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Bag Lady

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

It's been a busy day, well, week . . .

Yesterday I did the ViniYoga dvd for upper back, neck & shoulders and really felt it . . . I just haven't had time to do the review yet . . . and probably that won't happen until next week.

DH is taking a couple days off. When he asked me what I wanted for my birthday (I'm 61 on Friday) present this year, I said YOU! I can't think of anything I'd rather have than time with him. So tomorrow we're planning to drive to the big city and have lunch at a hamburger joint recently featured in one of the cycle magazines and have some time together. We always have fun.

Today I stopped in to see a friend who volunteers at a senior thrift store. After we chatted a bit, I started looking around the store. (Did I mention that I hate to shop?!) I found several books for 25 cents each (same books on Amazon for $19!)

One of the things I'm gonna start doing is making bags (embellished grocery totes, etc.). I've acquired several and use them all the time . . . but they're just plain and boring. I've been looking at fabric and everything is SO expensive and I didn't like the fabric. Well, today walking through the thrift store, I happened to notice a dress made out of this really cute fabric. It was one of those long 'super size' tent dresses and I knew there'd be plenty material to make at least one bag, if not two.

When I took the dress and books up to the register, I mentioned I didn't see a price tag on the dress. "All dresses are $2 a piece . . . . or eight for $5." Eight for five dollars!!!! I hit the rack again and there were several similar dresses in all sorts of denim!! Woohoo! I really hit the jackpot!

But my treasure for today was a brand new Michael Kors hobo leather handbag for $2 . . .

yes, like the one for $1195 on their website.

Be still my heart!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SMIDGON 11/10/2013 1:30PM


You are a mear child compared to me!

I shop thrift stores also. There is a book I have on upcycling! It has so many neat ideas. Now to unload, oil and get nessary supplies to start my sewing again!

Lexie gets the new clothes; I shop the thrift stores! LOL!


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FUNLOVEN 11/10/2013 8:22AM

    I love those kind of days too - just me and DH! I think it strengthens our marriage emoticon

Sounds like you had fun!

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GWTRIKER 11/8/2013 10:39PM


The thrift store I go to has almost everything half price on the last Wednesday of the month. If they were good prices before, at half price the prices are amazing!

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KAYYVAUGHN 11/8/2013 9:56AM

    I would like to visit that thrift sore. I also enjoy them. Clearance and sale are my favorites words.

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FISHINGLADY66 11/7/2013 9:45PM

    I just love thrift stores. Happy Birthday.

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SADAPARIBHUTA 11/7/2013 7:16PM

    Oh. My. Goodness.
That handbag is the best thrift store catch EVER!
Congratulations…now where exactly is this store? emoticon

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MAW_OH 11/7/2013 6:22PM

    You thrift store sounds great! At the one I go to, if they have a coach purse or other name brand item, they jack up the price and put it behind a glass display. WTG with your great buys, post a pic of your grocery bags when you make them!

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WATERONE 11/7/2013 4:49PM

    Wow, what a successful trip! Have fun making your bags.

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BONNIEMARGAY 11/7/2013 1:40PM

    I am terrible at shopping and avoid it at all costs. Thank you so much for the inspiration! I really need to try being adventurous enough to hit up the thrift stores!

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FIT4MEIN2013 11/7/2013 11:48AM

    Excellent finds, Cathy! I loved that tiny little Goodwill store in Rogue River. I have to get down there again...

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WALLAHALLA 11/7/2013 11:02AM

    emoticon great finds

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ANNETTEMARIE63 11/7/2013 9:14AM


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GABY1948 11/7/2013 7:49AM

    Yes, I LOVE thrift shops too! And emoticon in advance though I will try to remember again!

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WENDYSPARKS 11/7/2013 7:19AM


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LADYRH 11/7/2013 6:04AM

    Great find, like giving yourself an early birthday present

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TRESSWANN 11/7/2013 5:14AM

    Love thrift stores. Yum on the bags. Great idea with the dresses. Have fun

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PAMNANGEL 11/7/2013 2:51AM

    Love thrift stores. You find all kinds of great stuff.

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FLEMIDG 11/7/2013 12:59AM

    Wow! What a deal. Good for you.

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MT-MOONCHASER 11/7/2013 12:06AM

    Isn't it great the bargains you can find at the thrift store?

I've scored some very nice slacks and sweaters, some with their tags still on them. Both the Salvation Army and Goodwill (and probably St. Vincent de Paul, I don't get to that one) get donations from stores that don't keep their unsold inventory off season. And the thing about that is that just as you think you need something for a season, the next one is being stocked in the stores, so that when you thrift store shop, you don't even have to wait for the appropriate season to roll around...

I also usually grab any wool items that I see, you can make some amazing things with them if you do some felting. Plus I just like wool to wear.

Have a good weekend with the hubby and Happy Birthday!!


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2BDYNAMIC 11/6/2013 11:49PM

    OMG!!!!! ........... You are a gal after my own heart!! Well guess what?! Michael Kors is the designer of my latest glasses ............... Top Dog!!! emoticon I am so excited for you and PROUD too!!! .......... I want to hear more as it transpires ok/?

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MARITIMER3 11/6/2013 11:05PM

    Oh my goodness! Can you imagine someone giving a brand new Michael Kors bag to a thrift shop? You were really lucky, and I'm sure the bags you are making will be emoticon pretty and useful.
Gail emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 11/6/2013 10:19PM

    JUMP BACK! What a great day and early birthday hugs to you. I agree, I love spending time with my DH just cruising around. Alas our bikes are away for winter storage. His new bike got recalled so I put mine way when his got picked up.

Till next year!

Congrats on a great day!

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BIGPAWSUP 11/6/2013 10:13PM

    Awesome job!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/6/2013 10:08PM

    Youza! You did good, girl! And an early happy birthday!!! HUGS

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