Store Life of 1954 Renewed

I love watching old movies.

Something that stood out to me from many of those movies was the customer service.  I know that sounds lame, but seriously, how great would it be to walk into a store and be greeted by name?  And then, to have the clerk bring you clothes that are in your size (because they know your size off the top of their head) and style (because they know your style).  Or to have a phone call telling you that a new shipment is in and such and such is there which you would probably like.  To have the clerk be your friend.

I wish I lived back then.

And then I went to DownEast Home and Clothing today.
And seemed to have stepped back in time to just such a store.

It was seriously like that.  As we walked up to the door, the store manager was outside.  He greeted me with a big smile, and opened the door for me.  As soon as I walked into the store, I was approached by one of the girls who works there, offered help, and impressed with the friendliness.  I love when people are friendly.  Especially since so many people are just grumpy now days.  They really made going out today a very happy experience.

I love dreaming about the big house I will have one day.  The many rooms, and how even Country Home Magazine (one of my favs) will be clamoring for a photo op of my home.  There is a computer desk there that I am dying to get my hands on, though I don't have room for it right now.   Keith found a train bed and would not leave it alone the whole time we were there.  I had only been there a few minutes before Tiffany, the director of stores walked in.  I was there to meet her.  She is so cute, and beautiful, and knowledgeable. I learned tons from her.  I now know what a duvet is.  I want one.  Or two.  You know, to change with the seasons.  I love love love that a lot of the furniture etc. is made from re-purposed wood.  It sounds pretty impressive, hu?  They take old barns, boats, fences, etc and make furniture out of it.  How awesome is it that they are green like that?

Tiffany and I talked about the couches (I nearly fell asleep in one seconds after sitting down.  It was just that comfortable).

I am so excited to be getting some slip covers for the couches at the house here.  They are not my favorite.  They are old and nappy and black, and have been passed around to at least two people we know about.  Serious hand me down couches.  Nothing wrong with that, they just got a bit beat up and dirty in the process.  And I will love to have some color from the slip covers  instead of the boring black of the couches.  Tiffany is going to call me when they get in.  She knows my size and style and everything.

Sometime in my great tour, Faye insisted I carry her.  Which brought about the subject of babies.  There are many one of a kind cribs, and I felt a little bad that Faye is still in her Pack'n'Play.  One day we will move her.  We then looked at the baby clothes, and I was drooling all over the place. So stinking cute!  Friends, hurry and have your babies so I can send you cute clothes!  I can't have another one just yet (I am still rejoicing in not being pregnant), but I want those clothes, so  my dear pregnant friends, hurry it up.  I want to share the cuteness of the darling clothes for both boy and girl.  And the crib bedding was so cute I just wanted to eat it up.  The colors were intensely bright and happy, and how come they don't make bed covers that bright for adults?  Only kids like bright?  Oh to be a kid again.

Oh, did I mention, they have officially become my skirt provider.  I adore their skirts, and really can't figure out why no one else sells skirts as stylin or unique as theirs.  I can't wait to reward myself with another as soon as I reach some of my goals.
Can you tell I really like that store?  The best part of it all, they gave me a gift card on top of everything!  A friendship with the workers, great product, and a cherry on top just for recording my experience with them like this.  But I would have done it anyway, because I really like DownEast.
And then we walked home.  And as we walked, the wind was blowing, and about half a block away it started raining.  I wanted to stay out and play in the rain but Faye needed to eat and go down for a nap.  I miss playing in the rain.  These past few days have been perfect!  Nearly autumn-ish, which leaves me knowing that fall is just around the corner.  I was at Dollar Tree the other day and they not only had Halloween decor up, but they also had a corner of their store dedicated to Christmas.  In August.  I was slightly disgusted.  But I am so excited for the weather change, and the smells to change, and the festivities to begin.  The leaf jumping, football cheering, cider drinking fall full of hikes and pumpkin pie.  If only it could stay fall all year round.  I don't think I would ever get tired of it.

Today was wonderful.  And tomorrow will be another day of working hard to finish the kitchen.  We needed an evening with the family today, so we put it on hold.  Cross your fingers that we can be done tomorrow!

P.S.  Have you gone to the DownEast blog yet to enter to win the Bistro set or the $1000 that I forgot to mention?  No?  Well, what are you waiting for?  This is your little cherry on top! 


Gail said…
I so love shops like that.... and I too dream about the home that I know God has given me a vision for!!
Love your posts!
CB said…
Ok don't yell in shock but I don't think I have ever been to this store. It looks like I may need to go visit!
I also cannot wait until fall - my favorite time of the year!!
Susan Anderson said…
I'll have to go check out DownEast. Sounds like a pretty neat store!

Susan Anderson said…
I'll have to go check out DownEast. Sounds like a pretty neat store!


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