After a few minutes she asked "Are these ALL magnets?"
Confused, I hesitated before answering, "Yes, they're all magnets."
"Oh," she said with a pause...and then, "What do they stick to?"
After a stunned moment I answered. "They stick to metal."
"Ohhhh" she said and thought about it for a long minute before asking "Is that all?"
When I told her yes, she left. I'm not sure what kind of magnets she usually uses, but I wish I'd asked.
I am constantly stunned at the questions people ask and the strange things they say at my booth. A few years ago a well dressed middle aged woman told me in all seriousness that she'd love to buy one of my clocks but couldn't because she lived in a different time zone.
Many years ago my friend Jane was selling jewelry at Pike Place Market and a woman spent a long time choosing a pair. When she finally narrowed it down Jane said "You know, you should really try them. Wait'll you seem them in the mirror, they look great."
The woman picked up the earrings, held them (still on the card) up in front of the mirror and said "You're right! They Do look great in the mirror!"
I just love people. It's endlessly amusing and astonishing working with the public.
Then there was the time when my boyfriend and I were selling hand panted eggs and a couple admired them, oohing and ahhing over each design. Finally the wife said "You know, I really love them.....but if you sat on them they would break."
I was speechless, but quick witted Bruce said "Well, I guess if you're shopping for something to sit on, you might want to look somewhere else."
And one my favorites was from another artist, who when asked for a business card answered "You know, I'm all out. But I tell you what - when I get home I'll throw one out for you."
(I'm sure most of you have your own stories. I'd love to hear them. Really, we should compile a book.)