Perks Of Being A Retail Worker

Perks Of Being A Retail Worker

I love folding clothes for four hours... most of the time ;)


There are many perks to having a retail job (a job working at a clothing store).

The first and foremost is I get a fabulous discount on the clothing at the store I work at. It varies from store to store, but my discount is 50% off any item that is not already marked down.

I've bought some really cute things with this discount, but I haven't turned into a shopaholic…yet. God help my budget if I do.

Another perk is I get to listen to music while I work. Listening to music helps me relax and listen to the popular songs on the radio. Nowadays, I often choose to listen to my own music choices and favorite songs instead of trying to branch out.

The place I work at helps me listen to music that is not only peppy, but it is usually family friendly. I appreciate both of these aspects in their song choice, which leads to me wanting to dance while answering costumer's questions.

But the best perk is when I fold the clothes on the sales floor.

You might be thinking, "Wow, she just said she likes folding clothes. What a boring thing to like."

You are right, folding clothes for four hours straight does not sound appealing to most people. But when I got this job, I understood that work would probably be really boring. A perk to a job being really bored is it helps your mind wander on interesting story ideas, memories, and even future events. Doing routine work for hours on end is actually something that helps me 1) get a paycheck 2) fill up my resume and 3) become a better creative writer (due to the whole "mind wandering" thing I just mentioned).

Folding clothes for four hours straight (my usual shift time) has another very important personal perk.

I get to see something messy turn into something clean in a very short time span.

In other words – I can see that I have fixed a problem during my shift at work.

That is highly rewarding for me. I often feel very unorganized in my life at home. I write story ideas on post-it notes that often get lost in my class notes. My futon in my room is often covered in haphazardly stacked outfits and pajamas I decided not to wear yesterday or the day before, and my desk... Well, it's more of a magnet for junk mail than important schoolwork.

It is really nice to see the sections of the store I work on go from chaotic piles of jeans on tables, sweaters being balled up on the sales floor, and dresses halfway on their hangers (and halfway off) become a cleaner environment – and that's all because of me.

I don't know about you, but life is complicated, and often times I try to fix problems that are also complicated. Complicated problems take time, like moving on after putting down your dog or recovering from a disappointing experience (when your crush shares he/she doesn't like you back).

When I go into the store, I know what I'm going to do. I'm going to fix a little problem while bopping to the great music. It's going to take some focus and attention, but man oh man by the end of the night, I AM A PART OF A SQUAD THAT MADE SOMETHING MESSY INTO SOMETHING CLEAN.

(My all caps are meant to convey excitement, not the tone of yelling. Just so you know.)

It feels good, like hey – this worked out, so all the other messes in my life will work out, too. It fills this little heart with hope.

… But even though I like cleaning up messes, please don't intentionally make a mess while you're shopping.

Below are some examples of how you can help workers like me out while shopping:

If you were shopping in the toddler section and decide that in the women's section "Naw, I don't want this pair of pants for my 12-month-old," please don't dump that small pair of pants by the women's jogging shorts. It just confuses me.

If you knock something off of a rack, then pick it up off of the floor and put it back.

This is the most important piece of advice though – which is funny that this has even happened more than once.

****If you bring a Starbucks cup into the store, don't hide it behind the denim section or behind one of the tables with clothes on it. Just throw it away outside of the store. This has happened way more times than it ever should have.

Don't do it.

With much love,

Brooke the Working Girl

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21 Lies College Students Tell Their Parents

I can almost guarantee that you have used at least five of these.


Let's be honest. College is the best time of your life for a lot of reasons, and maybe you should not tell your mom all of them when she calls. I can almost guarantee that you have used at least five of these, and the others — maybe you should try next time!

1. "I can't talk now, I'm in the library."

Typically used when the student is too hungover to talk.

2. "Gotta go now, I'm walking into class."

Then hit play on Netflix.

3. "I think it might be food poisoning."

Was it the food, or all of that alcohol? Your symptoms sound more like a hangover to me.

4. "No, I didn't just wake up."

It is 4 p.m. and, yes, you did.

5. "I need more money for laundry and food."

Meaning, "I need more money for things I don't think you will give me money for."

6. "I never skip class!"

When we use this one, it usually does not refer to anything before 11 a.m.

7. "I studied all night for that test!"

If by "studied all night" you mean you watched TV shows in the library, then, yes, all night.

8. "Everyone failed that test."

And by everyone, I mean me and my friend who did not go to sleep until 3 a.m.

9. "I'm walking home from breakfast with my friends."

Yeah, OK. You are just lucky she cannot see last night's outfit and the high heels you are carrying. We know where you have been.

10. "Potbelly's is a restaurant."

I mean, they may sell tacos, but I'm not sure I would call it a restaurant.

11. "I go to Cantina's for the Nachos."

I hope that is not the only reason but, hey, you do you.

12. "The $40 charge on the card from last Saturday? That was for school supplies!"

Yeah, right. It was for a new dress.

13. "Nobody goes out on weeknights, especially not me."

We all know grades come first, right?

14. "I can't remember the last time I went out!"


15. "I make my bed regularly"

About as often as I clean the bathroom.

16. "I did not say 'Margarita Monday,' I said I went to 'Margaret's on Monday'!"

Following the use of this lie, do not post any pictures on social media of you with a margarita.

17. "I use my meal plan, and eat in the dining hall all the time."

As you scarf down Chick-fil-A.

18. "I eat healthy!"

For those without a meal plan who have to grocery shop on their own, we all know you spend $2 on a 12-pack of Ramen noodles and the rest on a different kind of 12-pack.

19. "No, I don't have a fake ID."

OK, "John Smith," and where exactly in Wyoming are you from?

20. "I'm doing great in all of my classes."

We use this one because you cannot see our grades online, anymore.

21. "I did not wait until the last minute to start on this."

We all know that if you start a paper before 10 p.m. the night before it is due, you are doing something wrong.

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Nobody Said Working In Retail Was Easy

My mood can change by just one customer.


At some point, everyone ends up working in retail or the service industry. It's a rite of passage before entering the actual workforce. However, no one ever tells you how difficult it will be.

All that people see when they think about retail is standing in a store for a few hours ringing up customers. Nobody thinks about stocking the shelves with new inventory, cleaning the store, and putting up new displays for the season.

Working in retail seemed like an easy job choice. I would learn how to do inventory, maybe fold some clothes, and that would be it. Somedays, it can be an emotionally draining job, depending on the type of people that come into the store.

On a day to day basis, most people that I ring up or help in the store are lovely. They are open to talking and are courteous if they have to wait while you ask a question for them. They make your day that much better.

There are always the regulars and after being there for a couple of days, you know what they are going to get. Their presence in the store is something you look forward to. It's the little things like that that make the job so much fun.

Then, there are the customers that are rude to you no matter what you do. It becomes mind-boggling how someone can act that way towards someone who is only trying to help them. It makes anything a nice customer would do seem pointless.

"The customer is always right," is a phrase often heard during my day at work. That is never the case. And while I will do everything to try and help you sometimes there truly is nothing that can be done.

The people that I work with, make my time there that much better. Talking to them makes the day fly by and any project we work on can be a fun one.

While working in retail can be fun, it's also very difficult. Every day is different depending on the type of customers. So remember, the next time you go out shopping, try to be nice to the people working in the stores.

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