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Sunday, November 23, 2008


I'd love to see you both on my favorite show, the Amazing Race, I'd bet you would do well and besides, you'd be the first Full Time RVers (I can't remember any others and I've been watching from the start). Go for it, we'd all support you. Just remember, if you win you'd get a million and that would probably "help".

Howard & Linda,

In California, you are able to sell a few times without having to get a seller's permit. I thought it was the same in AZ and most states.

We sold fashion jewelry at Quartzite several years and discovered by the time we paid for the space rent, travel expenses, and extra inventory for a three week show, we ended up averaging about $10 per hour profit for the two of us.

Same experience at county fairs and large swap meets.

We did better at the RV shows put on by RVIA and Good Guys Car Shows.

Overall we were averaging less than $15 per hour. That's why I decided to go back to a corporate job until it's time to sell the house and go out on the road fulltime.

The old timers on the flea market, swapmeet and fair circuit all told us that the internet, 99 cent type stores, walmart and the big box stores have killed their business. The common theme was..."You should have been here in the 80's". One guy told us, back then he ran out of spaces to hide money in his RV he was making so much. Now he's lucky if he makes $300 in a weekend.

There are some major swap meets in the Phoenix area, including a huge one in Mesa, and one in Gilbert. Also, many of the RV parks have monthly vendor days where you can sell crafts for a very low fee. We're going to be staying at Happy Trails in Surprise and we'll let you know when the day is there. Also, you can post on Craig's list for free since you're going to be in one spot for a month.

I think you would do well in the Amazing Race and I encourage you to apply for it. The full-time RV niche has yet to be seen on the show.

You had me until the Texas A&M thing. lol Orange and white would sell so much better, especially after Thanksgiving night. I get to watch my favorite team then sleep about 4 hours, get up and go say good-bye to all my fellow workers. I am calling it quits after 35 years 6 months at the Post Office. Already have the Day Dreamer fifth wheel and will be leaving Florida (after winter) to travel the country thanks to you and Linda. You have shown me I can do it. God Bless both of you this Thanksgiving and Hookem Horns.

I recall the admonition of the tax attorney for whom I worked many years ago advising me that I had to pay a "use" tax for items I purchased in New Hampshire tax free. I told her I hadn't recently fallen off the turnip truck. With respect to your next stop in Benson, you'll probably be far enough away from the train tracks over there. The trains run on the tracks you'll cross after you leave I-10. You'll love Bisbee, so plan on lots of time to explore that old town. Take a walking stick along since it's on the sides of the hills.

At some shows the show sponsors hold a Sales Tax # for vendors that do not have a tax # for that location. The vendors can then report their sales to the sponsors and give them the Sales Tax to submit to the state and local agencies. Good Luck

Tax, tax,,tax and even more tax! What a great way to discourage micro and small business in the USA. I feel sorry for you guys.

In Australia we can pretty much sell stuff anywhere on a small scale and all we have to worry about is personal income tax from our sales if we cross our tax-free threshold. If we sell more than $50K of products in a year we also have to collect GST (consumption tax) on behalf of the federal government. Boy have we got it easy!

Howard and Linda, have you thought about the Gypsy Journal Rally in Casa Grande in February? It's getting to be a neat medium sized rally, and Nick allows only one vendor selling a product type, so all vendors have a good chance of making a buck. Plus it's a fun rally.

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