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2221  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: help prevent unnecessary waste. on: November 22, 2008 06:53:20 PM
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!
2222  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The magical myths and long lost legends gallery! on: November 21, 2008 06:23:54 PM
I have been spoiled indeed. The painting is incredible, and I'm trying to decide the best place to hang it to show it off. I'm honored to be the recipient of such lovely artwork.
2223  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The magical myths and long lost legends gallery! on: November 21, 2008 04:18:16 PM
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!!!
2224  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: what to do with a bird cage? on: November 17, 2008 07:17:46 PM
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.
2225  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: free or discounted books? on: November 17, 2008 05:34:13 PM
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....
2226  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 10/28/08 - sweets4ever and mr.sweets4ever made the best project ever... on: October 28, 2008 03:51:28 PM
Yay! Congrats! I want to hit the this rocks button! Grin Grin Grin Grin
2227  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The magical myths and long lost legends gallery! on: October 28, 2008 11:59:59 AM
Well, I'm hoping I'm wrong. Maybe something's happened. This'll be my third flaker, if I'm not. Sigh, again. When I think of all the hours I spent on this...And I know life does rear it's ugly head occasionaly. But if that's the case, I'd much rather they would just let me know they can't do it. I'd be okay with that. It'd beat wondering about it.

But I've also had a wonderful angel in the past. And I've had pro craftsters making beginer me better stuff than I've sent them-and being so encouraging to me. It evens out.

And on the bright side, my kid was inspired by this swap to get out the yarn and make a medusa patch. I'm going to help her attach it to a knit cap, and post a pic later. Funny-she's all gung ho about making these, I gave her the cap, and told her I'd buy the first one-and now she can't part with it! Hee. I'll get the second one.
2228  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The magical myths and long lost legends gallery! on: October 28, 2008 08:43:24 AM
Looks like I've been flaked on too. Sigh.
2229  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Am I overreacting? (about a purse someone made for me) on: October 27, 2008 07:01:39 PM
My fingers are crossed for you! Well, not literally, or I couldn't type...
You know what you need? A nice voodoo doll. And to keep things crafty, it could double as a lovely pincushion. Oh, and since a real voodoo doll has something from your enemy inside(hair, ect) to make it effective, you could use those signatures of his.
It'd probably have as much a chance of working as getting Etsy to do anything.
I'm not trying to make light of your troubles, just trying to give you a smile! I am so angry on your behalf. And I honestly hope this has a happy ending for you.
2230  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Is It Fall Yet? Gallery on: October 19, 2008 12:25:09 PM
Thanks, guys! The leaf pillow started as a placemat I knew had to be made into something, and the lucky find of a small piece of vintage fabric.
There's a leaf necklace too-no big thing, just something I made out of taking apart 3 earrings and an old necklace. But since I have a scanned pic, I'll put it up.

My partner was so patient waiting for her stuff! And Williarl, I found the perfect spot to hang my Archie mirror you made for me. It rocks!
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