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ornate heartsTwo ornate 'puffy' silver heart beads, hollow in the center with holes at top and bottom for stringing. Each is about 1" wide and lightweight. Sold as a set of two. I will consider selling them separately -- so let me know if you'd like to buy only one for $19.00.

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craft fairOne of the reasons I love selling online is that I can react privately and with time to calibrate when someone asks a really weird question. There's a great site where you can read about funny things customers (in virtually every service/sales area) recorded by employees and sellers -- and you can share your own stories too. It's called [The Customer Is] Not Always Right.

http://notalwaysright.com/

Here are a couple I found to be pretty amusing:

"Genetically Modified Turkey" (from a Grocery Store)

Customer: "Hi, yes, could I please have a pound of mystique turkey?"

Me: *not quite catching what they said* "I'm sorry, did you say mesquite turkey?"

Customer: "Yes, mystique turkey!"

Me: "Actually, it's mesquite smoked turkey. Mystique is a character in X-Men."

Customer: "Yeah, yeah, just get me some mystique turkey, please."

Me: "Mystique turkey coming right up!" [and I didn't say..."And I'll change it blue for you, too!"]

...and this one...

"What's in a Perm" (from a Beauty Shop)

Customer calling in, sobbing: "Is it true what my friend says, you can get pregnant if you get a perm while on your period?"

Me: "Um, I think maybe should thought the word "perm" was "sperm", ma'am...Anyway, you definitely don't need to worry about that..."

The site has a few jewelry store stories. Here's my favorite one, verbatim:

"Looks Real Good, Hurts Real Bad" (from a jewelry store in Puerto Rico)

[I had a bag of large crystal beads salvaged from a chandelier. The beads were the size of my palm and very heavy. As I put them away in one of my bead boxes, a teenage girl walked up to my booth at a craft fair.]

Girl: "Hi! I love your stuff! Do you do custom orders?"

Me: "Yes, I do! Here, look through some of these bead boxes and tell me what you like."

Girl: "Okay!"

(She looks though some boxes and gasps as she discovers the large crystal beads.)

Girl: "I love these! Can you make a pair of earrings with these?!"

Me: "Oh! Ha ha, those beads are for a lamp I'm making. They're too heavy to use as earrings. May I interest you in a much smaller and lighter version of those beads?"

Girl: "NO! I want these! They're so pretty and...bling-bling!"

Me: "Your piercings would sag if you wore those. Let me–"

Girl: "No! I'm the customer and this is what I want!"

Me: *sighing* "Fine. Come back in a few minutes, and I'll have them done. It'll be $12."

(The girl looks at some other booths while I make her earrings. She returns, asks for her earrings, and pays for them.)

Girl: *putting on earrings "I love them! Thank you so much!"

Me: "Okay. Thank you, and remember what I said about the beads."

Girl: "You don't know what you're talking about. The beads are like crazy light!"

(The girl leaves, looking ridiculous with the earrings, but then returns about half an hour later.)

Girl: "My ears are killing me!"

Me: "I told you the beads were too heavy, but you still wanted them!"

Girl: "It's not the beads, it's the wire! I must be allergic to it."

Me: "There's no need to yell. I use hypoallergenic materials in all my pieces. There's no way you can be allergic to it. It's because the beads are too heavy. I can give you a refund, but you have to give me the earrings back."

Girl: "No! It must be the glass, then. I'm allergic to the glass! What kind of glass is this?"

Me: "...allergic to glass? Have you ever heard of the phrase 'with beauty comes pain'? Well, this explains it."

Girl: "Oh! I get it now! Wow, if it hurts this much I must look A-MA-ZING! [and she skipped happily away]

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I hope these stories gave you a little smile for the day. They did for me!


Until Next Time,


Sheila


p.s. Many thanks to the great blog 'The Beading Gem' for the idea for today's post. You can find them here: http://www.beadinggem.com/

They do great handmade jewelry tutorials if you're interested in those...

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