|My first memory of Plush Folly|
Work Experience...I started working for Plush Folly around 5 years ago. At the age of 15 the prospect of working with Sally and her knowledge in cosmetics, skincare and beauty products was extremely exciting for me. Even at that age I was always keen to try new products and I loved make up, so the thought of being surrounded by those products and possibly getting the chance to make the products myself, was overwhelming.
My first jobs at Plush Folly included window and shelf display, shrink wrapping glycerine soaps and working the till. I got the hang of things pretty quickly and began watching and learning the way that Sally worked and how some products were created. The shop was a lovely size and had an inviting atmosphere for customers to browse happily. In the two weeks I worked there for my work experience, I was excited to turn up each day and begin the days work. Near the end of the second week Sally asked me if I would consider taking the saturday job slot of the previous worker, who was moving onto university. I accepted, of course!
|PF parties ran from inside the shop|
Lipgloss and Bath Fizz...
I began helping out at the Plush Folly parties as soon as my work experience finished. The parties ran for an hour and a half and allowed the party goers to make two products. By helping out at the parties I started to learn how to make some products. Lipgloss and bath fizz were the most popular products that were chosen and I began to think I could make those products with my eyes closed!
|The mica colours now; a lot more |
I worked in the shop for a little over a year before the decision was made to move on from the shop and Sally decided to focus on the training side of the business, which is now what makes Plush Folly so recognisable.
After packing up the shop Plush Folly split into two premises. The office side of the business, where I worked, ran from Sally's house and the training side was moved to the Hampton Football Club board room. I waved goodbye to my window dressing and stock making days and moved into the new office. Although there was no physical shop for products to be made and displayed, the online shop was still up and running for people to buy raw ingredients and kits, so I was always kept busy.
|The smaller office!|
Luckily for me, I got back in touch with Sally when I came back to Hampton at Christmas break and she was extremely happy for me to slot back into the business whenever I returned from Uni. Slipping back into the system was easy and although small changes had been made it always felt simple and natural to me.
Talk of a New Premises...
|The new PF workspace!|
|Masses of essential and fragrance oils|
|Creating pretty window|
displays reminds me
of when I began at PF