In Praise of Freecycle

My wardrobe consists of 99+% wash & wear clothes. No silk, one rayon skirt, a wool jacket and a wool coat.

I bought a red turtleneck sweater at a thrift store without noticing that it was 100% wool. As I do with all my thrifty finds I tossed it in the washer and dryer. Well as you can expect it went from Xtra Large to Xrta Small in the space of an hour and a sweater

It was now useless to me and not wanting it to end up in the landfill I thought someone could use it in a felting project so I listed it on Freecycle. My ad was answered immediately and within a few days the recipient sent me a picture of how she had transformed the sweater into a baby outfit. She was delighted to dress her child in clothes made with natural fibers without the flame retardant chemicals found in commercial baby clothes.



I’m so thankful that Freecycle provided the means of saving the Earth one red sweater at a time.

PS although you see the sweater on a drying rack, I dried it in the dryer, the rack was just a convenient place to photograph it.

PPS You all know that I line dry when possible. However this incident took place in the winter. I’m just late getting it posted.

PPPS I’m still on the lookout for a red turtleneck sweater.

Have you ever ruined a wool garment?  Did you repurpose it? Tell me your story in the comment section.

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Sunday Show & Tell

One baby

Four cakes

6" cake with pennants

6″ cake with pennants

6"cake with pennants and name

6″cake with pennants and name

10" cake with stripes, pennants and #1

10″ cake with stripes, pennants and #1

10" cake with polka dots & name

10″ cake with polka dots & name


It may not be frugal but it provides job security for me.

In cultures where infant mortality has traditionally been high. There is great celebration when a child reaches its first birthday. The mortality rate isn’t high here but many of our customers hold to the old traditions just the same.

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Wait and See

I often play a game of “wait and see” when I’m thrift shopping.


See something you like

Ask yourself, ” what are you willing to pay for this item?”, if it is marked higher than that

Note the color of said item’s tag

Put item back on the shelf

Return for the item when it is at its lowest possible price point.

If its still there at a price that is acceptable MAKE A PURCHASE

If the item sold  previously, say to yourself “KEEP LOOKING IT WILL EVENTUALLY TURN UP” (or,  “YOU CAN LIVE WITHOUT IT!”)

I volunteer at my neighborhood Elementary School. after studying the westward expansion forth graders  play The Oregon Trail Big Day Game where they re-enact the pioneers’ migration at a local park. (more on this in future posts-I have close to 300 photos to sort through first).

Part of the game is to dress the part. I found this pet toy at SVdP marked 99 cents and thought it could be used to make a coonskin cap.

soon-to-be coonskin cap

soon-to-be coonskin cap

Knowing a 50% OFF ALL MERCHANDISE Sale was scheduled for the following weekend I left the toy and came back on Saturday and purchased it for 50 cents. Since that time I have been on the lookout for fake fur fabric to make the cap. I saw some two weeks ago at Goodwill marked $5.99. It wasn’t the perfect solution but it would do, but, I wasn’t willing to pay $5.99. I marked my calendar, reminding me to see if it was still available when red tags went on sale for $1.79 (the cheapest price GW gives). On sale day I was at the store bright and early but the fabric was gone. I did pick up a couple of things and made my way to the check out.

Gray felt & Jelly jar $1.32

Gray felt & Jelly jar $1.32

RIGHT in front of me a lady had the fake fur I had come for. I engaged her in conversation hoping to find out if she planned to use all of the fabric (I only needed a piece around 10×20 inches). She told me she planned to make a throw blanket. I congratulated her on her great FIND.

I’m still looking for a remnant of brown, tan or black fake fur preferably for less than a dollar.

All was not loss though, I did find a penny on the floor.

to rephrase Ben Franklin " a penny found is a penny saved"

to rephrase Ben Franklin ” a penny found is a penny saved”

Do you play “Wait & See” when you go thrifting?

What are your rules?

Have you ever had another customer beat you to your target item RIGHT BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES?

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Dark-eyed Juncos

I left my sliding door open while I was doing this & that both in the house and in the back yard.  I walked in and heard baby bird cheeping in my kitchen. On closer inspection I found 2 baby juncos and one of their parents on my kitchen floor. I hoped to get to the other side of them by going through the family room and shoo them back out the door. One baby headed for the dining room window. (Which was closed) I was able to corner it there and open the window to let it out. The other two birds were still in the kitchen but when they heard Jr. cheeping outside they returned to the great outdoors through the sliding door.

baby Dark-eyed Junco

baby Dark-eyed Junco

You would think we would have learned our lesson after that. I should make sure I close the screen. Baby birds should learn not to fly into houses, but NOOO it happened again the next day. This time I physically took Jr. outside and took his picture while I was at it.

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99 44/100 % frugal

Most of the time I eat food prepared at home from scratch, but I do treat myself occasionally.

Saturday my wedding cake deliveries took me pastIMG_9443

This place holds fond memories. When I was a child one of our regular family outings was a visit to the Ballard Locks. We would watch boats go through the locks between Puget Sound and Lake Union and stroll around the acres of public gardens.  FREE family entertainment. Occasionally we’d go across the street and pick up Fish & Chips at Totem Fish & Chips.

The restaurant has changed hands since then but they still make great Fish & chips.

Since I was eating on-the-go I got myself a Fishwich even though I really wanted Fish & Chips with extra fish.IMG_9445

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Sunday Show and Tell

You might think I’d have a plethora of Father’s day Cakes to show you today. However none of out Father’s Day orders requested custom designs.

I do have some other cakes to sow you thoughWP_20150618_12_31_39_Pro WP_20150618_12_32_19_Pro WP_20150619_13_12_04_Pro

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A Day of Thrifting

The bakery sent me on an errand Monday. It took me 35 miles to the south and put some spending money in my pocket. So of course I checked out the thrift stores in the area.

1st Goodwill



2nd Goodwill



theseIMG_9383 will replace these

notice the toe on the right shoe

notice the toe on the right shoe

IMG_9379The one on the left will replace the one on the righ

it retails for $12.08, mine cost 99 cents:)IMG_9397

Neti Pot

Neti Pot

The purple one replaces the green one.( a week or so ago I saw a plastic Neti Pot for $2.99, I knew I could find a better deal)


Bald Eagle Mug

Bald Eagle Mug

will add to my out of control “bird” mug collection.IMG_9377 Today’s green tag special meant I add 3 more plates to my dinner dishes.

my "pattern" is an eclectic collection of white on white

my “pattern” is an eclectic collection of white on white

maybe these will entice me to do some dusting.IMG_9387

with the success I’d had at the Goodwills I had high hopes when I pulled into St. Vincent de Paul but I came away empty.

Along the way I also stopped at Michael’s to pick up some art supplies I need. I used my 40% off coupon.IMG_9396

These things are on their way to the Union Gospel Mission:IMG_9389How was your Monday?

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