I have tons to tell you about the open house, but before I do that, I HAVE to get something off my chest....... I am by nature, a very trusting person. I always see the good in people, even when I've been wronged by them. Yesterday I feel like I was wronged and I can't get it off my mind. You see, our fall open house always coincides with the annual craft show held on the square. I always like to do a walk through before I open the store to see what goodies there are to be found. There are always a few candle booths but nothing I ever felt threatend by. Then as I was walking by one particular booth, I noticed not only did it look eerily like our store, but it was being run by someone that I thought was a loyal customer of ours. We have filled and sold her many a candle. AND the women helping her was someone I would certainly call a friend. I was shocked to say the least and it really pretty much ruined my day.
You see, I know that I can't get upset about every single person that decides to make candles, and I don't. BUT, it's a little hard to stomach when it's someone who has been in your store dozens of times, lives in the same town and decides to make the same kind of candles that I felt really set us apart from other candle makers (like the ones pictured). To top it off, she even had some of the same scents.
You've all seen the pics of my workspace, it's very open for all to see. The only thing seperating it from the retail space is a set of screen doors. I will have to rethink how that is all set up now because I can't help but wonder if she saw the kind of wax we use, names of the suppliers on our bottles, etc...... This is where my trusting nature comes in because I NEVER even thought about that before.
What do you all think, am I over reacting? I CAN'T get it off my mind, and I need to know what you all think! Thanks for listening!
p.s. I forgot to mention, that this candle booth was so similar to us that people were commenting about it to us throughout the day.