Count down to Halloween!

Nemo and Rory are shopping for costumes, at least Rory is...? 

Nemo: I'm going  as a football coach!

Rory: You ARE a football coach!

Nemo: Um, I'm a teacher, too. 

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El: Rory, here is the costume you had on hold.

Rory: Look...the color is gorgeous. I want to go as a Mermaid and Nemo, you can be a Fisherman...look at these faux waders.

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Nemo: I don't know...I don't even want to go to this faculty party.

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Rory: This will be the first time I meet all your friends and co-workers. 

Nemo: True...you will look great in that. I do have my dad's fishing stuff. I guess we can make it work!

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El: How about this little guy!

Nemo: Cool, he can go in my pocket. We'll take it all.


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Vickie: Great job!

El: Here this is all Rory and Nemo's to check out. They are still looking around.


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Patrick: Hi, I'm lookin for some decorations for my bar area!

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El: How about our potion shelf, we have lots of fun jars and bottles, and some spooky critters.
( 15 minutes later))
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El: Wow, when you make up your mind.... I don't know if we can fit all this in this box.

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Patrick: It will have to, I walked over and I won't be able to carry more than this.

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El: Oh, where is your bar? 

Patrick: I'm doing the bar for the StoneWall party on Halloween over at the GrandView

El: Over at the Grand View.  I haven't been in there yet, I'm new to the neighborhood. We've been so busy here,  and with school. I haven't had time to explore the area.

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Patrick: If you aren't busy on Halloween, stop over and you can be my guest, or maybe I can put you to work. Masks required and vaccines. It's a Condo party for all the shop owners and residents.

El: Maybe, I'm going to a dinner but afterward? Do I have to be in costume?

Patrick: Nope---come as you are, see you then! Thanks for all the help!


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Rory: Wow, Patrick, you made a haul. When's your  bar/lounge finally going to open?

Patrick: Most of the work is done, we are waiting on some inspections and some plumbing issues. Hopefully I can open by Thanksgiving weekend.

Nemo: Well, let me know if I can help---you know I'm pretty handy. And football will be over in a few weeks.

Patrick: Thanks, I might need everyone to help me.

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Rory: Well, I think we have everything? 

Nemo: Yep, Vickie said they are going to make this a guys store and vacation wear. Their prices are pretty good, and this sure is close to the house. Let's go, I'm starving!

Rory: You are always---starving!

(Late in the Day)
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Lara: Thanks for holding this for me. I wanted to wear something that was just fun for the StoneWall party!  I think we have sold all the tickets!

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Vickie: Lots of people from the GrandView have been in. I don't think we will have enough costumes. 

Belle: Sounds like fun, Lara! 

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Lara: I'm not sure what all is happening, I've been so busy on other projects. BMR has me running around the whole northside. I left Vanessa in charge. 

Belle: Well, BMR is certainly making changes to the neighborhood for the better. I for one will be relieved to see them finish the HFIM house. 

Lara: Well, it will depend on permits with the city with all the changes we want to make to that property.

Belle: Well, I hope it goes through, so I can pay off my loan debt.

Lara: Let's cross our fingers, it all goes smoothly!  See Ya!

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Trish: Gosh, the dungeon is getting empty...!

El: I know, we are bringing stock down from upstairs now. I hope we have enough to stay open. I hope to make up some 80's costumes from some odds and ends we have.

Trish: Well, we are having a family party out on the farm in the barn. First time everyone will be together since the pandemic. I'm closing the Blue Sprinkling can on Saturday. 

El: I saw you were even getting low on pumpkins. 

Trish: Well, we open again for Christmas trees and decor on the 26th. So I really need the time to get my customs ready for my corporate clients. I wish we didn't have to rush into the holidays. They are already putting lights up downtown.

El: I know-retail is always a RUSH. We are opening this level up for guys' stuff, and some resort wear. At least that's Vickie's plan! 

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Trish: That's a great idea---I know there isn't anywhere to get guys' things around here. Maybe I can get my brother's something here for Christmas!


(After the downstairs level is closed and the doors locked, Vickie calls a quick meeting of her staff)

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Vickie: First I want to thank you all for all your help! (Clapping). 

So far the dungeon has been a big success, and I think we will not have to keep it open after Saturday. El's in charge of the reset for down stairs and the website is already setting the open date for November 16. I think we have enough men's stock to open, and we can be fluid with the floor plan and expand the vacation area. I think we can include some ski-wear besides the resort wear towards Christmas to fill in.

I think we will keep the men's items off the website for now, and try and serve the community here. So many guys have been here for Halloween, and everyone is getting the flyers for this level reopening.


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Does anyone have any problems or ideas? And, has the schedule been working for you all?

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Zoe: The bridal boutique needs more dresses, and I'd like to bring more shoes and accessories up there. 

Vickie: Great, and let's keep the jewelry on the main floor though. 

Carly: Are we still planning on stocking on Monday? 

Vickie: Only if we don't get the upper floors done during the week. I think we will all need a few days off after Halloween. If that's all, thanks again!  Plan on dressing a bit warmer, as I don't know how well the heat will work with all three floors. Outside, it dropped 40 degrees today, so I hope you don't all freeze going home! Don't forget we are having dinner at my house on Sunday.

Goodnight and thanks again. 

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Vickie: El, I'm still planning on being in the dungeon tomorrow, you are doing a great job!

El: Thanks! I thought dinner was Saturday. Great, now I can go to the GrandView party on Saturday night. Patrick invited me. Do you know if he is single or was he just being nice? 

Vickie: He's definitely single and a very focused guy. Have fun! But, first we ALL have to survive the next four days! Thank goodness holidays only come once a year! 


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Vickie's Vintage Halloween Rush and Mystery

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Only ten days to Halloween and Vickie's is simply hopping with customers and lookers on all floors. 

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A mysterious woman is trying on a $600.00 dress upstairs in the bridal boutique.
Vanessa and her dad, Craig are shopping for a birthday present for Jacquie.  Colette/Callie and Opal are having a tug of war over a fur shrug...

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Opal(blue): I saw it first, let GO!

Colette(pink): I touched it first....it's mine. Besides, cuz,  you are too young to wear anything this sophisticated. 

Zoe(blond): Here's a great red skirt, I know it will fit Jacquie perfectly

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Craig: These are pretty, do you think she would wear these?

Zoe: I'm sure they would look great on her skin, and she uses red lipstick now and then.

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Vanessa: And this perfume can be from me...can you wrap these up and we will go downstairs for some Halloween, if you are still open.


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Zoe: Sure, I'll wrap these up, will just take a minute or two. The Dungeon is open for two more hours. Better make your choices right away, stuff is going really fast!

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Upstairs, Carly is agog at possibly selling the most expensive dress to ever come through Vickie's Vintage.

Carly: The dress really fits you very well, I really love how you used the tulle as a veil.

Mysterious Woman: Where did this exquisite dress come from.

Carly: It seems the Opera company down town cleaned out some of their storage rooms. Occasionally we get pieces from them and other theatres.

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Mysterious Woman: Oh, I wonder if it is from 'Phantom'. There were so many lovely gowns in that production. Please undo me, and I will take it. May I have my car pick it up, in an hour or so? 

Carly: Certainly, we will take great care in packing this. You will be stunning at your event! 


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Opal: You always have to have your way! 

Colette: It's $50.00 and real fur---who's going to pay for it, you don't make that kind of money as a receptionist. 



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Colette: I'll let you borrow it, if you ever go to a 'grown up' event.

Opal: Oh, thanks --you are so generous....(ugh).


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Opal: YOU WIN! Happy now,  Miss Deveraux! 

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Zoe: Ladies, please can you keep it down. 

Colette: Thank you, I'm buying this shrug please. Opal is going to look for something else. 

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Colette: With the temperatures finally dropping, I can get this jacket, too. 

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(Opal still wanders among all the cute outfits trying to decide, muttering)

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Opal: Hmmm, these shoes are only $15.00 and match this top perfectly.

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Colette: I see you found some great shoes, and the top is very retro, Opal.  

Opal: You were right, I wouldn't wear that fur as much as you would. Can I still borrow it?

Colette: If I can borrow those shoes?

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Opal: I'm sorry for my bad behavior, it's hard being the new girl and Callie (Colette) is always who I wanted to be.

Zoe: Well, I'm glad you found something. And, you will certainly get a lot of use out these pieces, and I love those shoes, too.


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Zoe: Wow, that was a lot of action for the end of the day.

Carly: I know and my shopper wanted to be let out the back door. I'm glad her card went through, she was a bit mysterious. A $600.00 sale, I wish I was working on commission...(chortle).

Zoe: Well, her dress and accessories are all bagged up. I hope the driver shows up soon.

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Zoe: There he is, let's get this out the door, and we can close down then.

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(For the next two hours, the girls pull summer merchandise out of the racks.)

Carly: Vickie says we are going to set up a 'travel boutique' with seasonal merchandise and with guys clothes, too. The temp really dropped today. I'm  going to freeze walking home. 

Zoe: I have another pair of leggings you can jump in. Hmmm, more guy traffic, that would be nice. I haven't had a date since the pandemic hit. Not many guys at the pre-school center, either.

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Carly: Look what I found under the turning rack. YIKES...do you remember where we put the other one?


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Pinkie: Thanks for letting me in girls so I good pick up my outfit.

Zoe: No problem, we are cleaning stock up tonight anyway.

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Pinkie: I think everyone from the Grand View has shopped here for the resident party.

Zoe: That party sounds like fun. Vickie is having a customer appreciation party for us...since we won't have any extra time until after the holidays. 

(Meanwhile, down in Vickie's Dungeon)

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Vanessa: What about this Daddy, not too much skin and I can still look professional?

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El: You will look great in that...can I wrap it up?

Vanessa: Sure, I do think I need some boots, but I'll come back later. It's getting late!

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Diana(In chair): Three pair of shoes that fit---Gracious...I can't believe it, in a Halloween store! 

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Peder: How nice for you, Hi, I'm Peder.

Diana: I'm Brit, Diana from Bristol, England. I do not recognize your accent? 

Peder: Oh, I'm coming from  Denmark and have been here for two years. You? 

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Diana: I arrived last week, I'm still finding my way about! This shop is dynamite. 

Peder: Yes, awesome!

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Diana: I've been invited to a big do for my boss man. Do you think dressing as a witch is safe? I have no idea what costumes are acceptable here.

Peder: Should be good, I'm going as a horse soldier. I love 'wild west' frontier stories.  Maybe I will see you again, here's my number if you want, ring me up. I know some great American food places we eat at.

Diana: Oh, lovely.  Thank you, Peder---I will when I'm moved in. I've been a bit of a tither now. Maybe next week?

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Diana: I'm buzzing...new shoes, maybe a date, and I'm ready to be a 'Witch'. Today is definitely a Win-Win! 

Vickie: So glad to hear that, please come again!


(Later Vanessa and Craig, talk with Vickie)

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Craig: I'm going as an explorer. Vanessa is dragging us all to the Grand View party.

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Vickie: I think we will be sold out before that party! Joe and I are having all my workers over for a dinner. WE'VE all been working overtime this last two weeks.

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Vanessa: Thanks, El, for your help! Maybe we could get together for a late coffee one night.

El: Sounds great, but, I'm going to lock the door as soon as you leave, so we can get this place cleaned up. See ya!

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(Phew---what a day. Only another week, I wonder if we will have enough stock!)

El: I thought we had plenty of stock, but, the word is out that no one received new stock this year. You are lucky Vickie, that you had so much.

Vickie: I'm worried about the holidays. I have the girls stripping the main floor from all summery stuff. My idea will be to make this a guys' side and over there a 'travel' section, so we can utilize this space all the time. 

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El: Hmmm, I can see it now---a few fake palm trees and stacks of suitcases...over there....

And we can make a guys section they wear shorts all year round, so it won't be too much of stretch to have them next to each other! 

Vickie: Great! It's your baby, El. You can use anything in the store room and  your creativity to come up with a cohesive idea in the one week of being closed down!  

We can put out the buzz on the website for say November 9 opening...that will give us a week to turn the entire store into early winter. I still don't want Christmas decor out until after Thanksgiving. And, I think we will need one more part-timer, if you have any friends looking for work, El.


 El: Sounds like a plan, Vickie. 
(Wow, I get to do this space again. It's almost like having my own shop!)

ARE YOUR DOLLS THINKING ABOUT CHRISTMAS already?



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