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Old 04-24-2013, 08:10 PM   #1
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i need some ideas please

Were financially struggling. I work out of home part time, and deprnding on how things go over the next few months Ill either be wotking out of home more or less. If dh's multiple oppurtunities actually follow through this time, then I may noy be able to work out of home because we would then be paying too much for child care. If this happens, Id like to work from home,but dont know what would be the best route.
Ive got experience with nannying, and will be a licensed nurse within a few months. I also used to have an etsy shop where I sold appliqued clothing as well as a few other childrens items. I sold over 200 appliqued tops (split into 2 large orders) but I never had any other orders except what I sold through a local shop (maybe 10 shirts) and I shut my shop because I was a student at the same time and couldnt devote enough time to marketing. I also have experience making upcycled wool diaper covers, and sewing general home items ie curtians, baby/child bedding, pillow shams, dish towels, aprons etc
Im really not sure what route I should take if I do stay at home or even just to make extra income since my hours have been cut so much anyway.
It must be a low startup cost because I literally have less than $100 till payday, so i need to be able to easily save up for a low start up cost.
Also, the best way/place to sell and market would be? (I wont do facebook)

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Old 04-24-2013, 08:24 PM   #2
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:10 PM   #3
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Hmm. Thats interesting. I never thought about that. Do you buy certian items ie retro/antique/rare things at yard sales and thrift shops then just sell them on ebay? Im pretty good at finding real antiqur things at yard sales and thrift stores for very good prices, but i never know what theyre really worth and have never thought about re-selling them to make a profit.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:21 AM   #4
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The only marketing I really know of for those types of things would be FB which you don't want to do. So I'm no help with marketing... upcycled clothing is popular and has low start up because you can get the stuff at thrift shops, but there's a lot of competition... there's always advertising like here but that's not going to get you low start up cost...

As for reselling items you find, I never know what price it would sell for either of even if it's really worth anything. I tried doing it before but was overwhelmed with not knowing what to buy and want to pass over.

But with smart phones now you can look that stuff up when you are out and about. I'd look for an app for you phone for ebay, etsy, and any other place it might be listed and then look them up and see. And if you keep the name of the shop pretty open you could add upcycled stuff later if you enjoy sewing enough to put the time and effort into it.

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Hmm. Thats interesting. I never thought about that. Do you buy certian items ie retro/antique/rare things at yard sales and thrift shops then just sell them on ebay? Im pretty good at finding real antiqur things at yard sales and thrift stores for very good prices, but i never know what theyre really worth and have never thought about re-selling them to make a profit.
I usually find nice shoes like sanuk, teva, merrell, stride rite. Those are my money makers. Next time your at the thrift store bring your phone with the eBay app and look up what things sell for. I'm part of an eBay group on Facebook if you want to join for tips.
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I usually find nice shoes like sanuk, teva, merrell, stride rite. Those are my money makers. Next time your at the thrift store bring your phone with the eBay app and look up what things sell for. I'm part of an eBay group on Facebook if you want to join for tips.
What's the group? I'd love to join!
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If you have a good local farmers market that is a very cheap way to sell your hand made items. Our local market only costs $17 for a spot and is every Sat. the bonus is that starting this time of year you can figure out what will sell well in time for the big selling Christmas craft fairs.
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