After doing childcare as a young teen, my first real job in high school was in retail. I interviewed at all my favorite shops: Laura Ashley didn't need anymore teens; the manager at Crabtree & Evelyn doubted that I would stay after summer so she refused to hire me. Finally, I tried where one of my friends worked.
Not many people who know me now know that I got hired to be a fitter at Victoria's Secret! I was the youngest employee and got hired on at minimum wage-which in those days was $3.35/hour. I worked through my junior and senior years in high school and during every break in college until my junior year when I switched to Eddie Bauer.
I liked working retail, even when it was crazy around the holidays. My favorite time to work was Christmas Eve because any man shopping at that hour would buy just about anything we suggested, no matter the cost. There were always interesting people coming in…locals as well as celebrities. Another fitter and I once waited on Jane Fonda! We also had quite a few cross-dressers.
I have many fond memories of working at VS, whether it was on the sales floor, the cash register or the stock rooms– I did a little bit of everything. (In case you were wondering, we were NOT allowed to try on lingerie for others!)