N immediately honed in on these amazing wooden toys, made in Oregon.
They met the shop dog, Luca.
My first major assignment? Embroidering a felt stocking for an upcoming class. Coming fresh off of stitching my way through a fabulous Eco-Felt Ornament workshop, I could barely believe it! (Are you sure I get paid for this?)
Jin, the store owner, gave me a brief training and then headed out to L.A. for 5 hours of meeting and errands. Somewhat dumbstruck, I "managed" the shop solo, encountering many customer questions I didn't know the answers to. (Do you do machine embroidery? Where can I find 100% cotton thread for my vintage clothing reconstruction? Can you sew my coach's name onto a sports jersey?)
Luckily, when she wasn't frolicking with other doggie visitors, I had Luca for company.
Jin returned at the end of the day and we wrapped things up by inventorying some new items for the store. Running your own shop is no joke! We counted everything and assigned each product a code, then I wrote out the price stickers by hand.
So, that's a taste of my new job. If you're in the area, check us out! I know the answers to a lot more questions now. As I resume blogging, would you like updates on my work at Common Thread? So much good stuff is happening there, but not much of it relates to gift wrapping. I'd honestly appreciate your opinion. What are your 2 cents?
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