Flattery Will Get You Everything! Even a Shopping Event

| Nov 19, 2012
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Caroline Jones

This all started with me being flattered by Lane Bryant.

To say that I shop at my local Lane Bryant store in Gilroy, California frequently may be an understatement. I’m not a small girl and having a place where I can find clothes that fit and flatter is a real treat. Their fashions really suit my style and figure. With all those visits to the store, I’ve gotten to know a fair number of the employees and managers, and it was one of the managers, Anna, who flattered me.

On one of my visits of couple of months ago, Anna asked me a question while I was checking out. “I’ve been thinking about holding a private sales event for others like you. Most of them seem so intimidated by the shopping process. You’ve just got so much confidence and present yourself so well. Would you be interested in helping me organize this event?” I was almost speechless (a rarity to those that know me). I was so flattered. I gave her my little calling card and let her know that I’d be more than happy to help.

After that, I didn’t hear much from Anna. I would call her and ask what the status was, if we had a date — all the things an eager organizer would ask — but she was in a holding pattern waiting for their corporate offices to give an approval. I had gotten my hopes up to put together this event and now I was starting to worry that it would never happen.

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago.

I had decided to leave work early after staying up late on election night. During my commute home, I received an email notification that my recent Lane Bryant order had arrived at my local store. Looking forward to the sweaters I’d ordered, I made my way there before going home.

When I arrived, I noticed the manager talking to a gentleman so I waved and let one of the associates know I was there to pick up my package. While waiting, I rifled thru the racks looking at the new things and the manager pointed out some new arrivals.

That’s when she mentioned that the man she had been talking to was the district manager. This is the person I’d been waiting to approve the private shopping event. She then asked if I’d like to meet him and I enthusiastically agreed.

We talked about the event, what the manager and I were considering for the event, and any particulars we’d already considered. After hearing the plan thus far, he agreed that it sounded like a good idea and told us to set a date.

If I hadn’t made that order; if it hadn’t been delivered today; if I hadn’t left work early; hadn’t checked my email before getting home . . . a lot of ifs and it just all worked out.

The very next day, I started planning and calling potential sponsors and we have found some great sponsors for this event.

The great folks over at TheBreastFormStore.com have graciously donated all sorts of wonderful goodies. Gift certificates, jewelry, makeup, and even a pair of breast forms — they’ve really gone a long way to help us make this a fantastic event.

The owners of House of Wigs in Los Altos have offered us a gift certificate and wigs for our fashion show. Hopefully, they’ll also be at the event to show off and sell some of their great products.

We have a local winery, a bakery, and a restaurant providing food and goodies. Of course, we also have Lane Bryant hosting the event, decorating, and providing the clothes for the fashion show.

The Big Lane Bryant Shopping Event and Fashion Show is being held at: Lane Bryant, 6815 Camino Arroyo, Space 4, Gilroy, CA 95020 on December 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. You can RSVP online at Evite or by calling the store at (408) 848-0252.

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I’m a boy who loves to dress up like a girl on occasion. I’m truly beginning to embrace to who I am, and it’s a marvelous feeling. A large part of that feeling comes from having so many of my friends and family that accept me for who I am - something I would always have been terrified wouldn’t happen when I lived back in the South. To those who I have shared my most personal secret, and who have accepted me as I am with open arms: thank you for all of your love and support. At this point, I’m really just getting started in my adventures.

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  1. says:

    this is fantastic, wish I lived in CA. Too bad they don’t put up an online TG site for us tgals.

  2. Missy Missy says:

    Oops, my english failed me in that last post, wish one of the those stores would do something like that up here in Seattle-Tacoma WA area.

  3. Missy Missy says:

    WIsh they , Lane Bryant or Fashion Bug (before they all close), up here in Seattle-Tacoma.

  4. TotallyIvy TotallyIvy says:

    This shopping event was meant to be! It sounds like so much fun with all of the different vendors involved and everything. I checked out the evite and the fashion show is a great idea! (not to mention goodies!) This is only a couple of hours from where I live so … I am definitely adding this to my calendar and hope to make it out there!

  5. j2emily j2emily says:

    A weird corporation!! Lane Bryant great. Sister store Fashion Bug–super–fittings and all. Yet the other sister store in SW Florida–Catherines–doesn’t even want to see you in the place.