So, people who follow me on tumblr and my other social media will have heard about this, but earlier this year, I moved from full time to part time at my place of work. This was a conscious and purposeful choice on my part, as I was initially moved to full time without my consent and the stress from working in a retail position that requires a LOT from my body (I work at the paint desk hauling around 5 gallon paint buckets every day) was making me very, very ill. I was under so much stress that I ended up having a mental break down at one point, and when I was finally shifted back to part time, the majority of my health issues cleared up in a matter of WEEKS.
However, this shift also chopped my income literally in half, despite getting a small raise at the beginning of the year (I make about $12 an hour, but work only about 25 hours a week at max).
Now I've been open for commissions for a long time, having updated everything in January, but haven't had any takers. I can't say why, though I feel it might be partially due to my own lack of connections and networking getting the word out, but just today, my savings has dropped to less than $600, with about $40 in my checking once my rent payment goes through. I've been trying desperately to save up money so I can replace the driver's side CV joint on my car before it damages the transmission, as well as trying to get the funds together I need to take my cat into the vet for her annual check up, which she missed earlier this year due to me not having the time or money to take her in.
The vehicle repair expenses are going to be roughly $200 for parts alone, and even with my dad helping with the installation, we're going to need to go to a professional workshop to use one of the large presses, and they'll obviously charge for the labor. The last time I went to the vet, the check up cost roughly $150 due to kitty needing her shots updated, which she is obviously going to need again due to the delay.
I've opened up an eBay account to sell some of my action figures, including four first run Team Fortress 2 figures that still have their original packaging. I have the Heavy Weapons Guy, the Soldier, the Pyro and the Demoman, and I'm hoping to sell them for at least $30-$40 a piece so that I can at least TRY to get some income going. I'm also going to be selling a Combiner Wars Thundercracker figure, and I'll be going through some of my other figures in case folks are further interested.
As a reminder, yes, I am open for commissions, yes, some of them as cheap as $2. Please consider supporting me either with a commission, a bid on a figure, or even buy me a ko-fi, I could really use the help.
UPDATE (08-23-2018): The vehicle repair has be taken care of thanks to help from my father and the local shops actually having the part needed in store, making it WAY cheaper, and I managed to sell Heavy Weapons Guy, Soldier, and Pyro. Demoman is still for sale, and I am still open for commissions.