You know, I think every store should have a motto, don’t you? We got a new line of paper in recently that reminded me of a quote.. the perfect quote for our store, really.
Case in point: The other day I came into the store and was informed I would be unable to use the bathroom. This was because UPN (as in Use-to-be Perfect Nancy) changed the lock on the bathroom door to an “easy open” lock so we wouldn’t have to worry about losing the key anymore.
However, good old UPN neglected to test the lock before she installed it. After she installed the new handle and closed the door she decided to test it. You know how this story goes, right? Yup, the door was locked. As in permanently. The whole time I was there Michelle and UPN were trying to open the door. First they tried removing the hinges, but the door wouldn’t budge.
Next, they tried to pick the lock with credit cards, but apparently none of the cards had a high enough credit line to open that golden door. They even tried laying on the floor with a hanger and a mirror to try to unlock the door from the other side. When things got desperate they tried some sort of native rain dance, although I have to say this wasn’t it brightest idea given that none of us had access to the bathroom and all that chanting was really making us feel like we needed to make it rain, if you know what I mean.
You know, Alice had a “drink me” bottle to grow larger, and an “eat me” cake to grow smaller, but despite all the eating we did that day there was no magic confection that opened that door. You know how in Alice in Wonderland Alice tries to fool the Red Queen by painting the roses red? Well apparently Nancy was inspired to paint the door blue to calm Michelle’s fragile nerves, but alas, the door remained locked.
Finally Michelle broke down and called a locksmith. He said UPN did a great installing the new lock except for one thing – the lock was broken. Really broken. Even he was unable to fix it. There wasn’t anything they could have done to make it unlock. Yup, just another crazy day at ESS….
Anyway, as you might have guessed. the new line of papers I was referring to above is all about…. Alice in Wonderland! Always a popular theme, I really love the way KaiserCraft pulled it together in their Through the Looking Glass line:
Some come take you’re own trip through the rabbit hole and see what awaits you on the other side of the door at ESS… the tea is waiting!
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