Friday, November 26, 2010

Goodwill is Better than Salvation Army

Yes, folks, it's true.  At least in my town.  Goodwill has more stuff, and it's cheaper, even if it is further away from my house.  I am so glad I got a Station Wagon for my replacement car, because I'm able to haul home the good stuff!

$4.99 - We think it had been a butcher's block at one time, but right now it has a formica-looking thing on the top.  This is after I cleaned all the nastiness off the thing.  I shoulda taken a "before" pic, but I want you to keep your lunches. 
 So now I keep all my candles and candle holders in the bottom drawer, all the doggy stuff in the middle drawer, and nothing in the top drawer (yet).

$2.99 - This beauty was mentioned in this post.  I plan to paint the wicker parts an ivory-tanish color.
Oh, and Hannah says hi.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Getting Thrifty is Hard To Do

I have not done anything thrifty or crafty to speak of since I moved to Missouri in August. *hangs head in shame*.  I'm too busy trying to be awesome at my job (and failing pretty miserably).  I haven't unpacked all the boxes from the move, and I literally have no where to even store my craft stuff, let alone craft it.  Here's a list of my half-hearted efforts:

Boxes: I piled them up against the wall in the bedroom and draped unused curtains over them so I wouldn't have to look at my failures every time I went to bed.

Goodwill: I bought a really really ugly book shelf and planned to paint it some groovy colors, but then the towering piles of books overcame me and I just shoved books on it.  And now I have a really really ugly book shelf.

Salvation Army: I needed a purse with different pockets/etc that my current one didn't have, and I wanted to pay almost nothing, so off I went.  I want to tell all of you that the Salvation Army does not mess around getting their $ for the value.  Most of the purses were more than $10. Wtf? I found a bright red one for $2.49, with visions of fabric dye dancing in my head.  Alas, fail again.

At work: Just about the only way to cover the cabinets and carts during the day while they're not being used is to use thumbtacks and fabric.  I used a lime green sheet with a white pattern to do the job. I got them at Goodwill three years ago, intending to make curtains.  They never made it to curtain status, but did a wonderful job as packing blankets in the move.  But it looks like hell.  I am itching to hem the edges, use stitch witch on them, or something, but I do not have the time or space.

Mail: I get so many fliers and so much junk mail living here it's friggen ridiculous.  Instead of sorting and recycling, I dumped all of it onto a food serving tray and stashed it on top of my printer.  Let's see if I can remember to ever go through it, lol.

Dogs: My shih tzu Teddy is in desperate need of a haircut.  I have always done his haircuts myself, but since we've moved here I haven't had the time.  So I'm shelling out $36 on Saturday to have it done.  My aunt knows a place near her that does it for $25, but my place is a block from my house and I've got shit to do.  Thrifty FAIL.

Butterflies and daffodils to you my lovelies.

Something actually thrifty: Remember that car wreck? We bought another, better car for less than our settlement check, and with the difference, I bought a laptop (cheapest I could find) for work. Booya!