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April 6, 2011

An Off-Season Bag Bargain

Filed under: Thrifty Finds — Laura R @ 8:57 AM

A couple times a month while running errands we treat ourselves to a $5 pizza.
It tastes good, has lots of toppings and is large enough to satisfy two very hungry people.
The pizza place also shares a parking lot with the Goodwill store.
So while I wait for pizza to come out of the oven I take time to browse.

Bargain Bag

People were telling me I had my seasons mixed up but I say a bargain is a bargain any time of year, and I am partial to Halloween.

The obvious contents of this bag were pumpkin lights and I counted enough to make the toppers less than a nickel apiece

obvious Halloween lights

so those were worth the price of the bag and anything else was bonus, including the 2 strings of lights.

all sizes of pumpkins


Other sizes and shapes of pumpkins were also in the bag along with some Snoopys that originally carried candy. (No candy included.)

costumed Snoopys


Another creature found in the bag


could be some sort of flying bug?  He may become part of the garden art.
After Halloween comes another holiday,  for which these may be useful. 


The final item in the bag can keep me busy during the cold winter months and help me look forward to another summer.

                                                           Why is it lighthouses make me think summer? 





Seeing the original price on the needlework kit

original price

 made me feel pretty good about spending $1.49 on the whole bag of goodies.

The same trip I also bought a few things for the cats and something for one of my collections which I will share in another post soon.

Linking up with Leigh at Thrifty Thursday 

Another new thrifty party is beginning this week. 

Blue Creek Home

Let’s all go share our treasures and tales.

Jen’s Penny Pinching Party    

Missy’s Treasures and Trinkets  

Lyssa’s Thrifty Thursday can be found here

Holly’s Tickled Pink     

Diann’s Thrifty Things Friday   



  1. I also love to look at the “holiday” aisle at GW. Off season is perfect for me as the prices seem good and the bargains are there for sure! Love the Halloween bag, great finds! hugs, Linda

    Comment by Linda @ A La Carte — April 6, 2011 @ 11:50 AM

  2. Off season is usually the time to find bargains. Nice to see your thrift store agrees! not all do and still want high & at time ridiculus prices! but I am near a tourist area so I think they are always pricing stuff for them, not the locals who do most of the shopping. I love halloween too, good buy!

    Comment by Faythe @ GrammyMouseTails — April 6, 2011 @ 1:25 PM

    • I still think our GW has too high and often ridiculus prices, but maybe the manager was out sick when they priced this? I don’t see the connection between the needlework kit and all the other things, but I was not going to disagree.
      They got their money back on another “deal” I convinced myself I had to have.

      Comment by dogsmom — April 6, 2011 @ 1:44 PM

  3. Hi, oh, we like a good pizza too every now and then. Cute little Halloween lights!
    Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia 😉

    Comment by Shelia — April 6, 2011 @ 3:00 PM

  4. That’s a fun bag of goodies! Lovin’ the great turkey pics and thanks for the kind words:@)

    Comment by Happier Than A Pig in Mud — April 6, 2011 @ 4:15 PM

  5. Great finds. You did have me confused for a second on the Halloween items, but they are dirt cheap this time of year. And you are so lucky to have a GW next to the pizza place!

    Comment by Pam @ House of Hawthornes — April 6, 2011 @ 6:11 PM

    • Or a good pizza place close enough to give me an excuse to hunt Goodwill.

      Comment by dogsmom — April 7, 2011 @ 5:38 AM

  6. Wow! You really made out like a bandit with this bargain bag!!! And, thanks for linking up to my first Treasure Hunt Thursday. I would love to have you every Thursday.

    Comment by Rhonda — April 6, 2011 @ 7:33 PM

  7. It’s always a great time to buy Halloween things! Especially when you get a great deal like that. The little creature stuffed animal is hilarious. And thanks for stopping by my blog! Glad you like my fair finds!


    Comment by Emily — April 6, 2011 @ 11:04 PM

  8. Oh how I wish our pizza parlor was next to the Goodwill store. 🙂 We do have a chinese restaurant next door, but it’s a buffet so no looking while we wait for our food. lol You found some great stuff for $1.49~! I’m always buying stuff out of season..that’s usually when you get the best deals on it.
    Thanks so much for linking up…I’m always glad to “see” you. 🙂

    Comment by Missy — April 7, 2011 @ 6:33 AM

  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes. We could definitely do some shopping damage together. I LOVE anything Halloween…vintage Halloween is the best!!

    Comment by Kim Kenward — April 7, 2011 @ 7:29 AM

  10. A $5 pizza? That’s a bargain price surely.

    I love buying things off-season. Since I have nothing too faddish, that kind of shopping fits me perfectly. Right now, with autumn well on its way, I’m hunting dog walking shorts, summer Ts and bathers. They give me something to look forward to through the nasty cold months.

    Comment by georgia little pea — April 7, 2011 @ 8:35 AM

  11. I totally agree! You can find a deal any time of the year! I love all the loot that you found while waiting for your pizza 😉
    Thanks for linking up to thrifty thursdays!

    Comment by Lyssa @ born-again crafter — April 7, 2011 @ 9:32 AM

  12. Love off season finds! in fact, just yesterday – i picked up a few christmas ornaments for my tree! xoox, tracie

    Comment by Tracie — April 7, 2011 @ 5:29 PM

  13. Great finds!

    Comment by Debra Newton — April 7, 2011 @ 6:52 PM

  14. Love your blog and your off season finds are super… one of the best things is to open up boxes and find things bought along the way.

    Comment by Annie/Helen Hartman — April 7, 2011 @ 6:56 PM

    • During my summer shopping excursions I always stash away a few treasures to find again during the colder months.

      Comment by dogsmom — April 7, 2011 @ 7:14 PM

  15. What FUN! I love finding holiday items any time of the year! ENJOY! ♥

    Comment by Lavender Dreams — April 7, 2011 @ 7:13 PM

  16. Great combination…pizza and the GW. I can’t shop when I’m hungry, so this works for me. I think we have to buy things when we see them, you’d never find a deal like this just before Halloween. Wonderful finds!

    Comment by Betsy — April 7, 2011 @ 10:14 PM

  17. Wow, look at all of those great bargins!! Cool pumpkins!

    Comment by afistfullofweeds* — April 7, 2011 @ 10:59 PM

  18. I love those little pumpkin lights. We always used to keep them in our RV and hung them out on Halloween when we went camping. They are fun and cute!~Ames

    Comment by Ames — April 8, 2011 @ 12:28 AM

  19. Looks like a deal to me… Now don’t forget to use them. 🙂

    Comment by eof737 — April 8, 2011 @ 2:57 AM

  20. Hello Dogmom’s, I smile when I see your name. I am a dogsmom too. This is belated but I want to thank you for commenting on my kitchen Cabinets. I left to go to an antique show in Atlanta on Weds.with my sisters who do a show there each month. I am selling too and this is the first chance I have had to get on my computer. Not much is selling so far.

    I love your bag of Halloween stuff and especially the bargain price. I have some thrifted Halloween lights too. I love to shop for thrifty treasures the most. It is the best budget trick there is. You really found a wonderful bag of goodies. The lighthouse is awesome too. I am scrolling down to your kitchen to see what I missed.

    Have a great day.
    Hugs, Jeanne

    Comment by Jeanne — April 8, 2011 @ 3:31 AM

  21. Look at all that yummy candy!

    Comment by Donna — April 8, 2011 @ 10:07 AM

  22. Great Halloween finds! I always look for off season holiday items. It is the way I haven’t gotten about 50% of my holiday decorations. Our SA has a big “Christmas in July” sale every year. They bring ot a ton of Christmas stuff and start selling it really cheap. Thanks for joining me for TTF! Haqve a great weekend!

    Comment by Diann @ The Thrifty Groove — April 9, 2011 @ 11:02 AM

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