Keith and I checked out the Madonna exhibit of photos from 1983-84 by Richard Gorman at Milk Gallery this weekend. Gosh, I look like a tired ole hag. But srsly, with all the craziness that's happening, it was great that my girl was present, supporting me and reminding to keep fighting for my dream... Even if this one is ending. Love ya Madge.
I just packed our last order from Fred Flare... Congratulations Alejandra from San Antonio TX! We love you.
Well peeps, our final big sample sale is behind us. As I mentioned before, it was very emotional for me. It was difficult at times, but I have to thank EVERYONE who came out see us and Fred off. Thank you.
The most amazing customer was this super cutie, Lauren. She brought us all the photos she took of all of her visits to Store Cute. We even had one last Stocking Stuffer Surprise that we made just for her. Thanks Lauren, it's people like you that we need more of in the world!
Today's our last day for UPS pick up. Actually, it was supposed to be last week, but a vendor of ours, who's been behind in shipping us a PreOrdered item for like 9 months now, is still late. So, we moved UPS back and decided to keep the site open over the weekend. The scented Macaroon Coin Purses ARE shipping, I swear. And if you're deeply mad by this, pls feel free to write Sarut a letter and tell 'em to pull their shizz together!
How fitting is it that the last item available on the site would be the Holly GoNightly Sleep Mask. Not because no one likes it, it's quite the opposite. It's always been one of our top sellers... For years. I actually just got a giant shipment of them in, in November, like thousands. This whole time Holly never had the FF brand on them, I finally worked that out and now we're closing. I tried to cancel that order, but I couldn't, Holly was already in production and set for NYC.
Wow, what a week. It's been a total trip. It was so nice to see the site get busy again with orders. Even tho I'm recovering from shoulder surgery, it was super fun to work back in the warehouse again with Diane. Picking orders, feeding the tables and generally racing around.
And then there's the sample sale. That was hella work and Keith and I were bumping heads at every decision - as per usual. I wanted to go here, he wanted to go there. The demise of FF, apparent, right down to the argument of where to put the hot pink price signs that declared items were $2.
I was so emotional. I'd see Jewlie and cry, I'd see Danit and I'd cry. Sasha, Jim, Lora and Gillian... I'd see you all cry. I'd see the customers fighting over my dishes and I'd cry. I'd see the space that used to be where our shelves were and I'd cry. I'd see the shipping tables, emptied, and I'd cry. I'd try to help customers and they'd try and haggle prices with me on items that were already $1-$5... It was so hard. I had to go into the conference room, close the door, turn off the lights and just weep. My waterworks Mom taught me well. Thanks Nancy.
And then there's the soooo upset customers. You should see the emails and calls were getting... There's several people that are soooo upset with us that they're just saying the meanest things. It really hurts. But then I look at the Guest Book, and honestly, I'm speechless. The outpouring of positive feedback is just what I needed. You like us,Â you really, really like us.
Well, I love you all and I'm so sorry this is happening! xo, C
Gosh, what a weird week. Announcing the closing of Fred Flare... On my bday, was super cray. We didn't do that intentionally, it just all worked out that way. I can't say it was great bday gift, it pretty much sucked... What was a great bday gift was all the amazing comments everyone has left on the Guest Book. I cry every day reading and re-reading them. They just... I dunno, I'm speechless. Thank you all so much.
I also got another rad bday gift. Keith got me tix to see the 9/11 Memorial. I'd never seen it before. I was really excited but also kinda nervous/emotional about seeing it... The day after we announced FF's closing. See, weird week continues. The second we walked in I was overwhelmed. It was stunning. I loved the water features in the footprints of the 2 towers, but you know what really got me??? The Survivor Tree. Holy cow, I was totally loosing my shet amidst hundreds of strangers...
The Survivor Tree is this Callery Pear tree that was planted at the WTC site back in the 70's, so it was about 30 years old when the attack happened... Same as me. After the attack, the clean up crew found her... Reduced to an eight foot tall stump, butÂ miraculously still alive. She was taken to a NYC park and nurtured back to life, growing to a regal height of 30 feet. Then in 2010 she was uprooted by one our infamous Northeast rainstorms but true to her name, she survived. Miss Pear was later taken back to her home, at the WTC site, where she currently resides as part of the wonderful 9/11 Memorial. And among all the fall colors yesterday, she was freaking green as green can be.
I found that Pear Tree to be a complete inspiration for what I'm going through right now. After all this destruction and devastation, sadness and loss, one can survive. I am a SURVIVOR TREE!