Added to the blog April 8, 2010:
I have a story from my fairly recent engagement party.
My parents hosted a lovely engagement party for me and my future husband at the family home. Since they have a large house, they invited everyone who is being invited to our wedding. One of the many guests was my Aunt B. I donít often see her as she lives quite far away, however, she made an effort to be there and I appreciated it. Since there were so many guests, I only had a chance to speak with everyone very briefly. I did notice however that she had brought a black wheeled briefcase/suitcase and had it sitting in front of her during the party. The party ended and we had a wonderful time.
Now my Aunt B, hand paints china. I found out after the party from more than one guest that she had been trying to sell her hand painted china during my engagement party! Thanks for making the extra effort to come congratulate me on my upcoming nuptials (enter sarcasm)! I wonder if she would have come had she not been able to make a quick buck. Luckily, my informant guests declined and didnít feel obliged to make a purchase. How very tacky. I wonder what she will try to sell at the wedding! 0323-10
Wow! Now that I have heard of this happening, I can imagine a few different ways that it could have gone down (all rude) depending on Aunt B's personality. My big question after I read it though was how would someone deal with something like this if they discovered it during the party? And, now that they know Aunt B is willing to attempt to sell her wares in inappropriate forums (like other people's parties), what could be done to prevent this in the future.
As far as personality goes, I'm wondering if this is a matter of Aunt B being rather clueless or awkward typically, or perhaps easily persuaded by some sort of "sales guru" to think that she should just bring her wares along with her to all social events in case someone wants to make a purchase or if this is a matter of her just not caring that an engagement party does not equal a retail store or something else entirely.