Great Stuff, Great Prices
I've had lots of people ask how we manage to have so much great stuff at such low prices. Answer: this is a true "small home-based business".
I spend a couple days each week hunting for items to add to the inventory. I find items at yard sales, estate sales, and thrift stores. I keep a log of which stores have sales on which days, and I research upcoming yard/estate sales to plan out a schedule to visit as many as possible in a given day. At least one weekend day (weekends? what are those?) per week is spent at an auction. The rest of my time is spent photographing & adding the items to inventory or creating descriptions and adding them to the website. I also spend a few hours each day on social media - Facebook and Pinterest take up most of the time, with an occasional tweet on Twitter.
One thing I've learned from starting this business is that I work much harder for myself than I ever did working for "the man" in corporate America. A standard work day can be anywhere from 10 - 12 hours, sometimes more...and the work week is pretty much 7 days. Occasionally, I will take a day off to recharge.
There are plenty of days where I wonder "What the heck was I thinking? I'm struggling to make ends meet! I had steady income and set hours when I was working for corporate America. I must be crazy." But then I remember how much more fun I have doing this than I ever did working for someone else.
I love the challenge of finding that cool vintage or antique piece that a customer has been looking for "forever", or the excitement of picking up an item that I've never seen before and discovering it is a popular collectible. It makes the hard work and struggle worth it.
So the next time you visit the site and see all the fantastic stuff/fantastic prices, remember that the result is due to lots of hard (but fun) work.
And buy that piece you've been looking at every day. You know you want to.
Priscilla, Queen of the Kitsch. I'm a true southern belle.