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How much is your dream worth? Or why I worked at Converse on Black Friday

I worked at Converse on Black Friday

Last night I went to work at the Converse store at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. My shift was from 8:00 at night until 5:00 in the morning. I was hired for one day.

These gray Converse Chuck Taylor’s kept me comfortable on my feet for nine hours.

There were people waiting in line when the door opened, and there was a steady stream of customers coming in for the entire nine hours I stood by the front door.  Well, I did get a break in the back room and put my feet up for an hour, so for the entire eight hours I stood by the front door.

Woman, men, and children shopping with their parents. They bought shoes, sweat pants, sweatshirts,shirts, watches and shoelaces.

I helped customers find their right size in the clothing section. I greeted people when they came in, straightened the clothing, picked up garbage off the floor, handed out candy canes and folded the t-shirts that were unfolded.

Why did I work on Black Friday?

People want to shop and I want to pay for my InDesign class next semester at my local community college. The class will teach me how to format the books I have written. The class is $439 dollars and it starts on January 14th, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

To help finance the class I will sell on ebay jewelry from Phillippe Ferrandis’s first collection that  I bought in Paris in 1983. My golf clubs, a small radio, books, and an archery target I will sell at Jakes on Highway 100 in Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania at their flea market.

How much is your dream worth? 

Have you ever taken a part-time job or sold things to help pay for your dream?  Please tell me in the comments. I would love to talk with you.


About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Christa Sterken

    I hope this made a good dent. I have worked several part time jobs to support the dream of staying home with my kids. Now, for new dreams as they are nearing adulthood

  • Marguerite Sanders

    I had to take a part time job at a Targe t store when we moved to Tulsa so we could get deposit money for a place to rent. We stayed in an old cheap motel with our 7 small children and husbands paycheck wasn’t enough at the time to save for it. Marguerite

  • Last summer, I had an opportunity to go back to Rwanda to see my sponsored child Eliyah and the boy James sponsors, Julius. I sold some gold jewelry and the digital piano that no one had played in a long time, to raise funds to go, and I went!

    • What an exciting opportunity. The jewelry and the piano were not as important as following your dream. You sold and you went. Wow.

  • Winnie Moyer

    I wanted to be in China for at least two years, and I wanted to get here quickly! So, I worked three jobs (80 hours a week) for about six months so I could live here (and had some church support too). Before I moved to Brazil I made and sold jewelry, I really enjoy making jewelry and it sold so quickly 🙂 I will pray for you as you work and sell things to taking your InDesign class 🙂

    • Winnie, I didn’t realize how hard you worked to make your dream of moving to China a reality. Thank you for praying for me as I work to raise funds for my InDesign class.
      I look forward to seeing you over the holidays!