I'm often asked why I'm a blogger and vintage reseller. I started Thrift Core because I wanted an outlet for personal writing when I was ghost writing as a marketer. I'm a lifelong thrifter/frugal bastard and while interacting with other bloggers I learned about reselling online. I slowly started scooping up vintage along with needed housewares while thrifting. About three years into it Thrift Core and selling my vintage finds became the full time occupation. I'm living The Dream, the liberation is intoxicating and I never want to go back to having a boss.
Yet The Dream is not without worries or doubts. I'm often plagued with stress and thoughts of quitting. I kept a notebook open to jot down my work troubles for two weeks. The raw soul searching has yielded the following:
I Hate the acquisition aspect. You have to Buy, Buy, Buy to keep your business going and it can feel meaningless. Toting around all the merchandise is overwhelming. I want to live in an apartment with clear counters and floors but it's impossible when you're on the middle of a project and run out of time.
I Hate the judgment aspect. When I'm in the middle of an extended cleaning or photo-taking session and boxes are scattered while friends and family visit. It's embarrassing. I get called a hoarder, I see the eyes start to roll. My mind races, saying, "I swear it's not always like this! The vintage is usually stored away and I like to keep my house spotless but I have to work! I swear I'm not a hoarder it's all for sale, I donate from my own collection and donate my wares all the time!" Very few of my long-time real-life friends and family members really understand exactly what I'm doing and it's isolating.
I Hate the indecision. I'm noting this with a lot of other creative-brains but the more I strive to curate my brand to the best of my ability the more I'm plagued with crippling indecision. Anyone else having that problem? It holds me back, makes me toss and turn at night. I have trouble deciding everything from the trivial (what props to use in photos, whether to post something or not on the blog) to the huge. Perfection is the enemy of the done so I need to fight this beast for progress.
I wanted to share a detailed look at the hard parts because we're all suffering from it. Those of us trying to make our brands bigger, those of us trying to leave the day job, even those of us who are already very successful. Solo-prenuership is a tough path to take, but the rewards often outweigh the cons.
I know I keep reselling because every day I do this is a journey in self-discovery. Every day I learn something new and improve skills. Every day I practice and refine my mission and come closer to knowing what I really want to master in life. Curating tames my inner creative beast that MUST make, and it's given me the flexible schedule to investigate who I am. For those with families, for those who value personal time or spreading a greater message over an unrewarding position in a corporate machine, I highly recommend this lifestyle. It has pitfalls, but if you have the passion it's worth it. I do believe I'm putting this practice in to really focus on art lines, whole healthy living, indie business helping, and writing more than reselling in the near future.
Edit: I just thought of another issue I'm struggling with. I feel like I have a bigger mission to focus on than just selling vintage and thrifting. My brand's going through the though growing pains as I shift focus to organic sustainable living, art, junk culture and general bohemian lifestyle shenanigans.
Thank you for letting me get that off my chest! I feel like I'm not being honest on this blog if I don't share the gut-wrenching realities of this job that keep me from functioning normally!
Let's Vent! What are you struggling with work-wise, whether you're a reseller, indie biz owner, or trying to be one. What reselling worries keep you up at night?