January 21, 2006

Twist and Turn

What am I gonna do with me? I tell ya, sometimes I don't use the brains God gave a flea.

Yesterday was a prime example. When I worked in the mattress biz one of the accounts I covered was Mattress Giant. I spent a lot of time in these stores, training sales people, making things look pretty and helping out on the floor. I enjoyed it for the most part.

So I noticed the local Matt Giant changed names. They had stacks and stacks of mattresses in the store all bagged up with big red signs on them. SALE. As I was driving past on my way to Target I found that I had actually stopped. In the parking lot. And turned off the car. Hmmmm I guess I'm goin' in.

I walked in and the kid (and yes, he was a kid) started his "speil" on me. I held up my hand, smiled and explained I had been a Representative for Simmons for 2 years. My job was to train and sell. I knew his speil better than he did. I just wanted to look around, thankyouverymuch.

So he followed me around asking questions. We chatted as I browsed. I came upon the mattress that I had ordered before I moved up here. The one that was cancelled when I quit. I love this mattress. 3" of latex foam, beautiful cover, foam encased sides. This bed sleeps like a dream. And retails for $3500. NOT in Tammi's budget. Ever.

I lay down and sigh. He tells me I can get it for $1800. Folks - I know cost on this puppy. I ain't payin' $1800 for it. Ever.

I laughed and said pretty much that very thing. He even had to chuckle.

Now - I need to explain. I'm sleeping on a mattress that is over 20 years old. It's been in bad shape since I've had it - but it's not a priority.

I move through the store and see another mattress I've always liked. It's on clearance also. I won't bore you with the details, but let me just say - after some bickering and a couple of phone calls that mattress will be delivered today. I bought it at $35 over actual cost. Heheheh - I've still got it.

Anyway - as we are setting up the delivery information an older couple comes in. They had just purchased a foam mattress a few days earlier and hated it. They wanted to exchange. No problem. They want a "traditional" bed. Again - no problem.

This store only sells Simmons. Well, and those foam beds - but you get the point. The kid tells them it's their lucky day. He points at me and tells them I used to work for Simmons and I just bought a mattress from him. They ask me a few questions, and to make a long story short - I spent my lunch time yesterday helping these folks select a wonderful Simmons mattress that will give them comfort and a good nights sleep for years to come.

And - I got a job offer.

I had to laugh. And think about it seriously. I could do that on the evenings and weekends. So this is what I offered. Nights 5:15-8:30. Staturdays and every other Sunday. 1 weekend off every 6 weeks so that I can check on Mama. I don't get the big "Mattress Sale Days" off of my day job so I probably won't be much help then. And #1 rule - do not EVER interfere with my "real" job.

Those are my terms. Will they accept them? Who knows. Actually, who cares. But if it works out - I will kinda enjoy doing that again for a while.

Meanwhile - I'm gonna be sleepin' sooooo good!!! And that's my only real comfort - cause I won't be able to afford to do anything else!! ;-)

Posted by Tammi at January 21, 2006 07:06 AM

See,there was a reason your car pulled in there. I bet they accept your terms. Good luck and sweet dreams.

Posted by: Sticks at January 21, 2006 08:20 AM

Good move.

Posted by: _Jon at January 21, 2006 08:46 AM


Back to working the mattresses. :)

Posted by: That 1 Guy at January 21, 2006 09:32 AM

Yay for you... boo for us. I guess this means no more Tammi. :(

Posted by: Contagion at January 21, 2006 03:23 PM

Crossing my fingers for you!

Posted by: Machelle at January 23, 2006 09:40 AM