How I Balance Shopping with Donating.

I had someone ask me the other day:  Why do you keep buying things at thrift stores and yard sales only to take even more stuff to your local Salvation Army?  I was very surprised.  The answer is very simple in my mind.  Let me give you a couple of analogies to make it clearer.

To survive, everyone must go grocery shopping.  Unless you grow everything you eat yourself that is.  This comes with the responsibility of disposing of all of the accompanying refuse that comes with shopping – unless you are the Johnson family from Zero Waste Home , who I aspire to be like and will more than likely never accomplish.  You must then recycle the things that you can and trash what’s left or you will find yourself swimming in home filled with garbage and recycle.

We all like new things, yes?  I just prefer to find my new to me things at yard sales and thrift stores.  When Denton and I first married, it was a huge blessing to our family of two that I came with all of the inherited knowledge I had from my own mother about thrifting.  Way back in 1995 it was not a popular past time like it is now.

That first year, I worked for a bank in Old Town Alexandria in Virginia.  One day at work one of the other young women complimented me on my outfit and asked me where I got it.  Well, I had paid $2.00 for it at a yard sale earlier in the week on Route 1.  She was stunned.  She had never been to yard sale, heck, she had never been in a Wal-mart!  She was from New York and it would never have entered her mind to shop at a yard sale.  There’s nothing wrong with that either.  If you have the disposable income to buy your new outfit at Nordstrom’s, not even on clearance!, that is your prerogative.  For me though, I would rather find those gems at a yard sale for $2.00 and pocket the other $198.00 and put that towards our next adventure.

Here is a perfect example of something I bought earlier this year that is going away this weekend.  It’s a beautiful throw.  I love the color, and it is as soft as a cloud.  It is absolutely perfect and I gave $2.99 for it at my local Goodwill.  But, here is the problem I have with this particular throw.  When I washed and dried it, we ended up having to take the dryer APART.  This thing sheds like a baby alpaca in the dryer.  I am shocked that the dryer didn’t catch fire while it was drying.  The throw came out beautifully, but I cannot have things in my house that are that finicky and time consuming.  Now, it can go live with someone who doesn’t have three cats who make their home on everything and therefore cause things to be washed and dried in the dryer.

I am very glad that I only paid $2.99 for this throw, because even though I still love the color and softness, I don’t feel too terribly bad about sending it away.  Now, had I bought it at West Elm and given $160.00 for it, yes, that would have caused me to have heart palpitations.  And then, I might have kept in it my house when I truly didn’t want it anymore.  Which will not bring me joy.

I have had to learn over the years, that if I bring something home, something else may will have to leave.  So I use this as a balancing measure when I am out and about shopping at my lovely yard sales and thrift stores.

How do you balance shopping with donating?  Nosy people want to know!

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All the Things. 07.08.17

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Still behind as you can see by the date.  As usual.

Here’s what I found that weekend.  There are some awesome finds!

I have been slowly replacing everyone’s worn out luggage.  This is a new overnight bag and I love it.  It has a red interior!  And you can’t tell by the photos, but it is huge.  I could fit a human inside if I wanted to.  Yay!

I found a yard sale, and everything they had was a quarter!  I love those types of sales.

Dresses for Liv.

A Danskin jacket, black skirt and navy scarf and a black top. Jeans, jeans, and jeans with some leggings and skirts thrown in.

A lovely new frame that already has the mat.The Hours.New shower gel and body lotion.

Philosophy shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath.  I LOVE this stuff.

Taste of Home magazines.

Cinnamon candle.Black and Silver dress for Liv.

A new sleep shirt for me and a Victoria’s Secret bag.

Well then.  $8.50 after they added up everything with their discounted to a quarter sale.  Not bad at all I’d say!

Did you find anything awesome in your wanderings?

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All the Things. 07.01.17

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As you can see from the date of this post, it should have come out the weekend of July 1st.  Oh well, if I had everything together I would have to change the title of my blog, wouldn’t I?

Here’s what I found that weekend.  There are some awesome finds!

This has to be my best find in a loooong time!  A hand crocheted tablecloth for $1.00!  It has some stains and one quarter sized hole in it but those things can be remedied.

I love buying my picture frames at yard sales and thrift stores.  This is going to showcase our New York photos splendidly.  $1.00

So will this one.  It’s 11 X 14 inside the mat.  $1.99.

I also buy Christmas presents at yard sales and thrift stores.  Do you?  No one in my family has complained yet.  $5.99.

Another addition to Liva’s Christmas Village.  $2.59.  Sweet, it’s still in it’s original box.My Mama and I have a theory about shopping at yard sales and thrift stores.  If you look long enough for something that you want, you will eventually find it for a fantastic price.  This Ball Utensil Set has been on my mental to buy list for a while.  Yes, this is something that I could definitely buy and not break the bank, and I would have if I had needed it.  But, I didn’t and the happy score is half the fun!  $0.99.

My Mama loves photo albums that are not photo albums.  $1.99.

Another Christmas present, maybe?  $1.99.

Liva and her owls.  She loved this one.  It had something sweet smelling inside.  No worries though it came out sparkly and new from the dishwasher.  $0.99.

All in all I spent $18.53.  Not bad at all for quite a few Christmas presents and my lovely, lovely new vintage tablecloth.  Woo-hoo!

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All the Things. 05.23.17

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I found six yard sales in my town this weekend!!  Let’s get started and I’ll show you all of the goodies I found along the way.

Milk Glass, how I love thee.  $1.00

Same sale and both of these were $0.25.

Have you ever seen a Milk Glass Golf ball?  I haven’t.  $1.00

Or a Milk Glass Baseball.  $1.00

More Princess House to add to my collection.  $1.00 for all.

Then, I found this one that is the exact same size but a different pattern and had to pay $0.79 for it alone at my Salvation Army.

I bought this for Hayden and it wouldn’t work for him, so I tried it and I love it!  I hate my laptop because of the flat surface of the keys and this slant is just the perfect size for me.  $2.99

I found this spoon for $0.10 and fell in love with it.

Do you have a butter bell yet?  My Mama fell in love with mine when she was here for Mother’s Day and told me to be on the lookout for her one.  I found it the next day.  $1.99

A beautiful Carnival Glass decanter.  $0.79

An amber glass decanter.  $0.79

I love this blue glass thing.  I have no idea what it is, but it’s going in my bathroom to put q-tips into!  $0.79

This candle won’t last the week between me and Liv.  $0.59

More Pyrex glassware to love.  $1.99 and it holds up to a quart!

I love this old line of Home Interior candles.  Their scent isn’t overwhelming and they are just lovely.  $0.79.

My hair isn’t naturally brown anymore 😥 $1.99 each.

This scent is lovely.  $1.99

I needed a good set of stomping around in the mud boots.  I’ve been on the lookout for them for about two months.  $4.00.

This thirty one wristlet will be perfect for vacation.  $1.99.

Maybe a future vacation?  $0.59.

This book has amazing reviews.  Hopefully I will get to it in the next few weeks.  $0.79.

A new bread machine cookbook!  $0.59.

So all in all I spent $29.79 on my goodies.

What did you find last week?

 

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All the Things. 05.16.17

We found one – ONE! – yard sale last week.  But, it’s a start.  My Mama was with me for the Mother’s Day weekend and we did what we do best.  Find the deals.  And boy did we ever.  Here’s what I brought home with me.

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I’ll start things off with a bang.  I found this beauty at our local Goodwill Outlet store.  I paid $1.50 for this bag.  Click on the link if your heart can take the shock.  It took Denton about 20 minutes to figure out the combination and it was worth every single minute.

When we finally got this thing open, it’s makers mark declared it a Jack Georges.  It definitely needs a good cleaning, but Denton was absolutely thrilled with it.  They are made in the USA.  It is all saddle leather and stunningly beautiful.

I needed a new lamp shade for one of my candlestick lamps and I was patient enough to wait and find exactly what I wanted for $0.59.  Score!

Batman has declared that this is his toy.  After the initial – AHHHHHH, it’s going to kill us all – he loves it and won’t let anyone else near it.  That’s just fine with Koshka the scarediest of the scaredy cat’s.  He’s terrified of it.  $0.25.

Liv loves tops that look like short dresses that she can wear with her leggings.  Wish granted for a combined total with the other clothes below for $3.92.

Anne Taylor Loft sweater in the total above.

The Lion King.  She loves it!  It the combined total above.

Home Interior retired scents.  With Thomas Kincade on the front.  Lovely.  $1.99 each.

These flip flops feel like a cloud.  I am very, very picky about my “house shoes” and I love these.  $1.50.

A Moral Fiber sweater dress.  Liv loved this one too.  $1.90 at a local Goodwill with the tags still attached.

This Aeropostale Jean jacket was in with the total from the outlet.  Love it.

Mossimo leggings.  Yes, please.  In with the total above.

Hardback books at our outlet are $0.50 and I didn’t have this one.

I added to our Christmas scene collection.  This library was $1.99.

And this cathedral was also $1.99.

Lila Grace bath set for $1.99.

I found this cool Nativity set for $2.99 and brought it home expecting Denton to love and the first thing out of his mouth was “Bethlehem wasn’t a desert”.  Duh.  I know that.  But it’s still cool.

So for a grand total of $24.99 I am very pleased with my haul.  What did you find last week?

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All the Things. 05.08.17

Still no yard sales.  😥   But Hayden and I went into the city last week and we found a lot of goodies.  Here they are.

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I found this dress for $1.00!  Liv loved it.  We’ll keep it and see if she wants to wear it to prom next spring.

Pretty, pretty, pretty!  I love this small platter.  I don’t have one this size, but I don’t know if I’m going to keep it or list it yet.

A couple of months ago I found a lovely Fire King serving bowl for $2.00 and I didn’t buy it because it was missing it’s lid.  Guess what?  I found the lid that fits that bowl for $0.10!  It was at our Goodwill Outlet.  Do you have a Goodwill outlet near you?  I love ours.

I found a new cookbook and Liv and I have already tried out one of the recipes inside and it was awesome!!  $2.00

Coffee table books.  I can never resist them, especially when they are amazing like this one.  I love it.  $2.00

Stephen King.   11 22 63  $2.00  My favorite book of his is Firestarter.  But, I love his writing style so I am always up for a new one.  Denton and I watched the 8 part series on Hulu and really enjoyed it.

Love Michael Crichton’s books.  Can’t wait to read this one.  $2.00

As you know Nora Roberts is a favorite of mine.  I have this entire collection, but not all of them are in Hardback.  So when I find one, I replace it.  $2.00

Hand crocheted doilies!  $0.10.

Hand embroidered table runner’s!  $0.10.  Also, I love red, so.

I thought this was an ingenious idea.  Can’t wait to try it out.  $0.10.

Piece of material.  Love it, its beautiful.  $0.10

This is a match to my MIL set of dishes.  $0.10

Ceramic ladle.  You can never have enough ladles.  $0.10

 

I found two Corelle berry bowls for $0.10 each.  Yay!

I also found a Hazel Atlas Moderntone Creamer.  I don’t collect this, you know how I love my Milk Glass, so I’m going to list it on Etsy.com

And last but not least, my favorite find from last week.  I seriously had three people follow me around the store hoping that I would put this thing down so they could snatch it up.  It’s full leather, inside and out.  $2.00.  What’s not to love?  It’s very box-like, so that tick’s one of my boxes 🙂 , its leather, it locks, and it’s vintage which just tops it all off.

What did you find last week?

 

 

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All the Things. 05.01.17

Still no yard sales in my part of the world, and it’s calling for steady rain this weekend so I doubt there will be any forthcoming anytime soon.  I can still manage to find deals at my local thrift shops though.  And here they are.

(You can click on any photo and it will take you to items like these)

Liv was actually with me and looked this one over and she thought that it had a lot of ideas that we should try.  Good.  $1.99

The Giver.  In Hardback.  Enough said.  $1.99

$3.99 for four different scents.  I cannot wait to try all of them.  I love it when people donate brand new items for me to try.

More milk glass for my collection.  I love these, they have the same pattern as some of the small plates that I have.  $2.00 for both.

Fenton Milk Glass.  Isn’t it lovely?  $1.00!

Olivia and I have started a collection of lighted houses for our Christmas decorations.  This is the second one I’ve found and she loved it.  $1.99.  You can also find them on eBay.com.

All in all I spent $12.96 this week.  What did you find?

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All the things. 04.24.17

Did you find any yard sales last week?  Sadly, there are still none where I am yet.  I have high hopes for next week though.  Here’s what I found in my local thrift stores.

I found this atlas and the one below and they have beautiful color maps inside.  I am going to frame some of them for our den.  Best of all she only charged me $0.79 each for them!

Liv fell in love with these when we were at our local Goodwill.  I’ll paint the post’s with fingernail polish so that she can wear them.  $3.99

Rugged floor mats for my Jeep, yes thank you!  $1.59 each.

More candles.  Never enough candles.  $0.69, $0.59 and $0.59.

Mouse pad for $0.59.

A leather A5 planner!  Yes!  And even better it was on $0.69.  I LOVE thrift stores.  Now I just need to decide which planner to put inside it for next year and I’m set.

This set I found included a Hello Kitty Steering Wheel cover $1.59, dice $0.59, and license plate frames$0.69 and $0.69!  Love it.  My steering wheel cover is worn out, but that’s no surprise, my Jeep is 13 years old.

This awesome set of Vintage Pyrex Primary Mixing bowls is a wonderful find!  The blue one is missing but hopefully in my wanderings, I’ll find it.  $6.99.  I am already in love with this cookbook.  It is amazing, you should order yours now!! $3.99

I love it when I find something so useful for an excellent price!!  This is going straight into the garage on my workbench.  $3.99

So all in all I spent $29.84 last week.  What goodies did you find?

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