MUDLARKS HEADING TOWARD BEING MILLIONAIRES -- Tales of three JOBLESS RESALE GALs ---- pals who do a few, creative, little things to make a big rent. Like the MUDLARKS of CHARLES DICKENS' time who waded out into the muddy banks of the THAMES and dug in and found old rings, watches, corpses with jewelry on, (big biz in suicide in UK! Those were desperate TIMES)..
The first arty pal with merchandising MOXIE is Edythe the cook. She makes jam, writes articles on cooking, syndicated in NY TIMES, NAT'L GEOGRAPHIC and she was editor of a MARTHA STEWART TYPE MAG til she fought with her Yeminite boss as he was STIFF CITY. Edythe has a huge food producing garden in her rented home, including a massive guava tree for jam! She is a collector of vintage STOVES, from the thirties, which she polishes and sells. She finds them for absolutely NOTHING by the way. It's easy. They are out there and folks don't realize what they're worth. She also finds antique American tablecloths and hankies on EBAY and re-sells them at her booth or stall at the BEVERLY HILLS OUTDOORS FARMERS' MARKET and the SAN FERNANDO VALLEY (20 miles north of L.A. ) less posh farmers' market and the PALISADES where her kiwi /lemon peel jam and her merlot jelly and her chutneys and stuff go for 5-8$ a jar. And now she makes fresh bean salads and baked goods with recipes from her Italian childhood. So these are delicacies many haven't seen in decades! Edythe created HERITAGE FOODS and specializes in antique recipes, writes them up for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AND NY TIMES, as well. Lately, she has copied antique tablecloths sending them out to silk screen. THE WOMAN is always expanding!. Edythe also is a travel writer, lived in every country of the world for a while, wrote an article and paid her expenses, then eveyr hotel wanted to pay her to come to their island or country, and she did it all over again. Living in AUSTRALIA for a year, she picked up armoires for 5$ and hundred year old paintings for a dollar over there.) When she broke up with her AUSSIE BF, she filled a shipping container as big as your bedroom, sent it back to LA. CALIF and she came home, unpacked it and sold the stuff out of her house for 200 times what she paid for it! Her latest career is silk screening linen tableclothes with designs from ANTIQUE tablecloths she found online at EBAY. The most beautiful is edged with a border of art deco skyscrapers in New York. Navy on pale blue, sumptuous. A steal at 75$.
Then, there's ANNIE who is an EBAY agent. She puts up ads at Craigs list and people pay her to do their auctions. So far she hasn't told me a thing about this profession. Too busy doing it. Also, not a writer. EBAY specialists make an extra living teaching people how to do it! You go to someone's house, get on the DSL and teach them the art of selling stuff. All they need is a used digital camera, found at Craigs list for almost nothing.
I personally wonder, if one Ebayed like that, was carrying on dozens of auctions a day -- would the IRS GET ON TO one, you know-- The Treasury Police, the tax cops? Who knows who watches EBAY? BUT THE SHEER IMMENSENESS of it and the anonymity of the internet suggests they do not! (Right. I hear the IRS monitors the sales. ) SIGH. But CRAIGS LIST doesn't. You can advertise there on the "THINGS pages, barter, freebies, appliances, etc.)
Here's another insider tip that I learned from my other EBAY EXPERT... wisdom for folks who want to do Ebay for cash and who are afraid that ANY IRS type group will get after them for earnings and usually this is a Mudlark on SOCIAL SECURITY some sweet ole recipient geezer who shows no earnings. Can the IRS trace ebay earnings?
My secret expert ANSWERED: "it's my understanding that if you're selling things you've owned for a long time it doesn't count as earnings....ditto on state tax...and who knows what you've owned - eh? "
You can see she's a real writer. Brief, witty and knowledgeable. Let me tell you more about her. She knows antique linen tableclothes, the fine kind with matching napkins, but also the hokey, vintage cotton tablecloths, printed with cute, 40's nostalgia. State of California. Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Humphrey Bogart. She buys them on EBAY from the middle west, Indiana, Illinois, and sells them at four times the price in the BEVERLY HILLS FARMERS MARKET where nostalgia buffs carry big Gucci wallets with nostalgic old wrinkled hundred dollar bills in them.
This genius also buys antique kimonas from JAPAN on ebay, sells them for big markup. Buys antique chinese cosmetics posters from the 20's. She buys what she cannot make. She once lived in AUSTRALIA (Coincidence as the other girl does,) and she filled a SHIPPING CONTAINER as big as a room in any house with antiques, sold them here.
So she's a MEGA MUDLARK. She has a talent. Now in her sixties, she makes jam and baked goods by the dozen, has a FOOD STALL at FARMERS MARKET and also is a highly published food anthropoligist/ writer who knows recipes from the 12th century! YEAH, Medieval Xmas burger balls in colors, red and green. I have the recipe here in my cache if you want it. She sells really odd flavors of jam at the FARMER's market on weekends. 4-8$ a jar. Invents flavors no one ever heard of. HER WINE jelly, you may have heard of that recipe, but not her KIWI MARMALADE made with half lemon juice and lemon rind. And KUMQUAT MARMALADE, fabulous. WHO KNEW those little runty things were good for anything? YUMMY ON THE TONGUE-IE. She has a guava tree that gives her l00 lbs of jam. And a lemon tree. And wants from my apricot tree but I don't put out for anyone cuz my apricot tree only gives me about four jars a year. I ain't sharing. JAM LADY packs up a tent and at dawn weekends shows up. One of her billionaire, deep pockets jam clients switched to vintage tablecloths now wants to manufacture the tablecloth replicas.
THIRD MUDLARK is Nicole, a successful Aussie nostalgia-collectibles VENDOR on weekends when she doesn't have the whole rent. Or as she tells it, "when I have to come up with two months and a security fee all at once. And this goes both ways. I BUY and I SELL.
"Recently I was moving into a new house and a new job in the same week. NEW HOUSE, NEW JOB! EEK! MY STUFF was in storage, no money for a lorry. (That's what we call TRUCKS down under!) So how to get enough coat hangers to move into my new place? Needed kitchen stuff, too or I'd have been pouring milk into a cereal box and tossing it into my mouth!
Well, here in Australia our local councils have a 'clean-up week' where household owners can throw out the things they don't use. Often those things are new or near-new, and if you sift carefully you can sometimes fill the boot of your car (and sometimes the back seat as well) with amazing goodies that are useful either for yourself or to take to sell at the markets. So I went looking for hangers. WOW! I found the items I remembered I needed and a lot I'd forgotten I needed: an ironing board; pump-up mattress to sleep on; a tea kettle; a brand new TOP LINE heated hair curlers still in their box (not that I need those to survive mind you! But I picked them up anyway seeing as someone else didn't want them); crockery; cutlery; a picnic basket; a washing basket; an exercise machine; numerous coat hangers; a beautiful umbrella that when open has a lovely pattern on it as well as a carved wooded handle; a computer desk; a food processor; nine bottles of sealed wine and the rack they sat in for pennies and quarters not dollars. I love to feel that I got a bargain, and I certainly did that when searching the stacks in front of people's homes today. You know Australia is made up of Ex Londoners sent into exile. In London, when they left, their antecedents were mudlarks, combing the mud of the River Thames, and pulling stuff outta the pockets of bodies. Well, the acorn doesn't fall far from the tree. Here in Australia many people make a full-time living out of selling items that they have picked up from these 'clean-up week' stacks. The stock for their business is free so their profits are high and their only overhead is the truck or van that they use to collect the goods in and the fee for their stall on the day. It's a wonderful little cash business to be in, and lots of fun to search the piles of items and find a totally working and useful piece to sell.
I instantly saw how for someone like me it could be the kind of business that would satisfy my love of collecting what some people might call junk, while at the same time make some extra income. And a very good one at that. I am wading into this now. I may not even have to go to the open air markets - I could always sell my stock from the garage of wherever I happened to be staying and the only overhead would be an ad in my local paper telling people that I was holding a garage sale on Saturday! Although with CRAIGS LIST ads free, not even that!"
This lovely lady's a frugal lister like me, jobless, and working little impromptu jobs/ services that do pay most of the rent but not all. So I suggested that she use CRAIGS LIST to sell the stuff. They don't take a fee like EBAY. NICOLE easily finds a haul of real collectibles, which AUSTRALIA has in abundance and which other AUSSIES (not her,) do not properly value. I know. cuz my L.A. pal, Edythe used to live there. She filled up a container the size of my office with paintings for a buck each, secretaries and desks for ten bucks, brought it here and sold the stuff for l00 times or a thousand times what she'd paid.
So A MUDLARK who got lucky hanging out at the posh Bev Hills Produce market with its cute folky stalls and its very super wealthy clients, now is a MUDLARK heading toward being a millionaire!
THIS JUST IN. I MET A FOURTH MUDLARK, the most fascinating of them all! One day my keyboard went out, and my PC wouldn't boot. I turned off machine, went to buy catfood, see a sign "GARAGE SALE" it's late in the day but I turn right and follow the arrows. There is this young MA KETTLE (MARJORIE MAIN) type, standing there in the late day sun. She has a garage full of keyboards, computers, monitors. And she rescues me. She also pulls a great C DRIVE of mine out of a dead PC, installs it in a brand new box, twice as fast, hundreds of times the megs. She fixes all my pc's of their various maladies, mostly speakers wouldn't work. And charges a twenty dollar bill for what would have cost two hundred at a fixer store. CHARLENA is a DUMPSTER DIVER and having spent 8 mos in a trade school studying computer assembly, she recognizes every computer gut anybody ever threw away at 1 am in a dark dumpster with a flashlight. Also, she goes into CRAIGS list every morning in the FREE or BARTER section. (They do every country in the world, every city.) Charlena finds Beverly Hills people just throw away or donate their six month old PC's and monitors when they upgrade. Once a local school put an ad in Craigs, dozens of PC's free. She rented a truck, got them all. School had been donated to by a corporation. Had no space. Charlena dumpster dives for every sort of peripheral. She goes to industrial parks (always near railroad tracks, she finds, so real easy to locate), beautifully landscaped buildings, warehouses, offices with huge dumpsters full of software, stationery supplies, huge shelving units. Everything is EBAYED off by Char. She finds really old PC's ...they're useful! Why? She pulls out the metal, melts it with acid, in a crock pot, for two days, strains off the gold which is liberated, sells that on EBAY. She does all this with just a car, a good flashlight and a farmwoman sturdy no BS honesty which wins her friends even when SECURITY calls the cops at 1 am as they spot her diving. I rode shotgun a few nights, found it immensely amusing, adored the 2 am burgers and fries at our Calif all nite junk food drive thrus. HAD A BALL.
BE FRUGAL BE SMART, BE A MUDLARK, on EBAY, on CRAIGS LIST. OR Having your own garage sales. Or starting some BLACK SWAN of an idea of your own business. Just wade on in. Let this article inspire you. THESE are ideas or girls whom you could emulate. If you want Char's recipe for gold extraction, with a simple crock pot, write me. astrology at earthlink dot net!
ANITA SANDS HERNANDEZ MUDLARK IN THE MAKING!
I'm filled daily by my Mudlark
I'm stuffed to nigh the hocks.
The gal I work for has diamonds
she made out of dug up rocks!
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