Hi, I am Amy Delmanto and I am The 5th Grade Renegade! Thank you for stopping by my brandy new website. I am excited about this new adventure.
I started my Teachers Pay Teachers store during the Summer of 2017. I had one product that I thought was worth selling. My principal at the time was the first to encourage me to sell it.
The product was a scavenger hunt for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We had just taken a trip there with my 5th graders. I had designed a scavenger hunt to go along with the novel “From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.” Nothing else like this was available to purchase on TPT. If there had been I would have bought one instead of making one.
While at the museum several teachers stopped me to ask where I had purchased the scavenger hunt. I told them I had made it and they also suggested that I sell it. I still had trouble believing that anyone would pay money for something that I had created.
It took me FOREVER but I was able to spruce up my scavenger hunt. It started to look pretty professional. I was able to do it because I spent time that summer learning how to use Powerpoint. I watched tutorials and read articles online. I then opened a seller’s account on Teachers Pay Teachers and created a free product to post on my new account and posted my first product.
It took a week but the first time a heard that “CHA-CHING” from the TPT app on my phone I cheered. It was a whopping $4 but it felt like a million bucks! After that, I was inspired and I decided that it was time to make some more products.
I started by designing decorations for my classroom that fall. My school changes themes every year and the theme for that year was Nautical and I decided I was going to create my own. So the majority of items in my store that first month were nautical themed. They were selling though so I decided to design those products in other themes and I now have almost a dozen other themes available.
It was my goal that eventually selling on TPT would cover me for “summer money” and I would not have to teach summer school or work summer camp. I was hoping that I could just do that and work from home. I am almost there. Thank you for supporting me on this journey!