Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thrift Scores


I love a good thrift store and I hadn't been in a few weeks so I thought I'd run by a couple of my favorites this week, plus one new one. I've found some great stuff. I found a Coach bag...it might be a knockoff, I don't know...but it's a pretty good one if it is, I paid $4.95 for it. I found one of those yarn project folding baskets for $2.99. I found three sewing patterns for $.75, 2 yds of cotton fun polk a dot fabric for $2. A wonderfully seasoned cast iron skillet (not as big as the one was hunting...but perfect nonetheless) for $10 and a ton of clothes for O. and the boys. Sometimes I can find clothing so cheaply that it doesn't even pay to sew them...although I do like to sew still.
The thrifting brings me to mind that I'm going to have to tighten my belt significantly. Our tenants just gave notice last night and I don't know how long it will be before I will find some one to rent the place. I'm so sad to see them go. They were tidy, quiet and not once did they pay the rent late. I had one last hurrah before I knew they were moving out. I was at Tuesday Morning yesterday where I scored a ton of yarn and a Boye needlemaster set, but today I'm feeling like I should return everything. I'm not loving the needlemaster set and even if it's cheap, if it's not fun to knit on then it's not a bargain right? I'm used to addy's and knitpicks and the needlemasters don't seem very smooth or fast. I'm knitting a scarf for O. out of 100% wool and it's so grabby. I'll try a bit more and if I'm still struggling I'll return them this afternoon. I belong to a co-op and I was saving up for some Hiya-Hiya's, they are suppose to have an interchangeable set coming out.
I guess this a great motivation to continue with the deal a friend and I struck. We are pledging to shop our own stash for craft project. It's very reasonable for me to do so...in fact I don't know why I keep buying more stuff. I have so much yarn and fabric it's really insane. So...I'm saying it here, I'm on a moratorium. I have 2 co-op buys outstanding, but then no mas...I'm shopping at that exclusive boutique Chez Sabrina, lol.

3 comments:

Heather! said...

Bummer about the tenants! You totally seem like the type of person who can shift (budget) priorities pretty seamlessly. Hope you can find someone new before too long!

I should look and see the sizes of all the unused addis and circs I have---a ton! I haven't knit in ages and actually prefer crochet for kids hats.

Chi-Chi said...

Hey!

You know, one of the biggest reasons I haven't taken to sewing is exactly because I can get a whole bag full of clothing at the thrift store for how much it would cost for the fabric! I've sewn baby carriers, though, because it turned out to be a whole lot less expensive than purchasing and you don't find them second-hand. Anywhoo . . . great scores!! I think aside from being cheaper than buying new, thrift store cast iron cookware sometimes come very well seasoned . . . I love it!

Sorry to hear about your tenants. Here's to hoping that you will find some new tenants who are just as easygoing and pleasant very soon. I agree about returning the Needlemaster . . . I have a denise set that I now despise. LoL@ shopping the stash . . . I feel like such an un-authentic knitter--my stash is actually quite unimpressive. If Chez Sabrina is fabulous and flyy, no need to go anywhere else! ;)

Btw . . . how's that quilt coming. You thought I forgot. LoL.

Oh, and I am passing along the Supreme Scribbler Award to you b/c as you know, I heart your blog. Here's the linky: http://originalwombman.blogspot.com/2008/11/im-so-honored.html

Stephanie said...

Which thrift stores do you like? I go to some consignment shops for the kids but still haven't branched out.
Stephanie