By Barbara High
Tribune Staff Writer
KEYSER- When you think of Avon, what comes to mind for most people is eyeliner, lipstick, or another beauty product, but for Carol Nesbit it has been something more.
Nesbit, who has decided to put aside her Avon books and retire, started here career in Avon nearly 45 years ago .
At 23, Nesbit said she got a call while she was ironing and just watching her soaps. "I was asked if I wanted to try selling Avon." Nesbit, who says she was always good with people, thought it was right up her alley.
She started seeking out customers and taking orders.
"When I first started, I didn't drive. I would take the baby stroller out with me visiting customers," she recalls.
Nesbit laughed about how, when delivering, she would take the stroller without the baby for there was no room with all her orders.
One could say she even turned it into a family business, with her husband Bill driving her around when it snowed, and even taking orders for her on the phone when customers called.
Nesbit was in the Presidents Club every year she spent with Avon. She didn't just sell, she excelled at it. She won trips for large sales, and biggest increase in her area. Nesbit recalls a trip she received to New York fondly, "They treated us like we were queens."
Of all the things Nesbit received from her years with Avon, undoubtedly one would have to say her Albee Dolls mean the most to her.
Named after Mrs. Persus Foster Eames Albee, in honor of the very first Avon representative, the dolls are given to representatives who have at least $10,000 in sales for the year.
Nesbit received an Albee Doll every year she sold. Nesbit displays her dolls proudly in a curio cabinet in her home.
With so many wonderful memories, her decision to quit was not easy. Nesbit said that she had a lot of great years with Avon, but it was just time to do some else.
Nesbit wasn't sure which she enjoyed most with her years with Avon, the challenge, or the customers.
"It's a toss up," she says.. "I've had some customers for 40 some years, I'm going to miss it.
"I got to know families, and watched their kids grow, and I brought new people in and helped them to get started," she said.
Now she says she is busy taking trips and being in choirs. "I live a wonderful and active life," she said.
"I am blessed."
Nesbit said with her career with Avon being over, people can expect her to be having a huge sale at her home. "I have a lot of stuff to get rid of."
Page 2 of 2 - But not everyone thinks she will be able to give it up so easily.
"My sister says she bets I go back," said Nesbit. "Avon has been a big part of my life, no more sorting eyeliner or bagging orders." Nesbit laughs and says, "I won't swear to it but I think I'll be okay."