I wish the kmart near me had you to suggest that when I worked there many many years ago! There were TONS of odd socks, ect-and the layaway clerks were expected to match them up in their spare time, and try to make complete packages, which were then resealed with packing tape. HUGE waste of time-we could never catch up, and your idea makes so much sense!
I haunt the clearance section myself-I love it when stores do that. Again, as long as they have a strict return policy, a store should be able to do that.
The books, magazines, ect-I wish the store I worked for now recycled them, but our hands are tied by corporate. Magazine distributers require use to trash the old issues after covers are torn off to be returned. Same thing with stripped books-we're contractually obligated to destroy/throw them away. When I worked for an independant store, they flouted that-let employees have stuff, and took the rest to be recycled. Bigger chains have a more rigid mindset, and are more afraid to break the rules. I know my manager has no say in the matter. Yes, it's insane not to at least recycle-I agree. You make a lot of good points. Thank you for showing that one voice can make a difference!
I don't know about the chocolate discs. The last time I made them, I just melted good old chocolate chips in the microwave. And you really do need to put the mix in the fridge to chill, even for just an hour will help. Otherwise, they don't want to roll into balls very well. Mine were not neat and pretty at all, but boy, did we snarf them up! Yummy!
Guys, I have to weigh in on the store's side a little. As much as I abhor the idea of throwing away useful things- 1-If customers known they can consistantly get things either free or very cheaply, they won't be as apt to buy the new merchandise. They'll just haunt the clearance rack for the stuff the store's losing money on, and not buy the new stuff. 2-I worked at a Hallmark years ago-we caught someone tearing off the packaging on a package of stationary-they said, "oh, I just wanted to see better what it looked like", then we heard them whisper to their friend-"we'll come back and buy it on clearance later." Once customers see that items with messed up packaging/labels get marked down... 3-people will try to return sale/free stuff for a refund/exhange. We see this all the time. KMart-DH worked there years ago. Once, untypically, they donated several boxes of candy to a charity. And had lots of people coming in wanting to return them, all of whom somehow misplaced their reciepts... It's bad enough just dealing withall the shoplifters bringing in stolen merchandise for exchange because "they lost their receipt", let alone recipients of donated merchandise. DH would tell me horror stories of how they would have him slice luggage with a knife, stomp on it, ect. before it was dumpstered. Anything tossed was made unuseable first. And all employees warned they would be fired for taking stuff from the trash. Extreme? That brings me to- 4-Employees have been caught putting expensive merchandise in trash bags, and either they or a friend retriving it from the dumpster later. If a store doesn't make a profit, they go out of business. Are there ways around tossing perfectly good stuff? If they're determined. They could institute a strict return policy-reciept required, limited time, no exceptions. Some merchandise can be marked. Shoes, for example. They are usually destroyed and thrown away-but for less effort, the inner sole could be stamped "Discard", and the shoes given to charity. People could still use them(Your foot's hiding the inside-who's gonna know?), and they couldn't be returned for refund, thus protecting the store. Pants could be stamped inside the waistband, shirts, ect. inside the collar. Craft supplies would be trickier. I'd say-a strict no returns policy on stuff out of the package/no reciept, and also donating it to a thrift store/charity rather than selling it in store. Thus protecting them from people opening/damaging stuff to buy it cheaply, and fraudulent returns at the same time, as well as getting a tax break for a charitable donation! Personally, I'm all for rewarding employees with free/discounted stuff. Again, unfortunately, not all employees are honest, but I think it could be done with at least some stuff.
I hate to say it, but none of the examples I've given are rare and unusual. And I do think there are ways to dispose of damaged goods, ect, without trashing them. It just takes the willingness and effort to come up with solutions to fit your store. And-one last thing to keep in mind-if it's a chain, even if the manager agrees with you, their hands may be tied by corporate policies. Sorry for the long post! Chalk it up to years of retail!
I got home from work, and it's here! I'm pm'ing Eukarya now and letting her post the pics she took. I was spoiled! DD and DH were also impressed! A bookmark, magnets, keyring, a painted box, an lovely ornament-and a Painting! Wow! Thank you again, for being my angel and making me such an awesome swap package-you rock!!!
I love the fairy habitat idea! And the garden one-the ribs of the cage would be a building, like a conservatory, a greenhouse, or a gazebo-small plants, a bench, two tiny lovers necking... What I did with a cage years ago- my daughter's room was a looney toons theme-I hung the cage, put a stuffed tweety bird inside it, and put a stuffed sylvester on the outside of the cage, trying to get to tweety. It looked cute hanging from her ceiling.
Hippiepunk is right. And they even lock the dumpsters now. People would fill them up with their own trash, for one-and the store pays for them to be emptied. We used to recycle at our store. Different employees would bring home metal, glass, and plastic to put in our own recycling bins. But we were made to stop-our corperate masters were afraid we'd hide merchandise in the garbage. Yeah, you think they'd let us have the stripped books, since there's no way they could be returned for a refund, or even sold to a used book store-but if we tried, they'd fire us. And not even recycled-it's such a waste....