Some authors really should write articles, booklets, and pamphlets as opposed to books. This book had been on my list of titles to read since it first came out. I saw it at my favorite used book store in Juneau and immediately dove in... to disappointment. Caitlin Kelly's thesis seemed clear at first: Being a sales associate in a retail clothing environment is very hard work. I wanted to know the details of this grueling job, so I kept reading, but she never really sold me. Let me summarize: This book is about the experiences of a journalist who loses her news magazine job and gets a part time job at The North Face in an upscale mall to help make ends meet. And then she complains about it and constantly reminds you how smart and well-traveled she is for two hundred pages... Ok, I get that it's not easy to be on your feet all day. It sucks to have to sell clothes, deal with a dark disorganized store room, open and unpack tons of boxes, label things, put security things on them, fold them, stack them in size order, clean shelves, keep things nice, and deal with rude people for less than $10 an hour. But even she says on page... Ok, I can't find the page number because everything in this book is so repetitive and unorganized but I swear to you at one point she writes, "It's not that difficult!" Ok, whatever lady. (Ah! I found it- page 98.) So, here's what I'm taking away from this book:
- Being a sales associate is harder than I thought it was.
- Costco is a great company to work for as an associate on the bottom rung. All the others, including the North Face, where she worked, are probably not.
- Maybe I should have read Where Am I Wearing? by Kelsey Timmerman next.
- I don't think I've ever been rude, demanding, or demeaning to a sales person before, but I guess I'll try extra hard to be nice to them from now on, including paying attention to their name.
Have you ever worked in retail? Did you hate it? Love it?
- weather: breezy and hot
- location: back to Des Moines marina
- top, old, recently altered by local seamstress to remove elastic dropped waistband, accpw $15
- skirt, old, accpw $8
- sandals, so old, accpw less than $1
- necklace, new from Beth's online jewelry party, accpw $60