When thrift stores (and pretty much everything else fun) closed in California for a couple months, I found myself with a lot more time on my hands. I decided I wanted to be proactive and started researching new ways to make money from home. Some of which are even passive! (i.e. you put in the work at the beginning, but then as time goes on you make money with no extra work) I thought I would share with you guys a couple of the easy ways I've started making some extra money on the side of reselling!
I'm really excited about this one, and I actually got the idea from tiktok! People make killer money selling mugs on etsy, and it is actually completely passive income. Essentially how it works is, there are a number of printing companies that are integrated with etsy. You create a design for mugs (or really any item!) through the printing company that is linked to your etsy store. When someone buys one of your items the order is sent directly to the printing company who fulfills and ships the item for you. They even update your buyer with the shipping info. After creating the design there is literally nothing else you have to do besides accept those direct deposits! (If you guys are interested I can share more about what this process looks like in a more in-depth post!)
Reward Program Apps
I've kind of become obsessed with scanning my receipts into the Fetch app. How it works is, you get points from your receipts for certain brands of items. Mostly grocery items. Essentially, these brands want you to purchase their items so you can scan in more points. However, you can literally scan any receipt in. Gas, clothes, eating out, whatever! Even if your receipt doesn't have any of the participating brands, you still get 25 points per receipt scanned. Once you've received a certain number of points you can redeem them for gift cards. And they have so many gift card options! Amazon, Sephora, mall stores. For most gift cards, its around 1000 points for $1 of gift card. But if you are looking to buy those items anyway, its easy extra money! You can use my down load link HERE to get 2000 points right away!
Invest In Stocks
This is something I've always wanted to do, but just never felt comfortable with. I wish the stock market had been something we were taught in school (also taxes..) BUT Acorns makes it really easy. You take a questionnaire at the beginning by what kinds of risks you are comfortable with, and what your longterm financial goals are. After that they round up your purchases from a linked card and start investing the change for you. Its been fun to watch the money we invest become more money! Also super passive. I check the app literally every morning. If you use code UC266F when you open an account, you and I both get $5 to invest!
Try Out Products
A number of times through quarantine I ordered and tried out products that were of interest to me, and ended up not only getting free products, but also getting paid anywhere from $20-30 just for sharing my input! I use the site Ambassadher which has a lot of influencer style campaigns, but also many product review campaigns. A couple that I did were for beauty products. I ordered and tried out the product, and then filled out a survey about how I found the product. Easy! If you gave the item a favorable review, they may ask you to leave feedback on the site you purchased it from. You can check out Ambassadher HERE.
Become A Micro Influencer
This is not necessarily something new I started doing in quarantine, but I did start applying to more campaigns! You really don't need a lot of followers to get paid to post, so long as you have decent engagement. One of my favorite sites for influencer campaigns is Heartbeat - they offer a lot of campaigns for stuff I am interested in and often share about already, like clothes, accessories, and yummy snacks. You can check them out and sign up HERE.
Offer Skills On Fiverr
This is a platform I am still researching and building, but does well for a lot of people! Essentially, you offer virtual skills that companies and brands can outsource to you. Personally, I am offering data entry and blog post writing skills. There are so many different types of skills being offered on Fiverr!
Thanks so much for reading, and I hope I was able to offer you some new, fun avenues for you to make some $$$. The one I'm most excited about personally is the etsy mug shop, because its SO easy and passive. Would you be interested in seeing a better break down of how to start your own etsy mug shop? Let me know down below!
While other states have been open for weeks, the lovely state of California is still very much in shelter in place. I'm definitely bored, so what have I resorted to? Painting butts.
One of my favorite bloggers, Kathleen Barnes/Carrie Bradshaw Lied, shared on her instagram about this project she was doing to keep herself busy, and I loved it! I had been researching modern / abstract bathroom art, but redecorating is EXPENSIVE so I loved seeing a DIY project I could try. I definitely recommend practicing and drawing out a sketch butt with a sharpie before attacking a piece of paper with paint. Once you break down the picture into single lines, it's actually pretty easy! When it came time to paint I just traced my best sharpie practice butt. (I've never typed "butt" this many times and I'm loving it.) I think it makes for cool modern bathroom art!
The only paintbrushes we had were for walls and big paint projects, so I ordered this 10 piece set off Amazon for $7.99. I also got this frame set, 10 frames for only $33.99! Thats only $3.39 a frame, which is a killer deal. Great for a collage wall!
I had so much fun with the butt (lol) that I decided to get all artsy and take a stab at a few more paintings! A number of them went straight into the bin but I did like how two ended up! Hubs said we could hang them up in the garage (lol) but I convinced him to hang them in our living room. :)
A designer belt is a great way to posh up a bread and butter outfit. The last two designer belts I've purchased was a GG Gucci belt from an outlet mall...
...and the one I most recently bought is a black elastic Prada waist belt for under $40 off Poshmark!
The thing these belts both have in common is that they were wayyy too big when I originally bought them. You can get a lot of clothing items altered, but the great thing about belts is that they are so easy to alter yourself, or super cheap to take into a cobbler! The Gucci belt was way too long, so I took it into a shoe cobbler who only charged me $5 to add a couple more holes and trim the end of the belt off.
The Prada belt consists of an elastic piece that I had to take about six inches of material away from. I didn't want to actually cut up the elastic band in the event I wanted to do anything different with the belt in the future (or gained weight lol) so what I did is, I sewed u where I would want the belt to end with dental floss, then sewed down the ends for a cleaner look. Almost looks like a bow!
A great way to find some killer designer deals is to start looking outside your usual size!
Banana Republic Turtleneck [new, $4], Ralph Lauren Flare Skirt [new, $5], Ann Taylor Booties [new, $20], Chanel Sunglasses [secondhand, $35], Rebecca Minkoff Bag [new, $55], Black Tights [new, $5]
outfit total: $124
When you live close to the equator, winter is pretty unpredictable. You may get lucky with a chilly day here or there, but overall you can pretty much expect to sweat all year long. But for those of us that live for cute winter accessories and a variety of ensembles, it can be difficult to put together an outfit in January that doesn’t make you feel like you are in a sweat suit. One of my favorite ways to incorporate a winter feel is to wear a classic pair of sheer black seemed leggings. They are still thin and breathable but also differentiate your outfit from any other season of the year!
These tights are such a cute and cheap way to to spruce up a winter outfit. I literally got a 3 pack from Amazon for only $15! Plus it was Prime baby. *emoji jazz hands* I especially like the tights with the seam in the back because I think they really elongate your legs and accentuates what you got, girl. Who doesn't want to feel like a 6 foot supermodel? I definitely do.
Reused my Chanel ribbon for this shoot to hold my hair to the side and out of the way. I love the way the ribbon really adds an easy, feminine detail while looking easy and as if I'm not trying too hard. To get this look I took about 10 minutes to curl 2 inch sections of my hair with my straightener, tied my hair to the side with the ribbon, and made sure to leave a few mid length pieces around my face to not look too forced. Voila! Took less than 15 minutes start to finish.
Thanks so much for reading! Always happy to hear suggestions and comments, would love to know how you look cool for winter in the comments section below!
Diane Von Furstenberg is definitely high on my list of favorite brands. Her pieces are classic (im looking at you wrap dress!) and so well made that they will last a lifetime. Of course with any beautiful brand comes a high price tag. A new DVF wrap dress will set you back ATLEAST $300!
And on that note, I have no shame to admit that every piece of DVF I own has been bought secondhand. With any thrift purchase, especially from a source that doesn't authenticate (i.e. eBay), you will want to know what to look for to ensure you are not buying anything knockoff. Keep scrolling to learn a few BIG tips and tricks when buying your new to you DVF!
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