Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
Care for a sample of the beadseller's cant? Rainbow beads, rainbow…
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Care for a sample of the beadseller's cant?
Rainbow beads, rainbow flags, rainbow leis, rainbow braids. One, two, three, five dollars, rainbow beads, starting at just one dollar. Colorful, festive, and inexpensive. I got rainbow beads, starting at just one dollar. Care to buy some rainbow beads? I'm selling rainbow flags and rainbow beads, rainbow beads and rainbow flags, rainbow chains and rainbow leis, starting at just one dollar.
I've made up cants before, for hawking my classes, so this wasn't hard. I saw other beads reps, colleagues of mine, not barking! Not individually asking festivalgoers, "Care to buy some beads? Just one dollar for some of these." They just wore all the merchandise and waited for customers to come to them. No wonder I sold the most; my competitors were positively shy.