent order, Rosalie was on vacation, but I came in to work to find that several boxes of purses and jewelry had arrived. Kendall saves all of the Fossil items for us to display, because we seem to do a good job with that as well. I unwrapped all of the purses and set them out, and within 30 minutes, one of our new totes had sold. I love it when a customer likes what we picked out - makes me feel like we are on the right track. Then another tote sold. Then a purse and a wallet that I'd paired with it for display sold. I was elated, but sad that Rosalie missed out on all of the fun (although I'm sure she was having fun on her vacation, of course).
The first thing to sell...this pattern also sold in another style as well. Kendall reordered everything that sold so quickly, so this is the second set of bags in as many weeks.
So apparently, based on my limited time in the gift shop, I should have been a purchaser for a boutique...and also someone who does displays. We have a small locked cabinet to showcase the jewelry and watches, and we do the best we can with what we have; while I don't think I could handle doing an entire shop's worth, I can make smaller displays look nice.
Of course, I really don't want a full-time job, so this is all just speculation right now. But it's interesting to discover a possible career path - one that I never had any idea I'd be good at - and it's also kind of neat to see how opportunities appear when you're just floating along in life.
Paco update: He's doing better. We've been giving him some canned pumpkin, which is supposed to help with stomach issues for dogs, and he loves it. I was thrilled on Saturday to see that after he lapped up his couple spoonfuls of pumpkin, he went over to his food dish and actually ate some kibble! He's not eating a lot, but he IS eating, and he's kept everything down for about 48 hours now. Fingers crossed that he's on the path to getting back to normal. Thank you, everyone, for all of your concern - I know that Paco the wonder dog is very popular here, and it's nice to know how loved he is.