Friday, 9 January 2009


I never admit to making resolutions or actually share them. Because that way I'm accountable for them and other people besides myself can see what a failure I am, lol!

Anyway. One thing I want to achieve this year to not buy anything brand new that I can thrift. I make exceptions for items like underwear, shoes for the kids etc.  But other than that I want to see if I can buy gently used item. Both to be 'green' and 'frugal'.

So bearing this in mind, today I bought a brand new set of small ovenware dishes (with plastic lids) from the Hospice shop. They had half off their bric a brac so instead of being £4 for the set they were £2.00.  I'll add a picture later. They are cute and pretty. They are made by Anchor Hocking in the USA and are in their Avalon range.  They are not in their current ranges and the box and packing looks dated. But I like them!

I also got a couple of items for the kids. Including a lovely red wheelbarrow for Zac. I've stored it in my mum's garage thinking it might be for his birthday. The body of the wheelbarrow is red metal and the handles are wood.  Again it looked new. Just a little dusty from being stored. It cost £5 but it really appealed to me. And when he's finished using it to play with, it can be used to house plants in the garden!

Oh, I've just 'googled' the wheelbarrow and this is it here:

So my £5 was quite a bargain really!

And I also bought a Crayola branded little desk that opens up to be a magnetic whiteboard.  It's like this but without the stool.  It cost me £2.50! Another bargain I believe. It seems to be discontinued now so I can't see what price it sold for. One site I found sold it for 30euros. And some have sold second hand ones for $25. But I don't have the stool.  I hope that Zac (and Nat?) will use it to sit at and do their homework in their bedroom or do colouring.  I have whiteboard pens and erasers to they can draw on the underside.


Jen M said...

What a fabulous resolution! I'm going to think about doing something like this.

Elaine said...

Great bargains Jo, and I hope all goes well in your bargain hunting this year.

Love and blessings