Random things happen when working in retail. On any given day, you have no idea what is going to happen.
“Hi Ladies, I hate to bother you but I need to ask you a question. Do you have ring boxes?”
We do not have ring boxes. I suggested the jewelry stores up the street and down the street. My mom suggested Kmart.
“I just came from TJ Maxx. They gave me this.” Here she pulled out a bracelet size box with black foam in it.
Said I, “That was really nice of her because she was probably not supposed to give that out without a purchase.”
Said the customer happily, “She even get me extra foam!!”
“Technically,” said I, “Your son should be doing this but have you considered some kind of bag?” I went to the counter and got out some of our gift bags. We have butterfly bag, silver and gold ones for small gifts.
The customer was happy with the gold one. She then told us that she had gotten the ring for a very cheap price from a UConn student leaving traffic court. He had first asked $100 then dropped the price to $60. It was a small band of square cut diamonds which are more expensive to create. The ring should have been worth $1000 or more in a retail store. I have to feel bad for the UConn student and his story. The customer said she learned that he was also losing his apartment.
The price for the gold bag? Nothing. It was one of the ones that my mother had hand sewn for me when I was selling merchandise on consignment for a store in Marlborough where I paid $100 a month for the privilege. The customer was delighted.