Take This Wreath and Make It

Updated 5 years ago

This time of year, you’ll see lots of Christmas decorations around, but it just doesn’t seem to be complete without the wreath.In this edition of Take this job and love it, Sharon Pelletier branched out went to find out exactly what it takes to make the evergreen decorations.”Having done this since you were 15, you probably can do this in your sleep, right? Yeah, Pretty much.”Dolly Blyther is an expert wreath maker here at Whitney Wreath. She’s been given the task of teaching me how to do her job. “Break it right in here. All you’re doing is making little fans.”Dolly makes it sound simple. Trust me, it’s not.”Wait a minute, pick it up, you got to keep the wire going the same way. Oh shoots. This way OK.”So much to think about, and I’m really not a crafty person.”Let me see, I’ll help you here. Yeah, I desperately need help.”It was taking me a little too long, so Dolly finished up very quickly.”So would you hire me? Yes. We could hone your…hone my skills. Yes, a little better. OK.”Then it was time to try my hand at decorating. Company founder and owner David Whitney showed me how this works.”This machine makes things much more efficient, cost effective. It also makes sure the decorations are put on exactly in the place they’re supposed to be.”It’s a machine that Whitney came up with himself. “Pull your handle down, now push this up. OK. Now pull your arrowheads out.”So there’s not much chance of me messing anything up here, and it’s kind of fun.Whitney tells me he came up with the idea for the business when he was just eight years old. He saw his cousin tree tipping, and making some money at it. Whitney thought he could make a little cash too to buy some candy.”So the incentive for all of this is candy, that’s right, not so much anymore”Because now Whitney oversees nine locations in his wreath company, and they’re working on a new facility to consolidate some of their operations.Although this time of year, he’s often working 16 hour days, he says it still puts him in the Christmas Spirit.”The best part of this is the smell”It does smell great, but then it’s off to ship out some wreaths.”This is for the order ID.”Seth White is training me here. He says I’ve got to scan invoices, put them in the boxes then stick the labels on. Sounds pretty simple. The key is I’ve got to be accurate and fast.They’re sending out about 5000 packages a day.”Right now they’re doing 133 an hour. And so we’re slowing things down right now. True”So time to get to work.”One , two, three four””I’m trying to go quickly”But it’s so easy to get distracted, because it’s interesting to see where the packages are headed. I sent some to California, Colorado, Florida, and I admit I did peek at some of the messages that people wrote.”It says love and Merry Christmas”It really is great to think you’re helping to spread Holiday cheer all across the country. Makes you feel like you’re one of Santa’s elves…one who does make mistakes.”Actually that’s one way you can mess it up. If you scan the second one twice.”Luckily Seth was there to make things right.”So how do you think I’m doing? I think you should stick to television. Thank you, Seth, Thank you.”To check out Whitney Wreath online, log onto www.whitneywreath.comTo offer a suggestion for our next “Take This Job and Love It”, send an e-mail to wabi@wabi.tv


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