A couple of weeks ago I went to a well-known craft store (the mecca of crafters in the Louisville area). I am not a crafter, but I recognize the value of this store. We needed a piece of black photo matting and spray adhesive for a project my son was working on.
As I walked in a whoosh of the aroma of glue sticks, paint and artificial flowers overcame me. Having shopped in this store I knew the direct path to the photo/framing area. A sales lady greeted me and wanted to help me quickly (20 minutes to closing). There was little chit-chat. She understood what I was looking for, but kept trying to sell me far more of the mat board than I wanted. This would have saved her from having to custom cut a piece. Nonetheless, she finally relented and understood that for my purposes, a custom piece was the best buy. She went to make the cuts.
Prior to her exit, I asked where I could find spray adhesive. Remember I’m a stranger in this land of craft supplies. Her answer taught me just how much I didn’t know about where I was. She said, “Follow this aisle at the back of the store past the craft items; it will be down the aisle on the left.” While I listened to all of the directions, when I turned to follow the back aisle, it occurred to me that in my inexperienced mind, ALL of the aisles were craft items. I didn’t realize there were sub-categories of craft items. I had to wonder, are there other things I needed to know, like the language and crafting etiquette? Watch your manners…
Having only five minutes left in store hours according to the overhead speaker, I began the journey looking down EVERY aisle. Before I got too far off the one aisle I knew would lead me back to my custom cut board, a friendly clerk asked to help and led me directly to adhesive spray and even made a suggestion.
True confession: going to a craft supply store makes me want to buy, take up a craft and create something.
Store was closing – whew – bought only what I needed and left. No new hobbies. To my friends who are crafters, you have my admiration and appreciation for your talents.
What are your hobbies?
All the best,
Reblogged this on ryanwithegroup and commented:
Always good to be crafty. It gets a creative part of your brain working. Do not take this as a dis but most of us do not use this part of our brain. That part is the temporal lobe and I know this cause I have been with neurologist enough in my life. This is our creative side and part of our emotions too. Being creative is a great way to express yourself. Pick away to be creative in your life and have a great day and a wonderful life,