The Saturday of Bargains

Ava and I spend Saturday with my mom while Tony and my step-dad went to the Tampa Bay Lightning game.  We went to a few garage sales in the morning, which turned up some amazing treasures.  I found a set of three large baskets for $3 for the set!  Ava got a really cool Mr. Potato Head with 25 pieces and a carrying case for $1.  The lady was going to give it to me but I felt bad, so I offered her a buck.  At another house, I found two more wood frames for my frame wall for a quarter each!  That was a bargain!  For $3 of got our nephews two pairs of Polo jeans and two nice Polo button down shirts.  I think one of my favorite bargains I found was a painting that matches our living room perfectly for only $3! 

I should learn to take a better picture. I promise that it's level.

When I got home I dusted it off and promptly hung it over the bookshelf in our entry way; perfect home.  In the picture, you can also see my 99 cent digital picture frame from this post.  I’m still hunting for a 9v adaptor.  I’ve found a 12v and a 6v.  I will let you know when I find one.  In total, I spend $10.50.  Not too bad!

Later in the day, we went to Walgreens to pick up a few things that were on sale.  We went in for 3 things and came out with a whole cart full of stuff between the two of us.  I found men’s deodorant, multivitamins, body wash, and hand soap all on clearance, AND they were BOGO on top of the clearance price!  I also found Pampers girls fancy printed diapers on clearance, so naturally, I bought all they had.  I also found one canister of organic formula on clearance, just as a backup incase breastfeeding heads south (crossing my fingers that I have to donate this formula).  After a formula check, it was only $8!  You can’t beat that!  I also went home and found another $2 off Walgreens coupon for the formula.  I’m going to take it back and see if they will give me my money back for it.

Needless to say, we found some awesome things this weekend!  Have you found any good deals lately?

South Florida Long Weekend

Last weekend I went down to visit my Aunt Sue in Boca Raton with my Mom, Grandma, and Ava. We left Friday afternoon and got down there just in time for a yummy Chinese dinner. Saturday morning, my mom, aunt, and I ran in the March for Hunger 5k in Hollywood. It was a really nice race right on the boardwalk next to the beach.

Aunt Sue, Mom, and Me!

I am very proud of myself for running the entire thing, even though I was sick. This was the first time I was able to run 3 miles straight since Ava was born. I finished in 40:00 (clock time). Not my best time, but I can only improve. After the race, we hit up a restaurant for crepes and then on to a very fancy Goodwill (oxymoron, I know). This Goodwill was nothing like the others I have been to. I found a small round banana leaf basket for $1 and this size 2T Gymboree jumper for $2.

Now I’m on a mission to find all the matching accessories! Even though it was a goodwill, I felt that a lot of the stuff was overpriced.  That evening we all painted our nails with shellac. I had never used shellac before, so we will see how it holds up.

Update: The shellac only lasted a week.  I’m going to try it again and see how it does.

On Sunday we went to Babies R Us and picked up lots of goodies for Ava. That night, we went on a dinner cruise in Fort Lauderdale. Even though it was a little chilly, it was very nice. It was Ava’s first boat ride! We left to come home on Monday morning. We learned on the way down that Ava needs a break from the car. She isn’t going to stay asleep or relaxed for almost 4 hours. Good to know. We had a great time!

What Can You Buy For $1?

So what can you buy for $1. Lots of stuff if you go to a thrift store. On Saturday, before I picked Tony up from the airport, my friend Brittany and I hit up some of the good thrift stores in Tampa. I found a picture frame with a really ugly picture of a boat for $1. I really only wanted the frame, not the ugly picture. Digging a little more into the box of frames, I pulled out a digital picture frame! Yes, you read that correctly, a digital picture frame! It even had a really nice dark wood frame. And to sweeten the deal, it was only 99 cents! What! Okay, yes, it was missing the power cord, but for less than a heart attack inducing McDouble, I would take the chance that it didn’t work. I’m still hunting for a 9v AC adaptor to work with it.  I did have a 12v and I tried it and the screen came on but then went back off.  Tony thinks it will work, but it’s getting too much power.  So the hunt for the 9v adaptor continues.

Also on our trip, I found a cute dark wood basket for $1 and another picture frame for another $1. At the Goodwill in Wesley Chapel, I was peaking back in the unloading area and noticed an entire cart of baby equipment. There was a kiddie pool, a walker, and a Baby Einstein jumper. I asked the girl if they were going to be putting those things out. She went over and asked the guy that was near it. He told me that he would have to ask his manager because they normally don’t sell that stuff. WHAT?!?! He came back and said they could sell the jumper because it was in new condition. Then he said $10! $10, seriously! YES!

At the Salvation Army I found Ava two cute dresses for $3 total. One of them is Ralph Lauren and both look brand new! I feel like I can go shopping all day and buy whatever I want at thrift stores and not spend very much at all. Although, this can also be a problem. When we went to Ikea, all I was thinking was how expensive everything was! I love finding little treasures for next to nothing. And now, I have enough frames to get started on my frame wall project.

Have you found any awesome things at thrift stores recently?