And then today….
I’m grateful for my work ethic as learned from my family while growing up on the farm. My dad encouraged resourcefulness and initiative. I think that’s why I’ve often been “self-employed” in so much of my work.
Last Monday, Labor Day, I began to think back and list my lifetime of jobs. They include:
- Detasseling corn and baby sitting–early teen years…..it was so exciting to make money. I used to pour over the Sears catalog with the thrill of deciding how to spend it. I believe I bought clothes and maybe my first record player & records.
- Waitressing and store clerk–once I turned 16……my junior yearbook is autographed by many truck drivers who would routinely stop at The Galley along Route 66. I then graduated to a bigger restaurant, Paul’s New Log Cabin in Pontiac, because the tips were better.
- Shoe salesgirl at Marshall Field–ages 18, 19…..while I spent a year in Chicago studying Fashion Merchandising at Patricia Stevens.
- Grocery checker–ages 19-21…..while I went to college at Illinois State.
- Teacher 1968-1969…..summer school, first grade, fifth grade, and substitute teaching while our boys were young. (Regrets, I have a few, but then again, to few to mention. However not getting back to teaching is my one main regret.)
- Homemade Barbie Doll clothes, a couple of children’s stories and a greeting card 1970-1977….the first lady who answered my ad for handmade Barbie clothes bought $70 worth and I was hooked! I even made original patterns for Barbie and sold my copyrighted patterns via McCalls Crafts Magazine. It was fun to get money in the mail.
7. Sculpture “People” sold at art fairs throughout the country–1978-1992….designed and created all kinds of themes and sizes under my business name of Marli Originals! Modest Melvin was always a favorite.
8. Real Estate Broker 1988 to present….with Prudential for many years (2003 Chairman’s Circle Winner as advertised in the Wall Street Journal) and now with Re/Max. I never dreamed I could work so hard and make so much money in the really booming years of production. I wanted to call my farmer parents (deceased) and tell them, so we could have a good laugh together.
9. eBay 1999 to present….through years of gathering garage sale treasures (began when I was making my “people”) I have an eclectic mixture of items I’ve sold and continue selling on eBay. I usually only list items before the holidays. My best profit came from vintage Air Jordans I bought for $2 and sold for $665.00.
Moral of this story: If anyone is willing to work hard, take changes, and put yourself out there, you can make money and have fun doing it!
Vinyl Record of the Day:
Listening to an oldies album, At the Hop, and especially picked the song “Get a Job” by the Silhouettes.