The Baby was already paid for.
Here's a sampling from our last trip where we spent a mere $25:
- A dolly cart (the exact one is at Lowe's for $25. BOOM.).
- A stripey purse for momma. Perfect for summer.
- The medium size Batman Cave (we might have a batman cave problem - we already have the big one and the small one). It retails for $45.
- Some big faux leather thing (maybe a pool table cover?) that I'm hoping will work to upholster a new headboard and save us $15-30/yard on fabric.
- And a sweater for making mittens.
Another day we found a big set of Thomas the Train Megablocks with tracks. This is the beauty of the weight system - those blocks weigh almost nothing.
One weekend we hit several stores looking for wedding decorations and I found a few goodies at the regular stores, too. Like this canister set. Apart from the outlet, I tend to prefer Salvation Army over Goodwill because the prices are better (and I've heard they give a substantially higher margin back to the community), but when I spotted these at Goodwill I snatched them up anyway. They were $3-6 each, but they were exactly what I wanted for utensils in the kitchen.
I totally don't dig the blue lettering. But guess what? I turned them around. I'd been searching high and low for affordable off-white crocks. Done. The big one with the lid... I didn't have a specific spot in mind for. But it seemed wrong to leave it. I'm sure I'll think of something.
At another store I found a $1 wooden pepper mill to replace our plastic one, some $0.25 animal stamps for the boys, and a few homeschool books.
In spite of the thrifting and sweet deals, I'm doing my best to remember that the more stuff I bring in the house, the more stuff I have to clean up. The clean-up factor tends to keep me grounded. So I'm trying to stick to things we need, things I would be buying anyway, or things that fill a good, specific space in our lives (apart from the big crock. I'm working on it, okay?) The batman cave also fits into that last category. Who can pass up a batman cave for these guys?? I'M ONLY HUMAN.
I'd love to see what you are finding at thrift stores and yard sales this year. But seriously, guys. I would LOVE to see. And congratulate you on your thriftiness. Share you finds on your blog or instagram and drop a link in the comments or tag me! Happy bargain hunting!