In the next few weeks I hope to show you how radically different our study now looks. It is no longer filled with mountains of tubs containing inventory and bags of clothing waiting to be sold on eBay. Now, there is actually room to walk around, and we will soon move my son’s desk out there so he has his own designated work space too.
I also have more time on my hands now that I do not have to worry about packing up clothes, running to the post office, handling customer questions, doing books, and doing inventory (not to mention digging through tubs trying to find each item).
A reader here at Mom’s Plans suggested I sell my inventory to a place like Once Upon a Child, and that is just what I did. They ended up paying me roughly 10% of retail value for brand new Gap and Gymboree clothes, which is not a lot, but toward the end, I just wanted to be rid of everything. As luck would have it, there was a brand new Once Upon a Child opening a few miles away from us, and they were looking to buy inventory. The owner took nearly all of my items and was pleased to have them. I was grateful to get them off my hands. She also bought 20 of my storage tubs, which was a relief as I had stacks of them in the basement.
I am leaving the business with some debt, which I will be talking about later on this blog along with our plan of how we will pay it off. However, to offset that negative, I intend to begin to grow my writing and virtual assistant business now that I have more time. As soon as I finished selling all of my inventory, I received a job offer to write for another blog a few times a week in addition to my current staff writing positions.
The last few weeks have been momentous; I quit my job at the end of June, I received an all clear from my colonoscopy (my dad died of colon cancer at 38, so I am very good about getting checked regularly, but I still worry I might get it as he got it so young), and I closed my eBay business and sold all of my inventory.
I am now officially a stay-at-home mom, which I have wanted to be for seven years, and I am also beginning to grow my online work. I feel very blessed to be in such a good place and I am grateful that everything is working out. If we can just get my husband to graduate soon, life will be very good indeed.