Friday, October 21, 2016

Eight Words A Vendor Doesn't Appreciate Hearing

Christmas season will soon be upon us. Vendors will be plying their wares at local craft and consumer shows. Most of them have worked very hard to be there.

So what they dread hearing are these eight words, "I promised myself I would not buy anything."

If you're not going to purchase from a vendor, don't feel compelled to justify it to someone who is trying to make a living. It may make you feel better, but the vendor is not your therapist.

Try this instead. Politely greet her and ask if you may have a look around. Thank her when you are finished. Small kindnesses go a long way.

P.S. Personally, this doesn't bother me. What prompted this article is the upcoming Creativ Festival and my many vendor friends tell me how frequently (a lot) they are told this. People think it is well-meaning but it is a little unkind at the same time. All of the vendors handle it with grace but if I can educate even one person to avoid saying this, the show world will be a better place.

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