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I have explained in several of my blogs that when I had my heart attack and became unemployed we needed to cut back. The one area I could help with was the trash. I knew I could do it cheaper than the $25 a month we were paying to get it carried away. Just hauling it to town and paying per bag was cheaper than what we were paying. We did not have a lot of trash. About eight bags on average.
Having had several people ask about it I decided to do a page with a lot of pictures to show you how to do it. You can make your stuff out of about anything. This first picture is of an old detergent bottle. Pictures of birds using it is what sells it. I get $3 to $5 out of them, I call them redneck feeders, gets laughs and a few
Like anything you have to plan it, pursue it and do it to make any money at it. It does not just happen. If your waiting for the government to help your wasting your time. The only thing they care about is their own paychecks. As long as they continue to get them you will not see them worrying about you.
Milk jug feeders usually bring only about $3 but but even a $1 beats paying to get rid of it. It is another of my Red Neck feeders. Selling point is that the buyer does not have to do the work. A razor knife, a piece of clothesline and drill a hole in the cap and your in business with this one. You can make about ten of these an hour. Some days they fly away and some days they just sit. Sooner or later they sell though. Especially if you have proof they work. With all feeders make sure you make plenty of 1/8 inch holes for drainage so the feed does not go bad. You can get creative and paint them bright colors, but I usually leave them the color they are. My big contributions is to take a marker and put the words Red Neck Feeder on them.
I break my trash into several groups. Garbage which goes in my compost pile and helps the garden.
Burnables which is exactly what I do with them. All that junk mail makes good starting material. I live in the country but still have to burn in a metal container. If you work it right you can get a $1 to $2 from neighbors for hauling off their trash. Then you break it down and end up with only about one bag to get rid of and you have made $10 to $20 if not more.
These gourd characters are my favorites to make for a couple reasons. One is that it is just fun figuring out how to make a neat face that will attract people. The second is they sell real good and make real good money. Some of them I get $20 and more out of.
Notice the skin color and the eye color. That is what I use those lids for. Just mix enough to do the job at hand. It does not seem to keep good. After a while you will know how much to mix for almost any project. When done pitch them and cut down on the amount of cleanup you have to do. I keep my paint in my garage. Drilled a hole in the side of an old freezer and rigged up a light fixture. One sixty watt bulb will keep the temperature about 60 degrees when the outside temperature is at 10 degrees. Paint can be expensive. Make it last. Clean your brushes as you go and it will make life a lot simpler. The idea is to keep the cost down and
These swords and shields I made from wood scraps I would normally have burnt. The handles on the shields is held on with rivets and the material is old lawn chair seating straps cut to size. The more creative you are the more you can make. I usually sell the swords for $10 and the shields for $10 or $17 for a pair and believe me kids rule and they will get both. Remember the only thing you have in this is your time and some paint. You just saved something from being thrown on the burn pile. You just helped beat global warming if your into that. It is a good line that sells the stuff.
together. The beads and shiny stuff on the bottom attracts the birds to the feeders. I use cotter pins to hold them to the pan. You need to drill lots of 1/8 inch holes around the edges and all over the bottom pan that holds the feed. That lets the water out so it does not make the seed or feed moldy that you put in the pan. To fill it I use a coffee cup, You have to keep the pans far enough apart to be able to fill it. These sell for anywhere from $10 to $25. The look will determine the price. Do not try to charge high prices for cheap work. Give the customer his moneys
worth but charge for your creativity. If you spend three hours making one charge accordingly. I can make one in less that 30 minutes, but I been doing it awhile.
Tea pot wind chimes easily bring $15 to $25 dollars. The hard part is finding the pots. I get mine at yard sales normally, The most I will pay is normally $2 which I do not mind if it is a nice pot it will make ten times my money back. The chimes can be from metal pipes, silverware, bamboo, trinkets or beads, Really anything you might want to try and have enough of to make it look right. The trick is finding the right balance and not overloading the thing with to much stuff. Weight can also be a factor. Have made some pretty heavy ones myself. Sometimes I buy wind chimes for a $1 or so at a yard sale with the idea to tear it apart and make something more marketable or the way I want to make it so it will sell. After awhile you know what your customers want and what will and will not sell. If it will not sell it is a waste of your time.
As the old saying goes, Time is Money. Don't waste it.
This one is made from an old porcelain teapot. Porcelain is hard to drill but it can make some really nice pieces. I usually buy one ten foot rod and it divide it to get five pieces. They have to vary in length. I usually use 2" or 3" variations. I use chain to last and cotter keys and fishing swivels to make it so it is strong and will spin. The clanger can be about anything you want to use. To give the clanger good mobility I use a piece of an old license plate and attach it with a fishing live swivel. Then I bend it so the wind can make it spin. Even when it is not blowing hard enough to ring the chimes. One like this can bring $35 to $40 easy. You can always cut prices if stuff is not moving, but do not even think about raising prices. It will get you bad word of mouth, even if you never hear it yourself.
Finally my favorite pot chime with spoons and beads. These can bring really good money if they are shined have good balance, good sparkelies and make a pleasant sound. Have seen these go as high as a hundred dollars at flea markets. It is all about how good of a salesman you are. You have to pitch the sale to make it work. Farmers markets and flea markets can be great fun and you can have a great time doing it. Just remember your doing it to make money and keep your eyes open for new and better ideas you can steal and improve on. The best money makers versus investment I have seen are the guys who do the sandblasted rocks and the guys who are really good at making scroll work art(very time consuming though) with a jig saw. They make some awesome bucks.
Hope somebody gets some use out of this article. Especially ones that need to make a couple bucks to get by. You can now make going to yard sales into a tool. You can find materials and ideas for things to make. Also if you have business cards hand them out with the date and place you will have your yard sale and what you will be selling. Network,,,,Helping each other, helps everybody.