So what are you all up to now that the holiday shopping crush is in full swing?
I’ve done online shopping mostly over the years, but always try to buy gifts over the course of the year and stick them back. I usually venture out to Target and/or Sephora and Ulta once, just to check out gift ideas or stocking stuffer potential, but not this year.
Because now instead of venturing out into the crush, I’m right in the center of the storm. Some of you may know that last spring I began a new adventure in retail. I have done fashion and beauty writing and editing nearly all of my adult life, but never worked behind the counter, so this new job completed my fashion education. I work in a store, for a leased department inside it, and sell vintage designer bags. And even though I and my two co-workers are there primarily to sell purses and accessories, we often end up helping ring customers when there is overflow from the cashier lines.
And even though most folks are pleasant and patient, I have had a few grumbly Guses. And that’s OK. It’s my job to be deliver the best customer service I can, no matter what. But it’s certainly given me a new perspective on holiday shopping and the whole retail world in general. But yikes — the hours! Many nights I don’t get home until close to 11 and have had to go in a time or two before 7 a.m. But I’m still thankful that we were closed on Thanksgiving.
Anyhoo, I’m just glad I’ve gotten all my shopping done and don’t have to fight the crowds and traffic except to my own store to work.
What about you? How’s your holiday season going so far? How are you handling the holiday crush?