Mudcat Café message #4052626 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165433   Message #4052626
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
15-May-20 - 12:09 PM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Jon, I understand the difficulty in pricing things. I sell on eBay all of the time and look to see what others are charging for the same or similar items, and it's more or less the law of averages (and if you know you have something in demand and rare you can ask a bit more.) But in the neighborhood - well, you could look at neighborhood websites and see if others are for sale.

Out walking the dogs this morning I spoke with a neighbor who lives a block up the street—we've visited in passing over the years and when I had extra okra I'd take some up to her. We spoke from opposite sides of the street. Now she's using disposable masks, and would like some washable ones, so I'll make a few and drop them off. "How much are you charging?" - that's the question but I haven't sold any yet, I've spent evenings watching TV and sewing and when I had a few I sent them to friends or family who need them. I suppose I put in crimp in the market of those selling masks for a living. I suppose I could list a few on eBay or Etsy. Right now I'm thinking about making a very fancy little princess mask for my hairdresser's daughter; one intended for play, not for going out (one that would be harder to sterilize because it will have some bling on it.) It's nice to get creative at times to create joy for four-year-old girls.

I heard a little radio essay on the BBC News Hour (this episode from May 13, morning) and if you push to about 50 minutes into the program they talk about a virtual exhibit at the Victoria and Albert museum. The director talked about how as COVID-19 started everyone was getting out 3D printers to make respirator parts, but then attention turned to PPE and old technology - the sewing machine (that has been around for about 150 years) was dusted off. "Thousands, or hundreds of thousands" started making masks, gowns, and other surgical garments. And how the sewing machine will be a part of the story of COVID. It makes me think that would be a great photo subject for a Instagram series.

There's always something to do around here if you set your mind to finding it!