Daily Archives: October 23, 2020

“Yes” to the gift shop

(At a time like this, I am going to keep this blog light!)

I can vouch for all of the office staff that it is incredibly difficult to say “NO” to the gift shop. We all get paid, but then turn around and spend it in the shop. How do we not?! There are SO many temptations and so many things we all “need”.  Almost like company script, some money never leaves the property. Unintentionally deliberate…?

The list of my personal indiscretions is such:

I now have 2 Pendleton blankets, one on the couch, and one on the bed. I couldn’t say “no” to the one that is a cotton blend, it is just so soft and colorful.

Embarrassingly, EVERY fall I buy at least one new winter hat. It’s just that the new collection that arrives in October has the hat I always wanted… and just check out the pom-pom!! It is not just a guilty accessory… we do live in a snowy climate.

I admit, my earring addiction is getting out of control. But we just got this great new collection of beaded earrings! And I of course have to have at least one pair from each of the artisans; feathers, silver, turquoise, tin… so that leads to either needing more ears, more nights out or more days of the week to justify my addiction.

We just got a new shipment of Stio jackets, both fleece and down. I imagine everyone who lives in Colorado can easily say they do not need another jacket… however, THESE jackets are made in Wyoming… are so colorful and have great downy loft (unlike the duck taped jackets hanging by the house door)! Life is too short to not have a new down vest!

Bags. Need I say more.
I have my eye on a Pendleton purse with a tasteful blend of wool and leather. I have a turquoise color Joy Susan hobo bag that I had to buy quickly  as they fly off the shelf. (Almost every woman that walks in the store departs with a Joy Susan over her shoulder, affordable AND stylish.) I have bought zipper bags, grocery bags and beaded bags.

My kids have outgrown the stuffed animals, Maileg mice and jammies (SAD!). So now we’ve moved on to raiding the store for socks, snacks, birthday presents and bath products. My favorite is Osmia but the kids love the Library of Flowers shower gel.

Ember, our dog, is guilty of an occasional bout of shoplifting when the Jelly Cat stuffed animals are at his eye level. He has stolen a bat, fluffy white chicken, penguin and a “bashful” lamb.

The only Avalanche Ranch Gift Store moderate is my husband who seems to not possess a materialistic bone in his body. So clearly I have to make up for that lapse. And I am doing a great job!