I was always a fan of money.
Even as a child, participating in activities to generate funds and finding ways to make money was a common and fun past time.
I remember one summer we had a lemonade stand…
I remember several garage sales and going through the house trying to convince the parents to sell things. “No one ever uses this – let’s sell it!” Car washes, selling things door to door…
I remember collecting wildflowers to make bookmarks: I painted strips of white cardboard with watercolour paints and glued dried flowers on them, then wrapped with plastic wrap. I placed them all in a little basket and went door to door selling them for a quarter. 🙂
All proceeds were spent on candy – my favourites were those red feet (5 cents each), raspberries (1 cent each), and to splurge Fun Dip (think it was 25 cents).
As a teen, doing odd jobs for money was very common. Delivering takeout menus door to door (you’d get paid for # of menus delivered), typing papers for other students (not writing them just typing them up), data entry, all kinds of stuff.
Then came Ebay – the online garage sale! I sold all my old books (textbooks, paperbacks, hardcovers, cookbooks, etc.) as well as my mom’s. I can paint (mostly abstract oil paintings, don’t have much time to do so nowadays) and have sold several paintings on Ebay. I helped my husband sell lots of Magic the Gathering cards. Ebay was, and probably still is, a great way to make money.
Having that drive and wanting to succeed has always been a part of me. It taught me that you can achieve anything you want to once you put your mind to it. 🙂