Thursday, May 13, 2010


I have just relived every great idea I've had for the last 15 years.

When I was 20, I decided I wanted to be crafty and bought hundreds of dollars worth stamps, pads, stickers, embossing supplies, paper sets etc etc etc ad naseum then promptly made 2 cards, one picture frame and a Christmas ornament before I decided I didn't have the time or the money to continue. I stuck it all in cheap plastic containers and stored it away for a better time.

Then when I was 23, a close friend and I decided we were going to open a gift shop and were making gift baskets and selling them. I bought hundreds of baskets, miniature stuffed animals, and gift bows, sold a few dozen, made a nice profit for about 3 months and then started fighting with said friend and we chucked the idea. The remaining items were bagged up and stuffed into a closet.

Then when I was 26 and lucky bamboo was all the rage and I found a wholesaler, bought hundreds of vases and gravel and plants... turned a nice profit, but then saturated my market (seriously, there are now 5' tall bamboo plants on every 4th desk at work) and gave it all up. I eventually killed the remaining plants (PSA: a brown thumb should not sell plants), wrapped the vases in newspaper, packed them into boxes and shoved them onto a shelf.

When I bought my house, ALL of these great ideas then got packed up and stuck on a storage shelf and proceeded to collect dust for the next 5 years.

And now? All of it is in my garage, piled only moderately neatly on tables with a brightly covered tags on it waiting for some other hoarder to come along and pay 25 or 50 cents for it and GET IT THE HELL OUT OF MY HOUSE.

We need it all gone to make room for the BRILLIANT idea I had when I was 29. That idea took nearly three years to come to fruition, but I must say, when you finally have the right idea, it could never be confined to a shelf. 



wrensmommy said...

hahahaaha!!! i never took you for the flighty type... (that is me, to a -t!)
i think that last idea is probably going to be the one that sticks though. :)

Trish said...

what's funny, Wrens, is before tonight I never would have described myself as flighty. But there I was, hauling all this shit up from the basement and thinking "WHERE IN HEAVEN'S NAME DID THIS ALL COME FROM?"
I couldn't really blame my husband. I bet 1/10 of it is his. At least 50% of what's out there is from my brilliant ideas.

I think what it comes down to is that back then I didn't really know myself well enough to know what I did and didn't really like to DO. I mean, I like homemade cards and fancy plants & pretty gift baskets. But I don't like any of that enough to want to do it EVERY DAY.

Fortunately I do very much enjoying being a mom. I just got that idea a little later than average. *LOL*

S said...

I hope some lucky person hits a gold mine at your garage sale! That way you both win. I must say that I also had a garage sale a couple of weeks ago. I cleaned out most of our baby items (which is another story as you can imagine!). However, I made a little over $900. Basement clean, vacation booked!!! I was happy!!

Tracy said...


AngelsAmid said...

He's absolutely too adorable

Trish said...

I would pass out!

Kelli said...

I love your nail polish in that picture!

<~~~~~Easily distracted.

Amy said...

Aww I love this entry. :)
I just want to tickle Robbie. Can I tickle him next Saturday? ;)

Michelle said...

Probably the cutest picture ever!

Glad you are finally making room for him! :-)

Searching said...

That last one is a real keeper. Better be sure not to stick any price tags on him!!! Or if you do, make sure and send me directions so I can be the early bird to snatch up that deal! :)

Azaera said...

Love it!! Also, pirate baby!!

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