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Sunday, 23 January 2011

I like to go to the Salvation Army thrift store on Wednesdays and Saturdays—Wednesday because it’s “Family Day,” where almost all clothing is 50% off, and Saturday because it’s pick-up day & I can take with me all the things I’d like to donate.

I don’t always go twice a week. Some weeks I go on both Wednesday and Saturday; some weeks I go one day or the other. Some weeks I don’t manage to get there at all. Since we moved to Connecticut in October I’ve been regularly haunting the place on Saturdays because, in addition to pick-up day, it is also 50% off furniture day, and I’ve been looking for some piece of furniture—a small entertainment center, maybe, or a set of end tables or nightstands with drawers—that I can use to make a play kitchen for Julia. (This was supposed to be one of her Christmas presents, but since I still haven’t found the right piece of furniture—one that both seems like it will work for my purposes and will fit in our car—it’s going to end up being a “Look what Mama made to go with all the kitchen things people bought you for Christmas!” gift instead.)

Some weeks I have better luck than others at finding things I’m looking for. Other weeks I end up coming home with things I didn’t even know I was looking for. But always I am amazed at how little I spent.

This week was a little of both. I came home with:

A big basket to contain all the odds and ends that end up on top of the refrigerator

Two plant baskets

A green metal basket with a really long handle—according to the bottom, once a holder for an Edible Arrangment (I’m still not sure what I’m going to do with this. Right now it’s holding Julia’s paintbrushes, but it might end up being storage in her play kitchen. But it’s cute, and I figured for 99¢ I could find something useful to do with it.)

Four melamine plates

A really cool cookie tin

and—my huge score of the year so far—a light green spring trench/raincoat. I’ve been wanting one of these for years, but I’ve never been able to bring myself to spend $80 on something I can wear for maybe two months out of the year. This one was marked $10.99, and see the blue tag? Items with blue tags were 50% off today, so I paid $5.50.

Total cost for the lot of it: $10.74.

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