** This is an entry I wrote a few months ago... lol I actually write a ton of entries - they just never make it to my blog! lol my camera hasn't been working.. which is my excuse and i'm sticking to it ;) but i'm going to try and update more because its so unfair I yell at others for not updating THEIR blogs.. haha sorry! :)
I have had the worst treatment from Sales Associates lately. From New York to San Diego, SA's would either look me up and down or glance at my purse before responding rudely to me. (Skip to New York if this is tl;dr)
This is honestly a new experience to me. Before my aunt started giving me expensive gifts for looking after my family, the most expensive item in my possession was a $110 Coach purse I picked up from the Outlets back in high school, but even then, no one ever treated me poorly.
While in college, I shared a bedroom with 2 other people miles away from school because it was all I could afford. Before I moved in, my future roommates asked me about my financial situation, etc because honestly, who is willing to share a tiny room with 2 other people?! (6 other people total in the house, so 9 total). I told them the truth but it turned out that they didn't even believe me. Only once I moved in and they saw how I really lived, was when they finally believed me.
They told me I "looked like I had money". I laughed SO hard when they told me because I couldn't figure it out. I was just wearing a clearance sweater with clearance jeans when we met so I didn't take them seriously. I have been told stuff like this in the past before from other people also, but what on earth is that supposed to mean!?
All that has changed now. Maybe its the stress from taking care of my family full-time, my outdated wardrobe, or who knows what, but I do think I look "poor" now. =(
Out of all the things I looked forward to for my trip, I was most excited about hitting up the Chanel boutiques. Even though I can barely afford my cell phone bill, the possibility of being near my dream bags was thrilling. Who doesn't love the smell of leather!? My excitement soon turned sour when I was treated rudely by the SA's.
Saks Fifth Ave's Chanel Boutique was my first stop. Right when I entered the store, I decided to use the restroom first (there are NO restrooms in New York!!!) so I can look at my Chanels in peace. So it was pretty sad when some random scarf SA looked at my PURSE before telling me where the restrooms were. I tried not to let it bother me and decided to go straight to Chanel instead.
Now get this: Right when I walked in to the area, 2 of the SA's looked me up and down, and walked away. My boyfriend was pretty pissed at this point because he knew how excited I was so he decided to ask about the earrings I wanted to make me feel better. Right before the SA went to go check their stock, she went to the Security Guard, whispered something WHILE pointing at us, and then left. I was seriously close to tears at this point!!! Who does that?!
Its not like we were dressed like bums or anything. I was in a long white Banana Republic coat, black tights (forever 21, $3.80) , and Steve Madden boots (their Bonanza boots for $29) and my $110 Coach bag from high school since thats all I have left now. Yeah I got the coat at the outlet ($40 from $120) but how would they know!? lol
This is why my bf bought me so many Chanel items in NY. It was because we were treated pretty badly from all the stores so we were trying to "earn their approval'. (I still haven't decided which to keep... oops!) After we purchased the earrings, most of the SA's were so nice.
Rest of the Chanel boutiques:
Bergdorf's = SA was rude UNTIL we purchased earrings. Then we were like best friends, haha. She even let me hold some of the bags..
Madison Ave Boutique = SA was incredibly nice.. once we purchased something.
Bloomingdales boutique = nice SA but still looked at my purse before approaching me..
Soho Boutique = SA's didn't even approach me. I walked around the entire store at least 3 times before leaving.. played with their wallets and everything!
Other Boutique = SA looked at my Chanel earrings weird as if they were fake and ran over to me when I tried to look at a bag.
It was pretty ridiculous. Its been a few months since my visit but I still remember exactly how the scarf SA looked at my purse before answering me. Its not even that ugly? Lol its just plain black. I'll have pictures once I steal the bf's camera.
I've also been ignored at my hometown's Bloomingdales but I noticed if I wear my Chanel mini earrings, I get treated with extreme niceness. It only works when they're in close proximity though because just last Tuesday, I was looking at some Tory Burch flats (go here and here if you love TB and didn't realize they existed for cheaper prices - and then want to die from jealousy) and a male SA just GLARED at me while walking to the sale section. I even smiled at first out of nervousness but that just seemed to make him angrier!
So I've been dying to know - Has this ever happened to you? Did a sales associate judge you just by your appearance and deem you not worthy of their time? Can you give me tips to not look so poor? lol =(