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Old 03-10-2005, 10:02 AM
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Don't forget Gordon Food Service on the flour, cheap, cheap, cheap. For wheat flour you mix equal parts white and wheat.

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Old 03-10-2005, 10:13 AM
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Funny you should mention digging in the back of the freezer. I was pulling out some stuff in the back of my frig. Saw a bowl in there with a lid (small bowl) pulled it out and there was Cranberry Sauce in it, still looked good but itís been in there since November! I had no idea. We have a extra turkey in one of our freezers, I was telling dh we need to pull it out and eat it now that summer is coming we wonít be cooking in the stove or the Nesco very much as we switch to BBQ cooking more often.

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Yes, I am allowed to read books and magazines at my desk. For a long time I was allowed to do small crafts at my desk but they decided they didnít want that anymore, fickle bosses. A big part of our problem is although we are a large ďglobalĒ company, we have too many chiefs and not enough indians. We have a few bosses who donít have enough work to do so they get in trouble, just like little kids. I am anxious for the day when I go full time with my crafting business and can be my own boss. The store Iím looking at is right across the street from my house, at this time itís $600.00 a month for rent and occupied but there are a lot of stores close by with similar rent prices. Just have to save enough money so that Iím not going into debt starting out.


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Old 03-10-2005, 10:27 AM
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<<The store Iím looking at is right across the street from my house, at this time itís $600.00 a month for rent and occupied but there are a lot of stores close by with similar rent prices. Just have to save enough money so that Iím not going into debt starting out.>>

WOW Anna $600 a month sounds high does that include the utilities? Would it be possible to sell from your house or build a small building next to your house?

For all you crafters, how much do you charge for your time? I have a customer that crochets and I asked her if she had ever thought to sell them for extra money but she didn't know what to charge for her time. I suggested $5 an hour plus materials for the doiles $10-15 since they take her 2-3 hours depending on the pattern.

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Old 03-10-2005, 06:08 PM
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No unfortunately that does not include utilities. It's a good sized store in a high traffic area, 5 minutes from the Ohio State Fairgrounds, The Crew Stadium, 2 gas stations and a Holiday Inn is across the street. It has good parking and a large fenced in front yard. It used to be for years a antique store until the owner died last summer. Currently there is a carry out in there owned by foreigners they don't seem to get much business primarily because this area is over filled with carry outs, Shell directly across the street and BP directly across from that and a carryout 2 doors down... really dumb idea! To my advantage is the store has been completely remodeled because they moved in.

My thinking is to do it as a consignment shop, renting out spaces like we are doing in our mall. That way some of my expenses will be paid and give crafters a chance to sell their merchandise too. I have a good sized local network of crafters from both my job and my Ohio Soapers Group. This is a ways down the road, at least another year before we can start planning this but I am doing the research and starting to save.. the furnace fiasco threw us off course a bit, we hadn't planned on replacing it till next year. 2006 will be our home improvement year and starting to seriously sock some money away as we will have our truck paid off and all our bills except the mortgage.

This summer I want to start doing the flea markets and more craft shows this fall.

Well off to get laundry out of the washer, getting winter blankets cleaned up and put away. Washing in warm water with bleach and detergent, hanging on the basement clothesline to dry.

Have a good evening everyone.

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Old 03-10-2005, 06:11 PM
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Good evening all!!

Not anything too frugal. I always take my lunch unless it is Friday, and I know my boss will be buying. But he has surprised us 2 times this week - pizza the other day in the rain/snow, and yesterday, he stopped by the deli in his area and brought in chicken salad and a loaf of portugese (sp) bread.

Tonight for dinner, I made some of that Carapelli pasta and sauce I got for free a couple of weeks ago, and some KFC that I froze when there was good sale a couple of weeks ago.

I am feeding my nephew this week for dinner as his mother is in California, and his father teaches in the evenings. So anything that is cheap and teen friendly will do. If we get back tomorrow evening early enough from taking his new girlfriend home, I might make pancakes.

It is supposed to rain/snow, and I am not looking forward to driving after dark into places I don't know, but he is working hard at doing all the right things, so I don't mind.

Barbzy - I broke down a couple of years ago and bought a couple of small wire baskets especially for the freezer, from Target. I don't remember how much, but they were not expensive. I use them to corral the bagged veggies. The little ones in boxes that I now buy most often because I am home for dinner by myself more often now, are lining the back wall of one of the shelves of my garage freezer. Every year when I clean it (the day after Thanksgiving), I try to re-organize it.

Anna - I found a pattern for you using wax, scent and small jointed teddy bears. I thought the idea was really cute, and something you might be interested in. If you would like the pattern, please pm me.

As far as pricing crochet work, I charge per item, what the market will bear. Last fall, Harry Potter hats and scarves were very popular and will be again this fall as the next book is due out this summer. I can get more for making a hat and scarf set in the colors of the Hogwarts School, than in another color combination, or even in a more difficult pattern. But if I know the person who is buying something, and I know they can't afford to pay the price I would like to ask, I will discount something quickly. I also offer discounts for repeat customers. I have some people who order from me every Christmas - stockings, or Christmas trees, or my felt mouse with a real candy cane for the tail. Those people also refer their friends and family. Take my friend who works at one of the casinos. She is forever calling to order this or that - a baby blanket, a gift for a wedding shower, etc. My mother made doilies and table clothes and table and dresser runners, I don't like using that thin thread. Even 30 years ago, a 10" doily was over $25.00.

Well ladies, better go for now, and go to bed. I am exhausted, and driving in "weather" is not my fun activity, and my boss has indicated that he will be giving me some very difficult work tomorrow, to round out a difficult week.

Take care all!! Norma
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Old 03-10-2005, 06:18 PM
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Here is a link that might help your friend. I've signed up for this newsletter a couple weeks ago, it has some very good advice and tips.

Their message board doesn't look too hot, not a very friendly group on there but the newsletter itself seems pretty good.

Anna

http://artsandcrafts.about.com/cs/be...ow_Price_C.htm

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Thanks for thinking of me on the scented teddy bears. I made those last year, unfortunately the Ohio market is saturated with them and they didn't sell. there were at least 2 other ladies at my mall selling them and they didn't do well either. They are cute and they have now come out with ones dressed in team outfits, like Ohio State.

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Barbszy - good idea on the baskets in the freezer. I never thought of that. I always take popsicles out of their bulky box and that would help to keep them together.

Anna, your shop idea sounds interesting. I hope you can make it work for you.
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Old 03-11-2005, 03:07 AM
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Good morning all!!

I think that the only frugal thing for me today will be to let the boss buy lunch. I don't see much else. Work is work, and now that gas prices have soared this week, getting there is truly not frugal.

Anna, we don't have a craft mall in our area at all. We have lots of the regular ones, and even in Atlantic City, they started a "discount lane" they call "The Walk". It is basically the street from the the front of the train station and will eventually go all the way to the boardwalk. All the stores along the way are outlet stores, creating an outdoor outlet mall. I have been in the Liz Claiborn, Yankee Candles, Dress Barn, and one of the shoe stores. The prices are not all that good, but it is somewhere that is easy to get to (the train is 3 blocks from my house), and the city has beefed up the police patrols in the area making it safer than walking down the historical Atlantic and Pacific Avenues. It is at the other end of Atlantic City from where I work, and I couldn't do it on my lunch hour that's for sure. But in the spring and summer it will be on a list of things for my girlfriend and I to do once in awhile on the weekends.

There really are no places, consignment or other, for crafters to sell their wares around here, unless you count the flea markets, and then the customers want something for nothing. Even at the craft fairs, held at local high schools and fire departments, not a lot sells, I have been there. There is a mecca up in North Jersey and northeastern PA that is ideal. I hope to be able to move there when I retire, and just work out. But that is a long way away.

But your candles seem to be doing a great business.


Well ladies, better go for now. The cat is outside in his carrier and needs to be brought in. He was wild because his girlfriend came to the door meowing for him. And until he gets neutered, I won't let him out, now that his paw is healing.

Take care all!! Norma
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Old 03-11-2005, 03:09 AM
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Leighann, on the teen painting the bedroom. I am just glad that he has agreed on white. Instead of the black like he wanted to do this past summer! Needless to say that is why it was not done last summer.

Not much frugal here, will be making a detailed shopping list for groceries for tomorrow. Cleaning out the fridge, and seeing what is on hand, so I don't double up, and have to throw away.

I have to balance the check book. And wait until tomorrow to pay bills. DH's unemployment check should come today, and than he will have one more big one coming, and hopefully that is it for the unemployment until next year(if even than)!

Joesbaby, sorry, I must have misread, I thought you purchased the horse!

Barbszy, I like the basket idea for the freezer too. I had never thought of that!

OSI, sounds like you have your plans together for the shop. I hope it all pans out for you!
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Old 03-11-2005, 03:23 AM
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Not to much frugal here.

I did go to BIg Lots and find paint there for 6.99 a gallon to paint the living room, dining and bathroom. Thats the best deal yet.
Also got some of those off name spices for .48 each.
With gas the way it is, I am only going to go to town once a week if I have to. I heard it would be up to 3.00 gal by summer. !
 
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