After my highly unsuccessful craft show last week, I needed a way to supplement my income in a low-risk way. Also, since I'm moving to Canada in a couple of months, I needed to get rid of some bulky items that I'd rather not have to deal with on moving day.
So, naturally, I had a yard sale.
The contrast of a yard sale to a craft show is astounding - there's no booth fee to set up shop, not greasy lunches from food trucks, and you don't have to drive anywhere. I only had to put up ads on Craigslist, put signs out in the neighborhood, and let the people come to me.
Of course we (my parents and I) still did a lot of physical labor, but once everything was set up we were able turn on the radio, sit down with our coffee and enjoy making money from the comfort of our driveway. We utilized our craft show tent for shade and also put items for sale in the crates that my dad built for my candle display. We truly used lemons to make lemonade.
|Aww... childhood memories.|
Case in point: there was a crocheted hat that my mom had since she was a teenager. It was a sweet newsboy cap, very cute. I was even thinking of selling it on Etsy for $10 - $15. But then an elderly gentleman tried it on his bald head and fell in love. His cheapo wife told me, "A dollar is too expensive for this." She wanted it for 50 cents. I told her no, sorry, the price is $1 and she paid me anyway but with a frown on her face. Come on.
|This is what they drive miles to see - the $1 table.|
|The good crystal was too rich for their blood; none of it sold.|
|People wanted the crates more than what was in them. |
One lady literally begged us to sell her one.
Next up on the self-employment schedule: a holiday bazaar at a local gymnasium on December 1. It's kind of far away (3 weekends) but Thanksgiving weekend falls in between so it's okay; I'll find ways to keep busy.
Funny thing is, since I quit my job last month, I've had less me-time than before, if any at all. I've been so busy prepping for craft shows and the yard sale, antiquing for my website, photographing items, listing items, and then packing & shipping them that I haven't been able to read a new book or use these calming bath salts that I bought a week & a half ago.
Being self-employed isn't as easy as it sounds! But I'm not complaining. Everything is a learning experience.