I was too tired to post a blog yesterday and after awhile my blogs probably all sound the same anyway, so nothing lost, LOL.
I did a whirlwind shopping expedition yesterday which included going to all of the following stores to get the best deals on sale, use my coupons (doubled at 3 grocery stores) and electronic coupons that I saved:
Bi-Lo, Harris Teeter, Lowe's Foods, Aldi's (no coupons are allowed there as it is a discount store), and Mighty Dollar (ditto with Aldi's).
Aldi's had some awesome deals as I got a package of Roma tomatoes for 69 cents, avocados for 49 cents each, mangoes for 49 cents each (my son loves them), a bag of Vidalia onions for 69 cents, etc.
My best buy this week though had to be when I stopped by a thrift store to see if they had any gems in the "junk" on hand. I spotted a basket that looked very nice from the side (it was high on the top of a shelf) but I couldn't get to it as it was crowded around that area. I finally managed to pull it down and sure enough my "eye" was spot on as it said "Longaberger" on the bottom! Woo Hoo!!!
There was no price on it or the other baskets on the shelf so I took it up to the front figuring they would tell me that they couldn't sell it without a tag. The lady at the check-out looked at it on the bottom (for the price) and recognized right away what it was.
I figured I would be in for either an inflated price or they wouldn't sell it to me. She didn't even tell me what the price was and just punched in 99 cents!
I was stoked because I actually paid more for some very nice magazine holders ($1.99 each) that looked like they were made of leather or a leather substitute than I did the Longaberger basket.
It was in great condition and I just floated out of the store so happy! I just love finding well made items for dirt cheap like that. I am shocked that I actually like going to thrift stores more than I do yard sales, which I used to love beyond all things.
I think the cost of gas and well as the lack of finding any useful or good items in yard sales around my area for the last few years (actually since the economy went downhill) , has caused that change in my thinking.
I'm the first to admit that I run into tons of junk at thrift stores, but once in a while I find some gems and am thrilled with what little I have found so far. I have quite a few thrift stores around me, so I don't have to drive super far away to get to them and usually stop if I'm driving by or near them, so no extra gas spent in the process.
When I was pregnant with my first child and years after that, I scored great deals in yard sales. I don't know if it was because people were more willing to get rid of nice things for a song back then (which I tend to notice is the opposite now) or if it was that they were young and I could find a lot of useful things for their ages that helped me to do very well for years at yard sales. I know now that even when I try to be adventurous and think of "repurposing" items I find at a yard sale, I still come up empty-handed and disappointed.
I have noticed a trend in my area that has shown me that people seem to be donating their "stuff" at thrift stores vs. having yard sales (not near as many as there used to be) and that most people having yard sales (again in my area, as your area may be different) are only getting rid of "junk" vs. the good stuff since so many have lost jobs or have less money in their paycheck and therefore they hold on to things longer instead of treating them as disposable items like they used to before the economy soured.