Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Well, nothing much garden related at least. Halloween is pending, which will be a relief at the flea, but also signals the beginning of the Christmas sales. I am, as I type, taking a wee break from spray painting. A friend, a couple of years ago, bought at auction, bought 100 pieces of cast iron Christmas lawn art. These vary from 1 foot wire gift boxes to six foot tall wire angels blowing trumpets. There's even a six foot wire Mary, Joseph, and a tiny little Jesus. And, even though 'cast iron baby Jesus' sounds like a punk rock hit, they're nice enough. They came from a nursery which had closed down, and we are not talking the cheap wire things you buy at a bargain store. These are substantial snowmen, sleighs, and such.
Unfortunately, they weren't stored well, and there's rust issues. So they bought them, I'm spray painting them, and then we're selling them. And I need to get them done soon, because people like to get the yard decorated at thanksgiving.
Other developments... I've signed up for square registry, which is a credit card service through my phone, cheap rates + quick money turnover to my account. Good deal for flea market people, or anybody really. Even the lawn guy can take credit cards with this. Better than PayPal which holds your money for 7 days, them takes another 3 to transfer it.
Will still have to use PayPal online, which is an issue as I've finally decided to open an Etsy store. I should have done it years ago, but there we are. EBay is no longer a really viable option for me and I think I was a little disgusted with online sales in general, but I'm getting over it.
I am also now an official member of the Freelancers Union. Which has no union dues, but it's a loose coalition of independent contractors, freelancers, etc... right now about 250,000 members and growing, advantages - networking and affordable insurance. Besides, since companies are not hiring permanent employee's anymore, about 1 in 3 people are now independent contractors working without benefits or job security, (which is ok for a single guy like me, but for a parent with kids... not cool) grouping together is a viable option.
What else? I think that's about it... we'll see...
After I get a bit more painting done, I'll take a few pics of these things.
UPDATE... I was gonna do another post... but what the heck. I decided type just update this...
Saturday, October 26, 2013
The cutting off of the black crepe myrtle that I wrote about a few months ago has graced me with a bloom.
It had formed buds, but lost them. I didn't think too much of it, it was tiny after all... still is... but then it managed another bud, and here we are!
Monday, October 21, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Sunday, October 06, 2013
Thursday, October 03, 2013
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Someone at the flea had something that they wanted to sell for $60 bucks, but we don't really have the customer base for it out there. So I said, put it on Craigslist. Well, she doesn't have a computer, and the only cell phone is one of those primitive ones that make phone calls and that's it... (How third world)
So I listed it for her, and it sold for $150. I considered it my good deed for the month... no big deal.
But she insisted on giving me $50 for it, (after all, she'd only wanted 60) and said she had some comparable things to sell, and anything over $100 I could have...
Of course, other dealers out there came to me to sell on craigslist immediately, because you'd be amazed at how many people are intimidated by that site. Really, you're reading a blog, so you're obviously a little computer comfortable at least, but there are people out there that plain flat out shake in their boots when confronted with a keyboard... and many of them seem to be living fairly rural and dealing in flea markets, and I have been declared the flea market computer wizard, which is really amazing since I don't know even the most rudimentary html code, so all that's been taking some time...
And in the process, I've also been listing on some of the Facebook groups. They have all these groups that are for buying, selling, trading, or just plain flat out giving away stuff. They're a good source of items for me, and a good outlet for selling things for me. They also swallow up time.
And right now, as I type, I should be mowing a nearly 1 acre lawn. And after that... I'll take pics of little bobs and get them posted.
Sounds like a plan. We'll see how it works out...