Turning My Favorite Hobby Into A Successful Side Hustle
Do you love thrift shopping? Have you ever wondered if you could possibly make money while being a stay at home mom? I decided to turn my favorite hobby into my new stay at home mom side hustle! Let me tell you how this started.
How It All Began
I quit my job last summer, after 16 years of being a working mom. The 8-5 office life had become exhausting. I was also really struggling with work/life balance.
I found that trying to juggle a 40-hour workweek while also taking kids to appointments, going to school functions, and still being the best wife I could be was just not working for me.
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Finding My Way as a Stay at Home Mom (Before I Found My Side Hustle)
After a little while (ok, a few days) as a stay at home mom, it became clear to me that I would need to find a hobby.
Keeping my three-year-old entertained takes up most of my time, but there was still that nagging feeling that I needed to DO SOMETHING!
So, after looking into it extensively, I decided to start a blog! I thought blogging was the perfect outlet to allow me to share my voice with the world.
Friends and family are always asking for my advice regarding budgeting, recipes, tricks on saving money, and so much more!
I figured why not take the advice I give them, and share it with everyone on the internet looking for answers!
My Blogging Journey (And Why I Decided I Need a Side Hustle)
I started this blog last July, with the intention of sharing my experiences as a mom running a one-income household.
While I really enjoy blogging, and feel like I have so much to say, I was hoping to find a way to make a little extra cash along with it. That’s not happening for me, though! (At least, not yet!)
Not only that, I’ll be completely honest here (vulnerable moment); I’m not sure how well I’m really doing with this blogging thing.
I have a bad habit of doubting my own abilities and feeling as though what I’m doing isn’t enough.
Am I giving my readers the best advice out there?
Am I reaching the people I’m trying to reach?
Are they finding this helpful at all?
It’s a very bad habit.
I haven’t gained the traction I thought I would by now. Blogging is different for everyone. Some people reach thousands of people within a month of starting their blog, and others (like me) might reach a few hundred.
I know blogging is a marathon, not a sprint. And although I’m not giving up on it, I’m finding a way to get some extra cash while I wait for my big blogging breakthrough!
Since I love blogging, and I love Reselling, I’ve decided to start BLOGGING ABOUT RESELLING!
My New Stay at Home Mom Side Hustle
Thrift shopping has been a hobby of mine for years. Some of my friends call me the “Goodwill Queen” because they know I buy everything secondhand.
Unless its socks or underwear, you can bet I didn’t pay retail for it!
I know a lot of people who think spending a ton of money on something is impressive, but I’m the total opposite. Being able to brag about my cheap finds makes me so happy!
I love the thrill of a great deal. It feels awesome being able to tell people I got a dress for $3 when they tell me how great it looks!
I watched my husband, Tim, grow his comic business by buying and trading comics and flipping them for three times what he paid.
Seeing the success he was having with Izzy’s Comics and Collectibles (enough to allow me to quit my job and stay home!), I wanted in!
I decided to combine my love of thrifting with Tim’s business model, and I am now officially a Reseller!
What Exactly Does It Mean To Be A Reseller, And Can It Really Be A Good Side Hustle?
Reselling is pretty much what it sounds like. I buy secondhand items and resell them for a small profit.
I have a bad habit of buying thrift store finds that I know are great deals, only to have them sit in my closet for months and never being worn. What can I say, I just can’t turn down a good deal!
When I decided to officially start reselling, I went through my closet to see what I could sell. I found about 20 items that I haven’t worn (yes, REALLY!), and listed them on Ebay.
I’ve had an Ebay account for ten years, so I already knew the ins and outs and how to navigate it. It helped tremendously not having to learn something from the beginning.
If you are new to Ebay, there are loads of tutorials on Youtube, I would suggest familiarizing yourself with the platform before you jump in.
With blogging, I feel like I have gone through about ten years of training. It has definitely been a huge learning experience, which I love!
Within a couple of days, I had already made two sales, bringing in more money than I actually spent on all twenty items combined!
Since then I’ve gone “sourcing” (shopping for inventory) 4 times. I have several different places I like to source from, and I love finding new ones!
I travel up to 2 hours away to find inventory. There are so many thrift stores out there, that I could honestly shop at a different one every time!
I don’t limit myself to thrift stores, though. I also love browsing garage sales and Facebook Marketplace for deals.
Where My Stay at Home Mom Side Hustle Stands Today
I want y’all to know where I’m starting so that you can see my progress along the way.
As of today, I have sold 10 items, totaling about $175. I have 53 active listings on Ebay at the moment. My total earning potential for those 53 listings is close to $900. (not taking into consideration Ebay and PayPal fees I will have to pay).
I’ve spent approximately $150 on what is currently listed, so that’s a great profit if I can make it happen!
I am happy to accept lower offers for my listings, though. If I can help someone else find a great deal, that makes this adventure even better!
I’ll be satisfied with a $300 profit on what’s currently listed. (I’m not a great business person am I? Ha!)
I’m not out to make a huge profit on this. My hope is that I’ll be able to make enough money to fund my Christmas account or our Vacation fund.
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I have roughly 50-75 items not listed at the moment. That should keep me busy for a little while! I like to add a few listings each day to keep my account fresh.
Hopefully, my new stay at home mom side hustle will be successful and I’ll be able to continue to share my journey with you!
I hope you will come along on this adventure with me! I will be providing updates on my successes and failures along the way. Who knows, maybe my journey will inspire you to start one of your own!
While you’re here, check out the rest of my blog for money-saving tips and tricks!