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Rainy Days.

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Rant and a Rave

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AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

I feel like I am losing my mind!  I just keep pushing and pushing and pushing only to be pushed back.  A lot has been going on lately: losing my job, an upcoming marriage separation, giving up my “dream” house….it’s all starting to take a toll on me.  I feel trapped.  I try to bury myself in my work with progressing CTA, but can’t keep the distractions out long enough to make some serious traction.  Beyond frustrating!

But Nothing hurts more than some who will CONTINUOUSLY tell me “oh, if you need anything, just let me know…im here for you” then when I go to them for help, I get a cold shoulder.  I am not one that enjoys the lip service.  I am a do’er, not a talker.  I am beginning to see that those who should be behind me the most are never there, and that is what hurts the most.

Fair warning to those people………

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A lot like screaming in the middle of a crowded room, and no one even gives you a side-ways glance.  Makes you feel empty…..truly.

 

…:::RAVE:::….

The website is up, and growing everyday!

Mobile site up, it’s a work in progress

On my way of signing the lease agreement for the store (nerve wrecking and exciting at the same time)

Progress is slow but sure!  

All in all, it’s a never-ending battle that I just refuse to give up.  I just can’t; I’m already in it to win it.

The possibility of homelessness doesn’t even scare me, I will sleep in my car if that’s what it will take for my company to make it. So be it!

 

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Milestone Reached!

Milestone Reached!

Lost the Intuit competition to have a professional design my company website, so I said screw it, and built it myself.  🙂

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Well, that pivotal time has finally come, I’ll be permanently resigning from dispatching within the next 30 hours. My center will be closed, and my blind leap of faith begins towards pursuing this company. I blogged about this very day several months ago in “Risking it All…” just awkward to see this day actually arrive.

I am grateful for what I’ve been taught over the last almost 4 and a half years.  Honestly, without this position or the opportunity given to me by my supervisor, I wouldn’t have had an opportunity to begin building my company, to obtain the goals I have, or have met some amazing people I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know….

So when people ask me if I am sad; I honestly can’t say that I am.  I’m proud of how long I held in for, when I wanted to walk away so many times in the past.  I persevered at a time when I wasn’t sure if I could. Therefore, I can comfortably hold my head high, feeling that I did an excellent job, and hope that some of the impacts I’ve made will go on through the people I’ve been able to help.

My last hope is that the next dispatchers are as passionate about their job as I was, and that my officers continue to improve the communities they serve.

As this chapter now closes, I am optimistic and anxious to start the next one; the Cargo Train one…

Thank you.

():-)

  Well, that pivotal time has finally come…..

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WCE VS CTA

Like I’ve said before, the buzz is flying all over the St. Louis area about a women’s only resale shop in south county getting a reality TV deal with the Style Network…. I have personally never shopped at this particular store before, in fact, I had only heard of this store a handful of times before hearing about the TV deal.

So naturally, I began to look into it. From a glance it looks to be an amazing opportunity for this store, as well as, an opportunity to bring St. Louis resale into the national spotlight. Of course this is excellent (general) news for the St. Louis resale community (myself included), but looking into the company’s reviews from it’s customers, my impressions are beginning to shift from optimistic to more concerned.

Here are a few that I found within just a few minutes on google.

I found this a decent place to shop for designer clothing items, however unless they are on sale, the pricing is not much better than retail. Most disappointing was their attitude about consignment, I’ll go elsewhere in the future for that. One day I brought in about 40 items, most of them were formal gowns and cocktail dresses bought in the last year or so and worn once. A few had matching shoes and purses. I was shocked that they turned down ALL of them! 40 really nice items and they could not accept even ONE??? Unbelievable! No explanation nor reason was given. Shocked! Maybe they were over-stocked or something, but if so it would be nice to be told that before I hauled it all inside. If you’d like to consign designer clothing, it may not be worth the time and trouble to bother bringing it to Women’s Closet Exchange. Many of the exact same items were accepted at other ‘upscale resale’ shops. – A WCE customer review – 3 weeks ago.

I feel the same. I brought in formal wear several of which still had the tags on them, but I cannot wear them as I have lost a significant amount of weight. While I spent time shopping for an outfit for a wedding, they were supposed to be evaluating them. When I was finally called, the “Buyer” was so rude, telling me that these were not what they are looking for at this time and “take your items right out; unhuh huh right out,” repeating this several times across the store as I was carrying my dresses out. I was made to feel like I had brought in rags. This was my first time in this shop and my last. I understand each business has a right to say yes or no, but to be rude about it was unnecessary. Do yourself a favor, shop somewhere else. – A WCE customer review – About a year ago.

I’ve never felt so disrespected. I brought four bags of carefully folded clothes from high quality brands (Banana Republic, J. Crew, Ann Taylor) worth over $1000. I wanted to get an estimate of what the clothes would be worth were I to sell them to the store. They offered me $20. They put down many articles of my clothing as they were disrespectfully rummaging through my bags (commenting that many of them were too small for their shoppers – size M!) and then shoved the clothes back into the bags. I pointed out that my clothes had been folded when I went in and they had the nerve to sass me and tell me that they didn’t have time. Needless to say, I left with my clothes and intend to sell them for a fair market value on eBay. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME WITH THIS PLACE. The women working there should be ashamed of the scam that they are trying to pull. – A WCE customer review – About 2 years ago.

Now I know you can’t please everyone, but these are minor, and should not have made it all the way to a customer writing a poor review due to defective attitudes from the staff.

This honestly makes me want to throw my arms up in frustration!. Here, this company has the most incredible opportunity, that many of us could only dream about, and they are squandering its full potential. Their focused appears to have shifted from bettering the company and the community, to bettering only themselves. This truly is a shame, not only for this company, but for the rest of us that are trying to bring the resale industry up in St. Louis, and bad business just makes the rest of us work harder to make up for their downfalls. Bad reviews don’t hurt individual resale shops, per say, but they damage the overall industry. We want to grow the percentage of resale shoppers, and these reviews aren’t helping.

It truly is time for something better.

Time to step up our game, and hit this area with everything we’ve got.

WE WILL show the STL area what this industry is truly about.

This is why our company is hardcore about community improvement and involvement, we stay true to our roots!

STL = Show The Love

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DEAR ABERCROMBIE CEO, MICHAEL JEFFRIES!!!!

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YES….  I have HATED Abercrombie & Fitch’s CEO Michael Jeffries’s for many years now, not only for his ideology on his target market;  the all american, good-looking kid, but his audacity to attempt to lead an entire company based on this.  Seriously?  I honestly don’t know how you, Mr. Jeffries, make money… oh wait….yes I do, allow me to lend my theory:

 You over inflate your position, placement and price points in the fashion world in order to compensate for your “uglier” inadequacies (you know what I mean).  You make money by ATTEMPTING to make others feel inferior to your greed-driven  and smug ways.  Well dear sir, you have met your match.  I am a commoner, but no ordinary commoner, and try to remember that you USED to be one too, no matter how long ago it was that you sold your soul and sanity to bad plastic surgery. 

We ALL have stories, we ALL have been through the hardships that life that has had no hesitation throwing at us. Where the fuck do you get off thinking that you are truly any different or better for that matter?  Your current position as CEO (for now…) is one that is built off of the same “bully” tactics that I endured for years, and that I witness others enduring everyday.  People like me don’t get sad and feel bad about the sadistic comments you make, oh no….we truly get pissed off to a degree to where you turn us into activist that will do everything in our power to knock you straight off your self-built tower of bullshit, and OUT of the lifestyle you have grown so very fond of (half-naked male models and private jets); all of which  you truly do not deserve the privilege of having…..EVER!

You know the saying “power in numbers”? Well,  I hope your microscopic target market can help save your job from what could be coming your way if you continue your self-destructive path as a fashion professional and lack of basic humanity towards others.  

Social media gives those you hate a voice, and some of those voices are MUCH LOUDER than yours.  So do not dare think you are the messiah of fashion and apparel, when you are simply just a self-glorified image whore that will be used for whatever it is you are worth, and once your “good-looking” society no longer finds YOU attractive, you will be on the bread line begging….broke and alone!  

So better jump-start your savings account now, because when I get done with you, you are definitely going to be needing all the fucking help you can get. YOU don’t get to decide who is hot and who is not.   That power will always belong to the  SAME people you hate.  REMEMBER THAT!

 

ALWAYS AND FOREVER!

M. Vargas –  Your worst nightmare.

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UPDATED: The Past Won’t Go Away!!!

Was Googling random things and see what’s been shaking lately….and my stomach plummeted when I found this article headline….

Greenwald to receive $161,547 as Granite City’s superintendent!

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Jim Greenwald

This…ladies and gentleman …….is the man I had been speaking of in prior posts.  This is the man that was responsible for ignoring me time, time, and time again, for so many years when I would report countless incidents of physical abuse, verbal abuse, and psychological torture against me from bullies.  My complaints ALWAYS fell on very deaf ears from Mr. Greenwald.  Now the town is showing their gratitude by promoting him to over see the entire school district for the town.  Another fail from GC!

I won’t be able to put this chapter of my life to rest until I know that he no longer holds a position to overlook the welfare of children when I have numerous documentations that would show how very UNQUALIFIED he really is!

It feels like getting victimized all over again……

******UPDATE******

I was asked by a reader if I would elaborate on my history with this man, and why I was so disgusted with his promotion.  I wrote about him previously on a prior POST   (<~~ click link to see that particular post) that goes into a little further detail on why I despise this man.

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