I never really expected to like working in retail as much as I do. In high school I started working at my favorite clothing store in the mall. I have now been here at various shops for the past 10 years. I have been working in the fine jewelry store on the second floor for the past 10 years, and do not plan to leave. Last week, I was opening our new stock of diamond necklace chokers and thinking about how lucky I am to have a job that I love so much. The beauty of the gemstones on the jewelry that we sell never ceases to surprise me.
While I do like to be somewhat frugal with my money, I also get a great employee discount. I don’t really wear really flashy things, but I do like very classic simple things. So a few times per year I treat myself to a new bracelet, a ring and some earrings. I think these are great investments. I also like to buy things that are timeless and one day I can hand these things down to my daughter. It is good for all of the employees to wear a couple of pieces of jewelry so that the customers can see that we loved the products that we sell.
A couple of months ago, my husband surprised me with a beautiful tennis bracelet that he bought here at the store. I had been telling him about it, but he had never seen it. After hearing me talk about it a few times, he asked one of my coworkers if she would be able to point out to him which one I had been talking about. She was able to do that, and on my day off, he snuck into the store and bought the bracelet. He surprised me with it that same night.