Monday, April 29, 2013

Thrifty Fun


While I was picking up half price green finds at the Salvation Army store, I also spotted a couple of lovely items that weren't included in the sale.

Let me just say, I don't know much about the value of things when I'm shopping at thrift stores. I am not buying to resell, so I just buy what I like, as long as it seems like a bargain to me.

I liked the rustic charm of this wire egg basket, above, but I wasn't sure if I should bring home something quite so rusty. I decided to go for it. I can't quite remember how much it cost, but I believe it was under $2. I did some research since then and found out that similar egg baskets are priced at $30 or more.


I also found this pretty plate that I can use to photograph some of my What I Ate Wednesday foods.



I spotted this SpongeBob puzzle, still sealed in the box, and thought it might be fun for the kids. It was also half price because there is green on the box. I'm glad I bought it, because my daughter immediately put it together.


Then she headed down to the games cupboard in the basement and came back with this Canada puzzle.


Then she headed back down and returned with this 500 piece chocolate puzzle. Her brother even joined in on that challenge. I'm always happy to see them do something other than watch television or play video games.


When I saw this unused Scooby-Doo doll, still in the box, I thought it was really too childish for my kids. But we all love Scooby-Doo in this house, and this Scooby actually responds verbally when you read certain parts of the book aloud. For $5, I figured why not? As soon as the kids came home from school I read them the book and they loved hearing Scooby chime in. I kind of liked it myself.

What was (or is) your favourite toy?


Linking up with these wonderful sites: Boogieboard Cottage and A Living Space and Me and My Shadow and Remnant and Sir Thrift A Lot and Hey What's for Dinner Mom? and Knick of Time and The Thrifty Groove   and The Cottage Market and BrightGreenDoor

33 comments:

  1. Those egg baskets are quite hard to find here, so you got a real bargain. It looks lovely with a candle in it, I'd never have thought of that. Thanks for linking up x

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    1. I'm always happy with a bargain! Thanks Liz. :)

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  2. Great score on the egg basket! I love when a bargain turns out to be EXTRA bargain..y hah

    I also really love the fact your kids enjoy puzzles.. As silly as it sounds, it seems like kids I know are ONLY into electronic sort of play. It's refreshing to see a classic puzzle is still entertaining!

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    1. Thanks!

      My kids do like the electronics too, but I'm trying my best to minimize it. The boy makes it hard for us though. ;)

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  3. Yay on the egg basket! I keep looking at them, but I don't want to spend more than a few bucks, so good for you. Your daughter is a puzzle genius!

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    1. This was the first time I ever saw an egg basket!

      She IS getting pretty good at the puzzles. :)

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  4. Yay on the egg basket! And that plate! And puzzles! Yeah, okay, you retain the queen of thrift title--
    And my favorite toy was my imagination-- corny but true. Well, my imagination and the big ole cherry tree in the backyard that would rain petals if you shook it just the right way...

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    1. I like your favourite toy. I keep telling my kids that's what we used to play with. ;) Cherry trees are amazing too. I loved our crooked apple tree growing up.

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  5. The egg basket is great, I always see them selling for a lot in second hand stores! And the Scooby is fantastic, I saw a little vintage Mystery machine in an antiques store but it was a bit too expensive :)

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  6. I like the way the kids do a puzzle - in a baking pan!!

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    1. I think that was probably my mom's idea. She's the puzzle queen. She also gave us a puzzle mat that rolls up, but there is another puzzle on it. :)

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  7. Love that egg basket. I recently just sold a similar one for $18.00!

    Erica

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    1. Hi Erica, Thanks for confirming my bargain!! :)

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  8. Your kids are the cutest! I love it that they would do a puzzle - we're puzzle people ourselves!

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    1. Aw, thanks! Their dad is the puzzle guy. Me, not so much. :)

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  9. Some fantastic finds! I havent been to our local thrift store in forever - time to get back out there I think.

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  10. Love. Want. That wire basket! Great find! Coming over from Knick of Time, a happy new follower. =)

    Jeanine

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    1. Hi Jeanine! Thanks for visiting and following. :)

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  11. I'm always a sucker for wire baskets, and have a couple from Pier 1 ... but no rust. I believe rust adds to the charm (and the price tag). It looks very cute with the candle. I have an absolute ton of jigsaw puzzles, and sometimes I even pick one up for me. I'm always surprised when there are no pieces missing to the puzzles I buy at the thrift store ... and for $1 a piece you just can't go wrong. I know what you mean about seeing the kids play without electronics ... constant issue in my house and I'm losing the battle. Have a great day Jo! Wendy :)

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    1. Hi Wendy, I am a sucker for all kinds of baskets. I have soooo many! I don't often do puzzles myself. I would be afraid to buy an open box at the thrift store I think. It would be so frustrating if you found out there were pieces missing after working on it for a time. :)

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  12. Your kids look adorable I can't wait for the time when I can play those kind of game with my little Sofia :)

    www.vindiebaby.com
    Vintage Inspired Girls

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    1. Thanks so much! The time will come quickly. :)

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  13. Very cool basket and plate! I have a hard time narrowing down my favorite toy. Whenever I thrift I am constantly looking for all of the toys that I played with as a kid (MLP, Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake, Old School Fisher Price, etc.) They all bring back such great memories!

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    1. I don't have to look for them, because I still have them. ;)

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  14. Great day out shopping! I always pick up pretty plates when I see them too! I miss those days when I could read to the kids...sigh. Angie xo

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only plate addict Angie. ;)

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  15. Thanks for linking up and linking back to the "Go Get Your Garage Sale On" linky party! Awesome finds! http://www.brightgreendoor.com/2013/04/go-get-your-garage-sale-on-with.html

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  16. i love ur wire basket :) and what a great idea to showcase it :) i have a similar one but its shaped like a hen :)

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  17. Great finds and I LOVE THE SCOOBY Doobie DO!!!!!! : ) hugs and thanks for sharing! : )

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