I love Anthropologie. Loved it so much I worked there for 6.5 years. I would've stayed but I couldn't handle retail hours. I started as part time sales while attending Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), in LA, worked at the Grove location for almost a year. During that time I was having a long distance relationship with a boy 5 hours away in northern CA when faith stepped in. Anthropologie was opening their first store in the south bay, San Jose, CA, Santana Row. I asked to be transferred and I was promoted to manager in training (MIT), to help open the store. Anthropologie, Santana Row opened on November 2002. Apparently, I was on the local news that night when they were talking about the grand opening. I didn't see it but the next day my general manager was squealing in the office asking for my autograph telling me that it was on the 10 o'clock local news, my 15 minutes of fame? I soon became an assistant manger.
Once I became an assistant manager I knew I wasn't going to last long in that position. Retail hours sucks to begin with and being in management means it's harder to get weekends off and having my whole family and friends in LA was tough especially when my Dad got sick. I had no choice but to demote myself and became a part timer. I decided to get a 9 to 5 job so that I can drive back home every other weekend. It was a challenge but had to be done. After another two years of that I finally decided to leave Anthro. It wasn't fun anymore and I'd rather spend those two week nights at home relaxing.
Six and a half years was a good run. There are times I missed my employee discount but it's rare. They always have markdowns and I think that their earlier stuff was a lot more interesting. I've collected plenty of Anthro items, most I've sold due to it not fitting my lifestyle or just doesn't fit anymore but some I've kept just because it's pretty or just plain awesome. I refuse to pay full price because most of the time you can achieve the Anthro look at a cheaper price.