A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

This morning I delivered something dear to me for something special that I want to tell you about in the very near future.  (Don't worry; you really won't have to wait that long.)  While in town, I made a few stops.

I purchased this at Big Lots.  If you don't know of Big Lots, it's a closeout discount store, so most of the time the prices there are much lower than a regular store.  When I saw this piece, I knew I had to have it for my laundry room.  I'm too ashamed to show you the den full, let me repeat F-U-L-L, of clothes.  I spent days washing everything I could put my hands on.  Some of it will be put away in its proper place and much of it will be packed up and sent for donations.  *Sidebar- I'm tired of looking at all these clothes, nothing really matching, some fitting, some not, and wondering what in the world I'm going to wear - everyday.  I'd rather have almost nothing in there than what I see now.  That way at least I'd know I'd just have to get really creative because that's it, or force myself to shop strategically.

After leaving there, I stopped at the thrift store where I bought Gertrude.  I wanted the shop owner to know that the sewing machine was wonderful.  And you know what?  When I walked in, one of her young daughters asked, "Did the sewing machine work for you?"  Impressive.  We (the owner, the daughter, and I) chatted for a bit and then I was offered some of her yummy Amish Cinnamon Bread.  It was delicious and no there isn't a picture.

I stopped by my Mom's before heading home and she had also been thrift shopping and gave me a bag of clothes she picked out.  At this store, you pay $5 per bag for anything you can fit in one bag.  If it doesn't fit or look right, Mom's repacking it and sending it on to another thrift store.  I didn't photograph that either, but what I did photograph is this beautiful fall centerpiece mom found at that store and these pieces of upholstery fabric that my aunt sent down from New York.  She's had them for 5 years and hasn't done anything so she sent them to me.  I already know exactly what I'm going to make, now that I have Gertrude, but I just don't have any time for that right now.

And last but not least, my friend M has also been thrift shopping and then just plain generous.  When she heard about the thrifted wok, she thought I must have these pieces.  Can you imagine a new bamboo steamer for under $2?  M also gave me her other styrofoam head.  She's got a lumpy noggin but everyone's different, right?  Now what shall she be called?  Humm...

The key to thrifting = continue to assess what you have and get rid of the excess so your house doesn't look like a thrift store.


  1. What a fruitful day! I wonder what are you making with that fabric - but I can perfectly picture what are you cooking with that steamer, yum!
    Too bad there aren't thrifting shops here.

  2. I should do just like you and start packing up some things for the thrift store. You wouldn't believe the amount of girl clothes I have in bins around here. Crazy.

    Love the fabric your Mom got. Very pretty! Can't wait to see what you are going to make with it. It's going to look great.

    Hope the rest of your weekend is just as great!


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