Black Friday at Value Village 11/27/15

Today is Black Friday. Most people went to conventional store to snag deals. Value Village was doing 75% off pants/bottoms till 1PM. I needed sweat pants/lounge pants, so off I went.

These are 100% Linen pants that were $1.50 each. The same pants sell at Nordstrom for $59.oo.

I tried these on and never wanted to take then off. They are by Arden B. These are a challenge to find online. It appears that Wet Seal used to carry them but don’t any longer. You can buy similar one on Thread Up for around $17. I’m not a member, so they wouldn’t let me do a good search. I did find these for $17.50. I paid $2.00.

Victoria Secret Pink Sweat Pants for $1.50. These start at around $42.00 on V.S. Pink website.

Starting at the left is a pair of cropped Aerie sweatpants I bought for $2.00 It is not the season for cropped pants, so online searches are a challenge but I found these on the website for $20.97.

Next is the pink Calvin Klein cropped sweat pants I bought for $1.00. On the C.K. website, they have a pair of cropped sweatpants for $49.00.  Bay does have a pair that is closer to what I bought for $18.95.

The final thing I bought was cropped Aeropostale sweatpants for $1.50. These are very close for $10 on the website.

I spent $12.05 today and bought 7 pairs of pants. This should last me awhile. Did you do any shopping today for Black Friday? What deals did you find?


Thrift store finds 10/17/15

Today was 50% off everything at St. Vincent de Paul’s and we need winter jackets. So off I went, with all 3 kids.The trip was a partial success. This is what I came across.

Little girl middle weight Columbia jacket $4.00 I found an equivalent on eBay for $19.99 and the listing doesn’t look nearly as nice. I can’t seem to find the equivalent on Columbia’s website right now. It is a little more than a rain coat but less than a winter jacket.

Sessions boys ski/snowboard jacket $5.00

This was an interesting find to research because this company was bought out and then disbanded. There was not a lot out there. Nothing like it came up on eBay but I found a listing on Amazon for the exact same thing, just a different color for $64.95. 

In Defense of Food by Michael Pollen $.85 Amazon has it for a penny.

5 Minute Princess Stories $.40 Again, it is a penny.

The Hardy Boys #12 $.40 Here is the Amazon listing. 

Columbia Boots youth size 6 $4.50 The similar shoes run from $55 to $60 on Columbia’s website. Finding the same thing on eBay was a challenge. What I found ranged from $8.99 – $16.50 plus there would be shipping.

Pokemon shirt $.50 My son is obsessed with Pokemon lately, so I caved when he said he wanted the shirt. It is pretty big so I think it will be awhile till he can wear it. I was surprised to find an eBay listing for $19.

MiniStar baby boots $1.00 I didn’t find anything on Amazon or Target. I found several listing on ebay from $8.81 and up.

Bottle cap belt $1.50 Here is an eBay listing. There was no tag, so I can’t get specific.

Heritage tank top medium $.50 I did a quick search and didn’t come up with anything.

Cute elephant purse $2.50 I found this while searching ranging from $10 to $17.

I think it was a pretty good day. Kids got stuff they needed plus a few fun things. Have you found anything lately?

Thrift Store Finds 10/12/15

I have been avoiding the thrift store because I really want to get rid of stuff. That seems to be a theme in the blogging world right now. I feel like I’m drowning in “stuff” and whenever I take a load to the thrift store, someone gives me more.

I have NEEDED jeans. I had 3 pairs and one was too big and another was starting to get worn out. Can you say “saggy butt?” It was time to bite the bullet and get some new one.

Yesterday was 99 cent day at Value Village, plus Super Saver card holder got 50% off clothes. Sounds like a great day to Jean shop!

I got 4 pairs.

1 pair of Lucky Brand bootcut Jeans. I paid $6.50. They sell on the lucky brand website for $59.40. I did see them as low as $21.68 but I have never bought from this website, so I would be hesitant to purchase them.

1 pair of Abercrombie and Fitch bootcut Jeans. Again, I paid $6.50. These sell for $78 on their website. I found these for $34.95 plus $5.95 shipping.

1 pair of Natural Reflections jeans for $5.00. I had never heard of these but I found them at Bass Pro for $45.99. People are, also, selling them on eBay for about $9.99.

1 pair of Buffalo Jeans David Bitton for $1.99. This seems to be the closest to what I bought on their website, selling for $118.00. They are listed as low as $5 on eBay but you would still have to pay shipping. This is the find of the day.


My son, also, found an Avengers comic for $.99. The price on the cover was $3.99

I found a friend 2 pairs of maternity pants for $.99 each. sell pants as low as $9.99. This is still 10 times what I paid. My daughter got a pair of butterfly wings to wear for $.99. I’m not sure what these are worth but to a 3 year old girl, they are priceless.

The jeans, alone, cost $301.39 full retail. That is HUGE! I would say that this was a good day!

Scrappy Mop Pad

What do you do with leftover, weird, skinny, scraps from a dish towel project? You make this.


Tried it dry. It was ok. It was fantastic sprayed with cleaner.


This project was a challenge but not because it was difficult. As I got going on it, my sewing machine jammed. I had to ask the handsome husband to fix it. Then, the first one I made didn’t work. I did pockets and not straps. They didn’t leave enough room to get the pad on. I like this final one. It is worth a try, if you have the scraps and time.

Scrappy Dish Cloth

We have two dish cloths. That is not, nearly, enough for a family of 5. They are always icky but I don’t want to buy anymore. I have tons of scrap fabric and lots of towels that are fraying. So here we go.

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I tried it in the kitchen and it works great. I cut a 9 inch square out of the material and sewed them together like a pillow, then top stitched it. The whole project was under a half an hour and saves me money. I will probably be making a few more.

Favorite purse

My favorite purse broke. 😦 image

EPIC! Who ever breaks their purse like this?!? To be fair, I did get this for free in 2010 and have used it every day since. I have been using a different bag for about two weeks and hate it. So, I decided I would fix it. I already had straps from a stuffed My Little Pony backpack we cut off (because they were awful). So, here we go. What do you think? image All better. Can’t wait to load her back up tomorrow. Now, that’s frugal.