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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tote & Bag

Today at the Rocky Mount Goodwill, I bought two bags, a handbag and a tote bag. Both are big enough to carry my MacBook, should I wish to lug it around. I paid a whopping $8 for the handbag, which was new and still had some tags attached. It's a Maxine Marsh "Rosetta Shopper," but I wasn't able to Google up that particular bag, so I don't know if I got a good deal or not.

Inside there's a zipper compartment and a few pockets. I'm kind of disorganized and need separate compartments so I can find things.

I paid $3 for the tote bag, which has a dangly disk that says "Apostrophe." The well-made tote looks new, but I can't be sure. Again, I had no luck Googling it. 

Besides the two bags, I bought 10 coat hangers for 75¢. I always need hangers. Here's what the backs of the bags look like:


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Book Bargains

I bought all these books for a total of $4.75 at the Franklin County Library's used book sale today. They had hardcovers for 50¢ and paperbacks for 25¢.

The Terrible Truth About Lawyers is for my husband, whose hobby is watching cases in court. The others are or me. Two books, How to Write a Children's Book and Get it Published (1991) and Writing for Children and Teenagers (1989) are horribly out-dated. I figured they'd be good for laughs. At 50¢ each, they beat the Amazon prices.

Since Edna St. Vincent Millay is one of my favorite poets, I was glad to score Savage Beauty. It's $10.81 on Amazon; I only paid 50¢. I'd wanted to read Growing Up, Russell Baker's autobiography, for a while. On Amazon, the paperback is $7.99; I spent 25¢ for it. Charles Kuralt's America, another book I've wanted to read for a while, is $10.76 for the paperback on Amazon. The one I bought is a hardback.

The old book just below Chloe the kitty is a 1945 edition of Laughing Stock: Over Six Hundred Jokes and Anecdotes of Uncertain Vintage, edited by Bennett Cerf. It was in the freebie box. The 2009 edition is $20.77.

On Amazon, Rhett Butler's People is $10.76; Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway is $10.49; Sharyn McCrumb's Sick of Shadows (the first in the Elizabeth McPherson mysteries) is a variety of prices: I bought the 1989 mass market paperback edition.

The Friends of the Franklin County Library hold a sale every month at the main library in Rocky Mount. I think I got some pretty good deals.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Danville Goodwill

Today at the Goodwill in Danville, I bought a few decorative items—two small vases, a picture frame, and a plaque. These three, all in mint condition, were 69¢ each:

Here's a different angle:

I splurged and bought this decorative tile for $1.00. It fits my country decor.

The artist signed it on the back, but I can't make out the name. The date could be either 81 or 87. I like the way it was designed so a hanger loop fit right in.

I'll bet there's a story behind the pig plaque, but I'll never know what it is.

Total: $3.07. Not bad for cute little decorative items.