Friday, April 26, 2013

The Frumpy Haufrau Goes Shopping

This past week has been a difficult one for me, and putting on real clothes or doing anything much constructive has been fleeting. On Wednesday, I decided that the only way out of this bog was to determine to look for the good and do something that brings me joy. So I made a grocery list with the Wednesday ads, and Thursday morning, I went shopping.

My first stop was the gas station. Some Postman was finally able to get the Green Escort running again (it nearly gasped its last wheezing breath while I was out shopping almost a month ago), but he'd drained the gas tank as part of the process of figuring out what was wrong. Greenie breezed into town on fumes and prayer - but we made it to the gas station!

Next stop was Hobby Lobby, where I purchased an adorable bird tealight holder, a cute clock (with a bird on it!) for my sewing room, some flannel remnants and narrow bias tape for a baby gift project. Everything was 50% off!

After that, Greenie and I went to Menard's, where I bought two register vent covers. Sorry, no picture of those. Too boring! But they were also on sale - 99¢ after mail-in rebate. And then it was on to one of the main reasons for this shopping trip, and to where I would have gone first if Greenie had had enough fuel -- Goodwill!

I always spend much more time browsing at Goodwill than I realize, and this time was no different. I think I spent an hour and a half in the store! They had several sets of Anchor Hocking snack sets, the grape clusters pattern, two in original boxes. Since I already have a set in that pattern (and more vintage - mine are from the 60s, whereas these were '80s) I passed those up. It was fun to see something in my line of collecting, though. I tried on about six dresses, left all but one behind, and a stack of skirts and tops. My purchases ended up being a pair of Cato jeans with the button missing (manager gave me a 50% discount for that), green tiered Chadwicks jersey knit dress (doubtful I'll wear it in public due to length, but SO comfy for a house dress!), striped J. Crew t-shirt, and a swingy Apt. 9 top (will need to take it up under the arms a bit to keep things from showing). As it turns out, the missing button for the jeans was in one of the pockets; it fell out as I was pulling my purchases out of the sack at home. Some Postman thinks he might be able to fix the button, but even if he can't, I can always sew on a shanked button to replace it.

The mall was my next stop, where I hoped to get that pair of coral flats at Payless. They only had gray, navy and black in that style, and sadly, the cute coral slings I'd thought would be a good substitute only came in wide width. Sad, sad, sad. But as it turns out, it's a good thing I didn't buy anything there, because while I was out, a $10 off $25 purchase coupon for Payless came in the mail. I see more shoe shopping in my future! I had a free undies coupon and $10 off a purchase and a "secret reward" card (that almost always ends up being $10) for Victoria's Secret (no pics of those purchases, either! No one needs to see  my bloomers.). JCP, TradeHome Shoes and Maurices yielded no coral shoes or other purchases, but I did find some neon at Rue 21. This store is not one I frequent, since its main audience is teens, but I thought there would be a good shot of finding the neon I was after because of that audience. No shoes in the right color, but I did find some cute belts on clearance, including a neon one, although it's more orange than coral. Another item that caught my eye was a wonderful bird print eternity scarf! Oh, love!

By this time, my tummy was growling fiercely, and I was on my way to the grocery store. This is a bad shopping while hungry only yields extra impulse purchases in your basket! However, my recent experiences with fasting proved valuable. Nothing extra ended up in my basket except for a small baggie of nuts and berries trail mix from the Health Market, which I nibbled while making my way to the next grocery store. No impulse purchases there, either, and then it was back on the road to home.

This shopping trip was just what the doctor ordered for helping to cure my fowl disposition this week. Hmm...I hope this doesn't mean that I have a shopping addiction. Oh well, at least it's bargain shopping!


Grammy Goodwill said...

Oh, now I am so envious. I didn't know you had a Hobby Lobby in your closest town - which I know isn't close, but still. I have to drive 2 hours. I'm glad you found such good bargains.

Heather said...

Love thrifting too when I feel down. Sounds like you got a nice haul!

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