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Thursday, May 31, 2012

$5 Discovery

It's not often we go to the Discovery Shop at Westlake two days in a row, but yesterday we were at Westlake for my husband's eye appointment and stopped in the Discovery Shop on the way home. 

The shop is going to install new carpet this weekend, and they were trying to clear out the store by offering a 25% discount on everything. John bought me a ceramic cat that was marked $5, but cost him $3.75. Here's the cat on one of my memorabilia shelves in the den.

I found a star-shaped pin that, marked down, cost me 75¢. It joined the two pins I'd gotten earlier at Goodwill for a dollar each.

Today, we were at Westlake Krogers to use our 1,000 points to buy gas at a dollar off per gallon. We had the back of the truck filled with gas cans so we could get as many gallons as possible for the price. We had to pass the Discovery Shop on the way home, so we stopped—and saw this:

This sale had just started today and applied to the room where housewares, fabrics, and electronics were displayed. Well, we got a bag and commenced to fill it.

Then we filled it more. We got some stuff we didn't really need because the stuff was such a good bargain.

At the checkout counter, our bag filled several paper (and one plastic) bag. Luckily we had a bit of room in the truck.

What did we get? John bought a lot of electrical stuff—assorted cords, etc.—that I didn't bother to take pictures of. But here are some pictures of some of our more interesting loot:

Tablecloth, two brass wall sconces and a brass candlestick, candles, a crystal candleholder, pewter Jefferson cup, pewter tankard, pewter goblet, three chargers, an old telephone insulator, a yellow linen tablecloth . . .

. . . a red tablecloth with heart appliques, some craft stuff, four washcloths, four green napkins, three small flowerpots, some picture frames, a hanging bird feeder, etc.

Going by the prices on the items, we would have spent about $90 for everything (well, 25% off $90-something). I'm glad we discovered this $5 bargain.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Creative Blog Award

Thanks to Deirdra for awarding this blog a Creative Blog Award from A Storybook World.

When being frugal, it often pays to be creative.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Down the Road Deals

I didn't have to leave the neighborhood to get some bargains today. I found a few interesting things just down the road. After hubby and I visited our Union Hall farm this morning, we stopped at Clay's Consignment Shop to see if he had anything interesting. He did.

I got a sugar bowl and creamer in the International pattern Ella's Rooster to match the dinnerware I'd gotten from Clay at his other location four years ago. I almost didn't get them, but then he lowered the price to $4. I also saw a cute cat plaque that matches both my decor and philosophy—$2.

Did I get a deal? Let's see. A bit of Googling produced these results:

Looks like I got a very good deal on the sugar bowl and creamer!

Hmmm. $8.99 for the cat plaque. Looks like I didn't do too badly. 

Next door to Clay, Pete Pasley was having sale of some of his sister's things. I saw an 8" Revere Ware skillet that I could use. It was $1.50

The bottom is copper-clad.

The inside of the lid and pan revealed they were in great shape.

But did I get a deal? Looks like I did.

I also paid 75 cents for this microwave bacon cooker in its original box.

It had never been used. One side microwaves bacon . . .

 . . . and the other makes potato chips.

Did I get a deal? I don't know. I couldn't find it priced separately, but I did find this:

I guess I got some good buys today.