What’s up with the I’m Awesome stickers that I hand out at the farmers’ markets?
Number 1: whether or not you get a sticker and whether or not you choose to buy anything at my booth, you are awesome. I know it, I hope you know it, and I trust a lot of other people know it.
Number 2: I’m deeply grateful to anyone who stops by and makes a purchase. If you collectively decided to stop doing that, I’d be out of a job. Sort of. I’m sure I’d keep Fermenting for the Food Pantries even if the income generating part of this gig went ca-put, but a great deal of other components would change and that would be a bummer. I’m grateful and You’re Awesome.
Number 3: So then, what’s with the stickers? Why are some visitors to my table designated as awesome where others might not get an I’m Awesome sticker? Fair question. I started handing out the I’m Awesome stickers this year as a way to ESPECIALLY thank folks who stop by, make a purchase AND pay cash in exact change. If you’ve never had a retail business or worked at a farmers’ market, you might not fully appreciate the epic awesomeness of cash payments in exact change at the market.
Here’s the quick and dirty run down of why this is particularly awesome:
This reminds me that I need to consider another sticker: “I’m Awesome. I paid cash in $1 bills at VFA today.” There’s a few of you out there who have been this particular level of awesome, and, well, I love you. As awesome as cash in exact change is, cash in a mountain of $1s is just all the more awesome. What would that be in adverbs? I’m Stellar? I’m Cosmic? I’m Unbelievably Amazing?
If you’ve made it to the end of this silly post, you are all those things and more. I look forward to seeing you sometime with your empty pockets, cash, check, Venmo or PayPal. Always feel welcome to stop by and say hey, and remember, You’re Really Freaking Awesome.