Homesteading, Organic Gardening, How to Farm, Preparedness, Self-Reliance
This past spring & summer our grandson needed extensive dental work and the only dentist that I could find that would take our insurance wouldn't take his secondary insurance and because ours was the primary the secondary wouldn't reimberse for the co-pays so I was using part of my bill money to pay the dentist because they wouldn't make payment arrangements for the co-pays, so now with the holidays upon us I'm struggling to play catch up on bills and not enough money coming in to do that and eat too, it's been a very rough fall for us.
The whole thing started last summer after my sister saw a tote bag made from a grain bag and called me and asked if she brought some home from work if I thought I could make some and the boss said they would sell them for me. I made some and they sold out but then sales seemed to drop off for a long time. 2 weeks ago she called and said that someone had shown 1 of my bags to Poulin Grain and they wanted to commission 20 all different. I had enough on hand already that she brought me home 8 more bags and I went to work getting the 20 made then a few days later one of their customers came in with 4 bags and wanted to know if it was too short a notice to have me make 4 bags for her to give as Christmas gifts. So over the past 2 weeks I made a grand total of 43 bags between the 20 for Poulin, the 4 for the customer, and then 19 random bags for the store, customers have been coming in asking if they were going to have more to sell before Christmas.The main thing people like about mine compaired to others that are being made is I use nylon webbing for the handles instead of the plastic bag pieces that everyone else uses.
Once I get paid that will be enough to pay off one of 2 bills that are very high due to only being able to pay the minimum all summer. My plans are to keep making them and selling them at some of the farmers markets if I can get into any of them. I have named the new budding business Green Bags 4 U and have my fingers crossed that I can make it work.
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