How do you feel about shopping? Not the everyday type like grocery which is bad enough but clothes shopping and the dreaded gift shopping. It’s funny but at one time I could spend all day in the big shopping centres browsing, popping in and out of different places, trying on, coffee drinking or just walking the different levels window shopping. That’s a thing of the past – these days if I don’t have something in mind I have to psych myself up just to walk out to the car.
As a bye the bye I use all sorts of things as bookmarks and on finding a little envelope stuck in the pages of an old book the other day was instantly reminded of a very different shopping experience I had a couple a couple of years ago.
Doing the usual wandering past some of the more upmarket shops in a nearby centre that had almost tripled in size I stopped and looked in the window of this one wondering if they had anything I could get for the birthday gift I was looking for. Wondering but thinking – no, it would be well out of my price range. Anyway in I go, just for a look I tell myself.
A very young looking (almost child like) well dressed assistant approached asking if I was looking for anything special or would I just like to browse. I pottered about looking at handbags and wallets and scarves and all sorts of things when she asked in a roundabout way who I was shopping for. I said a 21yr old granddaughter to which she replied, ‘Oh I might have just the thing’. Oops thinks I, after having seen the prices on other goods, how am I going to get out of this.
The assistant returned with a box which did contain ‘just the right thing’ A very modern looking circular pendant and chain that could be worn in a couple of ways. As I waited for it to be ‘wrapped’ another assistant asked if I’d like to sit down and maybe have a glass of water. Well, this is a first I think and make myself comfortable on the small couch. There was no need for me to get up to go to the register because a mobile register came to me – Yes a hand held eftpos machine took care of my credit card right there on the couch 🙂
I walked out of the shop feeling quite refreshed, pleased I had actually secured the gift that had stressed me out so much. Driving home I mentally asked myself why I’d bought it there. Was it the ‘special treatment’ I’d received, or was it the fact I’d allowed a certain figure for my gift and with the sale on that day it came to less than $5 more than that figure?? Oh that every shop/store had such good personal service and treated their customers that way – the way they used to do many years ago.
I’d been assured the receipt was in the bag, yet when I was looking for the till roll all I could find was that little envelope (which I had thought was just for advertising puposes, a bit like a business card). Guess what was tucked inside – a very neatly folded till roll receipt.
How good was that – how discreet was that 😊