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Facing my Retail Fears

Facing my Retail Fears

When I was at college, I would spend my vacations in London working at the Joss Graham Gallery, a truly fascinating shop that sold exotic textiles and artefacts from all over the world. I loved the bohemian, Aladdin’s cave atmosphere of the shop, and really enjoyed working there, and learning about all the things they sold. But as Joss could attest to you, I never really, actually sold anything.

I was a terrible salesperson, Always over-apologetic, under-confident and terrified of seeming too pushy, but Joss was just too nice to kick me out. I did paint a nice kolam ( street decoration) outside the store, so all was not lost.

Hopefully I will do a better job this weekend (well I must have matured a little since then!)

This weekend, The Viva Vienna fair rolls into town, and the good people of Vienna, VA will be out in the sunshine enjoying the happy family affair with rides, and performances, and vendors……………….yes vendors.
You know me, always willing to step out of my comfort zone for a bit of personal growth.  I was feeling rather bold when I registered myself as a vendor, and now I will drag myself trembling to the fair and face my latest challenge – selling my own work.

Wish me luck!

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Artist, Educator, Parent, Small Business Owner, Big kid from a big city, in a small town.

(6) Comments

  1. Totally undertsand what you mean – once again! We have the same anxieties running through our little minds! I am very proud of you and how you are juggling all this. YOU are AMAZING! Wish I was there to pop by and give you the support and see you lush stuff in the flesh! Enjoy the day and just be you! If people like your stuff they’ll buy it. Simple. xxxxxxxx Have FUN! and smile that always helps and you have a great one. x

    1. Thank you Jules! I’ll remember to smile, and think of you when I’m nervous 🙂

      1. That’s my girl ;0)

  2. I don’t think you need luck – your designs are beautiful! It’s amazing that you created all this. I can’t wait to see them in person – and buy them!

    1. Thanks! Hope to see you this weekend!

    2. Thank you for visiting and supporting me at the fair. It meant a great deal to me!

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