Now, there are some skills that can be learned for no money. There are some skills I already have. When I said my best skills were research and buying stuff, I ignored my ability to sew, which can be a valuable skill after the SHTF. Also, I'm learning to cook more from scratch, which does take money for food, but it is in the grocery budget, so I don't count it. That is a valuable skill that I'm working on, because I hate to cook. There will, more than likely, be no drive thru meals post collapse. Most skills, unfortunately for me, require some money to acquire.
So, I must finance my endeavor. I have a fledgling replica movie prop business in its startup phase, but it is more of a money suck than a money maker right now. I'm also a SAHM of a toddler, so working outside of the home isn't going to work either. My only option, sell stuff!
For the first time in my life, I'm putting on a garage sale. I'm kind of excited about it! And it really, really needs to be done. The photo of the 13 gallon totes is all the stuff I have to sell, and I'm not done going through everything yet. I'm selling about 1 out of every 3 totes of stuff. I'm a packrat, like my grandmother before me, but an organized one. Everything is in a tote and the contents are cataloged for easy location. I didn't want to write what was on each tote on the outside. No need to advertise what you have when you open the garage door. I started out with totes A-Z, then some totes have two letters, then started numbering. I'm at 40+ with the numbers, so I estimate 70 some totes of stuff just in the garage.
Why have I never had a garage sale? Having just moved from an apartment to a condo, I now have an attached garage for the first time. Yay! Most of what I have is brand new stuff I purchased working at a fabric store or clearance at Walmart. We were married for 7 years before my son was born, so to feed the baby crazy urge, I bought toys and boy and girl clothes from newborn to 5T. Like I said, I'm good at buying stuff. I also only let myself buy clothes that were $1 or less. I spent a lot of dollars. We don't have a girl, so all of that brand new little girl stuff gets sold. That and the totes upon totes of fabric and holiday decor from my retail days. Sigh. So much stuff I have been lugging from move to move, now to be sold finally. Being a pack rat feels like a disease, but I'm getting better!