Thursday, July 30, 2009

I love your......

Has this happened to you lately? Someone compliments/comments on your outfit or particular piece of clothing and utters those words..."Where did you get that? I love it".

For me it's usually co-workers or someone while I am out and about. The innocent statement is most often followed by the comment, "where did you get that???"

Answering candidly, I tell them the truth. I still am surprised how many people are stunned, at my honesty. As if telling them I bought it previously owned is TABOO! I am not ashamed of shopping at Thrift stores or yard sales, I am proud that I am able to dress well for less than most people pay for "Designer" coffees for month. It appears that some people still have "dirty thrift store" mentality or some sort of stigma attached to the last thrift store they visted to in 1978. I have shopped frugally for most of my life with the exception when I dabbled in the mall scene, but only for a few years before coming to my senses!

The last person to compliment/comment on my attire was taken back, when I unabashedly stated my designer duds came from the thrift store and they were HALF OFF to boot. Nothing like a sale at the thrift store to make me do a HAPPY DANCE. Her comment..."How can you wear something that someone else has worn?". Oh deary me, if I had a dollar for EVERY time I have heard this I would still be shopping at the thrift store. WHAT THE??? I asked her the same question I always ask "those" people. "When you buy your clothes at the store or mall, do you think that you are the ONLY person that has tried them on? Don't you wash your clothes after you get them home?" I just paid less to look great!

My youngest sister, Seriously Frugal, has come back to the Frugal Fold after a few years paying RETAIL. She is past the baby steps and off like a shot! This week she found $168.00 worth of clothes, for less than $5.00! The GW by her office is relocating/closing on the 31st of this month. Everything is 75% off. I am so proud of her!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Patience Pays Off

First, I want to thank all of you for visiting my blog and leaving such wonderful comments. It thrills me to hear from the ladies whose blogs I haunt! You are my inspiration and I love reading your stories.

You know I L-I-V-E for Saturdays, rising early to head out to pick up my basket from the co-op and hit the yard sale circuit on the way home. I reside in densly populated area interspersed with stately older homes, new homes, horse properties, ranches and high rise lofts within a 15 mile radius. As you can imagine, the yard sales are plentiful and the goodies are there for the picking. I hit the mother load this past Saturday.

When I see Multi-Family yard sale signs, I have to admit I proceed with trepidation. So many times I get to the sale and it's slim if not scarce pickings. This time I happened upon six families having one HUGE yard sale. Woo Hee! As I scanned the area, I spotted a set of four plate with Roosters on them. Oh Yes! I had coveted these very plates at Target two years ago but they were "tres chere"...too rich for my pocket book. I have thought about them fondly over the past two years, but I never had them with in my grasp....until NOW! Four dinner plates and four bread/salad plates in excellent condition. The plates are the perfect colors to coordinate with my everyday dishes since they have brick red, sage green and golden yellow in the design. Not a scratch or a chip. The best part, .50 each. $4.00! FRUGAL SCORE! These would have set me back close to $40.00 at Target, now at 10th of the cost. I often have to remind myself that patience pays off.


I also scored these amazing lettuce leaf salad plates and the sweetest lily pad bread plates. My breath caught in the back of my throat when I saw them, could they possibly be, were they really just .50 cent each? I floated over to the cashier with a euphoric smile on my face and visions of the food I would prepare on these lovely dishes. Of course I didn't leave with just the dishes, I purchased more items at this yard sale, spending $20.00 exactly but walking away with nearly $600.00 worth of merchandise.
I do love a great yard sale! Crafting items for .50 each Brand new spray adhesive, tacky glue and embossing pen and powder. The colored pencils are from England.

A couple of cook books to add to my collection.




These lovely cut glass dishes to add to my red dish collection. Perfect for Christmas, Valentines Day, Fouth of July, or just because they are so darn cute! Only .50 each for the dishes and the silver plate butter dish.


I "heart" yard sales.

PS: Sorry about the quality of the pictures, for some reason my camera was not behaving. Maybe I will find a "new to me" one at a yard sale!

Audra

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Eat your veggies...and fruits


I live for Saturdays, I L to the O to the V to the E... Saturdays!
It's MY Day, the day I wait with anticipation as the week crawls by, until Saturday is here again.

Saturday is the day I pick up my produce basket from Bountiful Baskets Co-op! Not a farmers market or CSA, the co-op was started by Tanya Jolly and Sally Stevens who work with produce distributors to purchase what's in season and what they have on hand. The co-op is a grassroots, all-volunteer, non-profit organization , whose goal is to bring fresh produce to families while saving money. Each week I go online to order my basket, pay my $16.50 and on Saturday I pick up $50.00 worth of produce. FRUGAL SCORE!

No matter what happens friday night, I am up at first light to head to my pick up site to see what goodies we are blessed with this week. A rainbow of color greets me in the form of nutritious, vitamin packed goodness in each basket. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to provide my family with wonderful meals made with the contents of the baskets. The selection of vegetables have inspired me to add ethnic cuisine to our menu. I make a peanut chicken that is (Brag Alert)even better than my favorite restaurants offering.
This is why I love Saturdays...oh and Yard Sales make the day even better! If you are in Arizona or Utah, please visit Bountiful Baskets.

www.bountifulbaskets.org

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Missing Northern Arizona University Hiker


7/25/2009
It is with great sadness that I report that a body of a male hiker was located in the area the Bryce was hiking in. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family as well as a deep sadness that the world has lost another bright shining star, taken before he could make his mark.
Audra


azdailysun.com Breaking
7/23/09
Bryce is a NAU student who is a friend to my daughter's co-worker and friend. He went hiking on Saturday to the Deer Creek/Thunder River area of Grand Canyon National Park, with the intent to return home on Monday. Search and rescue crews are still looking for him. Please say a prayer for the safe return of Bryce to his friends and family.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Passion of the ...Frugal Missus

Anyone who knows ME, really, deeply knows me, knows I "heart" yard sales, rummage sales, thrift stores and the like. I am obsessed with yard saling, leaving early, plotting my course, looking for those hidden treasures and acquiring them for the best price possible. I rejoice in the thrill of the hunt, I lurve other peoples stuff! I always have, I probably always will. It has a story to tell and I want to hear it and share it with everyone.

My mother use to tell a story of when I was just a little bitty thing, about 2 1/2 or so, a lady complimented me on my lovely lavender pinafore dress with matching bloomers. My mother had made the darling dress from fabric out of my Grandmother's stash. As this lady admired the dress, and ooh'd and aahhh'd, she sweetly asked me, "where did you get this lovely dress?" I promptly replied in my sing-songy two year old voice ... "at the wummage sayle". My mother was mortified, this was a brand new dress, as beautiful as if it had come out of the department store and here I was dismissing it as USED!

Apparently, I used that line for everything I owned. I loved and still love those rummage sales, sorting through the cast offs to find my treasure. I will be out there on Saturday morning trolling the streets looking for my newest acquisition. I promise to have pictures soon!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

There's No Business Like My Business...

I am following my husbands advice and jumping right into the Blogosphere.
I didn't have a special reason for picking today, just decided to
JUMP...

I could wait for another one of those crazy things to happen to me, then think " I should blog about this", then procrastinate (gasp!) once again. Instead I am jumping in, feet first, no holds barred and full speed ahead!
To commemorate my first blog entry I will share a few tid-bits about moi.

Family: Husband: Fly Guy (loves, loves, LOVES Fly Fishing)

Daughter- Frugal College Diva.
Son: Random Teenager. (Didn't want me to use his name...)


Hobbies: Making my house a home, shopping as frugally as possible and keeping my eyes peeled for the next great project.

Job: Help Desk Analyst for a grocery store chain.

Dreams: All the time, day, night, rush hour, etc. I really want to write a book, decorate spaces and make wonderful food for everyone.

Guilty Pleasure: Constant Comment Tea. Yummy delicious. Oh, and chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate.

Pets: You Bet! Currently have four house guests, Mai-Ling our saucy Asian Calico.

Lu-Lu (Ludo) Most beautiful cat in the world (she thinks so) Tuxedo Cat Extraordinaire.

Archer - Amazingly calm, cool and collected. Sweetest, loving, tabby kitten I found abandoned. Hope to locate a wonderful home for him, he is just that cool.

And his sister....
Gibby- So christened by FCD , after Ben Gibbard from Death Cab For Cutie. Sweet, curious, needs a loving home as well. Crazy bleached out pattern on grey fur.

Favorite Food: Ah, spicy! Mexican, Thai, Cuban...

Favorite Snack: Popcorn with Jalepenos.... I told you I like things a bit spicy.

Favorite saying: What THE?????

Dream Job: Actress, Singer and Fabulous Decorator.

Favorite Colors: Black, Red, Green, Gold.

Favorite things: All things French! C'est ce bon!

I hope you will join me as I navigate the blogosphere . Share secrets and maybe discover a bit more about myself in the process.


Audra