Well, my stint as Retail Barbie went as well as could be expected. I went with a friend who had loads of really gorgeous jewelry, and she sold one thing, and I had a meager amount of weird-looking jewelry, and sold two things. Both buyers paid cash, so no one wanted me to use my neat new swipy Square device that turns my iPhone into a credit card reader. (Retail Barbie: accessories not included.)
However, even with the low turnout some of the other vendors came by and they were very encouraging. Evidently making jewelry out of jigsaw puzzles is a code that's been waiting to be cracked.
Now I'm taking things to the next stage and peddling wares on the favorite marketplace of introverts: Etsy. I won't have to make small talk or even tell anyone my name. And my research says it takes MONTHS to make a sale. Given that it's been open since noon and only one person made it there (via Google, I suppose), I'll "Always Be Closing" at a nice leisurely pace.
Gary's making the raccoons do new things too. You'll notice on the right foreground, on the right front corner of the mat is a pile of a cheaper, reddish, beefy dog food.
The new dog food is an experiment to see if we can offset the price of the Lamb and Rice dog food because, as I told Gary, "They're not show raccoons."
At about 2 a.m. the skunk decided to dive in. He loved it.
This raccoon is perplexed. He seems to think his normal food must be hiding.
Eventually at five in the morning a raccoon decided to give it a taste. It doesn't look like he enjoys it.
Sorry, raccoon. We all have to try things we don't like just to keep things interesting.