25 June 2011
i'm grateful for 'bargains'
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