Friday, November 12, 2010

Apologies and A Story

Well, this has been a whirlwind couple of months.

My focus has been invested in several local outlets over the course of October and November including an actual store opening!! I can't believe it's happening, but we're going with it and we're going to see what happens.

So, if you feel like the blog has not been up to date lately, I apologize. I haven't forgotten about you! I'm ordering products like crazy and uploading them as we speak. We've added some great new jewelry from Okoa this week and I'm thrilled about that because these pieces are gorgeous! We also got a great new order in of bath and body products in fantastic scents for the Christmas season that I can't wait to "show" you!

And that is where the story fits in.

A woman graciously donated bins for the store to use to display soaps and other small items. I put in one scent that I had and you could barely tell there were any soaps in the bin because the bin was so large that it overwhelmed them! So, I had to order more soaps. The bins require at least 25 soaps to look like they are even close to being full. I called TEK on Wednesday and spoke to the same great lady with the same great accent I always do.

I said, "Fey, I need another order this week and I'm wanting to see if I can get it by Friday." This was Wednesday afternoon. She said, "Okay, what are you wanting for your order." So, I said I need 40 of the snowflake soaps in blue. She laughed and said, "You know the blue are the most popular. I just had someone order 25 and we couldn't believe they wanted so many!"

I hesitated, kind of confused.

And she said, "So you want 4?"

I said, "No, 40."

"40!!??!! Oh my goodness, I'm going to have to keep these girls working until midnight!"

You know, that's a happy thing.

In the world of modern day slavery working until midnight is a reality. Working until midnight with no breaks, no food, minimal light, terrible heating/cooling conditions. No comforts at all. No reward for your back breaking long work.

It's different when I call these places.

The women are packaging their creations with pride, knowing that someone in Pennsylvania loves their stuff and wants a ton of it.

They work longer hours to meet the demand of the goods they supply with breaks, fair wages and grateful hearts. Because they are making a difference in their own livelihood. In their own resume. And for their own future. And that's happy.

Are you intrigued now? I bet you can't wait to see these soaps! They will be making their appearance on Wednesday!

Wish us luck this weekend! I can't wait to tell you how it goes!

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