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Monday, April 16, 2018

Blogging From A to Z - 2018 - N is for

Welcome to the letter N in the A to Z Challenge for 2018.  This year I am working my way through the alphabet at Michaels Arts and Crafts store.  We are at the letter N and I've found a few things that will qualify here.

First is necklace displays.  When I talked about the Jewelry earlier I purposely didn't mention all the display forms there are for displaying necklaces and bracelets, rings and earrings because I knew I was going to use them for this letter.

Up until now I've said very little about my experiences with customers during my time working at Michaels but I have to share something about these necklace displays.  There were a couple of instances where a customer came in and purchased a lot of the displays in different styles, like 15 to 20 of them.  I figured they needed them for their shop or something.  The following week they came and returned all of them!  I wouldn't have given it a second thought except for the fact that when they purchased them each one was closely inspected for damages or wear and tear and they wanted a discount because they were a little dusty.  Of course, upon returning them, they said nothing about the wear and tear or the dust and wanted to make sure they got a full refund.  When it happened a second time I finally figured out that people were buying the displays for trade shows and then returning them after the show was over.  I wanted to say something about how this wasn't a rental warehouse but of course you can't be disrespectful to the customer so...How would you feel about that?  Would it irritate you if you knew someone was buying something only to use it and return it?  

N is also for needlework.  You can find all the pins and needles you want for the fine art of embroidery and needlepoint.  

Regular spools of thread for mending and other sewing needs.

All sizes of embroidery hoops.

The canvas for needlepoint.

And all the floss in a rainbow of colors, sizes and packages.  

I've done some needlework in my time.  I made this about 40 years ago and my sister still has it hanging on her wall.  

Lastly, on my way into the store recently I saw this sign.  Guess I left a void they need to fill :)

Ever thought about working at Michaels?  Do my posts make you want to?  I'm happy I did but not sorry I left.   Make sure to stop by some of the other A to Z participants and come back tomorrow for the big O.

(Note:  I decided I should add a disclaimer to these posts because I certainly don't want to give the idea that I am being paid by Michaels to do this or that they are furnishing me with material.  All pictures used in this blog series were taken by me at local Michaels stores, or are my personal pictures and every Michaels store may not have everything shown.)


  1. That's like the women that buy a dress on Saturday, wear it Saturday night, then return it on Monday. That really sucks.

  2. The Now Hiring sign made me laugh Janet. I'm surprised there's not a policy covering such blatant return practices, but I imagine such things would be hard to prove. One hopes personal integrity is a guiding force for everyone's behavior, but clearly not always.

    1. Yes, Michaels return policy is fairly easy - 180 days! The only thing is if there is no receipt you get store credit for the lowest price of the item.

  3. I am behind on following blogs, so did I miss something? You don't work for Michael's? Were you working there at the beginning of the A to Z challenge?

    I appreciate stores with lenient return policies, but it saddens me when people abuse that.

    1. I was working there at the start of the A to Z. I worked from September 2017 to April 2018. I quit because I was too used to working from home and now that I am 63 I decided collecting Social Security was better than working for minimum wage.


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