Idania Nichols, whose nickname is Dani, is in her garage turned tiny bridal shop. Right now Dani buys and sells used wedding gowns. Brides who are looking for something older, a bargain and to be able to have something repurposed and/or tailored, love what Dani sells. She is good at alterations and giving gowns new life. Her desire is to design and sell her own wedding gowns. But for now, she's operating out of her home, making space limited and bridal sales a part-time, by appointment only job. Her full-time position is a customer service manager for a health care company.
Right now Dani is preparing for a client to arrive. She has pulled some selections from her small stock based on the client's request for a certain style.
As Dani is thinking, her husband, Zavier, walks into the room.
Dani: Yes, she should be here any second now. I am just reviewing the dresses she is going to try on. What do you think?
Zavier (laughs): I think they look like wedding gowns.
Dani (laughing): Very funny. I should know better than to ask. The answer is always the same. I should know to stick with female opinions only.
Zavier: Basically. Even standing at the altar, all we're worried about is what's going on or coming off for the honeymoon.
They hear the bell for the garage/bridal shop door. Zavier excuses himself and goes into the house while Dani lets her client in. Her client's name is Sara and she is accompanied by her friend, Amy.
Sara: Stand in line. I've been looking forward to this. Dani, the selection looks good. Where do we start?
Sara: Okay. I'll do that.
Dani: If you like certain things about a gown and would like some alterations, I can do that as well.
Amy: So pick the first one so we can get started.
Sara picks a long sleeved gown and Dani shows her the small fitting room in the corner of the room so she can try it on. Sara returns after she has the gown on and has looked at herself in the mirror.
Amy: I don't know. Those ruffles are not very becoming on you. Maybe something without so many ruffles will work.
Sara: I think you're right. On to the next one.
Sara grabs her next choice and tries it on.
Sara: I don't know. There's something about the flappy collar that I don't think looks good on me.
Amy: Those side flaps at the waist aren't flattering your hips.
Dani: Would you like alterations on this or is it the entire gown that you don't like?
Sara: I think it's just the gown.
Dani: Let's pick another one. I'll also grab a veil to try on with it. I think it may help to get a full look at a completed ensemble.
Amy: That would be nice.
Sara picks the next gown and Dani gets the veil.
Sara: Can you move it back, please? I want it more toward the back of my head. I think it could overwhelm my face. I really want it to just be an accessory.
Dani: Of course I can.
Sara (excitedly): I think you're right, Amy.
Dani: I'm so glad you like it. I can see I do need to make some adjustments to ensure the fit is perfect on you.
Sara: Yes. I also would like to make some minor changes to the bottom. Can you do that?
Dani: I can make whatever alterations you would like.
Sara: So what do we do next?
Dani: I will take a non-refundable deposit of 50% for the gown before I make the alterations. Then you can pay the balance when you pick it up.
Dani takes notes of the alterations Sara would like, then takes her measurements. Sara gets dressed, pays the deposit, thanks Dani and she and Amy leave. Zavier hears Sara and Amy pull off in the car, so he goes to talk to Dani.
Dani: Wonderful. I sold a gown.
Zavier: You are so sexy when you do your thing.
Dani: Thank you. So, what's for dinner?
Zavier: I ordered out. I figured you wouldn't want to cook after working and I don't want to cook. It will be here soon.
Dani: Okay. I need to have a seat for a minute.
Zavier: You look deep in thought. What's going on in your head right now?
Dani: I'm just daydreaming about having my own shop, as usual. It may never be a reality to have more than this shop in the garage, but I can't help but fantasize about it.
Zavier: I know. But maybe we can find a way to make it a reality. I would love to see you have your own shop.
Dani: Thank you for supporting me, Zave. We'll see.
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye