Friday, February 15, 2013

Frugal Friday

     So what frugalities did I commit this week? Well, as reported yesterday, I bravely avoided the severe temptation to purchase Valentine cards and gifts.  This resulted in my spending approximately 37 1/2 hours in the studio cutting, pasting, and sewing Valentines of various sorts.  So that is Frugality #1.
     Which leads to Frugality #Two, which took another several hours--I had to clean up the horrific mess I had made in the studio. Argh. I wish I had taken a photo of that.  (Well, maybe not;--that would be too ugly.)  But once I actually started putting things away I couldn't stop.  One thing led to another, and I started reorganizing things a bit, and then moving the furniture around a bit, and next thing you know the studio was quite a bit nicer!  (I will take a photo of that!) 

     I realize I have a Long Way to Go until this room actually looks great, or is nearly as organized as I would like it to be.  I do still lose things or can't find things I am looking for, and that means it isn't all that great yet.  So what's the frugal thing about that?  Well, one thing leading to another, as such things tend to do, I found quite a Pile-O-Stuff that I decided I could part with.  And I took photos of some of those very things, and I listed them in my Ebay Store for a total of over $150.  Not a bad way to get paid for cleaning the house.  That seriously beats paying someone else to do it, I think.

      And, last but not least, Frugality #3 is that I have been creating little homemade "envelopes" for my vintage jewelry sales.  I like to wrap my Ebay sales items nicely, but especially my jewelry sales. Women purchase jewelry to feel pretty, and I wanted some way to make them feel special when they open their package. Note that my favorite thing to sell is my vintage jewelry (although my inventory is so low--I literally have a backlog of hundreds of pieces I hope to start listing very soon!)  And even though jewelry is my favorite thing to sell, I often make barely any profit on each piece.  So that means I can't afford to buy packaging, as much as I would love to do that.  What to do? I finally found a frugal, yet creatively pretty solution.  I have been sewing up little envelopes made out of old vintage wallpaper samples that I have in my studio. I love to use the sewing machine on papers--love the look of the stitches of thread against the paper and the texture contrast that provides.  Now I am not only recycling those bits and scraps of paper, but I hopefully am putting them to good use by making some sweet lady I don't even know smile when she opens her package. Each one is a little different in size and shape, and they are made from all different papers.  My last jewelry sale this week went to a lady in Germany.  I really do hope she feels very appreciated when she opens it.  :-)

What frugal things have you done lately? Or what would you like to do?
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