Sunday thrift store haul 

Some thrift stores have colored tag specials on Sunday. I’ve learned it’s best to go early and look at the end of the racks first. I went in with the intention of finding workout clothes. 

The only time I’ll wear leggings is under other pants.

These will be good on cold days.

All the tops are a smaller size than I usually wear, so I can layer them.

I bought these too, Talbots makes good quality work clothes

I like sparkly stuff. Skirt for warmer weather. Blue tag

Big stain on Talbots pants, took the chance, the price was too good.

I washed them but the stain stayed.

Another thrift failure. Another pair of Talbots pants in a smaller size, I thought I might get into them because spandex and my ego said so. Nope.

Green tags were 5 for a dollar, blue tags half off.

3.50 for everything!


Buying my own Christmas presents 

I admit it’s selfish. But I wait til the after Christmas sales and get what I want for myself. So while it is selfish it’s half price off or better.

My mom started it. She told us she liked what we gave her but it was never what she wanted so she bought herself a present. At the time I felt it was a bit much, but as I’ve gotten older I see the point. Most of the presents I get are nice and I appreciate them, but they are not usually things I’d choose. This year my sister Layah gave me shampoo. Useful, and I do need it but its not exactly festive.

Frankly most gifts aren’t personal, little or no thought goes into it and while we are glad to be remembered we know not to expect much. And it’s not about the amount spent, there are expensive generic gifts, one size fits all solutions that don’t require any effort. Jerry did spoil me, he put thought into his gifts to me and I got used to it. So getting something I really want is sweet even if it means having to buy it for myself.  Which I did.

Angel, 66% off. Technically not a gift but something I needed and wanted, so yeah, a gift.

Darth Vader. Ornaments were half off and bonus, I got to use them this year.

Who’s a cute little bounty hunter? Greedo

Scotty dog travel organizer, behold. I hit the Vera Bradley outlet.

This was my big present, what I wanted most. Love this pattern

I didnt stop there. Plum Crazy wristlet, from the Vera Bradley outlet

More Vera Bradley, Marrakesh messenger bag

EDIT : I ended up returning the messenger bag. It was a case of buyer’s remorse, I wanted it in the store but when I got it home I didn’t. I don’t really need it and so it went back. But I did keep everything else and I’m still thrilled with my Scotty dog travel organizer, wondering when I  can use it.

Thrift chairs

Thanksgiving is coming up and it’s going to be at my house. I realized that I need some kitchen chairs, sturdy ones. I have chairs, but 2 are wobbly and I need a couple more. I figured I’d have a look at the thrift store but didn’t expect much.

Surprise, 4 chairs, 2 trips, 60 bucks

Bought these because they are cute

Thrift store haul

I need to do a lot of things: laundry, cleaning house, getting plumbing and electrical repair estimates and buying groceries. I did none of these, I went to the thrift store after work instead.

I went in looking for a full sized navy blue flat sheet. The navy and purple sheets I bought before turned out to be twin size so I’m still searching for a full flat sheet. I didn’t find one. The first rule of thrifting is “do not go in expecting to find a specific thing.” Go with an open mind, an open heart but keep your purse/money close. 

I admit to looking for a couple of OSU t-shirts, the logo ones, in black but preferably orange. I found OSU shirts but not the kinds I pictured. I didn’t go expecting to find a great Doctor Who shirt or Vera Bradley bag or the travel organizer. I’ve wanted a Vera travel organizer but even at the outlet store they are a tad pricey. I saw some at Target and Wal-Mart,  not as cushy but okay and cheaper. But since I don’t plan to travel again for a long time I put the idea aside. Then I saw this one, the price was right so I put it in my cart. 

Today’s total

It’s been six years but we were Big 12 champs and won’t forget it half ptice, 1.00

Back of shirt, unfortunately will be covered up by my hair

Before Bedlam I realized I needed more than 1 OSU t-shirt. My hair should clash wonderfully with the pink and orange. full price, 1.99

I had to show my Doctor Who sign, from the Hastings in Norman. Perfect. Half price, 1.00

This will be covered up by my hair too

Another Vera bag, I may put it up on ebay, I may keep it. Still debating. 3.99

Hanging travel organizer, I’ve been wanting one since I got back from Saigon. Full price, 1.99

Bonus accessories– 2 band-aids, bunch of Q-tips, facial wipes. No cash though.

Rey costume 

At the beginning of the month there was a company email about the annual Halloween costume contest. I looked at the Itty Bitty Rey on my desk and thought, “That’s an easy costume, I could do that. ” 

The answer is yes, and no. I made a trip to Goodwill on the way home. I found khaki capris, a white top and an infinity scarf. “This is easy,” I thought “no problem.” 

Since then I made other trips to other thrift stores and Dollar Tree, bought stuff and looked through closets and drawers at home. I do not want to spend too much money or time on this, it’s for work not cosplay and I’ll probably wear this only once. 

I looked at tutorials on youtube and googled Rey images. There’s some very impressive Reys out there, from cute toddlers to grown up Reys. There are costumes, from cheap looking ones to decent copies and even a couple of skanky ones. I thought about maybe buying one of the decent versions until I looked at the prices and thought “I can do this and for cheaper.” Maybe not better but cheaper. 

Then there’s Rey’s hair. Someday I want to ask George Lucas why the women in the Star Wars universe have to have such complicated hair. Leia, with her Hopi style hair, Padme’s senator hair and headpieces and now Rey. So back to youtube.

Update: costume contest was today. No, I did not win but was not surprised. I enjoyed wearing the costume and had to tell a few people who I was– older Rey, after the Empire is finally dust and she and Finn have settled down, maybe had a couple of kids. There were lots of good costumes, my favorite was a couple dressed as Curious George and The Man With the Yellow Hat, they didn’t win either. 

Everything but the tiny bag and my boots came from thrift stores, already had those. I also borrowed the big brown bag from my sister, maybe I’ll tell her someday, maybe.

Stuff I bought but didn’t use, I did use the belt for my left wrist cuff though.

The thrift gods smiled on me, .99 and last minute.

Doraemon photo bomb. Two scarves, from Target by way of Goodwill. The long wrap was the hardest piece to find, I considered sheets and a curtain as well but I liked these cotton linen like scarves for the softness, color and price, $2 apiece

Bought one at Wal-Mart, found the other in a drawer. Thought about buying 2 at Wal-Mart but figured the making do would be more Rey so I wore unmatched arm wraps. On purpose

Felt badly cutting up this nice top but the ragged edges worked. Don’t know what I’ll do with those sleeves. 2.98

Very comfy, the first thing I bought. I don’t wear capris but liked these especially since they were half price, yellow tag. 1.99

That’s duct tape holding my wrist cuff together. There’s duct tape keeping the belt in place and lots of Bobby pins in my hair.

The hair, most intimidating part. I watched 3 youtube videos several times and tried, this is my 3rd attempt and best effort. Great view of my cluttered bathroom too

Weekend thrift

I hit the thrift stores on a mission, to buy house stuff for my son’s upcoming visit, I could use all new furniture, carpet and a new roof but more immediate and affordable needs were what this was about. I need new linens, sheets and towels, a pillow or two, little things. I got most of the things I needed, spent less than if I went to the mall or Wal-Mart. I also got stuff not on the list, as I do. Jerry and I got most of our house stuff at thrifts, usually because it was cheap.

I hit three regular thrift stores and then the Mother of all Goodwills, the outlet, which is not for the faint of heart or easily discouraged. All the clothes and the washcloth came from the Goodwill outlet, everything else from the 3 thrifts. I spent 4 hours and $25, this is what I got.


20170930_113021.jpg20170930_113029.jpgit’s all a matter of perspective. did not buy but was tempted


Yoda travel cup (no lid) and bag of random cards, I mentioned I have a problem with stationery. at half price thrift,


Books were paperbacks 4 for $1 and hardbacks 2 for $1




Mattress pad, half price thrift


Love the colors, design and washable cover, 1.48


Navy flat sheet for a fitted sheet and pillowcases that needed a navy flat sheet



3 piece sheet set I thought was 4, flat sheet and 2 pillowcases


From Goodwill outlet, another piece set–fitted sheet and 2 pillowcases, still has garage sale sticker. I’ll combine with the purple set to make 1 set with extra pillowcases


Lampshade from Goodwill outlet, model is Marc Antonio Llama


designer washcloth from Goodwill outlet


Now I just need one more bath towel


king size pillowcase for my extra pillow


Wookiee pants, fuzzy of course from Goodwill outlet


Squishy lined workout pants, and with pockets, Goodwill outlet


Scottie jammies, the pants are lighter than the top, Goodwill outlet


Red top for work, Goodwill outlet


Purple top for work, Goodwill outlet


Vera Bradley ditty bag for wet clothes, etc. Ragged cord, this makes 3 I own now. Also good for shoe bags in luggage. Goodwill outlet


This is why I think I was destined to be at the Goodwill outlet that day.


It had a sour funky smell, probably why nobody touched it. No more funk, thanks to oxyclean. Next to the wookiee pants, my favorite score.



Drive by photo of Goodwill Outlet


I took pictures of the inside but the cashier said I could get in trouble if security saw me, somebody posted video on youtube, caused a big hassle. So I’m just posting these from outside.

Not a beauty blogger

I am not one for beauty treatments, washing my face and brushing my teeth is about it. But I’ve recently tried masks, curiosity got the better of me in Wal-Mart. 

Tried this one, the luxury of gold and looking like Iron Man convinced me, as well as the 2.50 price. 

Same here, I like the packaging, it looks like jellybeans

Even I know about the magic of Korean skincare.  I saw women carrying shopping bags out of the cosmetics stores in Inchon. Lots of women with lots of bags, even more than the duty-free stores that sold booze and chocolate.  I had some high hopes and I wasn’t disappointed.  It felt pretty good. 

I followed the instructions, peeled the slippery masks and managed to arrange them on my face. Then I was advised to relax for 15-20 minutes. The first time I relaxed pretty hard and dozed off, I wore the Iron Man mask for 26 minutes but no harm. Depleted Iron Man mask below. I think I’m on my way to becoming high maintenance.