Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Thrift finds and "freebie economics".

Not a lot of thrift shopping and picking going on here. We look mostly for things that are actually needed and it has to be special for us to want it. We have set a goal to re home in the next few months so my daughter is setting aside as much as possible to achieve that venture. We went out once for a day with a friend and my sister-in-law between Thanksgiving and Christmas and had a wonderful day. We found a few good deals. It's getting easier to hunt and pick just what you can get the most out of.

At one thrift store we found a package of orange ornaments that adorned our tree this past holiday season, an almost new pair of LL Bean low cut hiking boots for $5.99 that fit just right, a pair of mens Clark's saddle shoes that only needed the white laces changed out, one 1/2 pint canning jar and a darling leprechaun.

This pile of goodies was so cheap. I believe a couple dollars for it all. There was a Vera scarf, 18 tart pans, a resin bird, miniature Christmas ornaments a Kokeshi doll and a package of bristle brush Christmas trees. The resin bird went here:

We found a set of four glass spice jars and a beautiful vintage orange and gold floral table cloth and we are always getting orange and yellow towels for our retro bathroom.

After Christmas we dropped off donations and looked around the thrift store and found two sets of these wonderful floral sheets and the only other purchase we made was for this lovely Ben Seibel sugar bowl size vintage covered dish. 

Some of the purchases will be kept and some have been or will be added to the store inventory but all in all we just wanted to get out and have a great day with friends and family. Thrifting is more fun when you're in a group.

My quest to keep going with as many free items as I can has become more fun than challenging and this pile of goodies (a 20 roll package of Scott bath tissue, two large Folgers coffee, three movie boxes of M&M's and one lollipop) came to a total of $1.50 which was mostly tax. I was armed with coupons for free merchandise and rewards vouchers and I couldn't have been more satisfied. I will continue shopping this way until policies change or they just don't let me any more. Twice now I've used my rewards for this kind of shopping.

In the mail I received a free sample of Dove hair oil treatment and on Savingstar the freebies this week were corn muffin mix and hot cocoa.

Also received free this week were these metal display stands. Five are heavy metal stands and adjust in height and one is a sign stand. They nicely come apart for easy storage and my daughter will use these when she does her craft shows. A few more items out of the landfill. Being green and using "freebie economics" to help the budget has proven to be a positive change for us. I hope you all are doing as well as we are and thanks for stopping by.


Pinkdotties said...

i like the clark shoes, those are awesome and the scarf is so cute!

Chrissy said...

great find with the clark shoes! fantastic price for a really great quality shoe.

rush said...

I have a SavingStar account, too. Wonderful way to "save"! The freebies are usually things we like, too. I loved tagging along on your thrifting trip!

ThriftyGirl51 said...

Great finds, you bird display is very cute! I wish I was better with coupons and savings.

Anny said...

That looks like so much fun! My family will garage sale with me but turn their noses up at thrift stores. More for me!

laura sampson said...

hmmm I don't have one of those savingstar accounts but I might just need one, I've zipped off to look and I'm interested! Are the clarks for sale or...? I love them!