Hi I’m Arry. I began life in 2008. Now, who is Barry? Well he’s not my partner nor my imaginary friend. He’s part of a nickname Arrybarry (one of many) given to me by my parents. Confusing and embarrassing, that’s parents for you.
Nicknames - Only used to summon you when they want something.
Well, now when I want something, I get the same old: “Son, it’s too expensive. We can’t always buy what we want. You need to learn the value of money.”
So, I went away and read one of Dad’s 'How to make money' books called “Rich Dad, Poor Dad.” I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t as interesting as Harry Potter and also a little confusing. What I understood was: buy low sell high. Why not buy low and sell only a little bit higher? Surely you would sell more and everybody’s happy. More sales = more money, right? Look, I’m no Teacher – but it makes sense to me.
Dad said to think of something and he’ll help me with this project. So, what was I going to sell?
One day, “Arrybarry” got called to get a hairband from his Mum's dresser. OMG – where was I going to find that in four drawers of rubbish?
Then I remembered:
Dad’s always complaining about how much Mum spends on her hundreds of expensive beauty products, which she uses on the odd occasion. Mum’s complaining about how much Dad spends on his Health products which he “NEVER” uses, as his gym membership just collects dust.
Brainwave: All parents must do the same. Collect Rubbish = Health & Beauty = Money.
Most parents get asked "where do babies come from?", mine are asked "where did Arrybarry come from?".
There you have it, that’s my story and where it all started in 2017.
Now, please can you buy something, save yourselves some money and make me some along the way, so that I can buy some more Pokemon cards.
Don’t worry I’m still in primary school and intend to graduate.
It’s been some time since starting this and I’ve experienced a lot along the way so I owe you some updates.
Firstly, I’ve graduated to secondary school and things are changing. Somethings, I can’t talk about but I’m sure you can guess. Yup, mum’s made some space in the beauty draw for me now.
Positive note – I’m not summoned as often as they can’t take the new bass which comes out when I open my mouth – awkward! Teenage Superpower.
Being called Arrybarry hasn’t changed, although it’s sometimes shortened to Barry or Baz. WHO THE HELL IS THAT??? “It is what it is” as they say, else me and you wouldn’t have met, so it’s not all bad.
Like you, I was cooped up inside hibernating with Mamma and Pappa Bear. It wasn’t as bad as I thought. Although, i missed out on a lot of Wine (Vimto for me) and Cheese parties like the rest of you.
Have a thought now to bless those who faired a lot worse and thank you to those who helped others.
As for this side project. It’s been crazy! Good and Bad but never Ugly (I sell Health and Beauty products).
I’ve managed to hire some minions, and teach them the way, to help me help you. Please bear with us if you face any issues. It’s been a steep learning curve as the last few years have not been anything like they wrote in my Dads’s books.
Let me just say, however much I try, and if not a fault of my own, I can’t run other companies for them or give them a kick (Boris’s distance rules remember) to sort them out if the issue effects your order. I wish I could, for your happiness and mine.
What's more, other issues have not let up, with random supplier stock levels, courier delays/damages, yardy yardy yah. It’s tough and sometimes I just want to play on my PS5. Yes a PS5, dreams can come true, you have to think big people – I didn’t start this to buy penny sweets.
Please let me leave you for now with a big thank you to all those who have supported my little amazing online corner shop.
By the way, I would update the picture of me but the new one is not as cute and I still need to draw in the crowd.