Friday, October 1, 2010
A Thrifty "Aha" Use
If any of the Womens' Mags still doled out money for household tips, I'm pretty sure I'd score a five spot for this one. I use a lot of tissue paper packing items I sell on eBay. And being the thrifter that I am, I absolutely hate to pay to buy packaging materials. So yesterday I was sorting through my stash, deciding what to list in my eBay store, when I came across a vintage sewing pattern for a cowboy costume. I spent a good fifteen minutes unfolding all the sheets to the pattern, checking to see if all the parts were there. Then, I went to take photos of the pattern. Midway through, I decided I'd better check on the value of my find.
Now, I thought this would be quite a hot ticket item with Halloween right around the corner. Obviously a lot of other eBay sellers did too. Not exactly a rare item. So here I am having invested all this time into a worthless item. The only thing I'm pleased about is that I don't have to try to refold the pattern and shove it back into its now seemingly small envelope. I am about to pitch the whole thing into the recycling bin, when my "Aha" moment occurs.
The pattern is essentially tissue paper. And there are a good 5 or 6 large sheets of it in one pattern. My "trash" will now be used to pack my next shipment. And I will be on the hunt for cheap patterns (aka packing material.)