Saturday, August 4, 2007
Kids adore pinatas. They’re pretty and when I was little appealed to my inner, greed demon. Although it was a rare time when my brother cooperated completely in the pursuit of candy, we had an unspoken arrangement that we would tag team the other kids lurking around the pinata, thus doubling our chances of a decent booty. Ah, the good old days. Anyway, if you’re interested in seeing the dark side of your child and her friends, string up a pinata. Better yet, go into business making them. They’re made from papier mache, so the materials are mucho cheapo. You can either follow instructions off the web or from a library book or let your creativity go wild with custom shapes, maybe a witch’s hat for a Harry Potter party, etc. Custom pack it with goodies ordered by Mom and charge extra for the service.
Kids grow like the Dickens, quickly making irrelevant that cute little sailor suit or dress that Mom was saving for a special occasion, not to mention everything else. So why not profit from the phenomenon? Very often kids grow out of items way before they’re worn out. Set aside a room in your house in which you can display your collection of good, used clothing for kids. Purchase your selection from thrift stores, garage sales, and so on. Resell at 300% markup or better. Repair, clean and press each item. Get bargains out of season. Meet customers by appointment only, serving one person at a time. This way you maintain more complete control of your time.