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December 26, 2010

End of a Thrifty Year Wrap Up


Hey Everybody- It’s THRIFTY THURSDAY at Bloggeritaville!

Linda from A La Carte and Junkin’ Finds Friday suggested we do a post about our best find or junkin’ adventure of 2010.
I have been giving this a lot of thought. 
While money was tight this year, as most years, and transportation was more of a hassle this year,  with expensive vehicle repairs and a dishonest mechanic involved to complicate things,
I changed my junking habits.

I hit community and village wide sales where I parked and walked more, rationalizing that I was getting exercise.  Also, the money in my pocket was all I could spend.
I could not take advantage of Freecycle as often since I was never sure of having transportation to retrieve an item.  Showing up when you say you will is a HUGE part of the Freecycle commitment.

I discovered the attraction and perhaps addiction of CraigsList.
Again, being able to show up and pick up and physically move items is a big part of the deal,
but I have actually found CraigsList listers to be more flexible than Freecyclers.

Before we go further, I want to also thank Debbie of Debbiedoos.
Through her I have found so many of you like-minded thrifters and junkers.

And a new place (for me) that I am meeting people, finding blogs and learning great (junky?) antiquey (important) educational knowledge is the Ning network I Antique Online.

Do you know about Ning networks?  I am still learning although I have joined several, beginning with Martha Stewart’s Dreamers Into Doers  and recently Willowing Art & Inspiration
I highly recommend both.

But we were discussing the BEST OF thrifting for 2010.

I will show you the best “thrifted” surprises I brought home this year.
They are far from junk or even junque.  They were preloved.



I will have to amend or continue this post during the week.
Family duty calls.

Apron Thrift Girl will be back in 2011 with Thrift Share Monday.
Please link up this week at Hey, What’s For Dinner, Mom.

A Stroll Through Life usually has a Tabletop Tuesday link but this week it is ANYTHING Goes.  So lets link up and share some end of the year love.

If you were more ambitious and commited than I and actually followed through on completing some projects this past year, please link up to an end of year party over at Savvy Southern Style.  Kim invites you to show your best Boring To Better project. 

So much for my good intentions to get more blogging done this week.

But I will be back soon.

Check out my (no, not my) motivational video here.



  1. oh sweet! did you rescue all three this year? I miss my dog and can’t wait to get one come spring-thanks for the shout out!

    Comment by laura — December 26, 2010 @ 11:06 PM

    • Yes, these are 3 “keepers” from this year. And dare I say the last for a while?

      Comment by dogsmom — December 27, 2010 @ 7:31 AM

  2. Oh, I would love a “thrifted” pet 🙂 Too busy to keep a critter though, despite how much I love animals.

    Comment by Van — December 27, 2010 @ 10:26 AM

    • They do end up taking over your life and your heart and a lot of your time…and your food budget…and your home…

      Comment by dogsmom — December 27, 2010 @ 10:57 AM

  3. I love to rescue animals . . . the latest is a young blonde cat with golden eyes called Willie. I’ll be doing a post on him as soon as I take some photos.

    This year was financially rough for me too . . . I purposely stayed away from anything that cost money. Besides, my long distance love and I are finally together, so we have pretty much spent most of this year getting to know each other better 🙂

    Hope you had a very Merry Christmas . . . Gina

    Comment by Gina Alfani — December 27, 2010 @ 12:12 PM

    • Congratulations. I hope the new year continues to bring you love, happiness and opportunities.

      Comment by dogsmom — December 27, 2010 @ 1:43 PM

  4. How wonderful that you feel this is the best of the year. Anyone that takes in an animal is number one in my book.Bless you.

    Comment by vickie — December 27, 2010 @ 4:26 PM

  5. Oh, “pre-loved” is a wonderful adjective to describe your sweet pets! I’m going to remember that one!

    Comment by Tricia@The Dull & the Dutiful — December 27, 2010 @ 4:34 PM

  6. Cute pets. Bless your heart for helping animals.

    Comment by Simone — December 27, 2010 @ 5:00 PM

  7. It looks like you adopted the best finds in the whole world! I know what you mean about car repairs. I myself have had a handful of them this year. I hope your Christmas went well, and thank you so much for the Christmas wishes that you left on my blog! 🙂 Oh, and the Ning world is amazing. I love it too 🙂

    Comment by Lynda — December 27, 2010 @ 5:23 PM

  8. We have two rescued dogs too. What wonderful additions to your family — wishing you a better 2011 and lots of tail wagging moments and sloppy wet kisses!

    Comment by Mid-Atlantic Martha — December 27, 2010 @ 6:44 PM

  9. Oh how wonderful. Bless you. I know they will be well taken care of and loved. They are wonderful. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

    Comment by Marty@A Stroll thru Life — December 27, 2010 @ 6:53 PM

  10. What sweet faces. Glad they found a home with you.

    Comment by Sarah — December 27, 2010 @ 7:47 PM

  11. Wow — did you really get to adopt three pets this year?! Lucky you! Thank you for being a faithful blog and examiner article reader — I really appreciate it!! Hugs!!

    Comment by Laurie — December 27, 2010 @ 9:13 PM

  12. You are awesome! I thank you so much for that shout out too. I am a junker and love nothing more than a good buy. Happy New Year to you!!~

    Comment by debbie — December 28, 2010 @ 6:14 PM

  13. They are all adorable.

    Comment by Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy — December 28, 2010 @ 8:06 PM

  14. By far the very best thing anyone could add to their life!!!! Two paws up to you!


    Romeo and “her”

    Comment by Romeo and "her" — December 28, 2010 @ 8:29 PM

  15. I love your “thrifted surprises! They are the best pets and my home seems to have a sign out front that says welcome. Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Happy 2011!!!

    Comment by Pam @ diy Design Fanatic — December 29, 2010 @ 9:21 PM

  16. They are so cute!!!
    Hope you are having a wonderful end of the year! I was looking at your blog role on the right… and had to giggle because I was thinking ” Wow! there is some one who likes the same things as me!! ”
    I love reading your post’s!

    Sussex Wisconsin

    Comment by Vanessa Johanning — December 29, 2010 @ 11:00 PM

    • I only wish I had time to visit each of my favorite blogs more often.
      I am trying to figure out the widget showing when each last blogged.
      I am not understanding how to put that in.

      Comment by dogsmom — December 30, 2010 @ 6:25 AM

  17. Wonderful finds! I love your sweet animals. I would so love another cat and it may happen in 2011! Thanks for joining JFF! hugs, Linda

    Comment by Linda @ A La Carte — December 30, 2010 @ 8:58 PM

  18. Awww….I love it!!
    Just look at those adorable faces!
    What wonderful preloved suprises!
    I hope you have a wonderful New Year’s!

    Comment by Jen — December 30, 2010 @ 11:20 PM

  19. Wishing you and your family a wonderful New Years!!

    Comment by valerie — December 31, 2010 @ 12:23 PM

  20. Thank you so much for stopping by my site. I stopped by quickly to check out your site and I can’t wait to have some extra time and check out some more of your posts.

    Comment by Traci — January 3, 2011 @ 11:22 AM

  21. Those are the best finds ever! All of our cats were shelter babies, too. The first, who passed away this past spring (I was his person) is sorely missed. I was just thinking of him this morning. May you have a long and wonderful time with your new friends!

    Comment by Alyssa — January 6, 2011 @ 7:47 AM

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