It's Pin Money Monday
This magazine cover leaped out at me as I was walking down the subway platform this morning. I had been thinking about making a little extra money selling on ebay or Poshmark, my two resale sites of choice, and there was my idea on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, with a big smiling picture of Gwyneth Paltrow. "Edit Your Closet Recycle, Restyle and Resell." So I snapped a quick picture before the subway train arrived. The news stand in my local station could definitely use a little window cleaning, but it makes for good browsing while I'm waiting for the train.
One of my chores for the day was a trip to the post office to mail a book that I'd sold on ebay. I took up reselling a few years ago, mostly to clear out my too-big accumulation of books. I added clothes to clear out my closet after losing thirty pounds. I had a number of items that were little worn and too big to wear. Some months have been a lot of pin money and others, very little. This is a ten dollar month, and alas, today's parcel is my only sale for January. I've met people who have turned their reselling into a business, but that's not my goal. I'm primarily selling to as a way to continue to clear out my books and clothes and make some extra cash in doing so. Is anyone else an ebay or Poshmark reseller? Are there any tips you'd like to share? How did you get started? What keeps you going?
Pin money, it seems, has an interesting origin. We think of it as "a small amount of money, perhaps for incidentals," per The Grammarphobia Blog. But in the Seventeenth Century, pin money was the allowance for a wife's clothing and personal expenses.
I'm entering the home stretch on No-Spending January. Now that I'm feeling better I'm also out and about more and yes, spending more on meals and snacks.
Thursday, January 23: I left home for a meeting at 8:30 a.m. and got home after 8:00 p.m. Breakfast with friends after Weight Watchers and a late lunch/snack in the afternoon. No savings
Friday, January 24: No snack day, savings of $5.00
Saturday, January 25: No snack day, savings of $5.00
Sunday, January 26: Coffee with a friend, savings of $1.00
Monday, January 27: No snack day, savings of $5.00
My No-Spending January total: $152.16
Besides my trip to the post office, I made it back to water aerobics and swimming. That's my usual Monday activity and it felt so good to be back in the pool. I'm planning to go to my Tuesday Yoga class, which will be a complete return to my usual activities. I'm also starting this year's round of medical appointments with a visit to the audiologist on Thursday. I'm not overdoing it, but I am picking up the pace of activity.
As ever, thanks for visiting and have a great week.