RALEIGH--The cost of the holidays can have many shelling out extra bucks this time of year.
“I work full time for Hospice of Wake County. I like to supplement my income,” said Mayela Harris, a vendor at the Raleigh Flea Market.
Harris spends her weekends selling her wares at the Raleigh Flea Market, as a way to rake in additional cash when the season of giving adds up.
“This time of year I make sure to bring my Christmas goodies out so people can buy for the holidays,” added Harris.
From Christmas sweaters to custom ornaments, Mayela goes above and beyond to meet the demands of her customers.
“Yesterday I made $500 dollars. It's only $50 dollars to be here for the weekend and you're pretty much guaranteed thousands of people walking through your booth,” Harris said.
Whether it's spotting the latest trends or tapping into their talents, many vendors said this is a great way to make some extra holiday cash. Some said they see twice the amount of money during the holiday season than they would over the summer.
“I lost my job and this was my hobby so it turned into a business. I never thought I would have to, but it's working. It saved us from going under,” added Warsin.
It's a creative approach to make ends meet.
“Whether it's a little trinket that was in their grandmother's cabinet, or a lovely pin they needed. Just making them happy is what it's all about,” said Harris.
They're cashing in on a way to make money through a labor of love by cutting the stress that comes with an expensive season.
The Better Business Bureau has some suggestions if you're looking to raise some quick holiday cash.
They recommend selling items online, selling your gold or silver jewelry, or finding freelance or seasonal work to make ends meet.
However, they do not advise you to take out a loan, max out your credit cards, or pawn your valuables.