Tag: thrift shopping

estate sale art supplies

Great estate sale finds. Check it out

Ok, I went to the mother of all estate sales over the weekend. And not necessarily in a good way. Never in all my years of estate sale shopping have I seen such a  mass array of “stuff”.  I felt sorry for whoever had lived there. It was that bad.

The humidity was sky-high so the smells were even worse. I had to leave. How my friend was able to stay, I don’t know. But said friend wanted to back the next day because it was less humid and there would be less to have to search through. Reluctantly, I agree because everything would be half price.

I’m glad I did.

It was still a mess but now you could at least get through the piles and see what was there.

I found this almost new sheet set for three dollars.

estate sale sheet set

Then I gathered up some sewing supplies. I especially like the tape measure because it’s longer than most, lightweight, and will roll up easily so I can keep it in my purse. Each was twenty-five cents.

estate sale sewing supplies

Finally, some art supplies which was a really good find as our grandson is coming to spend a week with us next week, and this will work for him. I’m very happy with the sketch pad. Have you ever priced these? They’re not cheap. I did good, huh?

estate sale art supplies

Of course, having been in that home gave me great impetus to clean house. But only when on a rainy day. If you live in Michigan, you want to be outside every chance you get.

God bless and have a good day.

An interesting read about not buying new clothes

garage sale findI was scrolling through some blogs on Pinterest and came across a blog post that peaked my interest.

What really caught my attention was the second half. I wonder though about what she says about the clothes that are donated to thrift shops. I certainly buy a lot of my clothes there as do many of my friends.

I’m going to ask the next time I’m at Goodwill what they do with the clothes they don’t sell.

garage sale find

Anyway, it’s an interesting read.

God bless and have a good day.

http://www.mintnotion.com/life/no-new-clothing-for-a-year/

(BTW, I posted this from my phone so I’m not sure how the link will show up. You may have to copy and paste.)

garage sale find

My great garage sale finds. You’ll like them.

Thought I’d share what I found at garage sales Saturday. The tins were fifty cents. The Ritz can is an antique so I probably won’t paint that one. But the other two? Well, you know me and paint, especially spray paint.

garage sale finds

These little plates are plastic with gold trim. I fell in love with them. Aren’t they adorable? I can’t believe I paid what she asking. I seldom do that but I just fell in love with these.

garage sale finds

And I love these coasters; fifty cents for eight of them. Why not a little bling?

garage sale finds

And then finally, the vintage tablecloth. I scored this little beauty for fifty cents. It had a spot on it and I wasn’t sure if it would come out and the owner reduced the cost. As it turned out, it did come out. What I particularly like about this table cloth is that it’s square and my kitchen table is square so it will be a good fit.

garage sale find

I love the white border.

garage sale find

I think I spent a whole $4.50. Not bad, huh?

secrets

What IS “Victoria’s Secret” anyway?

Have you ever wondered what Victoria’s secret is?

secrets

I mean she must have one, right?

Psst. I think I know.

Actually, I think you know, too. You just don’t want to admit it.  What prompted this discussion is that I just saw a Victoria’s Secret commercial and it got me to thinking. Here it is:

Victoria’s secret has figured out a marketing strategy to entice women to buy underwear, all one-eighth yard of it, at an obscene price.

If women have the money and want to spend it that way, that’s certainly a woman’s choice.  But I just don’t get it. I really don’t.  I resent even paying $5.00 for a pair of “undies”.  And bras, they’re ridiculous.  Even inexpensive ones are expensive.  Of course, I realize larger busted women probably do need to pay more and I get that.

I think my hesitancy to spend so much on underwear is because I managed a clothing store for a few years. If you knew the mark-up on clothes you would wait until everything got marked down to at least eighty percent off! The mark-up is that high.

That’s why stores can promote big sales at so-called huge reductions, they’re still making a profit.  Of course, the problem with waiting for the mark-down is that your coveted article may be long gone before it is reduced enough to tempt you. I’ve learned that one the hard way at times. So if it’s an item I really need, I have been known to splurge.

I like being a thrift shopper. I like getting compliments on what I put together and then get to say I bought it all at a thrift shop. “You’re kidding”, is a response I get often. When I do shop department stores, I always head to the sales racks first.

It’s that mark-up thing I just can’t get past.

Running a retail clothing store has ruined me because now I know The Secret.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

the week in review and an on-line garage sale

Hope you had a good week.

I’ve been busy trying to organize my basement, clean out closets. Getting a big bag ready for “Thred Up”.  Have you checked it out? It’s a great big on-line garage sale. I’ve purchased a couple of items and have been very pleased.

This week I wrote about depression and our responsibility for our own health.

I didn’t post on Tuesday. There was a “situation” that got in the way

Wednesday I talked a little about why I hadn’t posted the day before and about National Chocolate Cake day.

Thursday I posted about how sometimes how we handle competition can lead or at least give us a clue about our depression.

Thursday I wrote about grace  and how sometimes we don’t recognize it the “ordinariness” of life.

Today is cloudy in Michigan, yet again!!!! Hubby and I heading out to run some errands and maybe go out for lunch.

Tomorrow night our church is having a combined service with our “sister church”, an ethnic church that has a totally different style of worship. We’re looking forward to it

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

 

 

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