HOBBY PARADE (Mar, 1950)
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My Recipes Go To Market.
T had often noticed young brides, yes, and sometimes people who looked long-married, staring disconsolately at meat counters. Meat prices are high, and, although lamb kidneys, pig’s tails, ox tails, etc., are cheaper than steak, many housekeepers don’t know how to prepare tasty dishes from such meats. As I had often prepared wonderful meals from cheap beef and lamb kidneys, etc., I decided to suggest to the butcher that I bring in a few of my own recipes on ways to prepare these meats, and if he placed them in behind the glass showcase (with Scotch tape), he could sell more kidneys, etc. The butcher now buys my neatly-printed recipes, using these once little-wanted items, and each week I prepare new ones for him. He pays me $1 a week, and it all helps, besides helping many experienced cooks to prepare tasty dishes from hitherto unknown meats. -Mrs. Muriel E. Eddy.
Let your typewriter coin money for you. If you live in a small town, all the better; in every community there is, I have found, need for a typist. All you need for this profitable hobby is a typewriter, some stationery, and the ability to type neatly and accurately. Last year I found the need to earn some extra money. I asked a local stationery store in Brooklyn to let me put a card in their window. On it I typed my name, address, and telephone number. I also put such a card in several hotels. I interviewed some of the real estate and other tradespeople. I suggested that I handle their bills each month. I charge 10 cents a page for letters, and 5 cents for post cards. My fee is $5 for mailing out 500 circulars. In time I got so much typing that my sister now has to assist me in my hobby. Any woman home all day can follow my example and make a nice little nest egg for herself.
-Mrs. Theodora Anthony.
Leather Map Maker.
The hobby of Norman Blackwood of Jacumba, California, is making maps, and has brought him some welcome pin money, as well as being very interesting. For the maps, he generally uses leather, but sometimes uses certain tree barks, or parchment-like paper. He chooses an old map—say, one of the supposed routes to the East known as the Northwest Passage—and goes to work. Almost any sort of leather will do, rough or fine, and either side of the leather. He draws the map with ink, and colors it slightly with crayons, rubbing the color well into the leather. This gives it an extremely antique appearance. Sometimes he scrapes the edges of the leather to make a border. He made his first maps to decorate his den, but since then, has sold them to a number of tourist shops and home furnishing stores. They are easy to make—if you have patience—cost very little, and sell for as much as $8.50 apiece. -Mimette Wishart.
African Violet Authority.
I have been growing African violets in my home in Longmont, Colorado, and selling them locally for a number of years. People always marvel at my plants looking so healthy and want to know just how I care for my plants and keep them blooming twelve months in the year. This gave me the idea of compiling my own experiences of growing violets into a little booklet. This contains several illustrations of my different methods and instructions on general care. This little booklet sells for 35 cents each or three for $1. I have sold several thousand and orders are still coming in. I have received dozens of letters from grateful people who have purchased my little booklet, expressing their appreciation for the help they have received from the information the little booklet contains.
Interest in photography led Melvin Vande Plasch, Milwaukee, to help other photographers sell their pictures profitably. He has collected and filed photographs taken by amateurs and professionals which he furnishes to those interested in buying them for calendars, cards, and for newspaper and magazine picture sections. Trade publications find them of value, too. The photographs are of diversified subjects and meet various needs. Vande Plasch contacts the buyers of photographs and sells them on a commission basis for his clients who do not have these connections. -Adell Fritz Krebs.
Dressed Up Match Boxes.
T began to decorate match boxes as a hobby simply because the ones I saw were ugly things to have around. When someone suggested that I might sell them, I approached a buyer of a specialty shop in Minneapolis, with six samples. The buyer was enthusiastic and he suggested packaging the match boxes in sets of four, wrapped in Cellophane and tied with red ribbon. Then, he ordered $96 worth. My finished match boxes sell to gift shops, cigar counters, bookstores and stationery departments, for 5 to 25 cents each. Stores add 50 per cent markup. I buy rolls of wallpaper with a very small floral design, along with a quart bottle of mucilage, a stiff quarter-inch paint brush, a pair of sharp scissors, and a quart of white shellac, which gives a protective coating and a professional finish. My matches, purchased at first in packages of ten boxes at a penny a box, I now buy wholesale in large quantities. I also use fabric, leatherette, metallic paper, paint, sticker seals and initials for coverings. In some localities you will find that fire laws regulate the selling of matches, and the post office has strict rules about asbestos packing when matches are sent through the mail. -Emil Schultz.
Decorated Memo Pads.
TOURISTS WHO visit my home town, Loveland, Colorado, ever in quest of regional fancies, have proved to be very good customers for the wall memo pads which I make by using a piece of smooth cedar wood cut into a rectangular piece 4 by 9 inches. On the upper portion of the wood I outline, using an electric burning pencil, a design of a cowboy swinging a lariat. After completing the outline, I then paint the design, using bright color enamel. I next bore two holes in the lower portion to correspond with the holes I have punched in a 2-by-3-inch white paper pad. I cut a narrow strip of leather and place it around a short pencil, fastening it to the wood with a small tack just above where the pad is to be placed. Through the holes in the board and pad I put split fasteners which, when the prongs are bent at the back, hold the pad firmly in place. I then attach a metal picture hanger by which the memo can be hung on the wall. The material cost is approximately 10 cents each. I can make one in twenty minutes so I realize a nice profit on the sale of them at 50 cents each.
-Mrs. Maynard Graham.
New Use For Old Bottles.
A dentist friend in my home city, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, saves me the plastic bottles her flourine solution comes in and these make marvelous dresser bottles or travel containers for lotions, toilet water, and the like. I wash out the bottles and air them well, then decorate with Dek-all paints. The bottles cost nothing, and five minutes spent in decoration brings a return of 35 cents each. They sell very quickly because of the low price and attractive appearance. The bottles also make excellent rattles for babies. I put in a small handful of pebbles, glue the screw-top on tightly, and tie colored ribbons around the neck. For older children they make marvelous bathtub toys since they will not break and can be squeezed like rubber, squirting water in all directions.