Was I a pansy?

Your opinion, please:

I was standing in the cutting line at Joann Fabric, watching the lady in front of me have her fabrics cut from the bolts. The first was a gorgeously colored pansy print–possibly this Keepsake Calico? Then came a silky fabric in a brilliantly coordinating purple shade. The purchaser was elderly and extremely stooped over a walker. I mentally admired her choice and loved that she put those two items together for the stunning effect they produced. I noticed there wasn’t much left on the bolt of the pansy fabric (“remnant project” neon light started pulsing on and off in my brain), and the clerk shoved it under the cutting table when she was finished, unlike the bolt of purple, which she placed in a wire bin. When I got up next, I asked to see the remainder of the bolt of pansy fabric. The clerk told me, haltingly, “Actually, I wanted that.”

“Oh,” I said.

I completely understand that people who work at a fabric store probably have a great love of fabric, themselves.

And it’s not like someone was stealing from me, something that was not at all even in my cart yet. But I know if I’d been the clerk, I would have offered it to the customer. I am not saying I am better; I’m not better. I am just old-school enough to know that the customer should prevail in a contest such as that. Do you agree?

But I didn’t challenge her. I have run into many little scenes at various Joann stores, where clerks think they have a special power over the discounts (or maybe just an inability to ring up sale items correctly) and can wield it at their own, in my opinion, flawed, discretion. And, sigh, of material, I have plenty plenty, so I shouldn’t even be writing this–except that it seemed so unique, that a fabric store clerk, someone who is paid to enable people to trade their food, gas, and electricity money for fabric, would put the kabosh on another attempt, however small, for the fabric addict to score.

And so I hereby fling away to the four winds, any feelings of having been slighted, any residual emotion of regret that the Great American Novel was not written nor the Great Remnant Project of the Ages produced, and acknowledge that the Heavenly Father of all of us is the great source of all love, compassion, beauty and spiritual experience, and say, “I have enough fabric! I am free!” And to the clerk at the cutting table with the beady, darting, rodent-like eyes, I give you, along with your prize pansy-motif end-of-bolt fabric stashed under the counter, a dozen virtual roses and my wish to be prosperous and happy in your creative pursuits!

beautiful roses

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. JanF
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 16:40:44

    We were in one of the big Asda supermarkets in England once, it was back when they closed on Sundays and used to reduce certain products on a Saturday afternoon/evening. There was an announcement made that the cartons of mushrooms were now discounted to half price.
    Imagine our amazement when fully half the cashiers left their posts and ran to the mushrooms to load up!
    This just tickled my American husband no end and he has often told the story!

    Reply

  2. Ethel Grogan
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 16:58:59

    Hummmm . . . beady, darting, rodent like eyes kinda doesn’t fit with “my wish to be prosperous and happy in your creative pursuits”. ;o0

    Reply

  3. SlaveToMyNeedles
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 17:13:29

    You were not the pansy, you were the more mature adult. You did the right thing, and I am happy you posted this as there are so many blunders at the JoAnn’s here as well. Big blunders and you are right about the clerks…as well.
    I am sorry this happened to you, but so glad you went down the right road with it all. Congrats on being the nice, respectable person who showed her how to take the high road.
    ~Louise

    Reply

    • Ethel Grogan
      Feb 21, 2012 @ 19:20:51

      Unfortunately the clerks never learn to behave properly. Perhaps a word to the manager though I don’t doubt one would get the brush off if you did. Sigh

      Reply

  4. Tina Hutchins
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 20:23:46

    Oh my gosh. Yep, that clerk should have not said a word and given you dibs. I’ve been saying that to work at JoAnn’s they ask if you can use a computer, when the answer is “no” they say ‘you’re hired” 🙂 See you tomorrow.

    Reply

    • jenyjenny
      Feb 22, 2012 @ 09:19:15

      I believe it! I have applied for a job there, but they don’t even consider you if you don’t want to work on a Sunday. Probably good that I never got hired, because I’d be like that lady who can’t remember how to ring up a sale on the cash register and always has to call another clerk to help her!

      Reply

  5. de68ie
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 20:57:35

    Worked in Fabric stores a LOT… TGY, 1 year; Ben Franklin 4 years; Jo Anns 1year; Fabric King 2 years.

    Our policy was ALWAYS… Employees had to offer the remnant to the guest at a discounted price if less than one yard. If refused, it was to be put into an area for remarking. IF another customer saw it and wanted it, they would have to pay regular price, or wait until remnants had been priced and put out. The employee could purchase a remnant on break or at shift end…. but could not refuse to let a customer get it.

    JoAnns did (at the store I was out) have what they called Remnant Riots… where we would make up the “remnant bundle” and leave it for the manager to price. She would look at the selection available in the store, and add to it from the remnant bin. When Remnants didn’t sell faster than we collected them, employees were given the option for a short time (usually about 3-4 days) to go through all remnants and get them at a SUPER discount. HOWEVER, popular remnant types (and cotton / poly-cotton were very popular) would be fed to the remnant bin as they came available..

    I’ll see if I can find pansy fabric at JoAnns along the way…. Shall I sms a photo if i find any?

    Reply

    • jenyjenny
      Feb 21, 2012 @ 21:32:27

      That is so sweet of you Deb, you are the coolest. I could go to Joann.com & get the Keepsake Calico & it’s on sale!! But better yet, I need to quit lusting after fabric and realize that I already have way too much! Your comment has a link to your blog site–when are you going to start posting?

      Reply

  6. cubbyholes
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 21:25:58

    I would probably have had a quiet word with the manager. Not in a mean, “i’m gonna get her” way, but a discreet mention of the incident. They are there to make money and if their own clerks are preventing that, then it’s not good.

    Reply

    • jenyjenny
      Feb 22, 2012 @ 09:14:52

      Thanks–I’ve thought of it, but in talking to the manager about other things in the past, I don’t think I could make a point in my favor with her. Some of the clerks are very warm and friendly but the manager will cut you off at the pass if you bring up something controversial! There is no competition for fabric in our town. Joann’s is the only store. And if you want to drive 45 minutes to the next town, they have another Joann’s or a Hobby Lobby, that’s it. The little quilt shop another 30 minutes south just went out of business.

      Reply

  7. Gussie
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 18:29:27

    Haha this is a good post. the clerk is a pansy!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Crafting with Limits

We have limitations, but we want to do things in spite of them

Franque23's Blog

Let's think about it!

Pretty Pursuit

A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!

D.I.Y-ing Machine

All you can do, by yourself.

Linda Andrews

Hope and Humor in Dark Times

Gerry's Family History

Sharing stories from my family history

In the Dash

Valarie Gravelle's family history and genealogy blog

Ashe Ancestors

Family history in Ashe County, North Carolina

FamilyFoundations

Family History and Genealogy

Rainne's Ramblings

Books, Crafts and Life...

Best DIY ideas

diy ideas for home decor, diy ideas for christmas gifts for parents and diy ideas for garden furniture

trish stitched

Handbag Designer, Blogger, Petite Apparel Maker

Southern Girl DIY

DIY - Crafts, Decor, Recipes,& Fashion

Chaotic Shapes

Art and Lifestyle by Brandon Knoll

Scribblers Arena

Trust Your Own Madness !

View through my window

A unique perspective on Spirituality, Philosophy and Love.

Laura’s Craft Closet

Your Favorite Place for Crafting and Card-Making Tips and Tutorials

Puerto Rico Newcomer, dedicated to improving PR, helps you live, vacation in Puerto Rico better

The most useful site if you live or vacation in Puerto Rico. Making your life easier in Puerto Rico whether as a visitor, on vacation, on holiday, or a resident

claytoonz

Nationally Syndicated Editorial Cartoonist

Quartz

Quartz is a digitally native news outlet for the new global economy.

Estonian Cuisine. Eesti Toit.

Estonian Food and Cuisine. Easy and Delicious.

Phoenix Wear LLC

Fun Stylish Clothing Just for Boys

Shaking The Branches

My Search For My Scots & Irish Ancestors

Rabbit Lane

Memoir of a Country Road (by Roger Baker)

The Wookiee Gunner

Providing news, reviews, and opinion pieces about the Star Wars animated shows

Swamp Ape Studios

Metal clay the swamp ape way

Katzenworld Shop

The purrfect shop for cat owners & cat lovers

It's a cats life !

the life of cats

How to Provide

for your family

Season Six(ty)

MY LIFE IN THE SIXTY-SOMETHING YEARS

PastToPresentGenealogy

Jane Roberts: Yorkshire-Based Professional Family History Researcher

Whitewater Musings

Life as a Farm Wife, Busy Mom, and Believer of Miracles

A Tree Grew in Oakland

Oakland County, Michgian

Piedmont Trails

Genealogy and History in North Carolina and Beyond

Adobe for Fashion & Footwear

Online tutorials and live face to face web tutorials using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign in the fashion and footwear industries

383 Degrees

383 Design Studio's Digital Fashion Design Blog

Synchronicity Of The Heart

"like amnesiacs in a ward on fire we must find words or burn" Olga Broumas

i-adobe

Solutions for ADOBE program questions

Visual Sketchpad by Queenie Lamb

Design with passion. Create with imagination. Express with Inspiration.

Muddling Through My Middle Age

Definitely older, possibly wiser....

Sketching :: Drawing from Observation

Painting to See :: Peindre pour voir

My Site

Just another WordPress.com site

The Treeographer

Every tree has a story

Snopes.com

thrifty creations

%d bloggers like this: