Sunday, 11 June 2017

Making Money from Nothing


At the moment my head is in a space of 'making money from nothing'. 

It's car boot sale season for the next few months and we are both having a good sort out of the house and jettisoning all sorts of things that once we would have felt were necessary and useful, but are now most definitely not what we need or what we want in our lives.

It's interesting sorting through the things you own with fresh eyes and a totally new perspective and sometimes when you are looking at things slightly differently you spot things that have been right in front of you for a while that have merged into the background.

The Aloe Vera plant in the top photograph was a case in point.

Bought from a car boot sale a couple of years ago for 50p with the large green mug it sits in also from the same seller for another 50p ... although she hadn't thought to put the two together until I slipped the plant into the mug to free my hands to put my purse away ... it has sat just as it was purchased on the bookcase next to the sofas ever since.  Moving it over to dust after a sorting out session the other day I noticed how very top heavy it was and had a closer look.

It had a mass of baby plants all around it.  I was pleased ... this is the first Aloe Vera plant I have ever kept alive  :-)


I took it over to the polytunnel with me this morning and spent a pleasant half hour repotting it.


Ten plants from one pot.


Yes, I feel totally guilty that this lovely family of plants once resided in the tiny black plant pot to the left of this photograph. 


Seven small plants that I hope to sell for 50p each ...


... and two larger ones that I'm hoping will fetch a pound each.

So a possible £5.50 in takings.


And the lovely thing is that I still have my original 'mummy' plant along with the one baby that did not have a root system of it's own so was not ready to detach.  So the green mug is back in it's original position on the bookcase and nothing has changed in the house.

Except that hopefully once we have done a couple of car boot sales, or popped them out at the farm gate on a sunny day, we will have made some money from nothing to pop into the Food and Plants Fund.

Sue xx

8 comments:

  1. A very good idea of money for nothing, we are going to have a sort out and do a car boot, it's surprising what can be found after a good rummage.

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  2. I like that handy plant holder - it sets the plants off well - makes it all look very professional and tempting.

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  3. Love the green plant holder! Glad to see everything growing so well.

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  4. Love the Aloe Vera great little plant. I have prayer lily that I have split 4 times and it needs splitting again possibly into 3. I wish hubby would have a sort out the garage is groaning under the weight of his hobby bits!!!!!

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  5. I HAVE JUST PAID £5.99 FOR AN ALOE VERA AT THE B!!!!!!!! GARDEN CENTRE
    ON SUNDAY. I DID NOT KNOW YOU HAD ONE ; love MUM XXXXXXXX

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    1. Serves you right for going to the garden centre without me ;-)

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  6. We have been decluttering again and looking at ways to maximize our revenue and minimize our spend. The trick though for me is not to buy more stuff. Our money needs to go towards getting our house and garden in order. I'm glad your blogging again Sue, as you always inspire me.

    Jean

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