Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thrift finds, freebie economics, trying something new and the simple things.

On a recent adventure to do errands my daughter and a dear friend and I stopped at a thrift store. One we hadn't visited for quite a while. We have cut back on our trips to hunt because we've set a new goal for moving in a year and have been thinking and learning about what we would like to have as far as living quarters. This stop however was quite a great one and we got to pick and choose a few good things.


The best find was a large green Pyrex Cinderella bowl. This is a keeper and the price was $2.99. We found a bright floral table cloth and a double yellow daisy sheet and some vintage blue Christmas ornaments.


We found some other odds and ends that are always on our list. Canning jars at 49 cents, another small Pyrex Cinderella bowl, a terra cotta plant saucer, a basket for a gift basket and a pattern for a men's tie. The most exciting find for my daughter was a new with tags Holly Hobby doll. We left behind a lot of Pyrex that was not in good condition and some with bad chips but it was wonderful to find and be able to choose what was good. 


On our adventure to try something new the girls made honey oatmeal soap. I stayed out of the way for this one, but it seemed to be a simple procedure and look at the results. It's curing and will be ready for use soon.


Now getting to the freebie economics for the week. It wouldn't be a good week without candy and this week was a free York peppermint. I accumulated $34 in Staples rewards and cards over the past month and had my daughter take me to pick out a few items. We had no idea what we'd get. Our printer died and we didn't need ink so until we can get a new one I couldn't let this money go to waste. I purchased a 20 roll package of Scott bathroom tissue, two large containers of coffee and a three roll package of tape. In the end the total was $3.23. I had to split the order in two because I couldn't use them altogether on one order and that was fine. I think I did well. Then on the way into the thrift store I found a wrinkled up dollar bill on the ground and felt even better. Since I have little to no income at this time my daughter covers the overages for me and the dollar went straight to her piggy bank.


The most exciting thing for me this week was the blossom on this Christmas cactus. Three years ago my sister-in-law gave me a cutting. She was sure it was from her white cactus plant. I loved and watered and tended to this plant with such care and was rewarded with the proof that it sure is white. When I was working at The Home Depot a few years back I had seen one and didn't get off work in time to make it mine and had wanted one. The universe gives gifts in such special ways. This plant is named Junior. You see I have a larger pink Christmas cactus plant she also gave me as a cutting many years ago and on one of it's bad years I salvaged a cutting from it and got it to come back to all it's glory. In my small room on a very small table I have three plants. There is Senior, the larger pink cactus that made a miraculous come back, Junior the white cactus and "the third" which is the salvaged cutting from Senior. My happiness is in the simple things.

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful week everyone.

9 comments:

Van said...

I love when cuttings take off :D Beautiful scores, too.

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

I'm wondering if it is diffcult to start from the cutting? They are such gorgeous plants.

You did great shopping, both the new and old!

Sew Inspired said...

All of mine are from cuttings. It takes time and basically just leaving them alone.

Jill said...

Great job on the soap!!! It looks lovely!

Anny said...

I love your cutting and your finds! Since you mention not having much income right now have you considered eBaying some of the stuff you won't need post-move? Its what I do ;)

Sew Inspired said...

I do use eBay and craigslist.

laura sampson said...

Is it slow selling on ebay now? I know other bloggers selling on ebay say it's TOUGH with the new seller standards and the like : ) Keep up the good finds though--oh well what about a Facebook group? I sell a LOT through those!

Sew Inspired said...

We're finding it tough with all the sites. We're spending more on fees it seems than ever and the constant promoting is becoming time consuming. Got to keep at it. We've be working too hard to come this far. Ebay seems loaded with sellers. Etsy has new rules and is loaded with sellers. Lots of inquiries to lower prices as if it's an auction. Some day you feel bad if this is all anyone is doing to make a living. Not seeing that happening here. Should probably buy eBay stock. :)

ARod Rodriguez said...

great finds love the pyrex bowls