Baby Billy Goat

Good Grief, Charlie Brown. Where Have You Been?!

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Holy Moly. I have not updated this blog since the beginning of February. Yikes! A few posts back, I blogged about my goals for 2017. One of them was to submit one blog post per week. See, this is why I don’t like resolutions. πŸ˜€

I kind of have a love/hate relationship with commitments. Right now, I think I have too much on my plate. I have two kids, two roosters, three hens, six baby chicks, a goat, a dog, and a husband. Here’s a picture of our goat, Ziggy. He’s a couple months old now. His birth mom didn’t want him so we bottle fed him and welcomed him to our family:

Baby Billy Goat

Aside from trying to keep everyone alive, I also have a job to do that pays with cash, not love. πŸ˜‰

As most of you know, I buy and resell “stuff” to earn extra money. It enables me to be able to work at home, while raising our kids, and not have to pay for or worry about daycare.

Nothing is more satisfying and relieving than being able to keep our kids at home. For the last 5 years, I have struggled with finding the perfect solution to working at home. Honestly, I beat myself up a lot over it.

As a woman, I feel pulled in multiple directions. Part of me has an intense, innate desire to be the sole caretaker of our children. The other part of me knows that I need to financially contribute in this “two-salary survival country”. Finally, a third part of me is always reminding myself that I’m not using my nursing degree.

Finally, everything has fallen into place. I say that with a strong sigh of relief…and a giant smile on my face.

Within the past two months, I have cut ties with elements that were dragging me down. One of those was closing my booth at the local antique shop. To be upfront, the costs were not that bad. I paid $80.00 per month for booth rent. However, my booth was located in the back of the third building, which was what I referred to as “the nosebleed” section. After failing to get a booth in what I thought would be a “better” location, I finally decided to call it quits.

After reviewing and analyzing my costs with profits, I realized that I grossed only $30.00 per month on the booth. That didn’t even include deducting my expenses for the items that I actually put in the booth to sell. You can call that many different things: a flop, failure, waste, etc.Β Needless to say, I “quit” my booth.

Since then, my sales on Ebay have SKY ROCKETED! I went from 300 listings to over 800 in only a couple months. Here is the screenshot of my recent Sales Statistics for Ebay:

Ebay Sales

One thing that I love about Ebay is that they provide these graphs. Watching my listings, numbers, and sales grow is one of the best and cheapest highs that I could give myself.

If you’re on Instagram and interested in my thrifting/selling adventure, make sure to follow me. And don’t forget to say “hey!” πŸ˜€

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