8 Reasons The Silver Dahlia Is The Best Place To Christmas Shop

8 Reasons The Silver Dahlia Is The Best Place To Christmas Shop

Hello, complimentary gift wrapping!

After completing the first two years of my undergraduate, I took the huge step of choosing to withdraw from Curry College and work full time and live at home. I got a full time job as a sales associate at The Silver Dahlia, a gift shop in Glastonbury, Connecticut. I fell in love with the work and quickly grew fond of the store, my co-workers, and customers. As we put out our fall products and prepare for the holiday shopping season, I'd like to sing our praises to a public that may or may not be aware of what a great little gift shop is hiding just around the corner.

1. We have a huge variety of gifts.

We have greeting cards for all occasions, jewelry, men and women's apparel, accessories, toys, stationery, artisan soap, and SO much more. We also have a Paparte station, where you can customize your own gift.

2. We carry all your favorite brands.

Not only do we carry Vineyard Vines, Lilly Pulitzer, Vera Bradley, and Alex & Ani, all of these brands are also featured in our giant clearance section. Spend $20 on Vineyard Vines, and get a free pink whale logo sticker!

3. All gift wrapping is complimentary.

Any purchase you make in our store comes with complimentary gift wrapping, with your choice of wrapping paper, ribbons, and tissue paper.

4. We have an awesome customer rewards program.

No card necessary! Simply give your name and phone number, and you will automatically receive a $10 store credit for every $200 you spend. It's like constant couponing! The best part is, no need to carry a card you need to worry about bringing in every time you stop by. The program is all done automatically on our system. All you have to do is shop!

5. You can make your own necklaces.

We have a make-your-own necklace station in Lotus jewelry, featuring initials and birthstones, as well as Forever In My Heart charms. You can also make your own watch!

6. We are a small business... that supports other small businesses.

We carry Mizzi Cosmetics, created by a stay-at-home mom named Brenda from Portland, Connecticut, who was recently named one of Hartford's 40 under 40. We also carry The Coastal Confidence, and Payne & Comfort, handmade by our store manager!

7. We have THREE locations.

We have stores in Glastonbury, West Hartford, and Simsbury.

8. We just moved to a bigger store!

Our Glastonbury store recently moved to a bigger location right across the parking lot. Come check out our new space, at 41 Hebron Avenue in Glastonbury.

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8 Issues That Every Retail Worker Deals With (And Gets Sick Of) Every Day

Retail is still better than food service, right?

Working retail is an EXPERIENCE. You hear everyone saying it's terrible, and you think, "oh it can't be THAT bad!"

But then it is.

If you have never worked retail, consider yourself blessed. But to give you some insight, let's go through the life of a retail worker:

1. When you're trying to just walk to the break room and get stopped by a customer

"Sure, I can help you find the super specific item you're looking for!"


2. "Can you check in the back if you have more of these?"

Literally, there is nothing back there except stuff that we haven't put out on the floor but let me go "check" to make you feel better!

3. "I found this on the clearance rack but it's not marked can you check if it is?"

There's a 99.9% chance that someone put a regular priced item there. Please don't bother me about it and just assume it's full price, thank you.

4. When someone tries to return 8 shirts, 3 pairs of pants, and a pair of boots all without a receipt and no price tags

Don't expect us to return everything and for the same price you think you got it at. We can only do so much for you. Meet us in the middle. For once. Please.

5. When a customer gets angry with you about store policy

"Being mad at me will literally do nothing for you so I greatly appreciate you ranting to me about it yes PLEASE continue."

6. When a customer comes rolling up to the registers with returns 5 minutes before the store closes

You do realize we are closing, right? I got too much to process already! Take your returns and come back tomorrow morning I beg you.

7. When a customer sifts through your display that you just fixed and messes all of it up

I just spent an hour making this look good but WHATEVER IT'S FINE WE'RE FINE.

8. "Since it doesn't have a price, that means it's free, right? Hahaha!"


So the next time you want to complain to a retail worker, stop and think, "they're probably going through a lot. I will not take this out on them unless it is directly their fault."

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6 Times That You Should Be Nicer To Retail Workers Than You Actually Are

We get it — we're frustrated with you, too.

I'm sure, like me, many of you received lots of gift cards over the holidays. After working retail seasonally, here are a few tips that I learned in order to make the employees at your favorite store just a little happier and not want to charge you extra on your purchase for being awful. Here are some times when you should be nicer to retail workers than you actually are!

1. When they go out of their way to help you.

Believe it or not, retail workers have more to do than just help customers. They have to fold tables, scan things into inventory, clean up sections, make sure everything is in the right place in the store, manage returns...you get the picture. So be grateful when an employee asks you if you need help finding anything, and really be grateful if they actually help you find it!

2. When they are cleaning up a section of the store.

Yes, they know the store is a mess. Yes, they are trying to work on it. No, they don't want you to complain about it. It's a never-ending job, and they are doing their best!

3. When they deal with your children being heathens.

There is nothing more irritating than screaming children tearing up and down aisles and knocking things off of shelves and racks, so please, be grateful that retail workers don't lose their minds over it, and don't complain to them that the store is a mess!

4. When they listen intently to your coupon problems.

Sorry, but I don't particularly care much if your Great Aunt Mary gave you that coupon and it's expired because your brother Charlie had a doctor's appointment and your kid Michelle had a soccer game so you couldn't make it to the store to go shopping in time. I can't do anything about it, I'm sorry about that.

5. When they ask you about opening a credit card or rewards card.

They know, not everyone wants one. It's OK. But they have to ask. You don't have to be mean about it! A simple "no, thank you" works just fine.

6. When you have to wait to get an item number or to talk to a manager.

Yes, I know you're irritated about it, but I can't help it if a tag was torn off of something and you have to wait a hot minute for someone to leave what they are doing, most likely walk across the store in search of your item, and then actually find it and bring it to me to scan. And I can't help that our register system has certain restrictions that only managers can access for what you want me to do (like take your expired coupons!).

All in all, I know some things about shopping are frustrating, but please remember, we understand too, and we have been on the other side of it. So I leave you with this lovely quote to remember the next time you are shopping:

"Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind." — Henry James
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