Sunday, January 15, 2017

First Thrifting Haul of 2017!

I first tried to vlog this haul.

That did not go well. It was hard to see the clothes and I rambled way too much. I'm just going to do it the regular way, OK?

The details - I went to my favorite doggie-kitty store. I didn't get an itemized receipt but I paid about $17.50 for everything you see below. I only bought things for me and not the kid (I hesitated and considered a really nice Hanna piece but she has some Hanna outfits she got for the holidays that she hasn't even tried on yet so I left it). I was looking for "professional" type clothing to wear to a new job I'm about to start (yay!). And my favorite piece that I found is at the end...

Plain black Gap long-sleeved cotton shirt. Because I can never have too many of these.

Plain black button down shirt from Dress Barn. No gapping in the buttons! It fit well and I thought it would make me look work appropriate.

A surprise- this is Daisy Fuentes (is that Kohls?) and it's really really cute on. It's soft and comfy but not t-shirty. Yes that's a word.
Sarah Jessica Parker "Bitten" jacket! I grabbed this at the last minute and I really like how it fits. I think it will fancy up a plain t-shirt. I also sort of think it goes with the gray pants (below).

All work and no play make me a dull lady. Of COURSE I bought this Hello Kitty t-shirt.

Dress pants from the Gap. One thing I liked a lot about these is that they aren't as aggressively wide-legged as it seems a lot of dress pants are nowadays. I feel lost and elephanty if the legs are too wide.

Hard to take a picture of this, and Photoshop was no help in fixing it, but it's a black A-line skirt that reminds me of another one that I already own (but this one is longer and thus work appropriate, I think).

Last and FAVORITE find. A BODEN cardigan! The thrift store has a habit of marking up clothing they think is "fancy" or "valuable." Sometimes it's very silly, and they apparently don't know about Boden. It fits so nicely and it's so cute (though it needs a good wash - the sleeves are a bit limp right now). YAY!


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Costco Haul Video - January 2017 (First trip of the month)

The biggest dork in the universe....

Here are some additional details:

I forgot to mention that we also bought a six-pack of organic hearts of romaine lettuce. (It's hiding behind the kale.)
This trip was to fill in a few gaps in the fridge (and to return the cheese I talk about in the video).
My husband and kid are going to try to go later to YDFM to pick up a few more vegetables, some different cheese, some nice bread....
I think I can get fancier with these videos going forward but I was trying to make this one fast and just get it out there before I chickened out.
The total for everything was about $135, and we'll get 2% back because we are Executive Members.


Monday, January 2, 2017

Target 90% Off Holiday-Christmas Clearance Haul

When money is tight, I get out my shopping itch at after-holiday clearance sales at Target.

Sometimes I go a little overboard. Sometimes I want to buy ALL THE THINGS. Sometimes I get caught up in the OMGSALE. I've tried to be more careful this year. Here's what I got!

Why yes, I am Jewish, and yes, I bought a bunch of Christmas lights. My husband and I discussed ahead of time how we both kind of wanted some twinkle and sparkle in our lives. When we were first dating a thousand years ago, I used to have lights up in my living room. I said hey, if the clearance is 90% off and the lights are cheap, let's get some. ET VOILA! He wanted FOUR - yes four - boxes of red lights (49 cents each). I wanted more color, so I got a bunch of Wondershow lights (most were 80 cents) and one box of Phillips fancy lights (TWO WHOLE DOLLARS).

Then I got:
  • A little body wash/lotion set for $3 because I just wanted it. 
  • A bag of Ghirardelli peppermint squares for $1.34 (there wasn't a lot of candy left but I also was trying NOT TO BUY CRAP). 
  • A big box of not-specifically-Christmas cards for $1.50. 
  • A little massager thingie (shut up) for $2.99.
  • Three bottles of Method all purpose cleaner in pomegranate scent for 35 cents each WAAAAAAAT. They were hiding in with the regular stuff on the bottom shelf - I knew from two bloggers I follow to keep an eye out (and last year I scored similarly with another brand's holiday editions). I found four bottles and gave one to a fellow bargain hunter who walked by me once and asked if there were more left "No, have one!" "Aw, no thank you." and then walked by me a second time "Are you sure there are none left?" "PLEASE TAKE ONE!" "OK!" (I'm super jealous of people who found other stuff in this line and of hand soap and candles....)
  • A bag of decaf Starbucks Christmas Blend for $1.50 - 90% off despite all other food being 70%. I'm attempting to kick coffee for at least January, but decaf isn't the same! And it was whole bean!
  • Three rolls of washi tape for 20 cents each BECAUSE HI ADDICTION TO WASHI TAPE. They're cute designs too. I use it when I'm packaging my Etsy orders.
  • FIVE EOS lip balms for 89 cents (twitch twitch I so wanted to buy more but restricted myself to five - I like to give these away AND keep them) and four of the hand lotions for 59 cents (I got these last year too, they're awesome).
  • An Elf eyeshadow set for 60 cents because I love Elf.
  • An Elf brush set for $3 because I LOVE ELF. I had my eye on the 10-brush set for a while but it was long gone. I kind of wish I'd gotten two of these but that' hoarder side talking.
  • A little tin of Nivea lip balm for 89 cents and ONE Burt's Bees mint mocha lip balm for 98 cents and then I had to STOP with the makeup. (My store also had a ton of Elf nail polish sets and a lot of Nyx sets that I thought were kind of meh for the price.)
  • And these little paper loaf pans that you can bake in and then give away for 69 cents even though I bought these before and haven't used them yet I REALLY WILL THIS TIME I WILL.

I spent $31.43 plus tax on all this. BUT WAIT. BEST PART. I paid with gift cards that I bought when gift cards themselves were 10% off! So REALLY I only spent $28.28! AND IT WAS SUCH A RUSH AND NOW MY HOUSE WILL BE SPARKLY AS WILL I.

I wish I could go to the other two Targets in the area (one is in a fancy area and they tuck the clearance upstairs and out of the way and it's OFTEN very well stocked, the other is usually picked over but I like to look) but....I think I did just fine. Scratched that itch.

Happy 2017!

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Plans for this blog in 2017

I have moved some of my deeper, more personal writing away to another place, but I still want to use this blog for my catchall randomness. I went thrifting and didn't catalog it here and it felt....wrong! (I wear the brown hoodie sweater from my last thrifting post nearly daily by the way.)

I've been obsessed with Costco for years and a few months ago I FINALLY got a membership as part of a deal from some Mommy Blog Network thing. I paid $110 for the Executive Membership, and I got back $40 in gift cards plus four coupons. I used two of them - a free pizza ($10) and $3 off berries (I think that made the basket of blackberries about 50 cents). Plus, by all accounts I'll be getting back at least $55 thanks to choosing the Executive level. (At the rate I spend money there - plus I take friends and their purchases count toward my 2% cash back - I don't think it will be a problem.) It was a really great deal as far as I'm concerned. I use Mint for budgeting and it shows me that this really has saved us money on groceries and household goods. Also now I eat a LOT of apples. Mmmm. Apples.


I plan to put some of my Costco rambles here because I like reading about it elsewhere so maybe someone else ALSO likes reading about it. And I'm determined to do at least one haul video in the near future. Remember when I made thrifting haul vlogs before that was a thing? REMEMBER? I'll do it again for Costco. And maybe thrifting too. Maybe I can even monetize it and become rich. Uh, well, or it for fun.

I also will be back here to ramble about other shit as I feel.

I'm still making buttons. I'm still looking for a full-time job. I'm still around.

Here's hoping 2017 is marginally better than 2016?

Saturday, December 10, 2016

End of Year Meme List Thing - December 10, 2016

Even if I abandon this blog for 99% of the year, I think I'll always come back to do this. I also need to come back to this specific post and update it once I check some notes to see what I've forgotten. This year was a BIG BLUR.

Away we go! I did this in 2015, 2014, 201320122011, and 2010!

1. What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before?

Voted for a woman for President! Had a cat with diabetes. Dealt with a fallen tree.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I didn't make any that I can think of.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My cousin had another babby. A few friends announced pregnancies.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Lots of famous people but nobody I knew personally.

5. What countries did you visit?

No traveling this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?

Weight loss. Patience. Sleep.

7. What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

November 9.... Also July 6, the day a TREE FELL ON MY HOUSE.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I scored two job interviews that both included callbacks. I'm still waiting to find out about one - I didn't get the other job but I'm still proud of it.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I didn't get a job and I lost the one long-term gig I had.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

No but my house did.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

New computer. Costco membership. Boxes of makeup (inexpensive and fun). The cat-diabetes monitor (so we could manage him by ourselves instead of at the vet)

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

2016 was the worst.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Well it rhymes with Dump.....

14. Where did most of your money go?

Bills, including cat bills.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Not much this year that I can think of. Well, there was one thing, but it didn't happen.

16. What song will always remind you of 2016?

Boys for Pele reissue = entire album. Also the Westworld theme song.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?


II. Thinner or fatter?


III. Richer or poorer?


18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

Driving. Traveling.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?


20. How will you be spending Christmas?

The same as every year, Pinky - a trip to Super H-Mart, Indian-Chinese food.

21. What, if any, insight did you gain about yourself in 2016?

I worry a LOT.

22. Did you fall in love in 2016?

21 years!

23. How many one night stands?


24. What was your favorite TV program?

Jane the Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Orphan Black, Black Mirror, Westworld

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

I did drift away from some people but I don't hate anyone.

26. What was the best book you read?

My Sister Rosa, The Nest, Rosalie Lightning, Where Am I Now?, The One and Only Ivan, In My Absence, Lab Girl, Grunt, I'm Judging You, The Girl with All the Gifts

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

I listened to old favorites, mostly. I think I love Lizzo though. And Within the Wires was the best podcast, though In the Dark is also in my top five.

28. What did you want and get?

New makeup. A good year for the kid.

29. What did you want and not get?

A job. STILL.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

I will have to get back to you - I didn't go to the theater but I did watch some movies and I can't remember any of them right now.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 43. Had a carport party with lots of fizz and lots of neighbors.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?


33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?


34. What kept you sane?

Prosecco and Ativan.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Nyle still, I guess.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?


37. Who did you miss?


38. Who was the best new person you met?

I can't think of anyone this year.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.

We are all in the wrong fucking timeline.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

I'm OK when everything is not OK.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A Few Thrifted Finds - August 10, 2016

Oh sweet, dear, neglected blog, I am so sorry I haven't been around.

I am actually working on creating a Big Grown Up Type Blog with actual open-hearted posts and a design that isn't just a basic template and all that jazz.

But in the meantime, at least I have a place to keep a catalog of the things I buy at thrift stores, yes? Yes.

I hadn't been in a while - not since the last blog post - and I am trying really hard to only buy useful pieces that I will really wear. Thus I did NOT buy the beautiful cocktail dress. It was so satiny and lovely, with a little puff at the bottom. It was strapless. It....did not zip up in the back. "Why do you even need this?" asked Amy. "To wear to school pickup," I replied.

Here's the handful of things I did buy:

Favorite find, right up front, won't make you wait. I love a good furry collar. This is warm, soft, squishy, and will be great when it's fall in Georgia in....December. I think it was $2.50?

Just look at that fuzz!

Plain black T-shirt with foofy bit on the front, impossible to photograph. Will look great under a blazer. $2?

Plain and basic pink T-shirt. $2?

LOVE this skirt. LOVE IT. It's got a touch of wool in it but LOOKS like wool (yet washable). It's very school girl cuteness. Very me in the 90s, actually. Will look great with my boots and tights. $2?

Shorts for the kid for either now or next summer, depending on what fits. Gap! $1.25.

Cherokee jeans that also may fit her now or later, not sure, haven't tried yet. $1.25.

Suuuuuupppperrrrr cute elephant shirt for her to wear with leggings. She says she likes it, win! $1.25.
Short and sweet, TYFYT.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Thrifting post thrifting post thrifting pooooooost!

I almost forgot to post all of my thrifted goodies this time.

I mean, don't be sad, I obviously remembered!

Today is Friday but I went thrifting on Wednesday at my favorite little charity shop. I didn't want to buy or spend a lot, and I stuck to that. When I was in the fitting room, I did a lot of "Does this actually spark joy?" and "It's cute but if it was full price, would I really buy it or am I just being suckered into buying something ill-fitting that will hang in my closet forever just because it's $2?" and you'll see that it worked - I put back a cute dress that didn't hang right, a ridiculous short skirt, and several other items that just were not-quite-right. Instead I focused on buying my kid clothes.

I bought three things for me. The skirt was $2, the shirts were $1.50 I think. (I've misplaced the receipt but do you really care?)

Black squishy skirt like so many before it, but SHORTER. Super comfy.

Plaid shirt intended to be over a tank top, knotted jauntily, as if I understand fashion.

I LOVE this shirt and have actually already worn it out. It has a lovely cowl neck and makes me feel dressed up even though it's just a t-shirt. It's Banana Republic. It's a weensy bit short but works with the right pants (or skirt?).
Then the rest is stuff for the kid. Everything was either 75 cents or $1.25, depending on size and also, apparently, the mood of the cashier....

Pretty sure this skirt was brand new and never worn. And kid actually doesn't really wear skirts. But it was just so perfect and pretty and I couldn't leave it behind. I just sold a TON of her clothes at a consignment sale and have room in her closet for the "someday" stuff again so I gave in. Or maybe I'll resell it. Not sure. Children's Place. Adorable.

Circo shorts in the same size as the OTHER Circo shorts we bought new at Target this season. Husband isn't sure about the length, I thought they weren't too bad for a hot day. She hasn't tried them on yet though....

Another "someday" purchase - Old Navy jeans in a size that probably fits other kids her age but won't fit her for eons. They still have the pull tabs inside though so maybe soon.

Sparkly Crazy 8 t-shirt that she proclaimed she loves already.

Children's Place shirt, also too cute to leave behind, will be for fall.

Basic Circo shirt but hey, sparkly heart! Cute!

Gymboree hoodie in great condition, fits her, will be a nice summer jacket for camp.