You’ve seen the garages that are so full of junk that you couldn’t park a bicycle in them, we all have.  Today’s topic is based (in part) on rummaging through a prospective clients junk to find a salvageable trade to barter for services.  Occasionally, Cindy and I can’t find anything amidst old magazines and newspapers, empty boxes and bottles and the occasional backyard full of vehicles that aren’t running. But- hey we give it a shot and frankly we spend a lot of time searching for a ruby among the rubble! 

The Pawning Planners-Cindy Daniel and Wendy Wortham

Whether we are digging through an old barn or abandoned farmhouse- the occasional rat or snake have been known to have us running screaming right out of a building!  Hitting a lick (making a profit from a trade) takes an investment of time and often, a refurbishing process.  I enjoy these “Treasure Hunts” with my twin for a number of reasons but mainly because we enjoy spending most of our time together and meeting interesting clients. 


Coming and going, two sets of twins that love to find something unique and different amongst the many heaps of junk we dig through is effectively “A family affair” for The Little Pawners, Maryssa and Makenna Mahaney as well as myself and my sister, Cindy Daniel.  Although I never dreamed of taking trades for weddings and event services, doing so has certainly thrown a lot of adventure into not only officiating weddings and religious ceremonies but also the floral design and photography aspect of being a “junkster.” 

 The twins love an adventure and this weekend will be taking a train to Dallas with my sister and I and meeting new clients for a Christmas Wedding.  Maryssa and Makenna are also really looking forward to bargain hunting on Black Friday which my twin and I are dreading after years of workng as brand ambassadors for Kodak, Proctor & Gamble, Duracell, AT&T as well as Cadillac.  Black Friday brings out the “crazy” in consumer shoppers. 

 The twins say they are “up to the challenge” if it means spreading their Christmas money farther and are fairly saavy about referencing prices  on their  iPhones. 

Maryssa and Makenna Mahaney

As we “gear up” for finding something of value for a flip, swap or trade, I look forward to a holiday wedding in Fort Worth where winter is as unpredictable as a coin toss since it can either be icy or shorts weather around here.  We have a Plan B for the wedding should the weather turn bad and that is to head over to my home in West Fort Worth aka WorthamWorld for an indoor wedding. 

 Cindy and I shared a few laughs at the last farmhouse with unexpected noises in the barn and a few not so surprising rodents in the abandoned cars out back but, “you can’t profit from the harvest if you don’t plant the crop!” 

Wendy M Wortham Wedding Ceremonies, Floral Designs & Photography- Texas Twins Events