A Good Haul – Adventures in Thrifting

I survived last week! Making a list of all that needs to be done sure does make a big difference. Everything got done and I was only mildly exhausted by the end of it all. On to this week’s challenges!

For today’s post, we’re going back in time about two weeks, when our little town had their annual spring city-wide yard sale day. Some Postman decided to go along with me; we had a fun time hunting for bargains together. Here’s most of our loot from the day:

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Counter-clockwise from the top:  It seems I’m on a purse-gathering kick…how many have I bought at yard sales or thrift stores so far this year? Don’t answer that – it’s incriminating evidence! Ha ha! This is a nice, roomy black faux-leather Rosetti bag, originally from Dillard’s, that I got for a dollar. The red polka dot piece there is a sleeveless dress, which I’ve worn twice since I got it (you’ll see it featured in the next blog post). The denim capris did not fit well, so they will be donated. For the life of me, I can’t remember what that gray thing is in the corner. A shirt? skirt? Sorry, folks…it will remain a mystery, because I don’t feel like going through my dresser and closet to figure it out. The last two things are swimsuits; the lime green one fits really well – and it has no brand or size tags inside! The red one is Faded Glory, size 14 – and fits horribly! It’s too big in the belly/butt and far too small in the bust. Strange thing…I almost hate to donate it, but maybe there’s a lady out there who’s more pear-shaped than me who can wear it. I accidentally sprayed bug killer on it while chasing a Big Giant Hairy Spider across the room. It washed up nicely. The swimsuit, not the spider. The spider is still shriveled up just beyond my reach under the living room floor. I should get tongs and remove him, but even getting that close to a dead spider gives me the willies. He’s serving as a warning to any other spiders who might think venturing into my house would be a good idea.

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Fun stuff for a lingerie shower I gave for my friend a couple of days ago. The teddy bear was a prop for a game; the bra was new, so it was a gift. The nighty was like-new; I tried it on to test whether it might fit my friend (we’re close to the same size, except she has more bosom than me). Since it is snug across my chest, I didn’t think it would work for her, so I kept it for myself. It’s Victoria’s Secret…and it only cost $1!

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Counter clockwise, from top right: series of books for the church library…a game to play with Boo (we tried it out, and the ants don’t jump very well on carpet)…vintage wood alphabet blocks (thought to sell them on eBay, but it turns out they aren’t worth much more than we paid for them, so they have joined the other toys in our stash)…a Pampered Chef rotary grater (currently for sale in my eBay listings)…a bag of mini vehicles (Boo LOVES them!)…a container of old watches (possible use in decorating tables at a convention next year)…and finally, a vintage Snoopy transistor radio (he might go on eBay, but for now, he’s sitting on the mudroom counter, adding to the decor).

I didn’t go yard saling this past weekend, since I had the lingerie shower going on, but I hope to get out there next Saturday, barring rain. It has been raining SO much lately! The ducks are happy, but we would like for it to dry out a little now. It’s almost necessary to wear waders when herding the ducks back to the henhouse in the evenings!

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This is right outside my office window. Some Postman has dug a trench around the house for landscaping with river rock, but it keeps raining and filling up the trench with water. So we have a moat around the house…just right for yard ducks!

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Large Bites, Numerous Pies and Flaming Irons

I may have bitten off more than I can chew.

I’ve got my fingers in too many pies.

And I have too many irons in the fire.

Yeah, I know…a writer should avoid the use of cliches. My brain is simply too fried to think of anything on its own, so it’s relying on idioms and over-used phrases.

My hat is off (there’s another one!) to all the women out there who work a full time job, take care of a family and a home, and do volunteer work – and do it all well! I am not like you…I’m falling apart at the seams (sorry) and all I did was a drop in the bucket compared to you.

Super Woman is NOT my middle name. It’s more like Ultra Wimp. I am Worn-Out Woman, hear me cry…

I’ve got my eye on the prize, though. (Ugh!) Some Postman surprised me by making plans to go visit my sister-friend M.A. and her family next month. I am SO excited! I made one of those cutesy count-down signs and put it in the kitchen to motivate me to keep on truckin’. (ha!) Hopefully I won’t be a wet noodle by then. (How many of these do you think I can use in one post? 😀 )

In light of my lack of ability to wear many hats and juggle a dozen cats (rhyming idioms!), you may not see a lot of posts on the little ol’ blog here. I’m gonna give it the old college try (yup) and at least pop my head in once or twice (is that an idiom?).

On that note…

Elvis has left the building. (ba-dum!)

A Few Thrifty Finds

A Few Thrifty Finds

Oh my…time is galloping along this week! I’d hoped to write this post a few days ago, but just haven’t had an opportunity until now. And honestly, I should be washing dishes instead. I baked scones for this weekend and the kitchen is a mess! Ah well, dishes can wait. 🙂

My daughter and I went to a nearby town’s city-wide yard sale event last Saturday. She found a nice Eddie Bauer stroller for the new baby for a mere $5. That alone was well worth the trip! Here are the treasures I brought home:

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The taller Starbucks mugs will become part of a gift basket for a certain someone this Christmas. The smaller mugs and canister are eBay fodder.

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I gave the Fire King glass casserole to my son; he’s been using his skillet to bake such things, which works in a pinch, but this dish will be so much better. The “Golden Age Couples” Frankoma mug is kind of funny to me, but I couldn’t pass it up for only 50¢. Some Postman found the pink Lazybones pattern S&P shaker (also Frankoma) at the automotive swap meet he attended that same Saturday. Wasn’t that sweet of him to buy me a little gift while he was scoping out tires and car parts?

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In a couple of weeks, I’ll be giving my dear friend D a lingerie shower in honor of her recent wedding. The polka dot nighty will be a part of the decorations (which D can take home with her, if she likes it), as will the length of tulle netting (it looks like a pillow in a bag in the photo). The tiny Nikes are more eBay fodder, and the adorable baby bunny slippers are for my grandbaby-in-the-making, if she turns out to be a girl (we’ll find out soon!).

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More purses…I didn’t notice how worn is the handle of the black bag until I set up the photo, so we’ll see if I end up keeping that one or not. The Hollister scarf is super soft! My first intention in purchasing it was to sell it on eBay, but since they don’t appear to be a very hot item there, I will keep it for myself.

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The little shoes and dress set were purchased for my brother’s little girl, and I sent them home with my daughter so she could give them to my sister-in-law (they work together). Min took a picture of these cuties for me before she delivered them. I could not resist that gingham dress – it is SO cute! And those little shoes….oh my! My toddling niece will surely  be the cutest thing ever wearing them.

And finally, here’s a fun photo of Min and Boo enjoying the cookies I packed along for our yard sale adventures. I think I should print out a poster-sized copy of this and put it on my office wall!

My Cookie Monsters!

My Cookie Monsters!

Sunday Style: I’m So Blue!

So I’ve been pedaling away on my stationary bike for a few weeks now. At first, I turned on the TV for distraction, watching The Price Is Right most days. I found that looking at the TV had a tendency to mess with my equilibrium (something easily done due to inner ear issues), so last week I put some CDs in the stereo instead. What better music to motivate a workout than rock’n’roll with a touch of comedy? This is so much better!

“I’m So Blue” describes the dress I wore on Sunday, too. Not only is the dress blue, but it kind of made me feel blue.

Outfit details: H&M dress - thrifted; Gianni Bini shoes - Dillard's.

Outfit details: H&M dress – thrifted; Gianni Bini shoes – Dillard’s.

The price I paid for the dress tickled me pink – only 75¢! The color and print are lovely; that made me glow with golden sunshine happiness. What about this dress made me feel so blue-hoo-hoo?

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Blue:  The fabric is 100% polyester, even the lining. That makes for a very small window of opportunity to wear the dress. It needs to be warm enough to go without a sweater, but cool and dry enough not to sweat buckets. There aren’t many days like that in Kansas!

Hoo:  The dress has a side zipper, making it impossible for me to put the thing on by myself. It’s a good thing Some Postman is around to help me in situations like this!

Hoo:  The fit is wonky. It’s too big in the shoulders and snug at the high waist band. When I’m seated, the dress poufs out under the waistband making me look pregnant.

Will the dress stay in my closet or go? Hmm….