Brenda, owner of Abbeylane: Hey Shelley. I did think of you, but you’re so busy in the summer with visitors, road races, company, fishing, etc. etc. and you go away in the winter, I decided it wouldn’t work.
Shelley: That’s why I want to be your part time part-timer.
Brenda: What is a part time part-timer?
Shelley: You know, work when no one else can make it. Like a filler-inner.
Brenda: But what exactly would you do?
Shelley: Whatever you need me to do.
Brenda: Would you be willing to paint furniture?
Brenda: Have you ever painted with clay paint?
Shelley: Never, but am willing to learn.
Brenda: Would you work the floor when needed?
Brenda: Have you ever worked a cash register?
Shelley: You bet… Just over 30 years ago.
Brenda and Shelley: Oh! Ha Ha! Ha!
Shelley: Ahhhh… looks like Brenda, the owner, is busy with another customer. This is my first day, but I’m sure I can help you. How about this piece? It’s an antique, at least 100 years old. Shipped all the way from England. Am thinking Queen Ann. Oh. I almost forgot, I’m Shelley.
Customer and Shelley: Oh! Ha! Ha! Ha!
Customer: It’s in great shape for being so old, but it’s a little too high. We need something about this height.
Shelley: What about this one? It’s not an antique, but it’s workmanship is of the highest quality, as it’s made by the Amish. They specialize in furniture making and and building barns. Together. In groups. You know, many hands make small work… or something like that. Customer: Impressive, but it’s a little too wide. Guess we’re out of luck.
Shelley: Not so fast. Lucky for you, we have a warehouse full of furniture. I bet there’s something in there with your name on it.
Customer: Sounds good.
Shelley: Now this piece came from down east. Antigonish, Nova Scotia, if I’m not mistaken. It’s very old. A very very old antique made by hand. By farmers. In the winter. With hand tools like an awl. And of course a saw. Hand saw. That’s why the finish is so rough. Customer: (Pulls out the drawers)…
Shelley: Notice the tongue and groove joints. Not a nail to be found.
Customer: (Checks out the joints)…
Shelley: It’s very rare. One of a kind. If one of Brenda’s regulars see it, it’s gone. Yes sir, something this rare is sure to be snapped up.
Shelley: OK. OK. You got me. Maybe I made some of that up, actually all of it up, but it is really nice and exactly what you’re looking for. And if you buy it, this will be my first sale. What do you think, dad?
Shelley and John