introsPECtives



When they look at you strange at Wal-mart

Wal-Mart has a reputation for being THE place for low-income shoppers looking for a deal. It has also been the butt of jokes and at some point in time most people have seen “People of Wal-Mart” on the internet and laughed at the crazy shoppers that often frequent the store. I say all that to point out that some people don’t have very high standards or expectations of Wal-Mart so when you are walking through a Wal-Mart store and you realize that people are staring at you it makes you wonder what people are thinking about you.

In our case, we often just laugh at the crazy looks we get from people because we know our shopping expeditions are not “ordinary” for anyone who most likely isn’t doing some kind of group function or in our case event planning. We have been known to go into a Wal-Mart store and fill our shopping cart with all the flashlights and umbrellas they have in the store or load our cart up with one of every kind of board game. In the past we have even ordered eight hundred eight ounce mason jars. You can just imagine the looks we got when we carted out those sixty-seven boxes to our car.

Of course these shopping expeditions aren’t limited to Wal-Mart. A few months ago we cleaned two of our Michael’s craft stores out of their plain wood 3×5 picture frames so guests could decorate them at our client’s holiday party. Even there we got the “Those people are crazy” looks from other store patrons and staff alike. I guess you just get used to people thinking you are crazy and maybe as event planners, we are just a wee bit crazy, but the next time you see someone with a loaded up cart with hundreds of things you know no in their right mind would buy in bulk…..smile, it may be a harried event planner trying to fulfill a client’s unexpected request.

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