As I was browsing Google for pictures a couple weeks ago, I stumbled across this one. Not only is it a great vintage illustration, but the sailor looks an awful lot like my dad in his sailor days. I know it isn’t of course. This picture dates back to WWII and my dad would have been to young to be out with a woman like that, but still…it sure looks like him! Is it true, as they say, that everyone has a double-even if it’s only on paper?
And last week I found a really cute vintage picture frame online. From the listing pictures of it, and the description, it struck me as a really cool frame. I’d been looking for one so that I could display Amy’s school picture in the sewing room. I’m in there a lot, and I wanted to be able to gaze at her sweet face while I’m sewing.
The frame arrived yesterday-in a thin plastic mailing envelope, no less. As I feared, the glass was broken. But that wasn’t what disappointed me most. It was the presentation, or lack of it. A bit of tissue paper and bubble wrap, and the frame itself was dirty.
Now I’m not bringing this up here to criticize anyone. But what I want to know from you, my readers, is this-does presentation matter to you? I know careful packing is the most important element, but in my eyes, the frame would have seemed more special-more like an object of value, if it had been treated as such.
When I ship out my bags, I try to make it an event for the customer when they open the box. Nice tissue paper, a thank you card, and a little extra token of my gratitude. Because I can still hear the voice of one of my apparel design professors from my college days.
“Presentation is everything!”
I like to think my double would agree. Wherever she is.