March 3, 2012

Thriftiness Has Its Perks

I have a love/hate relationship with days off.

On one hand, I hate them. Mostly because I feel like I ALWAYS overeat. And sometimes I get a little stir crazy when I don't have things to do. And I feel like I NEED to grade papers to play catch up (which really, I don't)

And on the other hand, I love them because I get to drink 4 cups of coffee (which is only 2 mugs-- so don't freak out). I get to sleep in (until 7:00!). I get more time to work on my craft projects.

Today is a day I've quite enjoyed. I woke up early and while I was watching Oceans Eleven, I crocheted myself a cactus. I think if I fill my house with crocheted plants I won't ever have to worry about watering them... It's a win-win. Here is pattern for the cactus (there are actually 4 patterns-- I only made the one). And HERE is Mr. Cactus himself:



After I got done crocheting, I felt like I needed to get out of the apartment. So I decided to go thrift store shopping. I trolled around my town and visited 4 different places.

The thing I LOVE about thrift store shopping is that a lot of places only take cash-- so this limits how much money I can spend. So I headed out with $20 in my pocket and a promise to myself that I would stay within budget. Another interesting (or maybe scary?) thing about thrift stores is that they always seem to attract the oddest people. I get a kick out of people watching.

When I headed home I still had over $13 left-- which means I had stayed within budget! So for a reward  I stopped by McDonald's and got a snack size (they are the perfect size) McFlurry.

Here is what I got:


I am always excited to find cheap kid books for my classroom. And the big find was the jeans-- they are in great condition-- Banana Republic brand-- in my size-- and wide-leg trouser (which I've been eyeballing for a few months now). I am totally jazzed!

I'm not quite sure what I will use the jersey fabric for (that's the blue fabric rolled up)... Or the Mason jars... Here are some cute ideas I am tossing around:

 
 Spray painted and used as planters (although this defeats my previous idea of never having live plants)


I can always glue a few together and use them for storage (would be cute in my classroom)


Here is another storage idea (they use lids and chalkboard paint)


I can also tint them and use them for decorations.


Anyway, these are just some of the things I now have going on inside of my head. If you haven't been thrift store shopping lately (or you've never been at all), I highly encourage you to try it. It's worth a shot and can save you tons of money. And you never know what you will find! Best of luck!

1 comment:

  1. Anna, you are so crafty! And I don't just mean in a devious way. I mean with crafts too.

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