Being *in* the schools gives me a good view of what they are really like (every parent should spend a few days as a fly on the wall in the teacher's lounge at their school) to help me decide where to send my kids (my oldest will start school in Fall 2005). Bonus- I LOVE TEACHING!
Craft fairs- talk to me about that. (please
I just started Usborne books, I have a hard time selling to family and friends, I am uncomfortable with making money off of people I care about. [/QUOTE]
I was a teacher before dd was born as well... so I hear you on this!!
T Though, while the teacher's lounges are educational, i definitley think its the classroom that matters. The TR is truly for blowing off steam. I vented a lot in there, but loved my students dearly. When you're in a classroom for house with 20-30 students, adult time is precious!
back to our regularly scheduled topic....
I searched for craft fairs in Maine on the web and just checked out all the sites I found until I found one that is a small group, non-juried (meaning you dont' have to submit examples for a group to decide if you are good enough or not), and its only $40 for the table and I have access to over 6 large fairs a year, mostly Sept.-Dec. I have 2 other mama friends who are may be splitting the table with me. I have to get a sales tax #from the state, but the woman who runs the organizations is sending me the forms- its really easy. You can also call the Chambers of Commerce in towns local to you- they can tell you about the fairs and how to get involved. I have tried to sell my thing on ebay and was discouraged- i only got $2.00 for it! I guess I need to just keep trying.
I have a new friend who just started Usborne. And actually, she was going to look at having a table at fairs too. you'd need to see if they would accept non-handmade items, but its a different venue than the typical party-style of selling and you'd reach a lot more people as well. I didnt' think it was too weird. I bought a couple books, but i really think they have some good stuff. I got some books for dd in spanish, which are hard to come by here in maine.
I think I might have saved dh and I almost $2,000. As I've mentioned, we have been renovating our home. We were intending on putting in a new washer and dryer. in fact, we have already purchased it. We bought it a long time ago (when we still had money from the bank), but couldn't have it delivered until the bathroom was tiled, which is where it is going. well, the tiling is being done as i speak and so dh started to look into installing the w/d and discovered that the dryer is not going to work w/o a gas conversion kit, which apparently us unavailable right now. Soooo, the dryer won't work. He wanted to look at getting a different set. I am convincing him that we should but a cheap, used set for about $200, and take the refund on the new set and use it to pay for the tiling. that would be HUGE!! Dh has a bunch of contracts coming in, but by the time we pay for the tiler and put aside living expenses for the next couple months, we'd have nothing left over. But, if we do this, then we can pay off the tiler and put the surplus toward our cc. It makes so much sense... buying the new system is totally in our old way of doing things that keeps us strapped for cash. Buying used is more economical... though we will pay more for water/electricity I think b/c it won't be conservative a system. But with the clothes line, i think we can make some of that up.
Sorry that was such a long story, but I feel its a victory as we start breaking old, destructive patterns of spending and start using our brains and creativity a bit more.
Off ot make a flyer to advertise our house for July!! ( I will not surf the rest of MDC until its done...I will not surf....will not....repeat)