If you have two loaves of bread sell one and buy flowers. For although the bread will nourish your body, the flowers will nourish your soul.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Yet More Bargains

It probably seems that all I do is spend my days going to flea markets. Not true. I spend one day a week away from home, teaching piano lessons. During that time I often have cancellations, during which I run errands. I am fortunate to teach close to several thrift stores...Goodwill, Rescue Mission, and Salvation Army all being within a few minutes drive.  Price-wise, the Salvation Army thrift store is by far the best (and I just recently discovered it). 
On my last visit I made four purchases.

I bought 4 wine glasses...plain goblets with pretty swirled stems.  Unfortunately I gave them to daughter #2 before taking pics.  They were 15 cents apiece. I couldn't believe it. 
The 3 white ironstone plates were 25 cents apiece. I was tickled to find these, as I already had four in this pattern at home. There are no markings on the back of the plates.
The blue bowl was 75 cents and the silverplate knives 20 cents each. 
Total spent....$2.50 plus tax. 

I enjoy fleamarketing for several reasons.  The fun of the hunt. There are many times I walk out of the store with nothing. I don't buy just to buy. The economical aspect.  I'm saving money bigtime, and am still able to have very pretty things that I might otherwise not be able to afford. The whole "green" thing. I believe strongly in recycling. This is recycling usable and often beautiful items. Anything we can prevent from going into a landfill is a step in the right direction.

And did I mention, it's fun!!

Yard Sale Heaven

Last Thursday I found the best yard sale I've ever been to. Most of the time I'm happy to find one or two items at a yard sale. I had some time to kill while my husband was at an appointment. Having noticed that we passed a yard sale about a mile back, that's where I headed.  This is my list of purchases.

* 3 small white oval bathroom rugs that look like they've never been used
* a 1/2 pound box of straight pins (that's a lot of pins)
* a neat vintage suitcase (that I already gave to daughter #2)
* a little Goofy bobblehead (for daughter #1 who collects him)

* two galvanized metal watering cans
* this great wire basket

* a pair of glass candle holders
* a heavy duty gingerbread man cookie cutter 
* a very cool set of nesting cookie cutters with choice of straight or scalloped 

Grand total?  You won't believe this...... $4.00
I know... unreal, isn't it.  Everything I bought was either 25 or 50 cents.

I had a blast.  I know...I'm easily entertained.