As a teenager, I often worked at Woodwards – a big department store in Vancouver. Every Christmas, at the last possible moment, anxious men would come into the store, desperately looking for “the right thing” for wives and girlfriends. Because my dad was a jeweller, I was most comfortable in the watch and jewellery department- which was the first place these crazed gents would go.
Being a “shopper”, I always looked around the store to see what perfect gifts I could find- for a mom or a girlfriend. I could always suggest something better than the fast “OK, that gew-gah looks good- I’ll take it!”
I was often given “time out” to take people to other departments where I’d point out a beautiful purse, glove and scarf set or unique linens or cookware. So many times, these men would return after Christmas and thank me for the ideas and it made me feel great! Who knew that in a few more decades, “professional shopper” would become a career!