I had been trolling online retailers and resellers for a new desk. My baby business, Bendetto Creative, will soon be making a couple big purchases, namely a new computer and a new desk. The one we have now is sturdy and in great shape (and available for sale, should you be interested; I’ll give you a bargain). But it’s also enormous and just doesn’t work for not-so-enormous me.
Imagine my excitement when I learned one of my other babies, Smarter Ardor, had been chosen to participate! So, today we got to go shopping in a beautiful store I have visited many times, but from which I have never bought anything. We are only just deciding what we like, but we know it’s not the black Ikea furniture we purchased when we started out. We are making efforts to seek out quality pieces now, one by one, as we need additional furniture. We acquired a lovely distressed grey antique buffet late last year that is my current favorite piece of furniture. That is, at least until the desk arrives from Su Casa next week.
pre-lunch and post-church this afternoon. We were fully aware that this experience, with a two and a four-year-old, may not be fun. Even we questioned the timing of this outing. However, we were comforted when we saw the kids’ section—a carpeted area in the corner of the store with plenty of soft toys at eye level. The girls squealed with delight and ran to play. Other families with small children came in, and salespeople graciously mentioned the side entrance that features a ramp for easier stroller access. Seeing this welcoming attitude, I relaxed a bit.
Several salespeople greeted us, but in such a laidback manner that I wasn’t even sure they were salespeople. Daniel and I have different preferences when it comes to shopping experiences. I don’t really like to be bothered until and unless I know what I want. He prefers the VIP treatment. I’ll fast-forward a bit for you and tell you we both walked away impressed today.
I had been instructed to behave like a “normal” shopper; not to give myself away. Normal for me is wandering around like I am lost, then whipping around frequently to ensure my children have not broken anything or gone missing. So that’s what I did. I couldn’t find any desks, so I sought out Jhonelle Clarke, the salesperson who had approached me initially. She showed me to a compact console table-type desk. It was really cute and exactly the type of thing I might have liked prior to starting Bendetto. But now, visions of double monitors and drafts with redlines scattered about crowded the surface of that cute little desk in my mind. So that one was out, and I tried to explain this to Jhonelle.
When it came time for me to fill out the form for delivery and payment, I presented Jhonelle with my signed Test It. Blog It. Win It. agreement. She smiled. “Did I fool you?” I asked. She said that I had. We proceeded to schedule the shipment, which can happen next week, since the desk is in stock.
I now anxiously await the delivery of the desk (which will arrive at the convenient day and time of my choosing), and when I close my eyes I still see that robin’s egg blue chair. Maybe we’ll be back sooner than planned.