By Guest Blogger Julie Tillman, personal shopper for Polliwogs
Just the other day as I was driving my kids home from school, my son asked his two older sisters, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The conversation wrapped up and shifted to me. “Mom, do you like being Personal Polli?” Right away I responded “YES!” This triggered so many thoughts in my own mind. After fifteen years of being a stay at home mom to three awesome kids, I was ready to do something for myself that would fulfill my creative background as an Interior Designer.
It was during a yoga class in February 2019, where I was practicing next to Polliwogs owner Margaret White, that I asked her if she was hiring. I had never thought about working in retail but the part time hours were perfect for my family’s busy lifestyle. I knew I had to give it a go! I started working on the floor in sales in early March soon after my interview. Little did I know what it would all lead to…
In October, I jumped at the opportunity to become the personal shopper for Polliwogs, AKA, Personal Polli. As I progressed further into my role, I realized this was not just a job, it was a career I loved and had been searching for with people that I loved working with, who’ve become pretty awesome friends!
The challenge? Finding customers who want to use this service. Figuring out their style and needs within their budget. Earning their trust and approval. Becoming someone they can rely on. It all seemed a bit daunting at first, then as I gained customers… I gained confidence!
One of my main goals as Personal Polli is to help busy moms, parents, grandparents, caretakers lessen their load. Life is a juggling act-parenting, working, homework helping, cooking, cleaning, exercising, volunteering…need I go on? Personal Polli can help find that perfect outfit for your child or his/hers everyday outfits, coordinate outfits for your family photos, pick out special occasion outfits for holidays, birthdays and other special events.
Another service offered by Personal Polli is shopping for gifts. Need a sweet baby shower gift, a birthday present for your child’s friend? I’ll pick out some options for you. Just give me an idea of what you’re looking for and how much you want to spend. I’ll send you photos, wrap it and BAM your shopping is done! All you have to do is pick it up and guess what? This a free service!
One of my favorite things to do as Personal Polli is setting up the photos for social media. Coordinating outfits, laying them out on different backdrops, adding the accessories and final touches fuels my creative outlet. Thanks to my teenage daughters, I’ve slowly mastered the art of Instagram.
Saving the best for last! The greatest thing about being Personal Polli is the people. I love meeting the new customers, learning about their lives, telling them what I do then getting a message from them days later with a personal shopping request!
Call, text, email, make an appointment. Happy Child. Happy Mom. Happy Polli.
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