Monday, November 29, 2010

It's All in the Name / The Joys of Christmas Shopping

?!  Saw this as I was driving over to Eagle Rock yesterday.

T&A Seafood Market, Glendale, CA

I went to a craft fair yesterday thinking I might be able to buy some Christmas gifts. Well,  honestly I was looking for jewelry for myself, and figured I'd troll around and try to find a few other gifts while I was there.  I ending up finding some good stuff. But I have to bitch and moan about one of the vendors. She had some cute stuff, but BOY WAS SHE ANNOYING AND SO WAS HER SALES ASSISTANT. Every single thing I picked up, they had to comment about it. Every single thing. They were both oohing and aahing and clucking away at each piece I picked up.   FERTHELOVEOFGAWD.  And on and on with the compliments about the jewelry I was wearing, my hair, my sweater, my scarf...ON AND ON AND ON. I wanted to say, "Ladies, you are pouring it on pretty thick. I don't need help picking out stuff. I don't need you telling me what looks good on me.  I don't need you to tell me what is "in" this season.  I don't need compliments to make me buy. JUST SHUT UP SO I CAN LOOK AT THIS STUFF ALREADY!" But I kept my yap shut until it came to pay for my selections. I wanted to buy two rings, and the annoying sales girl told me it was $70 plus tax. I said, "No."  She said, "WHAT?!"  I said, "No, that is too much. I'll give you $70 total, or forget it." Well that put the ladies in QUITE THE SNIT, and they had a devil of a time trying to figure out how to re-do the invoice and re-calculate it all, and I just wanted to cancel the dumb sale altogether.  They finally figured it out, and then they could NOT BELIEVE I didn't want the one free gift item they offered with purchase.  I politely declined the free gift item, as IT WAS A PIECE OF SHIT.  They weren't having it and kept trying to pawn off  the crappy broach on me, and I finally said more strongly, "REALLY, THAT WON'T BE NECESSARY, BUT THANK YOU."  Jesus!  Needless to say, I am kind of dreading how much more of this kind of shopping I will need to do for the holidays.  HUGE GROAN.  

Christmas Killjoy signing off for now....

P.S. I think I am turning into my mother with the haggling and impatience and all.  

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38 comments:

Marsi @ The Cottage Cheese said...

Ha! We have a "T & A" Darts in my city. Supposedly the joint was named after the couple who owns it's initials.

Marsi @ The Cottage Cheese said...

P.S. I haven't even been out holiday shopping yet. I'm hoping to find most of my gifts online this year. I have no patience for traffic and lines.

Kimbirdy said...

ugh! i hate salespeople like this. how the hell do they think they're doing themselves a favor?!

also, the word verification is "angst," which is pretty fitting for this particular post i'd say.

sssdawna said...

LOL sucks. i would be really annoyed too, i bet. so...you think you'll go back? *hehe*

pearls said...

two words CYBER MONDAY... i was at target yesterday almost had a total melt down .And don't we all turn into our mothers at some point? EEP :)

blueviolet said...

Yeah, bring on the new year now so you don't have to repeat anything even remotely similar again.

Dancing Branflake said...

I think you should have gotten the free gift and done a GIVEAWAY on this blog. Hahahahaha!

georgia~gigi said...

I do think I would enjoy shopping with you :)
I hear ya about the Mom thing, I remind my mom all the time, Be Nice, must come with age!
Happy Monday!
gi gi

bananas. said...

TITS & ASS!! HAA!!!!! that is effin hilarious...totally would've taken a picture too. but what the twat was those two sales girls problem! jeez!! how annoying. i probably would've cancelled the whole order. i don't have patience for this ish.

L.A. Daze said...

Super annoying! I don't even have patience for those fairs. Can't get me near those!

Felicia said...

Oh Christ Almighty! That is the main reason I don't go shopping anymore. I can't stand when chirpy sales girls get up in my business! And I am also officially a Scrooge as of today after some bullshit that happened to me. I was just telling my friend how I wouldn't mind falling into a coma right now and not waking up until next year!

Melanie's Randomness said...

Hahaha T & A! Niiicceee.

I love the holidays but crap like this I hate. They try WAYY TOO HARD!!! But they are trying to make a sale but really I do wish I had a clicker with a mute button that worked on people!! =P

Melanie's Randomness

...love Maegan said...

two words: online shopping

PERIOD.


I can't handle all that annoyance for oNE SECOND. ..can't wait to see your rings though ;)

Martina Rosenberg said...

one of the reasons why I do not set a single foot into the city or the subburbs any longer.
Clicky-finger does it all for me :-)))

K.Line said...

Hilarious sign. I have to suggest (having injured my foot badly and being unable to walk or put weight on it for 6th day), online shopping is AWESOME. You really can get 85% of everything you need. Even food! And there are deals to be had.

Brooke said...

I HATE annoying salespeople. I leave stores when they get too clingy. Yuck. Awesome picture, though! Haha.

Christiejolu said...

Great name for a seafood place...I didn't leave my couch on Friday! It was great!

SabinePsynopsis said...

One thing's for sure: No Christmas shopping for you anymore! (apart from online, but who knows they might pick you out for extra friendly treatment)...

Morgan said...

I totally had that experience yesterday day! I was buying a gift at a local boutique and the lady would not stop talking. She HAD to know where I worked, if I liked it, was I married, etc etc. I was getting super frustrated but what trying to keep myself in check. UGH. Happy Holidays. Boo. :)

WendyB said...

A T&A place that smells like fish? Hmmmm.

Trixie said...

HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAA!!!!
Oh this made me laugh!

Jill said...

Once I turned down the "free piece of crap" at Ulta...I thought the saleschick was going to have a stroke!

I buy all of my Xmas gifts online and have it all delivered to the recipients...I'm soooo nostalgic.

Kitty Stampede said...

I HATEHATEHATE salespeople like this. i try to avoid eye contact and just not be too friendly cause there is nothing I can't stand more is shopping with someone over my shoulder. The worst is when you're in a store and like 5 people ask you if they can help you!!!! ARGGHHH.
I am a bit of a bahumbug like you. I cannot stand crowds. I think i'm doing mostly the online thing this year too. either that or shopping on a monday morning..or sometime when i know it won't be overly busy.

Alisa said...

I totally agree. I like the sales people to leave me alone when I shop.

And, so I leave people alone when I have a booth at a sale, to the point where I think I am loosing sales. "If you like it, you'll buy it. If not, I'm not going to try to convince you"

I am not a good sales person!

Pushy sales people...this is why I shop online! :)

Jude said...

Did you say something? All I could fixate on was that hysterical SIGN!

livingeasylovingfree.com said...

Oh god I HATE It when sales people bug you!! Why people why??? Just leave us to our own devices if we need ASSISTANCE we will ask!! Phew..... x

Caroline said...

Good lord...I would have never had the patience for that! Hence...the reason I am doing all my shopping on-line :)

Vivienne said...

You are far more patient and pleasant than I am in those situations. Well done.

oomph. said...

oh my...tis the season for this kind of crap! you handled it well.

Lorena said...

I am terrified after your last line.... we are all turning into our mothers. I even look like her, karma IS a bitch.

In regards to the sales people, I understand they are trying to sell but I AM ANNOYED BY ANYONE OFFERING HELP; ANYONE TALKING, muttering ANYTHING to me while I shop ... it's my ME time, so just let me be !!
If I need help, I will ask for it.

E said...

Ugggh, I hate that. I'm so standoffish with sales people already and that pushy sh*t is just an insta-turnoff.

diane said...

The carnal sin of sales is being too pushy. When I was in sales I never pushed a sale, instead giving honest advice even if it was pointing the customer to someone else's product. I had a huge customer following, because it was based on trust. I finally had to get out of sales, partly because I couldn't stand the pressure from corporate anymore. Now I'm in customer service, which suits me better.
Hope the rest of your holiday shopping goes smooth. :)

lila said...

just do as I do girl; be honestly blunt and say that this is a piece of shit and you would accept if they could offer you a better gift!
simple!
if it works for me?-sometimes I do get to choose a better gift. ;)

anotherfishinthesea said...

Hahahah I really think I would like to go Christmas shopping with you :)

Diana said...

That is annoying. At least they were nice, or trying to be, haha. I hate the ones that accuse you of stealing by just the look on their faces!!

Pretty Little World said...

I can't stand it when people are so overly "helpful." I'm a grown-up and actually quite good at this whole shopping thing.

You have way more willpower than I do - I would perhaps not have been able to stop myself from commenting on their "etiquette."

Sarcastic Bastard said...

When they started the overkill, my ass would have simply turned and left. Chatty motherfuckers drive me nuts.

I hate X-mas. Just. HATE IT.

God's Favorite Shoes! said...

OMG! I would have said something. I would have said, "Lady, if you want this sale, you will leave me the hell alone."

Yep. I sure would have.