While Janie Martinez Gonzalez was growing up, she watched her mother set up tables at flea markets to make the family some extra cash by selling gloves and bracelets, like the ones Madonna was wearing, or nunchucks, when karate was popular — whatever would sell.
“It was really neat to learn from her, and watch her operate — to take $20 and make $200. And for us, $200 was a lot,” Gonzalez said. “One of the things that I saw right away was how my mom was very smart, and society had told her that her job was to just be a housewife and raise her kids. And I was already being groomed for that.”
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