It's Thrifty Treasures time! If you love a good bargain, please visit Rhoda for her weekly Thrifty Treasures party.
A few of my fabulous finds this week did not come from thrift stores or yard sales, but they are thrifty purchases, and they're treasures in my book!
I'll be heading to Nashville on Wednesday morning for the big MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International conference. It will require a fair amount of walking, I am told, and the moms dress casually. I am guessing that packing my new purple ruffled Madden Girl booties would not be prudent.
I've been eyeing these cutesy pink Airwalk tennis shoes at Payless for awhile now, but I wasn't sure if I could pull off that look. Then on Friday, Big Mama posted a link to these, and I knew I had to go back to see if the cheap look-alike pair was still at Payless. Not only was there one pair left in my size, but they were on clearance and I had a 20% off coupon that the manager let me use! I paid only $6.72 for an adorable pair of tennies that were originally $23.99. Now I'll look cute schlepping my laptop bag all over the conference site!
My next Thrifty Treasure was found completely by accident, as I saw it in the parking lot of a thrift shop on the way to Natalie's preschool on Monday morning. Some of you know that Natalie (and now Michaela Byrd) spend a lot of time playing with the two Fisher Price dollhouses we own.
This little beauty came home with us for just $5. It has 6 rooms and two patio terraces...plenty of space for the plethora of dolls and furniture in our New Room. These houses go on eBay for anywhere from $25 to $100 or more. I almost gave a little gasp of surprise when the shop owner told me he was selling it for $5, but I didn't want him to change his mind. It was covered in crayon marks and some grime, but a handful of disinfecting wipes took care of that.
The smallest of Natalie's dollhouses went to live with T's mom, and now all the dollhouse furniture fits within the two larger houses we have. I LOVE that the sides collapse and fold up, making the house smaller for storage. Good buy!
This rain coat was a steal for Michaela Byrd at a yard sale on Saturday. $3.00 and it came with a hat. I don't think it's ever been worn. It's freezing when it rains here in the Fall and Winter, so I was happy to find something for my little one, even if it's a little Springy looking.
This last trio came from The Dollar Tree. The pumpkins aren't nearly as nice as the faux ones from Michaels, but they'll do the trick. I also liked the little sign...not sure where I'll put it yet.
Did you find any bargains this week?
Last, but not least...start looking through your houses!
If you didn't have a chance to stop by the first two times, this is a party for bloggers to link up with any challenges they have in or around their homes (decorating, crafts, organizing, gardening, construction). Your dilemma can be anything from "Help! My son drew on my walls in permanent marker and I don't know how to cover it up" to "What color should I paint my coffee table?" I also love it when people have great solutions to share. This party is all about being real and helping out our bloggy friends. We're going to have a blast. There will be another giveaway!
You can click here and here to see the entries from the last two parties. Hope to see you there!