Dear Blog Readers,
We have become the kind of blogger we never wanted to be — the kind who has a "read our blog" button on our website but the newest post is months old. We blame Facebook for this — it's so much easier to write something there and we seem to have more followers there than we did here on the blog. Still, we can't quite bring ourselves to give it up altogether yet — so instead, we're posting this little note to explain our lack of current entries. Please do check out our facebook page, we think it's fun, if not quite as long form.
sincerely, the Joie de Blogger.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Browsers Welcome!

Sundays are kind of different at Joie de Vivre.  You get the feeling that people are just out for a stroll, amusing themselves, looking around.  Of course sometimes someone runs in with a specific item in mind that they need right then and there, (today it happened to be a ceramic giraffe tile)  but that kind of specificity happens less on Sundays.  Today, we had several serious browsers, couples who came in and spent an hour or more just looking around at things.  I always like it when we can hold someone's attention that long.  Some people walk in, take a look and are out in five minutes.  And to be fair, I know that our merchandise is not going to be of interest to everyone.  But it does make me happy when people really browse - or as the dictionary says "survey goods for sale in a leisurely and casual way."   I tell them, as I tell everyone, to let me know if they have any questions.  "Oh, we're just browsing," is a common response.  People often seem to feel that if they are not looking to buy something right at the moment, they shouldn't interact with us.  So I tell them that we like browsers - and do not discriminate against them.  We are just as happy to answer their questions as we are anyones!  

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