Memories of Retail & Yearning to Craft Again

The Old Logo

Whenever I shop at Michaels in Southlands, I kind of feel at home. I have fond memories of working there, and I really enjoyed it. The only thing that started getting to me were the hours (including weekends). Get a fuller story here. I especially miss the 25% employee discount!

I worked under the old tag line “The Arts and Crafts Store”. Apparently they’re under new management and have made changes. Their new tag line is “Where Creativity Happens” with a much simpler logo.

The New Logo

No more red aprons, either. Now they require khaki pants and black tops. In the beginning of the changes, they wiped out all classes offered except for Wilton Cake Decorating (only kept because of a contract with Wilton). They finally brought the classes back, though! I had a brief, fleeting thought of becoming a Jewelry class instructor again for a little extra cash and for the discount, but the position has already been filled. Just as well! My availability would be very limited anyway.

Crafting is more enjoyable when you’re not being paid to do it actually. I hope to be able to make time for it again once I’m moved into my new office/craft space. My problem with making time is that I like to dive into projects and not surface again for hours. If I know I don’t have that long, I just put it off. <– said as I glance over at a necklace that has been laid out ready to be pieced together for many weeks now!

A Proud Accomplishment | Doing a Job Well

When you gotta job to do, you gotta do it well…

I’ve lived by those words from Paul McCartney’s “Live & Let Die” with every paying job I’ve ever had. I only struggle with this concept when it comes to my own house, but that’s another story. On the job, I believe in being the best I can possibly be, and I push myself to achieve this.

I left an executive secretary position to be a full-time mommy to twins in my twenties. About thirteen years and two more kids later, I thought it would be fun to ease my way back into the land of the gainfully employed in retail, part time. Southlands Mall in Aurora was nearing completion, and I noticed there was going to be a Michaels. I wasn’t actually looking for a job just yet, but when I drove by to see when the store was planning to open, I saw that they were having a job fair that day in the building. Thinking that it couldn’t hurt, I parked and walked in to check it out. An application, a test, and three interviews later, I was on my way. I think I started two weeks later!

The day I interviewed, the store was completely empty. The day I started, there were bare bones forming aisles. I helped install all of the shelves, hooks, and end caps. Then the trucks started rolling in with all the merchandise for us to put on all of those shelves, hooks, and end caps! It still feels special to shop there knowing that I helped build up that store.

So the example here of doing a job well is that I went from an entry level position to Price Integrity, to Event Coordinator (with multiple recognition awards), to Department Manager all in less than a year. I had my eye on Assistant Manager, but the weekend hours started breaking me down. It was fun while it lasted and something I’m truly grateful to have experienced, but it was time for something else.

Early in 2007, while I was still enjoying the retail ride, a friend asked if I’d be interested in what she was doing – a work-from-home opportunity that wasn’t multi-level-marketing. At the time, I wasn’t interested. Six months later, I was interested! After an initial phone interview in the middle of women’s clothing at Walmart, a second phone interview on my own couch, some tests via internet, I had the job! I started in December 2007 and love it!