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Friday, February 22, 2013

Thrifty Finds

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I love to get a good deal.  Who doesn't, right?
And I'm not just thrifty with my money, I'm thrifty with my time too.  Like the other day when I had to go to the library because I had reached my maximum allowed renewals.  You see, I like to renew things as many times as possible so I don't have to make an extra trip out somewhere.  We live about the same distance from two different libraries although the one I had to go to is the more out of the way one.   The libraries are in two different counties and when one library doesn't have the book or movie I want, the other one usually does, so that's helpful.  By the way, the movie I checked out was a training seminar by Jed Baker called Social Skills Training and Frustration Management.  It was pretty good and I recommend it for anyone dealing with kids on the autism spectrum.  I've read several of his books and like those too.

Anyway, since I had to return this movie, I thought I'd run a few errands while I was out that way.  I had been filling up a bag for donations, so I thought I'd stop by a thrift store to drop them off.  I've never been to this particular thrift store so I was hoping to find some cool stuff.

I've read on other blogs where they go to a thrift store and find some "diamond in the rough".  They transform an ugly piece of furniture or picture into a cute piece of art with a little DIY and creativity.  I was hoping to find something similar, but after meticulously looking at every single thing in the store, I couldn't find anything worthy of a transformation.  So I started looking at clothes.  I was hoping to find something for myself but it was the Spencinator who lucked out.

I found a Calvin Klein dress shirt that looks like it was never worn, for $5.50.  It is a cotton sateen blend.  It is so soft, which is just how he likes his clothes.  I also found a Boy Scout shirt for $2.50 - those things are like $25 - $30 new, and he'll be needing one next year when he becomes a Boy Scout.   It had a couple of patches on it but they were sewn on and easy to remove.

I was very pleased with my purchases and glad to get rid of two garbage bags full of stuff.  As for how I keep track of what I donate (for tax purposes), I'll be writing another post about that soon.

What bargains have you scored at a thrift store lately?

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