Wedding season is winding down.
We have made a wide variety of wedding cake designs.
She’s young, talented, enthusiastic and hard working. This means that I won’t be working as many hours as I have been this summer.(until Christmas).
It wasn’t long before generic Chia pets were passé. Licensed characters began to appear in the 2000 production line.
Cartoon characters appeal to both young and old.
As with the generic animal collection “In the Original Box” means added value.
I am blessed to live in wonderful neighborhood. Neighbors all keep an eye out for each other. There are many retirees and SAHMs that are at home most of the time. I find no need to close and lock my back doors when I’m away for a short period of time.
One day I put a piece cake on the kitchen counter to snack on later. Then took an after-work to my beloved park.
I returned an hour or so later to find most of the cake gone and crumbs scattered everywhere. Yes the doors were opened but the screens were closed.
My guess is that a hungry raccoon (who lives in the greenbelt behind me) smelled the cake. Tore through the screen and helped him/her self.
Hardware stores sell replacement screen. I found the tool and spline I needed while thrifting.
This project took less than 3 hours. It might have been less if I hadn’t been documenting every move I made.
This post should have appeared before yesterday’s post……
Shortly after I got the coffee maker I picked up a second carafe at a second hand store. The second carafe afforded me the leisure of not having to wash the pot immediately.
I make myself a pseudo-mocha each morning to start my day. I’m by no means a coffee snob. I buy whatever brand is on sale. I doctor it up with so much chocolate syrup and creamer that no one would ever be able to tell if it was fresh or not. A pot of coffee lasts me 2-3 days. If not freshly brewed I just heat it in the microwave. When I empty the pot I may or may not have a full load of dishes to wash. By owning two carafes I always have a clean carafe ready to use the next morning.
I’m a patient person. I can wait for a bargain to come along.
It’s not unusual for me to incorporate a stop at one or more thrift store any time I’m running erands. This is especially true when I have a specific need. Every place I looked, the price was much higher than I had expected or wanted to pay.
August 28th I stopped at Heaven Sent- they had coffee pots but not like mine.
August 29th I saw this one at Goodwill
Goodwill also had a coffee maker
September 10th Finding Treasures
September 15th Value Village
hidden on the bottom shelf is a lidless 99 cent carafe that fits my coffee maker. Hallelujah!
I had saved the lid from the broken pot so this pot came home with me.
It took 19 days and 7 stores to find the coffee carafe I was looking for.
Some may feel that thrifting takes a lot of time and energy to save a few dollars but I enjoy thrifting, I consider it entertainment (like visiting a museum)
I always incorporate thrifting into necessary errands, so gas usage is minimized.
The bargain prices I’ve gotten more than make up for the gas I consume.
I know its not for everyone but if your retired and/or single, give it a try.
The alternative would be to order from the Mr. Coffee web site $14.99 +S&H.
Or I could have driven to my nearest Walmart and picked up the replacement for $11.47. But the Walmart is in a location that I have no other reason to drive to so it would be a 16 mile trip just for that one item.
Another option is EBay. The best prices there are new $15.61. Used $14.94
Added earth-friendliness of my 99 cent pot, no new product manufactured, one less pot in the land fill, no packaging, no transportation cost.