Monday, March 17, 2014

Thrifting Finds #48: Creepy Clown Alert!

Oh.  Em.  Gee.

Yes, I'm going to start out complaining about the weather again.  On Thursday, we had a high of 70, followed by thunderstorms, 70 MPH winds, and temperatures dropping into the teens overnight.  Saturday was sunny and breezy, with a high of 60.

Today it's snowing.

Again.

Work opened at 1:00 which was nice, but really, it just needs to stop.  Now, please.



Okay.  Enough of that.  On to more pleasant things.  Well, slightly more pleasant, anyway.  It was not a particularly good week for thrifting, despite being able to cover all of our usual spots.  We'll start off with something different--one of the Hubster's finds!


1.  Another Stretch Vase!  We seem to be finding these fairly often, which is just fine with me.  This is a slightly smaller one, not sure if it's even a foot high.  Hubs sprinted ahead of me and spotted it, so to the victor go the spoils, or something like that.  Savers, $3.00



2.  Slide Tray!  This, of course, is for the Crestline slide projector I got some time ago, hoping to find some slides.  Naturally, as soon as I got the projector, the supply of slides in the thrifts dried up.  Still, one likes to be prepared, and this was still in its original shrinkwrap, so how could I resist?  Savers, $4.00


3.  Poly Perk!  I've been wanting a little percolator to use at work because I find those K Cups too expensive, not to mention a huge waste.  All that plastic for one cup of coffee?  No, thanks.  So this looked perfect, or at least I thought it did.  I'm actually going to give it back.  See the "5" above the top crown?  That came off easily with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.  Unfortunately, some wiseacre wrote "Hobo Frank" on the other side in Sharpie and I thought I would be able to get it off.  Well, no amount of assistance from Mr. Clean did a thing, nor did straight acetone.  Sorry, but I'm just not going to use a "Hobo Frank" coffee pot.  Especially at work.  Not much harm done, though, as it was only $3.00 at Savers (disregard the "5" as I did.  Didn't even notice it until I got it home.

WARNING!  CREEPY CLOWN ALERT!  SCROLL AT YOUR OWN RISK!!


Would you believe me if I said he looked even worse in person?  Maybe it was his size (almost 2 feet tall, I bet), or maybe it was the pink toenails.  I think, though, it was the lines by his mouth that really did me in.  Eek.

Bargain of the Week Department! Lookit--something new has been added. So I guess in addition to my thrift finds, I'll post my BotW if there is one.  This week it's


Detergent!  Both Rite Aid and CVS had a buy one, get two free sale on Purex.  We've used it before and I guess it works about as well as any other detergent.  Ninety-nine loads worth for $6.29, which works out to 6.4 cents per load.  Not bad.  Hubster figures we do 7 loads of wash a week, so this should last us over three months.  But we won't even start using it until we've run out of the Sears detergent we got at least six months ago.

Which makes me think of something Smart People say:  Buy it when it's cheap, not when you need it.  To which I would add If you'll use it up before it goes bad and if you have room to keep it.  This won't spoil, so I'm not worried if it takes a while to use up.  And I have room to keep it, so win/win.  Frankly, I'd love to be able to buy one of those huge packages of paper towels, with like 50 rolls.  Unfortunately, I'd have no place to put it, unless I threw a cloth over it and made it into an end table.

What I made Department:

Not my picture

Not my picture, either

A:  Chili and Cornbread.  Well, I made the cornbread yesterday, but the chili is from a few weeks ago, via the freezer.  What with today's weather, this will be a good dinner tonight.


B:  Portuguese Spiced Pork and Couscous.  The pork came from that bigass loin I got a couple of months ago.  it doesn't look like much, but it sure is delicious.  This is something my Grandmother made and Mom made, and now I guess it's my turn.  Mine isn't as good as theirs, but Hubby kept going back later for "just another bite."  So I call that a win.

And that's it for this week.  I'm hoping to have a better week next week, but I realize I say that all the time and nothing ever really happens.  Still, doesn't hurt to cross one's fingers, right?

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15 comments:

  1. HOLY CRAP! 7 loads a week!? My gosh! We do laundry once every 3 to 4 weeks... 4 to 5 loads & I get exhausted doing it. I couldn't imagine.

    Original shrink wrap projector - very cool!

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    1. It would drive us crazy to let laundry pile up. Not to mention the fact that we don't have that many clothes, so we have to do it often. Plus, we have a nice little laundry room right in our unit, so doing a load of wash is super-convenient.

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    2. We like to marinade in our own filth a bit more on this side of the pond. I have seriously curbed everybody's laundry habits in this house (mostly in the bath towel dept). I am frquently heard shrieking "this is not a hotel"

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    3. I have discovered Wash & Fold service in 2014 and it has changed my life---since there is only 1 washer and 1 dryer for my building of 9 units. I can never do laundry. I always have tons of laundry because of gym clothes and that I like to wash my sheets and towels regularly.

      Also, "Hobo Frank" would be the exact reason I'd keep that coffee pot. I want to know the story behind that!

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    4. So is seven loads a week high? For two people, I mean. 'Cause it doesn't seem like we're being profligate(!!) with the laundry. Sheets get changed once a week, as do towels (unless they start smelling funky.) Jeans are worn multiple times, everything else only once.

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  2. I love stretch vases! Great piece! :D I do laundry weekly or bi-weekly and I'm still lazy about putting away my tini piles. I purged all clothes/linens to the bare minimum, I'm a lazy washer, haha.

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    1. Between Hubs and myself, we have more than three stretch vases, so it's officially a collection!

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  3. Wherever the heck you live...I don't think I want to go there. Not sure if it's the weather or that clown that seems more intimidating!

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    1. We live in Maryland, and no, you don't. The weather is always kind of weird here, but this past winter, it's been weird even for us.
      Oh, and we seem to have no shortage of creepy clowns here, either.

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  4. I have all of my Dad's slides, which I transferred to the computer, I could not imagine getting out that projector and screen - but I remember him doing it and it was so much fun - usually when visitors came!!!

    It's snowing here today!!!! Boo hoo...

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    1. I always loved looking at people's slides and home movies! I could never understand why people always groaned at them in comic strips and TV shows and such.
      We're only getting rain today. I'll take it.

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  5. And we're in Alaska and break is clearly under way--no snow with 50 feet of the house tulips are popping up and because I wrote that to will be 40 below and nasty wind for a month now

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    1. Guess what? Snow predicted for tomorrow!

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  6. Your weather is nutty, that's for sure. Love the vase, and the clown is hilarious! Thank you so much for joining the History & Home link party this week, I hope you'll join again on Tuesday! -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

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    1. The scariest thing about that clown? When I went back on Saturday, it was gone!

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