Looking Into My Options

I have not been working officially for almost 6 years now. There are many factors for that (mostly health). I really want to be able to find things that I can to help bring in some income to our household. I have been reading thrifty topics for years online, but I’m sometimes not that great at applying the things I’ve learned about thrifty living. So in comes my idea…


I have several ideas for side hustles that I can do. All involve some sort of artistic aspect.

My first side hustle idea is to flip furniture. I’m really excited about the idea of turning something old into something new and useful again. Friday BJ and I went to some variety stores that sell these type of items. I took a ton of pictures with my phone to see what kinds of things were being sold. I really got some great ideas. One store was more of the flipped furniture while the other had more handmade art pieces. The items in both stores intrigued me. I feel really positive that I can do this. I’m slowly going to be buying as many supplies and pieces to refurbish as I can. I was absolutely shocked that there were all these painted mason jars that were selling for such high prices. I literally have over 100 mason jars that I bought a couple years ago when I was going to learn to can. I do still plan on learning to can at some point, but I’ve got to pick one thing at a time.  I tend to jump around all over the place with my projects which is a personality trait I inherited from my grandfather.

My second side hustle idea is to buy a vinyl cutter machine and to make as many different and cool things as I can. They aren’t cheap, but I think I could end up making my money back fairly easily. There are just so many options for what you can do with these machines. I would like to do things like make shopping bags, shirts, decals of all kinds, things to add to my flipped furniture pieces. I am planning on getting one soon. We’ll see how that all turns out.

Now for the non-hustle things going on with me right now.

I’m gathering magazines and cutting out pictures to decoupage things like envelopes I send to my pen pals, art pieces, and perhaps even furniture. I’ve put some ads out online to see if I can get free magazines to cut pictures out of. My mom gave me a few, and I’m getting a good collection. The best full-page pictures I’m going to try to make envelopes out of. I have something called an envelope punch that I’m going to use to make them with.

I’ve been doing a little thrift store shopping. I’m mostly looking at items that can be used for decorating my pen pal letters and my art. I was lucky enough to find some nice clothes at a store that was having a 50% off everything in the store. I found some great yarn to practice my crochet too. Thrift stores are the absolute best!

I have been getting some super deals off of Amazon from deal groups on Facebook. It’s rather addicting, but I made a special group just for myself where I can share my favorite items. I am currently waiting on an Amazon Echo Dot that I ordered off of eBay, and I can’t wait to see how it works. My cousin who is employed by Amazon said that I wouldn’t be disappointed.

I have a lot of ideas for things to do over the next few days. We’ll see if they all get done. I’m experiencing some extreme fatigue. I had bloodwork, and it all came back normal. My doctor said some of my meds might be dosed too high since I’ve lost so much weight.

I will end for now, but I will be updating again later today.

Lucy isn’t especially concerned with anything right now.