Finding Treasures this Weekend

There are two things I like to do on Saturday mornings in the Spring.  One is hunt for treasures at garage and estate sales and the other is sell the treasures I've salvaged and restored.  Two weekends ago I did the Flea Affair with two of my Picker friends, Heather Gardner, and Diedre Roberts.  This is a wonderful event at an estate in Granite Bay.  Very friendly hosts and vendors with treasures of cottage decor and salvaged finds.  It's supposed to be a selling event.  Of course, I find myself buying as much, if not more than, I sell.

This weekend we are doing our last garage sale of the season.  The first ones we did were to raise funds for The Relay for Life/American Cancer Society.  Our team raised $4,000.  All Folsom teams together raised $90,000 and 178 people signed up for a Cancer Study that will go on for 25 years (Yeah Folsom!)  We've been accumulating and restoring new treasures over the past few months and it's time to sell them.  Heather has been gathering great finds from Santa Cruz and I've been working on some fabulous treasures that will either go in the garage sale this weekend (Sat 8am to 1pm on Haddington Drive in Folsom) or in the shop: Gracefully Vintage http://www.shopgracefullyvintage.net/

Garage Sale Items...


Social Media as a Medium for Treasure Brokers

I don't have a ton of time in each day.  All the kids are in school together at the same time only from 11:15am to 2:30pm.  That's it!  I have the desire of a 60+ hour a week entrepreneur but the actual time allotted to a stay at home mom.  Somehow with this schedule I have been able to; have my own Corporate Gift company, Wolf Marketing http://www.wolfmarket.com/, have a shop downtown (previously Sunshine on Sutter - now Gracefully Vintage) http://www.shopgracefullyvintage.net/, and be a Stella & Dot stylist www.stelladot.com/611.  As well as participate in shows with my furniture and jewelry.

The funny thing is that for Mother's Day when my kids wrote down a description of their mommy, they said things like, "I like it when mommy cooks for me" or "I like it when mommy plays with me" or "mommy cleans the house".  Somehow with all the above that I do, my kids still see me in the traditional mother role  (funny because I don't cook, don't clean well, and haven't had a date with my husband yet this year) but somehow, I am doing it all.  Rather than jack-of-all-trade master-of-none.  I am a jack-of-all-trades master-of-illusion!

What does this all have to do with the title?  I need help.  I need to be as efficient as possible to communicate what I do to the right people.  There is so much out there with email, website, facebook, twitter, craigslist, eBay, etsy, blogs, blah, blah, blah.  I could spend every second trying to create and maintain all of it.  I want to know what's the most powerful way to get your message and product out but keep it totally simplified.  Is that blogging?  A website?  Selling on eBay or is Etsy better?  I don't want to do all of it but what I do, I want to do well.

Thoughts, suggestions, best practices?