Yesterday was my last day at Lollipops & Roses. I never thought I would get so attached to a store that wasn't mine, but I did. I honestly feel like a little piece of me has died. When I look back I can see why. I was the one who picked out and picked up the flowers, went to the floral supply house, created the floral arrangements, worked the counter, answered the phones, met and worked with the customers, met with brides, set up displays, stocked merchandise, took out the trash, worked 14 hour days for holidays, and more. Thankfully, Suzy came in on Saturdays. She was like my fairy godmother. When I came back in on Mondays, the floors would be mopped, windows done, and more. She's awesome! And like me, she cares about the store.
We've sold off ten's of thousands of dollars in merchandise over the last month...all at 75% off. Customers got some fabulous product, floral shops bought an enormous amount of vases, containers and floral supplies. I showed much restraint, but I even bought a few things. Heck, even the mailman bought candles. If anyone is interested there is still a wonderful floral display cooler available for an incredible price, just let me know.
Now, I have to reset my course and get back to crafting. Since I took this position I can count the number of days on one hand that I've had time to paint. Fall shows will be here before I know it and I must be ready for them if I am to make any money.