Tuesday, February 16, 2010

things I learned at the post office today

...So I think it's now evident where the "pseudo" aspect of my New Years Resolution to update more comes into play...

Anyhow!  At least I'm updating now!

I made my first sale on Etsy yesterday!  Although making a sale to someone other than one of my friends should elicit feelings of great joy and excitement, my initial reaction when I checked my inbox and read the message from Etsy was "Oh sh**!  I sold a pair of shoes on Etsy."  My Etsy shop has taken the place of the back-burner on the proverbial black&lu stove, so I was a little un-prepared to actually make a sale and transaction (I'm still a little curious about PayPal...should I be expecting a deposit into my bank account now?)

Mailing said shoes was an even bigger learning experience in dealing with the post office.  The post office sucks.  Point blank.  Especially today at 1:30 p.m.  Not only was the line incredibly long (seriously, like 12 people deep when I walked in), but the sorority sister behind me had a really annoying nasal-y voice (which I got to hear ALOT of since homegirl never hung up her phone), and the topics of her cell conversations were total "Real World: Richmond" quality.

So I learned several things from going to the post office:

1)  DON'T fall for the "priority flat rate" shipping boxes, especially if you're mailing something lightweight like an adorable pair of slip-ons.  I paid $10.70 to ship my shoes, cutting into my profit by a third.  Next time I'll be acquiring my own box.

2)  Take your own packing tape!  Or just tape and address/prep your box before you even go to the post office.  Because it sucks.  Spend as little time as possible there.

3)  Don't assume that your small-town ways and easy-going smile will impress the sole postal worker behind the counter.  He'll be more helpful to the guy with a 'tude holding up the line for 8 minutes than he will be for you and your pretty face.

4)  The post office sucks.  Avoid it at all costs.

Later today I'm off to flier up some of the VCU art buildings, guerilla style.  Wish me luck!


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