Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Big Spender

I would like to think that I am thrifty. Some would argue, some would agree. I think it just depends on who you talk to. I mean I know some really serious penny pincher's... in fact when you look up "penny pinching" in the dictionary you might just see a picture of them pinching a penny so tight you can actually hear Lincoln screaming, so don't talk to them, they wouldn't be good character references for me...
But I also know some people who have never been to a Garage Sale or a Second-Hand Store (except to donate of course) and to them, I am pretty damn thrifty... so I guess it is all relative.
My sweet man says it should all be relative to how much I have in the bank, but that is a whole 'nother subject.

I am also the kind of person who is easily enchanted by the small things... I don't spend my money on big fancy things for the most part, and I am not the best at saving up for a big purchase. No, I am the kind who finds joy in a great bargain and having lovely little things for those items that have get everyday use.

Take for example my purse ensemble:


I have been searching for a new spring purse for weeks, but I could never find what I was looking for in my price range. Either I loved a bag and could not afford it OR I could afford a bag, but didn't really love it. So I held out and I held out, and I almost gave up and gave in. But just in time I found this beauty - a Robins Egg colored hobo style bag at a garage sale for $1 - and in almost perfect condition, hardly used! I was giddy with excitement I tell you. It absolutely made my day, (and it goes so well with my new shoes!)

Next is a few little goodies from Etsy.


The checkbook cover is from Designs by Jamie
and only cost $6 (with shipping.) The cover is for my work checkbook, and every time I grab it out of my purse it just brings a little smile to my face...


The Wristlet KeyChain by JimmyPickles is also so precious! I fell in love with the floral pattern and Cherie was so sweet to put it on a brown background for me so it wouldn't look too dirty too soon. I love being able to just slip my keys on my wrist when picking the boys up from school or taking a walk, it's just so darn handy! And all for $8 with shipping... (obviously a big splurge for me!)

So even though these are little everyday items that might not matter to some people, they matter to me, and they make me smile every time I reach for them, they are lovely and useful all at the same time...and they didn't break the bank to boot!



13 comments:

  1. Loove all your finds!! And sounds like they were wonderful on the bank account too.. even more better.
    Gosh, your neighborhood is beautiful!! What lovely weather.
    They are actually calling for snow here tonight..=(
    any way..lol.. Happy Wed.

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  2. Oh! Your finds are lovely. From one person who loves the thrill of the deal to another...way to go sister!! LOL! Like you, I would say that I am a penny pincher but I like nice things so I agree that it is all relative. I am not willing to resort to the cheapest thing just because it is the cheapest price. Most of the things in my house are either second hand store finds OR if they are new, they are the floor model or from the scratch and dent area!!

    I'd love for you to visit my blog when you get a chance. I am hosting my first every giveaway this week!

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  3. Happy spring! That bag was worth waiting for. Love the cheque book cover and the wristlet, I need one:) Rachael
    p.s I think I am thrifty also, as in I love thrifting!

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  4. Gorgeous bag with an even prettier price tag!

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  5. Love your finds! I think I'll head right over to etsy.

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  6. Whoo-Hoo!! Always fun to find something you love at a price you can afford. Love the purse - what a deal! Great color too!

    Love you - Tricia :-)

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  7. Great finds!!!
    It is fun to find stuff like that for a song.
    Rosemary

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  8. oh! Thanks for the link. I need a checkbook cover.
    Sarah
    http://vintagelily.typepad.com/

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  9. You got a bargain -- we spent $334 for a plumber last night: tree roots in our pipes. Good thing -- GOOD thing -- it didn't happen when the gang was all here!

    daddyo

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  10. What a great little shopper you are! I love the ensemble. Honestly I never thought of coordinating my checkbook cover, what a wonderful idea.

    I recently picked up a beautiful Liz Claiborne leather handbag (in perfect condition) at Goodwill for $1.99. I've got a nice size collection of designer bags from Goodwill. This one however is my favorite and I can't imagine that someone actually got rid of it.

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  11. A $1 for the purse, you are amazing. the color is great. I really like the check book cover and wristlet key chain.
    Bristol

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  12. You did NOT get that purse for a dollar! That's what I call a deal! I guess I wouldn't call myself a penny pincher, but I like to get good quality stuff for good prices, which is why I heart TJMaxx. Happy Weekend!

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  13. Oh, I know EXACTLY how you feel!!! I love to get a good bargain. I get so much more pleasure from that then buying something expensive. It's the thrill of the chase maybe?! There's no challenge in just finding something easy.

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