I had a Creative Memories class once. I showed up at her house and got everything ready to go in time for the class to start at 2:30 on a Sunday. The first guest showed up around 2:15 and didn’t bring any photos. She’s an “artist” and said she could not cut any of her photos.
The next lady showed up and all she wanted to do was talk about how much she hated men! Another lady showed up and she seemed genuinely interested. We were still expecting two more, and they were coming from about an hour away. So, we waited until 3:00 to start.
I started the class with the circle and shape templates explaining that we would cut one photo – just one, because each time you pick up the scissors, you slow yourself down. So, they all cut one photo and we moved on – or so I thought. I packed the templates away in my bag, but the host kept getting them back out because the ladies were so excited about those shapes! I’d put them away, and she’d get them back out.
At 4:30 (a full two hours after the class was to have started), we heard from one of the two missing ladies saying the other gal had never come to pick her up and she was just leaving Washington, DC! An hour away! Naturally, the host told her we’d still be there and to come on up!
When we finally managed to get through the hands-on portion of the class and got into the buying portion, the lady who hated men had been calling her home all through the class and getting a busy signal. She LEFT the party because she knew her kids were on the computer! She never came back.
One lady had brought the wrong checkbook, so she had to go back home. I thought she was a goner, but she did come back with the correct checkbook. Eventually the lady from DC arrived and we did another class just for her. She loved everything, too, but she didn’t have any money, so the hostess left with her to go find an ATM machine and left me alone with her other guests!
After it was all said and done (and the sales were nothing to write home about), the host said to me, “So, do your classes always take this long?”
- J. R., Maryland