Larry Clark — Your Veribest Agent

Larry Clark — Your Veribest Agent

Photo Larry Clark

As an 9 or 10 year old, I didn’t receive a regular allowance (probably didn’t deserve one) and searched for a way of making some money. I helped occasionally, a friend that had a paper route. I couldn’t get one myself as they had to be purchased from someone giving it up ($20-30) which was beyond reach for me. I found a Veribest ad on the back of a comic-they sold seeds and all forms of greeting cards. The good part was that you didn’t pay up front. My first venture was to send in an order for seeds-I became a salesman. The name of the company was both a blessing and a pain especially with the cards.

The company name was printed on the seed packet for all to see. Not so the cards-people would ask me the name of the company and I always replied, “the very best”. Reactions varied but most would repeat the question and get the same answer, which invoked either a slamming of the door or an engaging conversation-the latter usually to my benefit. Not always an easy career because most people didn’t have a lot of money to spare At some point I must have realized that collecting bottles was more lucrative and less stressful, so thus ended this budding career although I did work at it for a least a couple of Springs.

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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