That Time I Caused a Fight at the Op Shop.....

Goodness me, if ever my op shopping was to cause an argument I expected it would have been with the Ben. But this morning I popped into one of my favourite op shops I regularly frequent to drop off some children's books and small toys we are culling here at home. Whilst I was there I took a look around the shop to see if anything struck my fancy.

While taking a look around the shop, I spotted some bits and pieces poking out from a basket on the sorting table behind the counter and inquired if those pieces were for sale, as some things were marked for fair the shop is involved in next weekend. 

What's the harm in asking if it's for sale; if it's for sale great, if it's not it's not, but if I'm willing to pay the price fairs, fair wouldn't you say?

One of my favourite volunteers at the shop, was ever so obliging in showing me stuff and was even pulling out other pieces knowing the kind of things I like. Then another volunteer second all up in arms I was being shown things. We will call my favourite volunteer Beautiful B, piped up to the other volunteer saying, if it's going to another location to be sold anyway and Trudie's willing to buy it (for the asking price), what's the problem?

I can't really tell you how or why things went down hill from there, but it resulted in both volunteers heading off outside and next door to the hairdressers where the shop boss was having her hair cut. Thankfully the shop boss knows me well, but I had no way of stopping how quickly the said incident happened and the upset it caused, between the two staff. I left with some goodies in hand and with an agreement that I may be interested in other items if they aren't sold on the weekend and they are willing to split up the items I'm interested in.

The incident  resulted in Beautiful B going home for the day, because she was annoyed by the rudeness of the other volunteer towards her and she couldn't be bothered dealing with it. Thankfully Beautiful B knows I adore her and I gave her a kiss and cuddle on leaving and wished her the best for the rest of the day.

Perhaps I should bake a cake or scones or something and drop them into the shop next week as a peace offering, what do you think?

Has your op shopping or thrifting caused any major incidents?

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My Vintage Childhood: That Time I Caused a Fight at the Op Shop.....

Friday, July 27, 2012

That Time I Caused a Fight at the Op Shop.....

Goodness me, if ever my op shopping was to cause an argument I expected it would have been with the Ben. But this morning I popped into one of my favourite op shops I regularly frequent to drop off some children's books and small toys we are culling here at home. Whilst I was there I took a look around the shop to see if anything struck my fancy.

While taking a look around the shop, I spotted some bits and pieces poking out from a basket on the sorting table behind the counter and inquired if those pieces were for sale, as some things were marked for fair the shop is involved in next weekend. 

What's the harm in asking if it's for sale; if it's for sale great, if it's not it's not, but if I'm willing to pay the price fairs, fair wouldn't you say?

One of my favourite volunteers at the shop, was ever so obliging in showing me stuff and was even pulling out other pieces knowing the kind of things I like. Then another volunteer second all up in arms I was being shown things. We will call my favourite volunteer Beautiful B, piped up to the other volunteer saying, if it's going to another location to be sold anyway and Trudie's willing to buy it (for the asking price), what's the problem?

I can't really tell you how or why things went down hill from there, but it resulted in both volunteers heading off outside and next door to the hairdressers where the shop boss was having her hair cut. Thankfully the shop boss knows me well, but I had no way of stopping how quickly the said incident happened and the upset it caused, between the two staff. I left with some goodies in hand and with an agreement that I may be interested in other items if they aren't sold on the weekend and they are willing to split up the items I'm interested in.

The incident  resulted in Beautiful B going home for the day, because she was annoyed by the rudeness of the other volunteer towards her and she couldn't be bothered dealing with it. Thankfully Beautiful B knows I adore her and I gave her a kiss and cuddle on leaving and wished her the best for the rest of the day.

Perhaps I should bake a cake or scones or something and drop them into the shop next week as a peace offering, what do you think?

Has your op shopping or thrifting caused any major incidents?

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10 Comments:

At July 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM , Blogger Jackie Jardine said...

Wow, that's a predicament. I can honestly say that I've never knowingly been the subject of a fight between employees of the thrift. There have been instances where items weren't price tagged and (contrary to store policy) they were priced on the spot by a merciful employee ringing up my things.

I've never had a second employee get involved. That's a shame.

I'm sure she would appreciate some lovely baked goods.
But it's not your fault the other volunteer was too stuffy about the rules. Ah some people just like to argue!

<3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting!
http://LetsGoThrifting.blogspot.com

 
At July 27, 2012 at 4:59 PM , Blogger Vix said...

The fault lies with Beautiful B. She's a volunteer at the end of the day and if the manager had specifically selected stock for a particular event and made her staff aware of it then BB had no business in letting you look at it without having sought the manager's permission first. As an ex-boss myself I would have been extremely annoyed had an employee (voluntary or otherwise) had gone behind my back like that.
I think a treat would be a lovely peace offering. xxx

 
At July 27, 2012 at 6:51 PM , Blogger Kylie said...

Go on Trudie, make them some cakies. You'll all feel better x

 
At July 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM , Blogger WolvesAtTheDoor said...

Go the scones!! Nothing warms that heart like a sweet or savoury scone!!

 
At July 28, 2012 at 12:40 PM , Blogger Teresa said...

Oh wow! That is an uncomfortable situation. I think some scones would definitely go down a treat.

I've never experienced anything like that myself but once I was looking at a chair I was thinking about buying and while talking to the stop guy about it another lady, who was standing behind him, announced she was going to buy it if I didn't. It made me feel a little awkward but as I was in two minds about it anyway I said she could have it. :)

 
At July 29, 2012 at 6:41 AM , Blogger Cassandra said...

Oh dear ... thrifting can be so cut throat! LOL.
I think some baking is in order too.. just to keep in their good books ;-)
I know there's a couple of ladies at my local oppy who can be rather "narky" at times... perhaps I should take them in some baked goodies too.. just to stay on their good side!

 
At July 29, 2012 at 2:27 PM , Blogger Vintage Bird Girl said...

Every op shop must have the delightful ladies & the cranky pots! I hope your next visit to the oppy will be stress free!

 
At July 31, 2012 at 7:48 PM , Blogger Trudie said...

B and I are all good, but I just hate seeing the upset it caused.
Although its probably not an issue now I will pop in later in the week with some treats.

 
At July 31, 2012 at 7:49 PM , Blogger Trudie said...

Cass you crack me up.

 
At August 2, 2012 at 10:40 AM , Blogger Kirsty @ Bowerbird Blue said...

Volunteer groups can be a hotbed of emotions. You did no wrong. Rudenesss is never called for, I'm sure you could have been let down gently. I avoid some opshops because of cranky ladies - some get so antsy about the kids playing with the toys while I shop - PLEASE! they're second hand. Baked goods would be a lovely act of kindness for the volunteers. I once sent a woman off in a huff because she started going on about aluminium pots and how they shouldn't sell them, and I said that there was only one poorly regarded study on the link between aluminium and alzheimers - she left the store! ooops

 

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