Monday, November 25, 2013

Thrifting Finds #33: Do I smell toast?

You probably won't be surprised if I told you that I didn't find much at the thrifts this weekend.  Matter of fact, I didn't find anything at all, which is what I suspected would happen.  To be honest, I spent Saturday shopping at the outlets with a friend of mine (and I hardly got anything there, either.  Other than a shirt and some napkins, I didn't do much to stimulate the economy.)  That meant that Sunday--the day we cover most of our stops--was spent doing the weekly marketing and all the other errands we usually do on Saturdays.

Are you getting a glimpse into how exciting our lives are?

We did manage to get to a single Goodwill yesterday, but there was squaddoo worth buying.  Strangely, most of the Christmas stuff seems to be gone already, which seems early to me.

So anyway.  Being the plan-ahead type I am, I saved a purchase from last week to post today so my little blog wouldn't be blank.  To wit:

1.  Toaster!  This is one of those Sunbeam Radiant Control toasters that lowers the bread by itself.  Because pushing that lever down is too much work, I guess.  Anyway, these sometimes go for big bucks on ebay (though see below about my disappointment and a Special Offer), so I took the chance and bought it.  It was only 3 bucks, so it wasn't much of a chance.  When I got home, I checked completed listings and they seem to be all over the place, pricewise.  It works and is nice and shiny, though the inside could use some cleaning.  I guess I'll list it because I certainly don't need it hanging around the house.  Savers, $2.99

And that's it.  Hubs and I will be hitting a couple of extra thrifts this week, so hopefully I'll find some really good stuff to report on.  Stay tuned.

What I Made This Weekend department

Basically, nothing.  Been gearing up for Thanksgiving, which means the rest of the week we eat simple stuff and stuff from the freezer.

Ebay disappointment (and a Special Offer)

Remember the Eames coat rack I sold on ebay last week?  Well, it turns out there was some damage (chips & dings) that I hadn't noticed and the buyer wants to return it.  That's fine, totally my fault and I'll learn to be more careful in the future.  I hope.  Now, the last thing in the world I want is to have that bigass box taking up room in my house, so here's the deal:

If you want it, it's yours for the price of postage.  Email me by the 11:59 PM Sunday, December 1 and on Monday morning I'll choose a winner at random.  Bear in mind that shipping for this won't be cheap--it was like 25 bucks to UPS it from MD to NC, so keep that in mind.
In case you can't find my email address easily, it's on the Meet the Cast page.

In other news

The Wonder Cup I got here turns out to be a Pampered Chef item.  Not that it makes the cup any better, just that it was likely a more expensive item than I realized.  Also, the bun warmer that I got doesn't work!  I tried it out and it was just dead, dead, dead.  Which is kind of weird, because there's hardly anything inside it to break!  Oh, well.  It was only 4 bucks, so I'm not going to cry over it.  Luckily, I kept my old one, so I'll use that one this week.

I'm starting to get into Panic Mode over Thanksgiving.  There will only be 9 of us (in our tiny little house) which isn't much, but other than napkins, I don't own more than 8 of anything.  I realize everything doesn't have to match, but that bugs me.  Yes, I like what is disapprovingly referred to as "matchy-matchy".  We'll make do, and I've certainly had more than nine people at a sit-down dinner before, so I know it'll work.  Doesn't stop me from fretting, though.
The menu will be simple:  Turkey, gravy, mashies, dressing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce (with the ridges from the can!), sauerkraut (it's a Maryland thing) and rolls.  Plus Cajun Rice with corn and beans for our vegan guest (not vegetarian, which is easy; vegan, which is not.)  My brother's girlfriend is bringing pie for dessert and in case there's milk or butter in it, I've got some nice fresh pineapple as well.  So everything's covered.  We already own all the ingredients, I just need to assemble them into actual food.
Meanwhile, my napkins are starched and ironed and I finally cut down one of our tablecloths yesterday so that it fits the table properly.  Hubs is off all week, so he'll be cleaning the house.  So progress is being made.  Yay!

And at this point, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all the happiest of Thanksgivings.  Hope you all are surrounded by family, friends, and food.


  1. That is a very cool toaster. I'd love to have one that saved me the effort of pushing the bread down!

  2. I can't find your email address!
    Add me to the contest. If I win, I can always just pick it up :)
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    1. Entered your name in the contest!
      BTW, my email is on the "Meet the Cast" page.
      Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your Yinzers!

  3. oh dang! I always mix and match my plates for maximun coolness and to show off as many collections as I can..Thanks for coming by Thifter/Maker/Fixer/Farm, we're happy to have you link up.