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,