This lady will shop until she drops " for a price
Aspen Times Staff Writer
There may be only three days left until Christmas, but Laura Kuhl is willing to take a little of the last-minute, gift-buying pressure off of your shoulders.
Hand Kuhl a list of what you haven’t found yet and she’s willing to shop for you ” as long as you pay for whatever she finds, that is. According to an ad she placed in local newspapers last week, if you’re overwhelmed by your Christmas list, she’s willing to troll local stores so you don’t have to.
Kuhl, who owned a clothing store in Carbondale for 10 years, considers herself a professional shopper. And while she said her ads haven’t triggered a lot of business yet, she knows that there are people out there who may need help.
“This is a lot like an executive at a company sending out his secretary to go get gifts for the office,” she said. “I’m directing this toward families who are coming in for the holidays who don’t have much time and haven’t gotten everything they need yet.”
From Gucci to the Gap, Kuhl says she’s willing to go the distance ” even as far as Grand Junction.
She and a business partner recently opened up Maizy and Madilyn’s on Main Street in Carbondale, where they offer everything from clothing to hand-painted furniture.
“I do love to shop ” it’s a passion, I guess,” Kuhl said. “I’ve been shopping for years for my business, and I got out of that because I had children. Now that my kids are getting older, I have more freedom to do the shopping.”
Kuhl recently did the shopping for a family coming to town that needed their home outfitted with basic supplies like linens. She said her ad says “no stress shopping, simple to exotic” because she’s willing to peruse the glitzy Aspen shops as well as the not so glamorous.
“I guess it is a little stressful, being in charge of someone’s Christmas gift, but if you need to hire me, you’re so pressed that you can’t do it yourself,” she said.
Of course, Kuhl said she does need a fairly detailed list of everything from sizes to colors to ages of gift recipients so that she doesn’t go into a shopping trip blind. Her fee is based on a percentage of the gift at stake ” a $25 minimum per gift, 20 percent of a gift up to $1,000 and 15 percent for a more expensive gift.
“I’d love to do this year-round, even if it branches into filling up people’s ‘fridges when second-home owners come to town,” she said.
But for now, Kuhl is happy to be some gift recipient’s secret Santa Claus, making the holidays a little more happy and bright for some gift givers.
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