CHEAP THRILLS

A good haul last weekend from the church sale. I even have a few things going into the shop next week (shoes and purse). And I have been practically living in that cotton housecoat for the past week. It’s the perfect thing to wear around the apartment when its gross and hot out.

Who wants to come over and test out my new glasses? I’ll supply the glass, you supply the liquor.

CHEAP THRILLS

Last Friday the salvation army had a 99¢ sale on selected items. I braved the crowds to see if anything overpriced would now be worth checking out. Despite the extremely humid morning and the crowded store, I did a quick walk-through and ended up spending a whopping 4$ in change on the above items. Had I bought these at their regular SA price, it would have been about 21$ (which I realize now isn’t a lot to normal people).  I especially love these high waist terrycloth Zara shorts with original price tag (30$). Sometimes you just get lucky.

CHEAP THRILLS

It’s ironic that when the salvation army has a 50% off sale I leave the store completely empty-handed (which is tough after spending a few hours going through racks and piles of crap or overpriced items) but on a normal day, I leave with a pile of stuff. I didn’t feel too guilty about buying solely for me on this trip (as opposed to stocking up the shop) because a few items between 2$ and 5$ is no big deal.

That is until I get to the cash register and my eagle eyes notice a camera behind the counter. Then it’s a lost cause. Behind the counter = won’t be cheap + I CANNOT say no to a vintage camera. Sadly I still don’t know if it works, as soon as the battery arrives from ebay (of COURSE replacing a battery = no instant gratification). I will keep you all up to date with the fate of the camera, whether it be me jumping for joy or crying in the fetal position.

CHEAP THRILLS

Last weekend when I visited my parents, my mom and I did our usual Saturday morning ritual of crankily crawling out of bed, having some tea then breakfast then trekking up the hill to the church. OK I am the only cranky one in the morning and my mom is up hours before I force my body to wake up with an alarm at 9am. This time I knew I wanted to snatch up those macrame plant hangers I would always consider but never buy. I have so many plants in my small apartment and this is a great (cheap) way to get them out of the way.

CHEAP THRILLS

Sometimes… SOMETIMES, I find some good deals at Salvation Army. It is possible that church sales have spoiled me for the rest of  ’em, but I did see some really nice framed artwork for 45$ at the SA today. They have a strange way of pricing things, anything with a modern brand tag (Guess! OMG!) gets hiked up and sometimes they overlook the good stuff. Trouble is, you have to REALLY get in there and look. They charge you 11$ for a hideous trashy dress from some mall shop and then they charge 4$ for a 1690’s carry case. I’m only half complaining.

CHEAP THRILLS

I hadn’t been to the church sale in several weeks and I got my fill this week to make up for that. I bought so many things that I couldn’t fit them all in one photograph. No joke – see proof above.

A few of these (but probably not enough) are going into the shop. A few, like that huge camera bag, are staying put in my apartment. I keep buying second-hand camera bags (I’m up to 3 now…) but this one takes the cake. I have room for my camera, a few lenses and a flash or 2 along with all the extra batteries and small items. It will be perfect to lug around my equipment. And it was probably 2$. Take that 100$ camera bags! Good things come to those who sift through mountains of dusty mothball smelling crap.