The old shoemaker was very poor. He had just enough leather to make one last pair of shoes. He left the leather out on the table and in the morning the elves had made a beautiful pair of shoes. He sold them for enough money to buy leather for two pairs of shoes. The next night the elves made two pairs of shoes and the shoemaker could buy more leather. This went on for some time, whereby the shoemaker was able to manage on his own. The shoemaker thanked the elves by making them clothes and they were never seen again.
Note to self: work hard, accept help when I need it, make a small profit each time to build on. (and yes… those are my wife’s handmade booties)