Happy Friday! I have so enjoyed a less busy week this past week with no appointments or pressing things on my schedule after a crazy busy summer! I have spent the entire week at home and got lots done around the house and in the kitchen – I just love working around my home.
I haven’t been able to yard sale much in the last month or so due to schedules and honestly it gets so unbearably hot here in south during the summer (feels like it has been 100 degrees for 3-4 weeks!) that yard sales slow down in July and August – looking forward to them picking back up again once it starts getting a bit cooler.
But I have popped in a few thrift stores as I have been out and about. I stopped in one of my favorite Goodwill stores in Atlanta (it is right by IKEA) on my way home from Haven Conference a few weeks ago. And I got some great deals!
Two white Pottery Barn mugs
that say “Coffee” on the front for $0.77 each! Love those!
A Brooks Brother dress shirt for my husband – he looked so handsome in it this past Sunday!
He is needing to replace some of his dress clothes so I have started trying to find him some nicer quality dress clothes. I find that the Goodwill stores in Atlanta usually have some really nice brand name stuff. We can’t afford or honestly we just opt to not spend the money to buy JoS. A Banks and Brooks Brothers and expensive brands like that new (even though he does like them and they are very good quality). But when I can find them for $5 basically new at Goodwill, I snatch them up! No matter how much income we have, my philosophy in life is to not spend more than we have to and to always live frugally. If our income doubled or tripled tomorrow or we won some big cash prize, you know where I would be next week? Still shopping yard sales and stopping in Goodwill (and maybe stalking Craigslist for some new living room furniture). Living frugally is not just something I do because we have no money in the bank, because honestly God provides just what we need. It is something I do #1 because I love the thrill of the hunt – the feeling of not knowing what you may find, #2 I love finding unique things for my home, #3 I am just frugal at heart and would rather keep as many dollars in the bank as possible.
Oh and I found another name brand thing too!
The first West Elm item I own – this cute gray chevron rug.
Then last week I stopped in Value Village.
I found a cute cable knit Ralph Lauren blanket for $2.99. (Can’t wait to use it this winter and especially during the Christmas season!)
And a Thirty One tote (looks brand new) for $0.80. I think I might try to re-sell this on my local facebook yard sale site for $10-15 to make some profit. If not I may give it as a gift to someone – I just couldn’t pass it up for $0.80.
And one last Goodwill trip – loved that white ceramic bowl (I think it was $2.92).
And the Apples to Apples game was $1.91 and was BRAND NEW – everything inside was still in the original plastic wrappers. Will be great to give as a gift to a newly married couple. I was able to give a huge stack of games to 2 newly married couples last week as wedding presents. These are our teens in our church that we have watched grow up and played many games with over the years at retreats and game nights. To be able to give a stack of 7-8 games all tied up with a bow, some completely brand new like this, to help them start out their game closet is something I love doing (and they look forward to getting!) I know when we were first married we wanted to have games for when we had people over, but spending $20-30 each just wasn’t at all affordable to us. We would save up to just buy one or ask for them for Christmas presents but it took a long time until we had 7-8 games in our game closet. I always go through the ones I find at yard sales and thrift stores and replace markers or pads of paper or dice if they are missing and make sure they have all the pieces.
And the boxwood pile – well, those are letters that spell “HOME”. I LOVE boxwood and know how expensive wreaths and such are to buy. I have worked on a project with them this week but not sure if it is turning out like I thought?…. So you might see that next week or they may just go back to Goodwill. We shall see.
I would love to hear WHY you shop secondhand – would you still do it if you had more than enough money to go buy what you wanted new? Any fun finds recently?