Being over 70 and living on a reduced income doesn't mean giving up the good life. Here, I'll share some good buys I've made, some stuff I'm doing to economize, or ways I enjoy life as cheaply as possible.
Today, I went hunting for bargains at the Westlake Goodwill. Did I find any?
I found this heavy ceramic mixing bowl for $2.99. The color goes nicely in my kitchen. The bowl is 9 inches across and 4 and 1/2 inches high.
Here's a side view. I like the wide rim that makes it easier to carry. I suppose it could be used as a serving bowl, but it's very heavy to pass around.
One of the workers had just brought out this handmade fabric shoulder bag when I grabbed it. It's very well-made, has one outside and two inside pockets and—despite the decorative button—has a velcro closure. It's worth way more than the $2.00 I paid.
This ceramic cat used to hold something. A bowl, maybe? But I could think of a lot of things it could hold, so I splurged at $2.69
I thought this picture frame—probably designed for a teacher—was well worth it 99¢ price tag. It could be a reader's frame—or even a writer's frame, too.
Here it is beside a cat folk art lamp. (My husband asked for a light bulb to make sure it worked. It did.) It's missing a shade but I think I can find a suitable one. I love the cat and birdhouse theme.
The bottom says "Figi Graphics" & "Country Primitive" & "1994" & "San Diego, CA." It's made of resin, is 11 inches high (base is 5 inches by 5 and 1/2 inches and is fairly heavy.
Anybody have any idea what's my lamp is worth? I splurged at $3.99.
I also bought a pair of tan slacks for $3.50 and two pins for $1 each. All in all, it was a pretty good hunting trip.