Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Day 5 - Thrift Store Shopping

I took the kids out this afternoon so we didn't kill brain cells while the first of three coats of polyeurethane was drying. We went to the post office, library, park for a peanut butter and jelly picnic lunch, and Goodwill. I was proud of myself for bringing a load of junk to get rid of, but then we came home with an equal amount of stuff. (It's not junk yet.)

 I got...

...a new pair of shoes ($3);
My feet were killing me this morning after walking around in cheap foam flip flops all day yesterday! I thought I'd give this pair a try. They are comfortable so far and really highlight the nice puffy veins in my feet.

...a new summer purse ($3)
I like my current purse but it's more of a huge bag and things get lost in the bottom of it. I wanted something more compact with more pockets.

...a bag to take to the pool ($3)
I definitely did not need this, but I thought it would be handy to keep our goggles, suntan lotion, camera, phone, snacks, etc.

an awesome red bag with fur to use at Christmastime ($3)
I did not need this, I just loved it. 

a purse for Rachel ($3)
And if you happened to notice that I bought four purses/bags, I'll let you know now that I'm a sucker for purses and bags. Some women like shoes. Not me. I could be happy living off one pair of comfortable shoes, but I love purses, especially ones with lots of pockets. My favorite places to get purses and bags are Target Clearance and Goodwill. There are often brand new or very gently used purses at Goodwill, that women clear out of their closets, all for only $2.99. I gave into Rachel's request for a cute little pink purse. How could I say "no" when she tilts her head at me and says, "Mommy, I get this?" I had already told her she couldn't get a pink dress and a lavender shirt with a stain on it. 

a brand new electric citrus juicer ($4)
The electric citrus juicer was totally unnecessary, but I thought it would be a fun activity this summer to make some fresh squeezed lemonade. Jason also keep asking me, "When can we make fresh squeezed orange juice?" This might help satisfy that desire and get him to stop asking.

two new dresses and a bathing suit coverup for Emily ($3 ea.);
three kids books ($0.49 ea);
a set of sheer white 84 in. curtains for my bedroom or somewhere else in the house ($3);
a plain white queen flat sheet ($3);

I don't really have a plan for the flat sheet, but I couldn't pass up nearly 3 yards of plain white fabric in new condition. The craft and sewing possibilities are endless...or I could just use it as a flat sheet for the girls' bed.  

So I got my thrift shop fix today. And the exciting part was I even got 25% off my total because I had been earning points on previous purchases. That was fun. I got all that stuff for $30. And to think some women pay over $100 for a single pair of shoes or a single bag.... Those women must not have discovered Goodwill yet. 

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