25 June 2011

i'm grateful for 'bargains'

Greetings all,
Thanks for asking Maxabella, this week I'm Grateful for BARGAINS, SALES, CLEARANCES & "70% off already reduced ticket prices".  I know it's harsh on big retailers & department stores but i think they're kind of being slapped with a turn away from mass consumerism/ made in China & thoughtless spending, instead, we're watching our pennies & choosing to spend our precious money where it counts . . . small business, local handmade, Farmer's Markets & the like.  I love designer gear & quirky things, but can't afford them at full price, so this is my big chance to buy things beyond my financial reach!!
I needed more of those wooden crates from Provincial, thanks to friends seeing them on my blog & saying "hey, next time you're there, pick me up . . . six", even the sales assistant said "we've had ladies in here saying they saw our baskets on your blog".  Yay!!  Anyway, between Provincial & the car park, i had to walk past TYPO.  Oh dear, how many $5 clearance tables can a store have?? 
 Keep Calm canvas, giant ampersand, wooden toadstool, bird peg stand - all $5 each; washi tape dispenser 50c (i got a few) + more $5 peg sets.
 Love Rules Without Rules canvas $5, mushroom pillow $10.
 Embroidery hoop picture $5 (i got a couple) + some $5 lanterns, 50c pencils, $2 note pads, $1 Mexican paper garlands.
 This Eiffel Tower print is HUGE, so great to find something for my son's bedroom . . . now he has this canvas, yep, $5.  You could cover over them - the frame alone is worth more!!
 Committing to 2 trips to the car, as i had a French washing basket, 6 crates, 4 canvases, a magnetic board (wooden frame had a crack so it was reduced to $25) & 3 wooden trees (er, um, $5 each reduced from $50) my arms were breaking.  On the way back to TYPO i spied Country Road - their outlet was closing down with "70% off already reduced ticket prices".  My bounty . .  . oatmeal track pants, grey track shorts, 4 scarves, 3 tops, a grey wool wrap, a peach cardigan + a black dress reduced from $249 to $27 & a few things for the children (skirt, tank, dress) including this purple kaftan . . . i just knew if i didn't buy it, i'd regret it, even though the ONLY one left was a size 4 & it was for an almost 10y.o. it was a $60 reduced to $12.50 risk.  Sure enough she loved it & it fits beautifully, this child can wear any style/ colour/ pattern - such is her amazing complexion. 
 I picked up these desert books from the regular Country Road store sale last week, my boy's feet are growing so fast!!  Love the laces.
After all that shopping, a girl's got to rest.  I was suffering the last of my head cold, i think it's gone now, it's really hard to blow your nose with arms full of bargain shopping & eyes streaming.  I really looked after myself with the right drugs, rest & healthy food.  Ok, so my Friday wasn't too tough, i caught up with a school mummy & we saw Bridesmaids at the cinema, loved it - quite a different movie to what i expected, very funny, with heart.  Then a sushi lunch & a tour of a local organic chocolate factory (stay tuned for that post on Monday) then an after school P&C party.  Now i'm curled up on the lounge in my woollie boots with some choice magazines, Skype'ing my husband & sipping hot chocolate.  
Have gorgeous weekends, i really should do some sewing!!  Love Posie

26 comments:

Amy said...

Wow, check out your bounty!

So jealous right now. I love Typo but my closest store is 5 hrs away.

I am loving the all of it.

texwisgirl said...

sweet little girl in her pretty purple frock. :)

Tammy said...

Great finds Jennie.

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

oh yes, we all love a bargin! love all your goodies and that Eiffel tower print is just gorgeous! makes me want to head for Paris! have a lovely weekend xx

Michelle said...

so much fun to be had, so little time (and arm space!). Can I come shopping with you next time please? Michelle xx

Seaweed and Raine said...

WOO Posie! Shop your heart out! :)
Great finds - I think my fave might be the canvass... Oh I wish I had TYPO closer to here! Enjoy your weekend!
S&R xxx

Posie Patchwork said...

Doesn't it make you REALLY wonder the true value or cost to make some of these items if a chain store can so easily toss them off at 10% their original RRP?? Makes you really wonder why you ever pay retail prices, if you can wait or it's just a want not a need, go for the sales, love Posie

Felicity said...

I agree with your last comment entirely Jen - the mind boggles.

Great shopping though, loving everything especially a well-shod lad.

xx Felicity

Taylor Made said...

No that's what I call shopping...great haul. Happy weekend to you.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Wow Jennie I love your specials!!! Where is Provincial? Dzintra

Jacinta @ modelmumma said...

I'm shopping with you next time!!! what a great haul. xo

Hot Fudge said...

Promise the next time you go shopping you'll take me with you!

polkadotpeticoat said...

Major score....lovely items!

Tas said...

Wowsers. That is one fabulous does of retail therapy. And I am now keeping an eye on my letterbox for my next Peppermint ;) It's almost enough to make me brave the sales...if only I hadn't bought so much wool online :P

Mrs Bok - The Bok Flock said...

Hi Posie! Thank you for visiting and being my 100th! :) They are some fabulous bargains you picked up...Makes you wonder the kind of huge margin that stores are making! Have a lovely weekend!!

Sannah said...

impressive collection of bargains! very jealous!!

Lauren said...

Fantastic finds at typo...that shop is great! Looks like you are covered for a while in the magazine department! Very nice!

clare's craftroom said...

Great bargains , good on you !

Tammi said...

You definitely scored a bargain or ten there :)

x

Tania McCartney said...

I SO need that KEEP CALM AND PRESS DELETE sign! Love your bargains. Glad your head is better. I can actually give you a kiss next week.

Flibbertigibbet said...

"we've had ladies in here saying they saw our baskets on your blog"

I was one of them :P. The staff member said "What's a blog?" Ummm ...

I did Typo and CR last week too. Some oval tins, a toadstool, a 'Keep calm and stop carrying on' calendar (very appropriate when counting down to market days) and a pure wool cape/poncho hybrid were amongst my bargains. Oh, and some not so exciting thermal underwear - boring but necessary.

Walked out of there weighed down by bags and with a huge grin.

Well done on your haul.

Posie Patchwork said...

Thanks Anne (from Flibber) the lady at Provincial knows what blogs are now!! Love Posie

The Humming Cat said...

The wooden toadstool is ultra cute, need to see the 3 wooden tree's please. Model pretty as ever.

Maxabella said...

I'm mad for toadstools at the moment... Typo here I come!!! x

Linda said...

what amazing bargains I am totally jealous, lucky girl

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