Where I Work: Tami

May 16, 2013

Go ahead, call her taste particular: she certainly won’t mind. Meet Tami, the woman once voted most bizarre in high school, whose askew point of view has been guiding our store merchandising teams for over 13 years. The former Brooklynite and Boston terrier devotee is the brains behind those meticulously detailed nooks in our storesthings like an individually labeled 54-drawer cabinet filled with staffers’ personal belongings and a wall of ruffles that took four days to sew by hand. This month, Tami lets us poke around her wonderfully particular workspace.


I’m not really into sweetsI eat maybe one piece of candy a dayso these jars are purely aesthetic. The yellow candies are a mainstay and I swap out the others each season.


A way to stay organized. I believe it was an orphaned prop.

I’ve had this $10 yard-sale pineapple girl for 20 some years. It’s one of my favorite things.

imageThis is a photograph of my grandparents, to whom I was very close. They were both a little nuts, and I’m kind of obsessed with peanuts, so I clipped them to this card.

How can you not love that face?


Our team is always trying to outdo one another when it comes to decorating our desks, but this fall we somehow managed to agree on the same birch-tree pattern.


A parting gift from a former colleague and friend. I’ve been fortunate enough to work alongside some brilliant, creative people in my career.

I keep a fake egg inside this cookie jar. I’m not sure why.


Pairing these deer with our woodsy wedding photo seemed right.

One of the best gifts I’ve ever received. It was handmade by my friend Ann, who chose all 29 fortunes. May you grow rich. A personal is never too old to learn. Keep true to the dreams of your youth.


I love dogs. I imagine myself as an old lady, taking care of a bunch of pups. In the meantime, I collect all kinds of dog figurines and hope to do something amazing with them when I have thousands.

I think everything is ˜bananas.’ I use the word a lot. “That’s bananas!’ ‘My day is bananas!’ This is driving me bananas!’

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