I often hear the following comments:
- “You’re good at this, but I am not creative….
- “I never find anything good on sale.”
- “I never find anything good at thrift stores.” (garage sales, etc.)
- “I don’t know how you do it.”
Here is a perfect example of how I do it.
Yesterday (December 21st) I walked into JoAnn Fabrics to pick up a last minute gift for my mother. As I walked in the door I was met with two bits of information:
- All of their Christmas stuff is already 70% off
- They already have Valentine’s decor on display
As I walked through the store, two of the many voices in my head began to talk at once. One was bitching and moaning about the fact that Christmas isn’t even here yet and there is V-Day stuff around. The other voice was reminding me that I don’t need anymore Christmas decor, and that I should focus on the errand at hand….
But it doesn’t hurt to look, right?
Ta-Da! Quicker than you can say plan ahead, I found pink “Christmas” berries for 29 cents a piece. Pink reads Valentine’s Day to me. I bought the supplies for what will be a Valentine’s wreath, on clearance, 2 months before Valentine’s Day.
For me, much of my creativity springs from trying to be economical. Try looking at something that is an amazing deal, but try to imagine it as having a different purpose.