When owning a business, the ebb and flow of revenue can get pretty tricky and around here, Spring and Christmas are expensive! Gifts, entertaining, gardening, decorating etc. Thus, I’m forced to pull ideas out of my ass thin air to supplement our income. As much as I’d prefer to be organizing another event, penning my book, patenting an idea or Netflix and Chillin’, I throw on the SuperMama Cape and hit the streets of imagination.
BONUS: I get to feed my inner design freak!
Without a helluva lot of coin for supplies, slight anxiety and an abundance of hope, I hit the drawing board to conceptualize & create things I pray will sell. It’s important that they’re quality & unusual; cost of materials is low; time is minimal and items are offered at a win/win price point. (EVERYONE deserve nice things at reasonable prices!) A significant factor in the process is always a nod to Mother Earth. Objects no larger than a dresser and no smaller than a brush are built stained embellished assembled pressed- even torched! Every idea has a story too!
I see many late nights; people who look at me as though I’ve got a grilled cheese hanging from a nostril; organization of rosters as lengthy as Santa’s Naughty List; tired eyes, achy knees & knuckles – well, you get it. But for the most part I loooove it! All sorts of wonderful thingamajigs and whazzits take over our living quarters. With no garage or workshop, tidbits and tools occupy rooms like ants on an Oreo. Thank goodness for stackable TV tables and a sense of humour!
Some ideas are flat out duds. Like, what the ACTUAL hell was I thinking when creating my own line of light switch plates?? (1996)
But thankfully, most of my initiative pays off – most items are embraced.
ITEMS HAVE COME TO INCLUDE:
Schemes and strategies started flooding in post-kids and pre-internet. Items were sold at festivals & events; friends’ restaurants and consignment stores. Then Etsy, Kijiji and Craigslist came on the scene – sooo much easier! Soon after, a fave client mentioned that Facebook Buy and Sell groups debuted so I cancelled my Etsy account, poo poo’ed Pinterest and joined my first of many groups – Junk in da Trunk. www.facebook.com/groups/junkindatrunk
I recall pouring a glass of SuperMama Liquid Courage and hitting the “Post” button for the first time. To success. Without “Junk”, I may have ended up blogging from a very different chair – even home, in an alternative state of mind, wearing not a cape but a old onesie. Ironically, I ended up at the helm of a specialized Vintage / Antique Facebook buy and sell group I’ve built to 13,000 members – Vintage Finds Ontario. Take a peek and feel free to join me in both of these great groups. There’s something for everyone and members tend to be smart and earthy. www.facebook.com/groups/VintageFindsOntario
Today, tenacity and grit have landed me commissions, holding workshops, a Facebook Business page www.facebook.com/littleredbagproductions and a couple of blogs in Canada and the US. www.hometalk.com/littleredbagproductions
The icing on the cake was the substantial National Post article about my crusades last month. Sweet, sweet validation – We all need it http://news.nationalpost.com/homes/baptism-by-fire-how-this-woman-turned-dated-into-dramatic-with-a-lick-of-flame
Funny how things turn out… It doesn’t take a village – it takes a SuperMama. 😉
Now, to get back to my actual job!