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December 19, 2010

$3 Splurges (discounts applied)

Filed under: Thrifty Finds — Laura R @ 8:18 PM

I admit it.  I am usually a 99 cents or under girl.
It does not take hundreds or thousands of dollars to make me happy.

I will go higher for clothing (maybe $1.99) or for quality things that are handmade,
but this girl can stretch a five dollar bill.

So when I walked out of the thrift store having spent a shade over $6.00
and didn’t need help loading my van, you know I must have

A) been in a shopping mood
B) really needed an item
C) found something I considered treasure

Half off Christmas merchandise

I bought this with the intention of giving it as a gift but I do collect snow charactors.

desktop storage

One can never have enough desk top organization
and you all have seen my desk.
I have dreams that these drawers will help me finish some beautiful artworks…
plus the teenager behind the counter gave me a senior discount.
Who am I to correct her?


Anything marked Brookstone is worth more than $3.
Back before the internet things from the Brookstone catalog were cool.

Brookstone ePad portable surface

At the moment I still do not have a laptop or notebook computer and even am not running the desktop wireless.  Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith  and get the accessories first.
Like buying a bowl and leash in anticipation of getting your first dog for your birthday. 
(I received my first dog during a tornado.)

Keeping with a theme of wintery white and gingerbread…

The gingerbread couple are handmade from a large juried craft show. Peanuts mug 49 cents.

Don’t they make you smile too?

Even though I am not officially decorating this year touches of the season are finding their way to my decor.


Alarming note:  overheard at my local thrift shop. The manager told staff not to put mugs out unless in sets of 4 or more.  All others are just to be broken.
 You know I had to speak my opinion on that!

And I want to send a HUGE Thank You
to a new friend (Patty) from a recent blog hop and giveaway day.

Beautiful Christmas Kitty

Patty has two shops on Etsy that I am proud to have added to my favorites.

Not only is Patty a working mother of seven children, a portion of the proceeds from her wonderful shops Catcalls  and DogBarks goes to animal rescue.  Please visit her and say thank you.


Linking up this week with The Penny Worthy Project 
Apron Thrift Girl’s Thrift Share Monday
and these things are Making The World Cuter as well.

Join in the last Nifty Thrifty Tuesday for the year at Coastal Charm.
Three or More at The Gypsy’s Corner
White Wednesday at Faded Charm 
Rednesday with Sue Loves Cherries 

Please join in with Junkin’ Finds Friday at A la Carte  today and next week  when Linda is having  a favorite find of 2010 party.



  1. Do you hire out as a personal shopper? I seriously need someone to do my christmas shopping. and my cards, too. I guess I’m looking for a peronal assistant. A CHEAP one!

    Comment by Stumpy and Cyndi — December 20, 2010 @ 7:50 AM

    • Well I have proven that I am cheap!

      Comment by dogsmom — December 20, 2010 @ 7:56 AM

  2. when I spend a lot of money I know it was a serious success! looks like your trip was awesome! You should link to The Penny Worthy Project I missed you! Plus with ATG being gone for a bit I miss all the thrifty links!

    Comment by laura — December 20, 2010 @ 9:40 PM

  3. You found some lovely items and I really enjoyed looking at them. It’s like peeking into someone’s shopping bag. Great fun.

    Comment by Donnie (NewBlessingEveryday) — December 21, 2010 @ 8:16 AM

  4. dogsmom,
    Thank you for your sweet comment and visit today!
    Your Gingerbread man and woman look like they would
    “fit right in” my Gingerbread kitchen On Crooked Creek!
    I love your thrifty finds. Stop by again, soon, dear!

    Comment by On Crooked Creek — December 21, 2010 @ 11:30 AM

  5. I am so very blessed to call you a friend through blogging!!! I am so grateful for that. Thank you Merry Christmas!!!

    Comment by Leigh, Tales from Bloggeritaville — December 21, 2010 @ 7:38 PM

  6. Very cute stuff for cheap! I noticed that you are an animal lover and are frugal as well. Would love for you to stop by My Pet Savings, hopefully I can help you save some money on your pet supplies. 🙂

    Have a great day!


    Comment by — December 22, 2010 @ 11:22 AM

  7. Thank you for visiting today, I will add your Blog to my list of favs. And yes we will become great chums I see we both love treasure hunting. I mean that has to mean we have the same mind set! Happy Holidays, Diane

    Comment by diane — December 22, 2010 @ 1:58 PM

  8. …great job on the thirifting!…now I am going to see your desk…..

    Comment by colleen — December 22, 2010 @ 2:20 PM

  9. Really nice thrifty finds. Love the little gingerbread people! Have a Merry Christmas!

    Comment by Sherry — December 22, 2010 @ 6:00 PM

  10. I think my new goal is to keep single purchases under $1.00. Skyrocketing thrift store prices are driving me nuts.

    Comment by Van — December 22, 2010 @ 6:08 PM

  11. Very cute. Thanks for stopping by and following.

    Inspiring You To Save

    Comment by jakennedy85 — December 22, 2010 @ 9:53 PM

  12. Well girl, ya just done went and made like a bandit didn’t ya??? I’m quite smitten with your little Peanuts mug. If ya ever tire of it…just sayin….

    I just wanted to pop in and wish ya’ll a blessed and Merry Christmas filled with love, laughter and fudge baby, heaps of rich delicious fudge!!! :o)

    Comment by Nezzy — December 23, 2010 @ 7:12 PM

  13. You found some really great stuff! I am so cheap and hate to spend more then I think I should but I too get in those ‘moods’ where I just must shop….can you imagine how much we would spend if we weren’t thrifty! Love the Gingerbread couple and what a cup mug…love Snoopy! Thanks for joining Junkin Finds Friday! Merry Christmas! hugs, Linda

    Comment by Linda @ A La Carte — December 24, 2010 @ 3:41 PM

  14. Great finds. I have stuffed animal dogs and I think that is all I want right now.

    Comment by hip chick — December 26, 2010 @ 3:03 PM

  15. You found some really neat stuff there! I love the Christmas Cat too, how colorful and pretty! I hope you and your family had a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to come!

    Comment by Jennifer — December 26, 2010 @ 3:58 PM

  16. I am loving your gingerbread men..they are just perfect for the kitchen. I love that little things make you happy, they do me too…:) Happy New year!

    Comment by debbie — December 26, 2010 @ 6:27 PM

  17. I love snowmen too! Great finds I can’t imagine being that good!

    Comment by Colleen — December 29, 2010 @ 3:43 PM

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