Product Parties

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“My day planner is crammed full. Something needs to go,” commented Cheryl.

Liam grinned to himself. “Yeah, right,” he thought, having heard all this before.

“I know one thing for sure. All these product-pushing parties have to stop, ” Cheryl continued. “There’s nothing I need, but you always feel obligated to buy something if you attend.”

“Jewelry? Makeup? Lingerie? Kitchen equipment? Really, you’re not going to ANY of them any more?”

“Well—-I really could use some up-to-date jewelry, but there’s nothing else I need.”

Liam laughed. “So, when’s the jewelry party?” he said.

“Oh, stop!”


39 thoughts on “Product Parties

  1. Dear Linda,

    There was a point where it seemed I was going to one of those parties every week. But then, my sister-in-law was a Tupperware dealer and I sold Mary Kay for a season. I can tell you that working full time as a cake decorator was less work. 😉 Good story. I could hear this conversation.



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  2. bearmkwa

    Can’t say as I’ve ever had an invite to any party of the sort. I don’t wear makeup, rarely wear any jewelry, and don’t have tuperware or the like in my home. I’ve never even been to an Avon or MaryKay party. Somehow, I don’t feel like I’ve missed anything because of it. Great take on the prompt.

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  3. Abhijit Ray

    Cheryl needs a lot of things. I think she is pushing Liam to commit to buy a few things for her. Otherwise who does not like to go to a party where one can buy new things?

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  4. She knows she can’t keep going to these parties, yet she can’t stop herself. Addiction comes in all forms! I believe she’ll need to start hanging around different people – those who don’t hold or attend product parties – if she’s serious about kicking the habit.
    You’ve done a good job portraying the dynamics in her relationship with Liam.

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    1. Yes. I started just automatically saying NO several years ago. I have lots of friends and acquaintances, and I was on way too many hostess lists and “potential recruit” lists. Gets tiresome after awhile 🙂

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  5. It’s something everyone has to go through. I sold lots of home
    party items to make ends meet and because I wanted to stay at
    home with my kids. It was better than getting a job and leaving them.
    It’s something I avoid now as much as possible. Yes, you can’t go to
    one and not feel obligated to buy something. I enjoyed the walk down
    memory lane, Linda. Loved the dialog …
    Isadora 😎

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