posted on Feb, 4 2008 @ 09:01 AM
Been hatching a plan for my future and any feedback that I can get from the survival community would be most helpful and much appreciated.
This year will finish up my sixth decade (turning 60). Although I've worked hard for most of my life things have gone for me in a way that even if
it's to be still available, social security is not something I can see supporting me. I fully intend to never apply. My best hope for the future is
that I make myself as useful as possible until the day I lay down and give it up. I've been out of work for a couple of years now and funds are
getting low. I have a plan to put some of the last of those funds to work for me and I can't afford many mistakes so I need advice. Lots and lots of
I have done flea marketing in the past and thoroughly enjoyed it. I always did it at local flea markets and started out with my own yard sale items I
had accumulated. I would be where I had to drive home at night and pay for the booth whether I sold anything or not. If you're not doing well or if
the local market gets depressed you can get in a hole pretty quick and easy. Not a deep hole but a temporarily paralyzing one. I never worked out a
niche. I think I have that solved and would like to hear what you have to say about it.
Since survival and emergency preparedness is a dominating part of my every day life, that should be the theme of my booth. I have gotten lined up with
some very good wholesalers whose prices will allow me a lot of room to dicker and still make a good profit on the major things. I'm going to sell
crossbows, pellet guns, blow guns and sling shots. I may even sell some of those stoves I've been making and maybe make some slings to sell too. Add
to that any survival related tools that seems to be in demand and some survival books. Maybe help some people get together a survival kit and through
conversation help them figure out what they need and what they don't. I'm probably going to be a little slow about getting into knives but all flea
market have plenty of people selling knives already and you can sink a lot of money into knives fast. The right deal from a wholesaler could change my
mind about that though. I don't want to sell anything I need an FFL for. I hate paperwork.
I have good information on flea markets along with contact info and I have a motor home. I'm alone so I don't have to worry about the comforts and
needs of anyone else at this point in my life. That's not how it's always been and hopefully not how it's always going to be. Point is I can haul
my stuff in the motor home and stay with it as long as it sells. When things get slack it may be time to drift.
This will put me in a position to spend my days discussing survival and preparedness with others who (most of them anyway) actually want to talk about
it. Every day will be more opportunity to learn and to help others. And as an added bonus, when the balloon goes up I'll be setting on a gold mine of
barter goods. Goods that are useful to keep and outfit a group as well as barter. Along the way I'll occasionally pick up a deal that's too good to
pass and these will help to make a little more money. Maybe if things hold together I can one day own a decent flea market. That booth rent looks like
good steady money for when I'm too old for much else. Maybe that would give my kids a reason to look after the old man.
Anyway, That pretty much spells it out. What do you think?