Gearing up

Tomorrow is October already! What?!? Everything is happening too fast. I feel like someone hit the hyper speed button and I’m trying not to panic. I received my Square in the mail last week, started looking around for Holiday boutiques I can sell my creations at and am trying to ramp up making things to sell. I made a list of things I want to sell and have a list of things to buy. Hobby Lobby here I come!

It is kinda scary trying to balance everything. I still have a day job, I still have kids with hungry mouths, I still have a messy house…but I have added to the equation by trying to focus more of my spare time on making a business out of creating. My goal right now is to take my youngest to Disneyland for his birthday. I figure that is an attainable goal. I am not quitting my day job any time soon. I have been tweeting more and networking more and it is starting to pay off. I just need to get my blogging down.

So off I go again. I need to finish up at work then hit Hobby Lobby for some supplies. I think I will start my dishwasher as soon as I get home and get dinner started right away in the hopes of settling down with my projects before bed. I am excited for what is to come and realize that I can make it happen, I just need to “keep swimming” [Disney’s Nemo reference]

A peek at what I have in my shop.

A peek at what I have in my shop.

Have a great week ~ lauraj

A Long Week, eBay and How I Put Some Things on Consignment

Last week I shared that I was a bit under the weather. I am happy to report I am finally starting to get back to normal, though I am still unusually tired.

This week eBay has a promotion where you can list several items for free! I took advantage and it looks like some of my cast-offs will soon have new homes. Yay, more space and money for me! If you have time and stuff taking up space this might be something you may want to look into. Free listings? What do you have to lose? I will add that I used the eBay app for the iphone and it was way easier than using my computer ever was. You just snap the photos with your phone, type up your description and list. I’m not sure if android has this same type of app but I would be surprised if they did not.

On to the last part of what I have been up to. My mother makes some fabulous jewelry and I had her send me some to see how it would sell in sunny California instead of Idaho. (not to imply that Idaho is never sunny 😉 )

bracelet

bracelet

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I took the pieces and an inventory sheet into a local consignment shop, told the shop owner the terms and she agreed to take my items for a 30% commission. Easy peasy, right? Well, not so much. First, she never merchandised my earrings. She left them in the baggies and dumped them in a teacup where they were not so noticeable. Then when I went to pick up my unsold items she shorted me $5.00 and my most expensive item was not in the box instead another vendors necklace was in it’s place. I brought this to her attention, gave the necklace back and she said she would get back to me. She texted me a message saying she sold the necklace and had some money for me. Now the problem is that the money she has for me is way less than what it should be. Grrr. Consigning your handmade goods does not seem to be as easy as I had initially thought. Even so, I think I will hunt for a new location and try again. Anyone have any advice?