Monday, March 27, 2017

Bowie City Wide Garage Sale!

March 27, 2017

Hey ya'll, it's me!

I woke up this morning feeling horribly empty inside. Oh, it wasn't due to any existential crises of the psyche--I was HUNGRY. I hadn't eaten since supper last night. Ah, breakfast, the shining beacon of my day!

Bowie had their city wide garage sale this weekend. Friday morning I noticed in The Shopper, our local free 'for sale' paper, that there was a sale within walking distance, so that's where my son and I took our daily walk. We actually found two sales.

I was looking for clothes mainly, and I hit the jackpot. The first lady not only had the clothes hung up neatly, she had the sizes printed out and hanging above the rack, so you knew where to look! She's my new favorite garage sale 'hostess'.

The first item I saw was a brand new Navy pea coat, never been worn, only $5.00. I passed it up, because I already have a couple of different coats and jackets of varying weight and style.

One of the rules of Thriftology is:

If you didn't need it before you saw it—you don't need it now.

I didn't need the coat, so I left it and moved on to tops. I wasn't disappointed.




This little number is a top from CATO. I wear it over my black tank top. I paid a whopping 75 cents. 


Also for wearing over my black tank, this gorgeous...um...I don't know what this is, but it's cute! I plan to wear it on Easter. Another 75 cents.


Zowie! 50 cents for this cute top with the stylized crosses. 


Now, the other tops are beautiful, and I will get a lot of wear out of them, but I really love black t-shirts for everyday, so when I came across this dramatic design, I had to get it. An angel against a demon is a powerful image. 50 cents for this baby from ATOMIC APOSTLE.


My son got two new t-shirts. This one looks like a CALL TO DUTY shirt, but is actually a Scripture shirt bearing the verse, "The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds." 2 Corinthians 10:4. It's a CALLED TO DUTY shirt. He also got a more masculine version of my white tee, with the word REDEMPTION on it. Each was 50 cents.

At the next sale I picked up a black t-shirt with the slogan, WITCH AND FAMOUS in gold. It's going to be used as a pajama top, also 50 cents.

Altogether, I spent $4.00 for seven tops, all in great condition, and all of which will get a lot of use.

Now, I saw a lot of cute knick knacks and tchotchkes too, but again, they were not what I was looking for, and I had no need for them.

As we walked back home, we passed a huge pile of big pine cones in the road,


And I mean BIG. Look at this one next to a dinner plate! I had an extra plastic grocery bag, so I snagged a few. When I got them home I placed them in a tray I had gotten from a local thrift store a few month back for 75 cents. I knew I wanted to make a centerpiece with it, but until I saw the pine cones, it never clicked how to do it.


What do you think? I used a heavy glass vase someone gave me, and a candle inside it. I think it still needs a little....oomph. Perhaps the tray painted a rich red with a bit of gold dry rub? Any ideas in the comments are appreciated!

Saturday was a continuation of the garage sale theme. Obie and I took the truck and cruised around town looking for bargains while the Redneck stayed home and rested a bit. 

Well, the morning was a bust. While there were sales all over town, none of the stuff met the parameters for me to buy anything. I was looking for clothing, DVDs, and a spiralizer to make zoodles. Nada, nothing, Zip-a-dee-doo-da.

But as we drove down streets new to us, we saw backyards filled with bluebonnets and Indian blanket wildflowers. We met some really nice folks at the sales, and we even got to visit the library, where we got a city map, which will help with future garage sale adventures.

After a while, we stopped at Brookshire's and picked up the ingredients for the perfect quick lunch on a cool damp day. Chili Dogs! 

The rest of the weekend passed quietly. Church Sunday morning was a great blessing, with fellowship and worship. We rested the remainder of the day, and early bedtime, cause, you know, 2:30 a.m. on Monday comes quick, so we had to 'sleep fast'!

Well, that's my weekend, how was ya'll's? Any bargains come your way? Would love to see photos of them in the comments!

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2017







Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Let's Talk Frugality, Shall We?

March 21, 2017

Hey ya'll, it's me!

I love living frugally.

I didn't use to, didn't understand the concept, really, and it caused a lot of problems for myself and my family. I mean, I was always reading books about living thriftily, but I never got that being frugal does NOT mean getting more stuff.

It means living within the parameters set by one's income, and the willingness to adjust to those parameters when they expand or shrink.

One day, several years ago, suddenly it all clicked in my brain, and I GOT IT. And my whole life changed for the better.

It took a while, but I got our food bill down without sacrificing nutrition and taste. I am able to furnish my home and clothe my family without going into a department store. We enjoy all kinds of entertainment, and our family is even able to donate time, goods and money to various charities and causes.

All by living within our parameters.

Now, I'm no frugal guru (I prefer the term, Thriftologist. Made it up myself!), but I know a few tricks and tips, and I have learned to look at the 'small stuff' that most folks don't even consider. I scour the internet for ideas, and come up with a few on my own. I will share many of these ideas here, not so you can copy how I save money, but so you can be inspired to find ways to save that work for YOUR family. I will recommend books, blogs and YouTube channels that I find helpful. I hope you'll learn a few things, and please, feel free to comment with ideas of your own. I would love to hear from you, and you may have the one idea that helps me solve a problem.

Let's start saving together!
© Evelyn Edgett 2017







Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Spring Is Taking It's Time To Get Here--DIY and A New Clothesline

March 15, 2017

Hey ya'll, it's me!

I am wondering the same thing I wonder every year around this time...

WILL SPRING EVER GET HERE?

I'm so tired of all the 'Good morning, it's a lovely warm day!' then 'SURPRISE! IT'S 20 DEGREES! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!'

Creation is bi polar at times.

So in between the warm days we can work outside, I have been doing lots of little DIY projects, and working on ways to reduce spending this year. After all, a Thriftologist's work is never done!

I help people to declutter houses, or when they are moving, they call me to help clean the house and take away things they no longer need or want. It's a fun way to minister to people who are overwhelmed. It's also a way for my family to get a few things that we may need, then we donate the remainder to various charities in our area. It's a win-win for many folks.

Recently I received a lot of cleaning supplies from a family who was moving. After sorting what I could use and donating the rest, I had a Swiffer Sweeper mop. I had been wanting one for my cleaning arsenal. The problem was, it was missing the little pad underneath, that helps the disposable cloth pick up dust from the floor. Hmm....what could I use to fix this?



I had a couple of cleaner pads from am old spray mop that had broken. I saw that the pads were the perfect thickness, so I cut one to the correct size and using hot glue, attached it to the sweeper.







It works!

The disposable cloths came with  the sweeper, and when they are gone, I have some old sweatpants to be cut to the right size. Or you can use old socks cut down. Pouncequick also approves!



In my quest to reduce spending, I ordered a new folding clothesline from ACE Hardware here in town.


I ordered it Saturday morning, and the Redneck picked it up Monday afternoon on his way home. I also bought two 36 count packages of clothespins. I already have the Sackcrete, so I will be putting the line up this weekend. With the winds we get around my house, clothes will dry pretty fast. I love the scent of line dried clothes, and the savings from not using the dryer will be substantial. I will only need to use the dryer on rainy days.

Besides, hanging clothes out on a warm sunny day is very theraputic. There's a simple rhythm to the bend, shake, reach, pin, repeat. And sleeping on sun dried sheets and pillowcases? Ahhhh.....

Come on, Spring--HURRY UP AND GET HERE!
© Evelyn Edgett 2017


Monday, March 6, 2017

Local Store Says Farewell To Beloved Manager

March 6, 2017

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Last Friday, I had the honor of being present at the retirement party of Agnes Matthews Sewell. Agnes is a very sweet lady, who had been the General Manager of the THRIFT ANGELS, a local thrift store here in Bowie, for 16 years. I wanted to share this event with my readers, because after all, this blog is about my adventures, and the folks here in Bowie are a big part of those.

While the event itself was modest, the love shown to Agnes was immense. There were people coming and going, dropping off cards and giving hugs to this wonderful lady who has given so much to her community.




The table was set with all the required festive decorations.


Such a pretty cake! 


The BOWIE NEWS even did a story about Agnes. You can read the article at http://bowienewsonline.com/2017/03/longtime-thrift-store-manager-set-to-retire-this-week/


And here is the lovely lady herself, with her handsome hubby. Aren't they adorable?


And of course, no party is complete without everyone enjoying a piece of cake!

Agnes, you are a special woman, and I pray that you have an amazing retirement. God bless!

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll!
© Evelyn Edgett 2017