Friday, February 26, 2016

A Change at SuzAnna's Antiques. . . . . . . . .


Although I no longer have a booth, I always enjoy stopping by SuzAnna's Antiques in Raleigh's Vintage Village. I especially enjoy it when visiting and finding my granddaughter Jasmin busy at work there. Now, after five years, including her entire time in high school, working part time after school or on weekends for owners Susie and Jenny, Jasmin will be moving on to a new part time job. Needless to say, many of us are sad about this, however she needs new experiences in the workplace world. She hopes to work in a health related environment which, for someone planning a career in nursing, seems a path she needs to follow now, and part time employment needs to fit with her college schedule.

I can't begin to tell you how wonderful Jasmin's years at SuzAnna's have been, both for her, us, and hopefully for Susie and Jenny. She was treated kindly and taught so much by the loveliest mother and daughter team, experts in the world of antiques and vintage. From a somewhat shy 14 year old who was nervous making change - the old fashioned way by counting back rather than a computerized cash register - and being somewhat reticent in stepping forward to assist customers, Jasmin soon bloomed. She learned how to help customers choose treasures for their homes, designed lovely vignettes and displays within the shop, and being a kind and helpful person to work alongside, made great friendships with her co-workers. I think she'll be missed by many at the entire Vintage Village location,  but I know she'll be stopping by to keep in touch, perhaps even work a few hours if they need help on special occasions, and of course I'll often be with her doing my usual treasure hunting and sharing here what I find tucked away in that great place.

Jasmin at SuzAnna's Antiques

Past and present. . . . . 
 . . . . .  . life is always changing.
Thankfully many of us enjoy holding on to the past, and places such 
as SuzAnna's Antiques make the present so enjoyable 

16 comments:

  1. Mary, your post makes me long for a little antiquing time. I just might need to take myself on a little afternoon adventure. I did stop in at a consignment shop yesterday and returned with some dish treasures. I will share them soon.
    Thanks for the little excursion. Jasmin is gorgeous!

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    1. Sarah, I'm looking forward to warmer days to go antiquing. Know you and your dishes - the loveliest collection in Texas I'm sure!
      Jasmin has found me a few lovely pieces of china too - she knows what I like. Yes, she's a sweetheart.
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  2. Just got a booth for the first time in many years. It is work. Had to take all the textiles out as I found them jumbled up and one blanket in the middle of the floor in my tiny booth. Wish I had more room but don't like spending more rent. I am always surprised at what people buy. I'm thinking mostly inexpensive smalls. Jasmin is a beauty.

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    1. I would love to see your booth some day Donna - I know you have a great eye for lovely things for the home and garden.
      Yes, she is lovely - especially inside!!!
      Mary -

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  3. It was a fun and rewarding five years filled with wonderful memories and experiences that I'll remember forever and hold dear to my heart. Thank you for this post, grandma! xo

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    1. What lovely times we've shared there since you were little Jasmin. Remember how you would sit down and organize Susie's mother of pearl buttons - hundreds of them in baskets and bowls?
      They are going to miss you so much - you've been such a great employee for all those years, and you know a lot now about the antiques business and beautiful things which will always be of benefit in this plastic/throwaway world.
      Love you so much - Grandma x

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  4. I wish Jasmin well. Such a contrast her lovely young face beside all the aged goods.

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    1. Such a lovely comment Ali - thank you so much.
      Mary -

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  5. I know she enjoyed her time there. It must make you so proud to see her grow into such a lovely young woman.
    Hugs,
    Penny

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    1. Oh Penny, she's all grown up now and I do miss the old days! We still have fun though - we spent yesterday afternoon together, walked some and had supper out - so nice to be together, just the two of us.
      Mary -

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  6. Best wishes to Jasmin on new adventures. She can be very proud of herself for blossoming and learning at SuzAnna's. I have a feeling she will always have of love of vintage after work here.

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    1. You are especially familiar with my close ties to our Jasmin dear friend. Next time we come your way I would love to bring her along - I know how she'd love visiting the rose gardens (she's often at our Raleigh one taking photos when roses are blooming), and definitely Lan Su for a couple of relaxing hours, and tea, in that beautiful Portland garden. Oh, mustn't forget Nike too!
      Thanks for your wishes - changes are keeping us busy.
      Mary -

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    1. JoAnn, how fortunate we all are with our grandchildren keeping us busy and bringing joy to our lives!
      Mary -

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  8. Best wishes to Jasmin as she moves on to new opportunities!

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  9. What a wonderful opportunity for her that was all those years! i wish her all the best moving forward and am quite sure she was a lovely addition and help for them too.

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