We started up Chino's flea market stand this past week. He's agreed to be the stay-at-home Dad but he can't agree to actually staying home and not working so we set him up a shop in one of the big flea markets. We thought what the heck, he might make us a few pesos after the rent of the shop space (hopefully!) and I'd be happy because Daisy could be with her Daddy all day and I'd know she'd be happy and cared for.
We worked our asses off, Chino building tables from scrap wood, setting up shop and me going like a mad woman all week shopping the other side for 5-8 hours a day scrounging and searching out the best vendors and deals and learning where to find what for the cheapest. I am all of a sudden so happy that I've been working in hotels the past year because it's honed my ability to bargain (Hotel rates are not fixed rates and we work to charge you the most we can!) and all of a sudden I find myself this insane bargaining queen!
I buy all of our wares in the U.S. because with the exception of vegetables - we can buy avocados without going broke in Mexico - certain things (electronics, clothes, shoes, toys, ect) are WAY cheaper in the States. Isn't that weird? I always thought it was the other way around. The cheap things in Mexico are liquor, cigarettes and tacos. :D
Anyways, the results?
OH MY GAWD! Our very first week - and mind you we've never sold stuff before - we profited - profited, as in after paying back to the "bank" for the goods we sold - over TRIPLE what Chino was making in a week at his factory job! And we only sold for THREE days! SSHEEEETT!!
Instead of him working six 10 hour days he worked three 8 hour days and made over triple! While watching the baby!
Needless to say we're both ecstatic. Chino feels like a man again, I'm happy that he's happy and happy that Daisy is with Daddy.
We're quite the freaks of course, nothing new there, but I think it's good for business. What I mean is that you don't often see a man in Mx taking care of the baby while mom (white mom) works, let alone in such a public way. LOL everyone assumes that he's a single abandoned Dad. He touts Daisy around most of the day in his man-sling and is now the apple of all the older lady - and younger lady (tramps) - neighbor flea-marketers. When I've found time I've tried to hang out there with him and make my presence known so that they can see Daisy does have a loving mommy. (And dang it, that Chino has a WIFE.)
When I'm there Chino usually goes to take a break and I get to watch shop and be the seller. It's so fun! I'm as natural at selling as I am buying and I'm once again thankful for the hotel experience! Never thought I'd say that. I'm so hardened by the hotel sales work that our flea market clientele don't make me nervous in the least! And remember I only speak 1/3 Spanish!
Anyhoo, I could go on and on, I'm just so HAPPY for a change! It feels so good to have something go right for us and I know it's only going to get better. We're still so green and learning what works I know that we'll be doing even better after we really get into it.
This next weekend I'm going to hang out and make balloon animals. We won't charge very much for them - 5 pesos, kinda like .50 cents - but it will bring in a ton of people! Everybody has kids here and always bring them to the flea market so what better way to get them at our doorstep than to draw them in with a balloon animal lady! During the time that it takes me to make the balloons for their kids the adults will have nothing to do - but to check out our stuff for sale! I made myself learn how to make balloon animals years ago because I had dreams of volunteering in Childrens Hospitals, and lol, this is how I end up using the skill.
Maybe I should make them cheaper? Mexico folks, what do you think? It seems the shoppers have no problem dropping 5-10 pesos on our silly cheap-toy table stuff when their kids walk buy and spot something they want - but if they have 5 kids then would it be too much for them to spend 25 pesos on balloons? We have people coming and dropping a few hundred pesos at a time so maybe not, but I want everybody's kid to be able to have a balloon, not just the ones with money. If it increases our sales I could just do them for free. Aw hell, I don't know.
EEEEEEEEEEE !!! Did I mention I'm happy!!?? :)