Realizing I haven’t made a new post this week, so I thought I might give you an idea of what an average summer day is like for me. September through May I will be teaching full time, so those days are much different. But during the summer this is an average day:
I wake up in the morning and immediately check my email for sale notifications. I like to get things packaged right away and into the mailbox. I try to answer questions as promptly as possible; at times I probably scare my inquirers as I message back nearly immediately. Questions usually involve how an item will fit and this is something I have a very good handle on. I use a mannequin now, but have had so many different models in different sizes and I remember this way. If I were selling baby or childrens’ clothing I would be completely lost and have to reference a size chart frequently.
After taking care of mailing and answering questions I have breakfast. Then I begin the listing process: either taking out the mannequin and shooting photos or writing up descriptions. I research the item at hand. My measuring tape is always around my neck. You would think this part is a well-oiled machine; quick and easy. But I find so many extra things to work on during the process. Mens’ shirts with buttons moved inward to allow the expansion of the previous owner. It looks sloppy and I need to sew the buttons back into the proper places. But alas, we are missing two buttons. So I need to rummage through my button collection and if I am lucky, find a new set. With vintage dresses there are often gaps in the seams, again by the expansion of the previous owners (through breathing, eating, moving…) I hold the dress up and find one loose seam, then another. The hours pass as I stitch. I don’t use a sewing machine unless I am doing a really long seam or a zipper.
A big time eater in vintage sales is the cleaning process. I hand wash or gentle wash in the machine. But some stains need special treatment. To save on laundry detergent, I use fels naptha (buy it by the bar super cheap) and boil into a bucket of detergent. Vinegar is good in the wash also.
During the afternoon my mind starts to wander and I will go to facebook. I try to promote on my facebook fan page http://www.facebook.com/Soulrust. I tweet and talk shop with other online vintage sellers. At times I will work on the numbers part of the business, figuring expenses and income. By 6:30 I need a break, it is time for Wheel of Fortune. If the weather is good, I will take a nice walk around the neighborhood. I have shows to watch after that, especially on Thursday night. But during the commercials I try to maintain my shop – listing on multiple sites and renewing what has expired. At the end of the night I find it hard to turn off the computer – sales trickle in during the night….and tomorrow I will do most of these things again..