Every once in a while the store needs a facelift. In a few years, you can see the buildup of dust and dirt, sometimes grime. I am often too busy to deal with it or even hire someone to help. It is hard to clean a store when it contains so many small individual items. You can let things go only so long. Otherwise there is a feeling of chaos and disorder. I realized this when a woman came in one day with her young son in tow. What a mess, he softly exclaimed, not caring if it were rude to be so outspoken. I was taken aback. His mother hushed him right away. We all couldn’t help but look around to see if he was right. Yes, some re-organization was in order. The shelves were a bit hodge podge and the displays were less than eye catching in many cases. I was selling all right so it never occurred to me how people saw the place when they first entered. Not every store is a high end boutique. But a store needs to be clean and orderly and the maximum amount of merchandize readily available, which means highly visible. It was time to stop staring, accept the truth, and take some action. The mother apologized for her son’s comments but I was not offended. Children speak the truth. I could just imagine what other people might be thinking. I would be appalled if I knew.
I took a Sunday off work and unloaded the shelves and set the goods aside for what was going to be a major painting job. This was the effort that was needed the most. If the shelves were freshly painted, the store would automatically look renewed. Given the amount of shelves I had, I decided to use a paint sprayer, you know, the kind with a compressor. They are super handy and easy to use. I was only going to use one color. I could be more efficient and cover more territory, perhaps even finishing the work in one full day. Alas, it took a bit longer and I had to get to the store early Monday morning to make sure all the shelves had been tackled, that they were dry as a bone, and carefully and methodically restocked. Thank heaven for the air paint sprayer. It saved the day. I am glad that I owned one that was practically like new. If I had used a brush, I would have undoubtedly missed some areas and made a mess trying to get in tiny nooks and crannies. They are tough to get clean edges. A roller was out of the question but it was helpful in painting one dirty wall of the store. I used a bright color for that and it looked great against the soft creamy white of the shelves. I said to myself, that’s better. I couldn’t wait to put everything away and unlock the front door.