One of the places that I recently shopped was one of those stores that pretends to sell couture, when in reality, it’s mostly low end designers that no one has ever heard of and certainly not couture quality or even Pret-a-Porter (just a bunch of off the rack wannabes). You know the place. Full of attitude. I’m guessing the owners were working there as they were beyond fake nice and way way pushy, making sure to point out the sale rack and constantly hovering.
Ok, I know, this game. In my life as a fragrance counter girl, I had to dress really nice most days. Some of the clothes I wore were more expensive and labeled than I will probably ever buy again. I don’t really care about such things but you know, it’s good to take advantage of what you have at the time (like a huge discount and inside info on sales). On my lunch break, I would sometimes wander down the mall to the more upscale stores, not only to check out the competition but because my sister worked for one of them (makeup counter girl; I know what a pair, right?)
Anyhow, it always amused me that when I walked in on my lunch break (nice clothes, nice hair, etc.) the sales staff would be super nice but DIFFERENT.
When I frequented those same stores in my ratty day off clothes, those same folks would either ignore me or be overly nice in a strange way. I’m not sure how to explain this, but think it was a cross between trying to get rid of me (she won’t buy anything, no money, and she’s making our dept look bad) or watching me (she’s a shoplifter, I just know it!!!) Occasionally, a few folks would recognize me and would be nice.
Of course, I never bought anything from those who treated me badly and even told a person once that I would have bought something from her IF she hadn’t ignored me so blatantly.
Working at that counter, definitely provided some life lesson moments, because I know that what you wear has no bearing on who you are and especially on how much money you will spend.
maybe one day, I’ll do a few short entries on being a counter girl. I had all sorts of interesting things happen.