I know y’all are too busy even to read this post right now but I thought I’d get it out there and you can come back to it when things calm down. (This post may contain affiliate links. You can see my full policy here.)
I really should have written something here sooner…believe me, it’s been in the back of my mind since around September.
But first! Let me share the contents of that Thank You card! I got a super sweet card from a customer who bought some pieces of stainless flatware.
She shared that she bought her Brahms flatware 55 years ago! She found herself short some dinner forks, probably due to “the grandchildren throwing them away with the paper plates!”. I hear ya! This is why I sell replacement flatware! She loved the ones she bought from me and it made her day! (BTW, Brahms flatware by Oneida is a great pattern for resale. I’ve mentioned it before here. )
But then she also shared a fun little story about neighbors she had when she first got married who had the same last name as me! (No relation) She told how her new husband hid their car in this neighbor’s garage “to prevent his buddies from doing nasty tricks to disable his car before our honeymoon.” LOL! I can just see it! After readying for their honeymoon, they snuck out the back door and through the neighbor’s gate and “escaped the ‘friends’ who sought to find us!”.
Such a cute story and I appreciate the handwritten note. I will write her back!
So anywho…back to my original thought.
September came around and I realized something. I realized my head was FULL. Too full. I was (am) doing a volunteer work (equivalent to a part time job) which I love, homeschooling my kids and running an online reselling business. Every day I didn’t blog I was feeling guilty.
So I reevaluated. And realized that some things had to go.
I decided to take a blogging break. (I’m sorry…I should have at least let you know.) I slowed down big time on social media. I focused on listing and not promoting. I simplified various subscriptions and tried to cut out needless expenses. I focused on my kids and my volunteer work. I slowly felt my sanity return.
And what happened? Even though I’m super busy…and the time I can devote to my business is less….my sales are pretty good. I use promotions on Ebay (a low paid percentage) and I started sending offers to people when that feature became available. I pin on Pinterest sometimes…mostly my Etsy stuff…right after I list. I throw an occasional post onto Instagram. Otherwise I just gave myself permission to keep it simple.
So what’s next?
Honestly, I don’t know. Volunteer work and homeschooling for sure of course. Listing of course. Hubby has had some health issues and has been working a bit less so my reselling income has helped more than ever. We may have a move coming up (I know, I’ve said this before but I think we really mean it this time 😉 ) so we’ve been doing a lot of downsizing and cleaning out.
I would like to blog regularly again someday but I’ve been playing around with broadening the scope of my blog. I’m not sure if this means a redesign of The Recycleista or a brand new blog all together. I’d like it to cover more than vintage and reselling. Maybe some homeschooling and life stuff. We’ll see.
So that’s what’s been going on. I do appreciate all of you readers! No point in blogging if no one is reading! lol. If a blog post gets published in the woods…..
Drop a line below and share your thoughts with me!