Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Joys of Thrifting

It's snowing...and I'm actually OK with it :) We've had a few weeks of really nice fall weather, and I am happy to transition into winter.

Besides our fireplace, we have something new to keep us warm during this season...What could warm your heart and soul more than a turntable? Get was free. A hand-me-down from a friend at Diego's work. He is so excited to be out hunting down "vinyl" for his new collection. He even surprised me with and Elvis Christmas record.

Thrifting has really been the theme of the month. We had a church event that was what I call a free garage sale. Everyone took items to donate, then the next day we shopped for free. You could take equivalent to what you brought on the honor system. I kept saying, we should do this every year. We picked up a few VHS movies, some books, a candle, some yarn, a few clothes for Sara and a coat for me. Other people were getting toys for their kids, baby items and all types of things.

Last night we went to a thrift store with Sara and she got a tape recorder with tapes. All day it's been...."Day 1, note 5....I'm on my way to dance class..." Remember recording things when you were young. We would record songs off the radio. :) I also picked up a nice wooden board for a marble game for a buck. I'll have to see if I can find just the right marbles to go with it.

Going into a department store the other day, I was looking at all of the new board games - you know Christmas and all - and I just couldn't beleive the prices, all of the plastic and the bright new packaging. It just seems so wasteful. I kept reminicing about the "free garage sale".

Speaking of Christmas, do you know what my boys want this year? They are 15 and 13. A package of Mike and Ikes. That's it, nothing else. I'm sure they want more, but that is all they will ask for. Even when I tell them they are going to end up with nothing under the tree, they say that's OK. Bless their hearts. They know how tight things have been for everyone this year, and they say they have everything they need. Part of me feels really bad about that, like I'm failing them...then the larger part of me is so proud of them and it makes me think we may not be able to give them everything, but we're giving them the things that matter most. They are building character.

Well, I'm off to get Sara and maybe some hot chocolate. I wonder if I could make some mix myself....


  1. not sure how I came across your blog but I just wanted to say that your profile comments about being at home were an encouragement for me today. I think you described being at home perfectly & it validates what is not always the easiest job! So thankyou:-)

  2. You can totally make your own! I'll have to help you look for recipes. I could use one too!

  3. That's a really nice record player - what a generous gift. The Free Garage Sale sounds like a great event.

  4. April, love your blog, we were up there for a couple of quick minutes this weekend and got to share the snow!!! Love it!! Here is the cocoa recipe, best ever!!!

    Nestle Quick (powder)
    Powdered milk
    Non Dairy Coffee Creamer

    Mix all three together in equal parts. Add about 3 tbsp per cup of hot water and enjoy!! If you love mint cocoa, stir with a candy cane!!!
    ps. I usually buy the big thing of quick and coffee mate at Sam's or Costco, they aren't exactly the same size but close enough, and dump them in a large bowl. Then I fill up the quick container with powdered milk, and then dump that in and stir all three together. I then fill up my tupperware cocoa container, and the refill the quick and coffeemate containers. This is enough to last us most of the winter...hope you like it!!