Thrifting

This is been the longest blogging break I have taken since I started blogging in 2010 (has it really been that long?). Things have been absolutely crazy here. I graduated in December, went on many vacations, and then started working. I work 50-60 hour weeks and when you tack on my commutes and sleeping, I have virtually no free time ever. I set aside Tuesday nights at 10 PM to catch the new Teen Mom (why is that show so addicting?). Multiple days go by each week where I don’t even open my laptop, which is absolutely crazy coming from the girl who used to be on it non-stop. I’m no complaining though, as I am so thankful to have a job, but it’s tiring. Most of the time, I don’t even have time to shave my legs, let alone blog! I really hope to be able to add at least a few new posts each week so I can stay connected to the great readers I had. I want to keep everyone updated on my shopping trips, my garden, the chickens, and my thrifting. I might even be able to throw in some good deals here and there. I highly, highly recommend you join the Savvy Shopper’s Group on Facebook. It is much easier for me to share on there, you can ask questions at any time. We share Swagbucks codes, our shopping trips, and anything else.

As you can see, the blog really needs a new lift. As of December, I am no longer a student so some things need to be updated. Nerdboy, the boyfriend and techie behind the blog, will work on it once he finds some free time. He’s still in school and working and he seems to have less free time than I do.

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I’ve been couponing every week! As long as I stay on a routine I can get things done. CVS has been really sucky since Black Friday, do you agree? We used to walk out of there with free Gilette razors and money makers all the time. Now we’re lucky if we see one measily freebie each week. Maybe I’m being greedy, but the deals have been so slow. My mom has been doing ShopRite each week (Glen Burnie, MD ShopRite is still doubling $1 coupons) and we usually go to Safeway for a small trip when we can. My goal is to start posting my shopping trips, at the very least. I also need to update everyone on thrifting, chickens and the garden!

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I got these shoes at Value Village for $13. They are practically new. I’ve been looking for a pair of shoes just like this for years and finally found a pair that my cheap butt would buy ;)

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Some stuff Nerdboy picked up for me!

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This was a GREAT thrifting day in February.

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Probably about a third of my collection of Vintage Pyrex

I still continue to thrift every week. Now that I’m not going to school, I’m far from my favorite thrift shops that I used to frequent. Nerdboy so graciously goes for me every once in awhile. I go to flea markets when possible (snow and cold make this difficult). I pick up Pyrex as much as I can. I collect vintage Pyrex for my personal collection, which has grown SO MUCH over the years and I also pick up stuff to resell. I have a pretty good eye for things I can flip and make a buck off of, whether it be Pyrex that I don’t personally collect, other vintage kitchen items, or even kid’s toys. I use money that I make from my personal sales (whether it be reselling items I thrift or make/craft) to pay for all of my expenses. I use Paypal for selling, so all my profit lies in my Paypal account. I use a Paypal Debit card (highly reccomend) for all my purchases so it’s a great cushion to have. I haven’t had to touch the money out of my actual bank account for months, probably a year, with the exception of student loans that I pay off in large chunks from my paychecks. If you’re into the Instagram thing and don’t mind pictures of my thrift finds (mainly Pyrex), chickens, and me selling stuff (yes, mainly Pyrex or old stuff), follow me @brandilabarre. I even post my shopping trips sometimes!

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Tilling my garden

The chickens are doing well. If you remember from the Fall, Luna (our littlest Barred Rock) wasn’t doing well. She was so sick that she lived in my bedroom for a month or so. We nursed her back to health and she has been living outside since December. She’s still a bit slow and will not hang out with the other girls. Luckily they don’t really pick on her anymore, but they certainly aren’t friends. When they sleep at night, Bonnie, Biscuit, and Ginger all snuggle together and Luna is by herself at least 2 feet away. Poor girl, but she’s hanging in there. Only two chickens are laying eggs. I think the cold weather and shorter days convinced Ginger and Luna to stop laying this winter. Bonnie and Biscuit lay an egg almost every single day. They rock! I hope the other girls step it up since it’s March already! Now that the snow is melted, they get to play outside as much as possible. They till my garden all up and that makes me so happy (until I have plants in there)! We’re still talking about bringing some new babies into the coop in coming months.

As far as gardening goes, it has officially started for 2014! I got seeds planted already and my lemon and lime trees are here in Maryland. I planted lettuce, spinach and green onion seeds in pots. It’s still a bit nippy here, but I’m hoping they’ll grow. The left half of my garden is looking really good. Last year it was filled with a good bit of yummy compost, I just recently added some horse manure that I got for free off Craigslist months ago from a lady 3 minutes away (thank you, ma’am!), and I’ve been constantly tossing in the mess from the chicken coop. The right side of the garden still needs a lot of work. I’m thinking of adding 3 raised beds and filling with good dirt and more manure because I’ve struggled with that sandy soil for just too long. I’ll update with more pictures when I can.

So, if you got through all that, I just want to say thank you for sticking with me. I thought I was busy when I was in school, but working is just so much more time consuming. I headed out for another vacation next week, but I’ll hopefully stay in touch from now on :)

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I do a lot of thrifting. I go multiple days a week and it would be every day of the week if Nerdboy let me. I usually spend my weekend mornings (when I’m home) at the local flea market (vendors started recognizing me this summer and I just think that’s a bit odd especially because I look like a complete bum that early in the morning), local yard sales, church sales, estate sales, and thrift shops. On the weekdays when I have class (only 2.5 days a week!) I usually convince Nerdboy to stop at my favorite Value Village(s). Judging by ALL my Pyrex pictures from the past year+, you probably think I’m a hoarder and if you see my dining room (sorry, mom), you’d probably be right. BUT this week I’m having a large Pyrex purge (on Instagram @brandilabarre –honestly though, only follow me if you like Pyrex and chickens, seriously). I’m selling off a lot of my extras and unwanteds I’ve accumulated over the year, so I’ve been prepping for that. I just had to purchase bubble wrap and that’s was super unfrugal. I did find the cheapest I could on ebay for $0.13/foot. I try not to buy Pyrex that I don’t personally want, which is a lot, but sometimes I got carried away and now I need to spread my love to other collectors.

The picture above is my most recent acquisitions from this past week. The Pyrex 475 Saxony and Pyrex Pink Stripes 401 were a trade with a fellow collector. I found the tan 402 stripes bowl at Value Village for about $3. The Primary blue 502 fridgie was also $3. I mostly bought it for the lid. I also picked up a Lilly Pulitzer shirt for myself for about $2.37. Lilly is becoming one of my new addictions, watch out, but I can only afford thrift prices! Hopefully by January, I’ll have thrifted enough to make a wardrobe out of it for my Florida vacation.

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Some contacted my locally wanting to sell a lot of Vintage Pyrex for $15… of course I said yes! She even dropped all 7 pieces off at my house. I got the Pyrex Forest Fancies 401 bowl for $0.25 to add to my 401 collection. I also snagged the Pyrex lemon carafe with lid for $0.50. That morning, I made Nerdboy wake up at 5:15 and accompany me to an enormous church sale. I heard the vintage glassware was going to be good so I was planning for success! We woke up early and waited in line for hours until the sale started. By 8:00 (doors opened at 8:30) there were hundreds of people lined up along the parking lots. I could not believe it! We got there early enough and were about 25th or so in line. When doors opened, I rushed to the glassware section. Michael and I already had a plan: he’d take those 2 rows, I had the others. He was to scoop up any piece of Pyrex, Fire King, etc. that I may be interested in and I’d sort after we scooped all the rows. Well, there wasn’t a single piece of Pyrex or any vintage glassware whatsoever. I heard from another collector that a volunteer was carrying around a pink Pyrex bowl, so I believe volunteers got first pick and we waited outside for hours for nothing. I got 2 vintage Ball jars with lids for $1.25 though. You can’t win them all.

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More Pyrex! I went c-r-a-z-y this week. I spent way over my budget on Pyrex but it was soooo worth it! See that gorgeous 475 Pyrex Spirograph casserole in the middle? Also, take note of the original underplate. I thrifted the entire set for about $10. I could place that piece on Ebay for $100 and it would be gone in minutes, I’d imagine. That is one of my best scores yet! It’s still sitting in my living room in front of the TV so I can stare at it. All the other pieces were from Value Villages throughout the week for $2-$6 a piece.

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A few weeks ago, I had a Friday morning all to myself so I went to the Free Friday Flea Market down the road where everything on the parking lot is free. I scored some good stuff like a few canning jars, Fiesta tea cup, 2 Pyrex lids, wool yarn, and vintage napkins, but I just didn’t need most of the stuff that was there. I then stopped at the thrift store and got the set of Pyrex Early American refrigerator dishes for about $10. I stopped at the nearby antique store and grabbed the other 3 pieces of Pyrex for $2-$4 each.

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Here are a weekend’s worth of flea market finds! I scored 2 more blue Ball jars with lids. I think I paid about $4 for both. I got the super duper Pyrex carafe for $0.50. I already sold the carafe and Hazel Atlas Kitchen Aid bowl. The Corelle Christmas bowl has also been traded. All were scored for $0.50 each. I found 2 Pyrex refrigerator dish lids! I got the Pyrex Spring Blossom 2 441 for $1 I think. And my mom got the cute tank top for $1.

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Here was another stop to Value Village. I saw the Pyrex Pink 503 refrigerator dish there the day before and didn’t buy it because it was pretty trashed… and $5! Vintage Pyrex should never go in the dishwasher. It removes the shine and then the paint. I felt sorry for it the next day and bought it at 25% off and the Snowflake Blue loaf dish. I cleaned that Pink 503 up, scrubbed a layer of yuck off, and shined it up with some oil. It looks 95% better! I’m SO glad I bought it.

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Last time Nerdboy and I went to Deep Creek, we stopped at a tiny thrift store that benefits pets. I spotted the Pyrex Old Orchard 502 there for $1, so I bought it! On the way home, just a few minutes from my house, I saw someone on the main road was having a HUGE yard sale at like 6 o’clock PM on a Sunday. Their yard was filled of boxes overflowing with vintage crap. The man clears out old estates and this one must have been enormous. Nerdboy and I spent a good chunk of time picking through those old boxes, I even sliced my hand on the glass! Out of an entire yard full of vintage stuff, all I snagged were two refrigerator dish lids. I don’t mean to complain, but where are the dishes?!

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This weekend was slim pickings but I grabbed a Pyrex Daisy 475 (no lid) and a 045 lid for cheap.

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First, I need to point out, everything in this picture was bought the same morning at the flea market. It was a morning that I went by myself and I carried all of this to the car (I bought the cases of jars at the complete opposite of where I parked, of course) by myself. I used so much energy and so much time and not one person asked if I needed help. What is wrong with the world!? The stack was taller than me and I had to put it all down to rearrange/take breaks every 10 steps. My arms ache just thinking about that adventurous morning. Anyway! I scored the two cases of jars for $6 I think. That’s less than $0.25/jar! I found some more Pyrex lids and a Pyrex Verde 442 and Wheat 023. Both Pyrex pieces were only $0.50-$1 each.

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This picture really doesn’t count as thrifting, it’s kind of a “Brandi went crazy at the antique stores and malls when she was out of town”. I spent a lot that weekend but everything I bought was a good price and I’ve already resold about half of the items here (to make some extra money).

So after all this you probably think I’m a Pyrex hoarder, and that’s alright. I always tell myself that there are worse things I could be spending my money on. Not pictured are also quite a few pieces of clothing I got for myself at Goodwill. I think I got 3 pairs of dress paints (all $2-$4 each), a dress shirt ($2), and a cardigan ($4). My mom also scored some clothes at Goodwill when we had a $10 off $20 purchase coupon. She got 4 great looking dress shirts for work at about $4 each! I like shopping for clothes more at Goodwill/thrift stores than at any other store. It really helps when you have a coupon or when you go on discount day because sometimes you’ll find stuff that’s just so overpriced. But I grabbed a few pairs of dress pants for a small fraction of what I would have paid at the mall, so sometimes it pays to thrift shop!

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“Mom, my favorite part of Pyrex is the newspaper”

Okay, okay, I finally have a minute to post another Thrifty Finds post. It has been entirely too long! These photos are from July-August. I’ve been visiting the local flea market as much as possible, hitting yard sales, estate sales, and a thrift shop every now and then.

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Here’s a part of my most recent haul! At the free flea market (where everything in the parking lot is FREE for taking), I got a stack of Butterfly Gold Corelle plates, a Pyrex Spice of Life canister and that solid green Pyrex casserole. At the flea market I got the Fire King Jadeite mugs/tea cups for $1 each (great price!), the Spring Blossoms Pyrex 471 casserole for $1 with lid and the set of 3 Catherineholm 4-inch stripe bowls for $2. Those Catherineholm bowls are my biggest score of the year! I was so, so excited to find them. Check out the prices they go for on Ebay!

I bought the red Pyrex Friendship refrigerator dish and Daisy 444 bowl at an antique store in Ellicot City.

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Here’s most of the stuff I got from the FREE Flea market! I also got some clothes that aren’t pictured. I got TWO working Foodsaver machines, the Corelle plates, a Coke glass for Nerdboy, the Spice of Life canister, the Pyrex casserole, 2 100% wool sweaters and a pair of like-new Crocs for my mom! Sweet finds for FREE! My mom and I got there almost an hour early to wait in line. It’s my Black Friday, what can I say!

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I found another old blue ball jar for $0.50 -SCORE!, a Pyrex yellow Hostess bowl for $0.50, a blue Pyrex refridgerator dish for $0.50, the Butterprint 444 bowl for $4, and the Golden Tulip 024 casserole with lid for $1. These were my finds from the flea market and a yard sale. I find Pyrex (or anything worth buying for that matter) at every 1 out of 15 yard sales I go to. Bad luck.

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On my way home from the beach, we stopped at a few Goodwills. I got this Homestead Pyrex 503 refrigerator dish with lid for $3. I only bought the dish for the lid. I already sold the dish itself to someone else as I do not collect Homestead. Also, take note of my new shirt! I love thrifting – how perfect! The Goodwill in Delaware was selling them (new) for a scholarship fund.

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The Pyrex Town and Country 043 casserole was another flea market find. $1! I bought it just for the lid.

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Nerdboy and I like to hit the yard sales together. Actually, he’d rather stay in bed, but I think it’s good for him to get fresh air. We found the Pyrex Butterfly Gold 404 for $1 (or $2, I can’t rememeber) at a small yard sale. The biggest bowls are sometimes hard to find, so I was happy with that score! I also came across an entire set of Butterfly Gold Cinderella bowls in mint condition. The nice old lady had everything Butterfly Gold (the plates, tea cups, gravy boat, creamer, sugar dish, and the whole 9 yards). I only bought the bowls. She said she never even used them! It set me back a whole $4. I already have this complete set so I will be selling this one. I bought the Christmas Holly 024 at the local antique shop during the booth’s 25% off sale.

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This picture shows my goodies from the first FREE flea market I went to this summer. Some Fire King, Jadeite, crewel artwork and another wool sweater.

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Here’s another flea market score from one weekend. I got the Topsy Turvy and a tomato plant for $1.50 for both. I got the Spring Blossom 472 casserole for $2, some extra lids for $0.50 or so, Green Primary 403 (from the 1940s!!) for $1, Woodland 475 for $1, the Butterfly Gold butter dish for $1, and $1 for the Strawberry Shortcake mug.

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The set of 8 Spring Blossom-like mugs were from Value Village and the almost complete Woodland Pyrex Cinderella set was a Goodwill find for $10.

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These items pictured above were items picked up by friend’s of mine! The green Pyrex Heinz baker and Gooseberry 441 were $1 each. The Gooseberry was in awful shape, but I was able to bring out the color again with some Bar Keeper’s Friend. The Friendship 473 was a buy from an antique store.

That’s all for now! I’ll update again in a few weeks! I hope you’re having fun thrifting too :)

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I hope you all are having a great Spring/Summer (it’s definitely Summer weather here in Maryland now!). I am working and it takes so, so much time away from blogging and thrifting. During the school year, I could thrift in between classes or after class, but it’s not so easy in the summer. There aren’t any large thrift stores close to my house; I’d have to drive 15-25 minutes to hit a couple of them and sometimes it’s just not worth it and  I can’t do it every day like I did at school (thanks to the free campus bus)! But I am still trying to get some good deals. I’ve been hitting the flea market as early as I can get my sleepy butt up and I also go to some yard sales, though I never have yard sale luck around here.

At the flea market, mom and I scooped up 2 lovely Pyrex casserole dishes. We found the Kim Chee (#043) promotional piece for $2 and the New Holland (#045) for $4. My dad asked for the blue New Holland for Father’s Day because he liked it so much! I also scored 12 canning jars, including the blue, for $1.50!

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At a recent trip to Value Village, I found 2 hard-to-find Pyrex Colonial Mist mixing bowls (both 404s). I am keeping one and the other is being traded/sold at the moment. They were priced at $7 (which I think is super high for a stupid bowl). Value Village’s prices have absolutely skyrocketed. It’s sickening. You can go on any given day and find an item from the dollar store or the Dollar Spot in Target, priced at more than $1 at Value Village. Why I still go is simply for the hunt. Sometimes you find good things and have to suck up the prices. I would much rather give my money to other charitable shops or people at yard sales. I also found a primary blue refrigerator dish for about $2.50 and another (yep, that makes #3) Pandora Cupcake jewelry holder.

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Over Memorial Day weekend, we went up to the mountains and you know I cannot give up my thrifting hobby. We went to a few antique stores and yard sales while we were up there. I bought the blue mixing bowl (401) for $3. It’s unnumbered which means it goes to the set made in the ’40s. I think that’s just insane! How amazing that these adorable bowls survive all those years and come out looking so pretty!? I am 1 bowl (green) away from completing my 1940s primary mixing bowl set and spent $10 so far. Patience pays off! One of the yard sales we stopped at had a “FREE” box. Those are my favorite. Who doesn’t love free?! I found a canning jar (quart size), Butterfly Gold salt/pepper shakers, and the Butterfly Gold cream and sugar bowls in the box. Michael bought some cake decorating supplies, so I didn’t feel as bad taking the freebies. Michael’s sister also got 8 free Butterfly Gold mugs for her apartment (she goes to college this August!). We stopped at a Goodwill and I picked up the (2) Spring Blossoms mixing bowls (#401) and the lid for $4.50 total. Yes, I have 5 of those green bowls now, thanks for reminding me ;) I simply can’t leave the 401s behind.

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Today Michael and I took a ride to another city for some nice yard sales. FINALLY I found some Pyrex at a yard sale and at great prices! The big Daisy bowl (#444) was $0.25!! I wish I could have seen the look on my face when the lady said “a quarter!”. The Butterfly Gold refrigerator dishes (502 and 503) were $3, the Butterprint Cinderella Bowl (441) was $1, and the Apple Dumplin’ (friends of Strawberry Shortcake) mug was $0.25. I found the 503 lid for $2 at an antique store along the way. And the blue and red primary refrigerator dishes were found at my local flea market for $4. I was a beautiful morning, we hit some great sales, and had a lovely time together! That is my kind of date :) (We drove his new car and we stopped and got donuts, too, so Nerdboy was satisfied).

I hope you guys are still enjoying these posts! I love, love, love my thrifty finds and really love reading about your finds too!

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The grease stains came off and it looks great! One of my newest faves -Pyrex Pink Daisy Spacesaver

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Hit the jackpot at this estate sale! Mom went crazy!

Gorgeous Dansk turquoise paella pan found at Value Village!

Gorgeous Dansk turquoise paella pan found at Value Village!

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All for $1! A wool sweater, sugar shaker, milk glass vase, Merry Mushroom salt/pepper shakers, and a leaf tray

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2 Terra Corning/Pyrex Berry Bowls

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Wool!

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A new bowl for Nerdboy’s doggy -These sell for $14, this one was $1!

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Jars! The blue one is a Made in Mexico knock off -darn it!

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Hazel Atlas Striped Tumbler and 2 Federal flower bowls

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Some Yankee Candle tarts and another Pandora cupcake (will sell on Ebay)

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Some salt and pepper shakers (got all for $1), 2 more Terra berry bowls, and some Lustroware canisters

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All in the same evening at Goodwill and Value Village: Primary 404, Town and Country 503 & 502, plus extra lids!

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Mom picked this beauty up on the side of the road! She’s working on making it a little better and then I’ll take another picture of it.

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Some yard sale finds: Canning jars (all for $2), a Pyrex lid (5 cents!!!), and a Spring Blossom Gravy Boat – with box!

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Butterprint Butterdish – Bought for $3

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Nerdboy went to Value Village for me when I couldn’t! Butterprint 503 and Daisy 502. He’s a sweetie!

Welcome to a catch-up version of Savvy Student Shopper’s thrifty finds! This covers most of the stuff I’ve found in April and May. I’ve been going to yard sales and the flea market, but I’ve had very, very little luck. Maybe people haven’t done their Spring cleaning yet?

Value Village is my hot spot, probably because I go every day! Now that I am officially finished school for the summer, I promise I’ll post more thrifty finds posts like I used to! I just hope I find some luck this summer because I will be leaving my favorite Value Village and returning back home on Friday. It’s bittersweet.

If you have any questions about what I bought or any questions in general, leave a comment or shoot me an email! As always, you are encouraged to share your thrifty finds!

Adios!

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It has been over a MONTH since my last thrify finds post. Why hasn’t anyone told me?! I am a bad, bad blogger lately. I go thrifting almost every single day (I know that’s totally not normal, but neither am I) so I ought to post more often! Or maybe I just haven’t bought anything good lately? Let’s see!

I bought this vintage Dansk yellow pan for around $7. I don’t personally collect Dansk, but I know it’s collectible so I picked it up. I has since been sold to a collector – yay! The 3 salt/pepper shakers were in a bag together for $0.99. I HAD to have Miss Priss. She’s very collectible and adorable.

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I scooped this turquoise snowflake casserole 045 dish for around $4 something at Value Village. Great shape!

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During our Spring Break, Nerdboy and I ventured to a few new-to-us thrift stores because they were near the place we were going for lunch. First stop was a Goodwill Outlet store. Instead of having shelves for everything and hangers for clothing, almost everything (minus glassware and some electronics) were in humongous bins (see example here (clean version). Really, listen to it, it’s my theme song). Not only were we totally confused by the bin shopping… almost everything was sold by weight. $1.69/lb! Totally new to us. Luckily I found some Pyrex! The Snowflake Spacesaver was about $4. I found the red primary 402 bowl and Daisy 471 for $1 each at a Salvation Army.

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Pictured above was a little trip to Value Village (one of the rare times I actually buy anything). It was 25% off day. I bought a Maryland jacket for my future child. It looks brand new and it was less than $2.50. Nothing is wrong with buy for the future early, right? I plan to dress my children in Raven’s and Maryland gear anyway and this stuff really doesn’t go out of style. Might as pick it up while it’s cheap. I also bought a Pyrex bowl sized 024 in Pineapple (though, it’s usually called mustard). I picked it up for a fellow and local Pyrex collector.

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The next day I went back and found these cute Terra berry bowls. They are marked Corning, but are the same pattern as the Pyrex Terra pattern so they are practically Pyrex. They were $0.75 each but I’m not sure if I’ll be keeping them yet.

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I’ve also been trying to hit the flea market when I’m home. I haven’t scored anything good there in months. I did get 8lbs of Strawberries for $4. I had to throw some away because they were too soft, but it was still a great deal. I also should have tried them before buying so many because they aren’t too sweet or flavorful yet. I cut and froze them all though!

I still have a few recent trips from April to add, which I promise to post soon! I hope you guys enjoy these posts. I’m really not a hoarder :) Have you done any thrifting lately? It’s yard sale season!

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I hope you all had a lovely Easter! The Savvy Student Shopper has been so busy around here with chickens, gardening, cooking, homework, classes, and internship searching that there has been zero time to blog! I hope that things will get less busy soon, but gardening season has started, chickens are growing and I have exams in just over a month. Crazy! Summer will be here before we know it :)

I’ll be posting a chicken update, a garden update, thrifty finds, and my latest CVS trip in the near future so don’t go too far!

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$1.00 off any TWO (2) Cleanser & Polish Product

If you’re familiar with Bar Keeper’s Friends, you know it’s great for stainless steel cleaning, as well as scrubbing your tub which my dad did last time. He wasn’t aware that the BKF sitting on our counter is my trusty Pyrex cleaner -not to be used by anyone else! It works like magic taking off stuck on crap and utensil marks on my vintage pieces. So there’s a tidbit for ya!

You’ll find BKF at the grocery store around $2-$3, so inexpensive after the new $1.00 off any TWO (2) Bar Keeper’s Friend Cleanser & Polish Product coupon.

pyrex before and after

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Welcome to yet another thrifty finds post! I find myself going thrifting more than I actually post or buy anything, but that’s alright. I thrift because it’s enjoyable for me. I usually go alone, so it’s my “me time” and I usually don’t buy something every time.

I picked up that cute dress (new with tags) for just $3 at a local thrift shop. It was marked $10 (prices nowadays at thrift stores/people reselling are driving me up a wall) but luckily another lady saw my disappointment and asked the owner for a lower price. See, it doesn’t hurt to ask for a discount! Well, sometimes it does. Most of the time people are nasty to me. I lucked out this time and I’m happy to add another one of these kind of dresses to my wardrobe!

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This picture was from my trips to the Goodwill. From left to right, the Pyrex Opal fridgie was $2, but unfortunately it doesn’t have a lid. You know it’s a “true” Opal and not just missing all its color because true Opals do not have words or numbers on the bottom like every other piece. In the middle, we have a Pizzelle maker! I don’t normally buy small appliances, they are actually one of my biggest pet peeves (who has room for 20 kitchen appliances?!?!) but my mom has been wanting a Pizzelle maker so bad. She was going to buy one new, but they are like $30 and up! I found this one for $6 at Goodwill so I got it for her. She makes Pizzelles all the time now. When buying electronics at the thrifts, always plug them in first to make sure they work. On the right, is a Swiss Chalet chop plate. It’s a collectible print, though not Pyrex, but I will be trading with a fellow collector because it’s not something I collect.

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At Value Village, I pretty much ran to this green bowl from the front of the store. Isn’t that color just fantastic?! It’s a Pyrex 024 bowl in bright/kelly green. It’s awesome and only set me back $2.50, totally worth it. It’s in great condition as well. I also picked up that white Fire King swirl bowl for $1.50 to sell, but for right now it’s being used to hold napkins and salt/pepper on our kitchen table.

The Fisher Price Happy Apple was also found at Value Village for $2. It’s from 1972 and pretty collectible. It makes the cutest sounds when you roll it around. I might sell it, but right now it’s smiling away on my window sill. I bought it because it reminded me of my blog mascot. :)

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Okay, this picture should not be in the thrifty finds post, because it wasn’t a thrifty find. I splurged. Michael and I went to the antique shop and I found 3 pieces that were high on my wishlist and not awful prices (cheaper than Ebay/Etsy + shipping, but no where near thrifty of course). I left the one piece there and bought a pink 403 Pyrex bowl and a Friendship 503 refrigerator dish. Pink and Friendship are my two favorite patterns and I want to own every piece made in those two patterns. Since they are very difficult to thrift and I have been having decent thrifting luck on other pieces, I bought these two at an antique store price. Aren’t they gorgeous though? Sometimes you have to splurge. The 503 is sooo minty.

I’m off to go to Value Village again – it’s 25% off day :)

And now it’s your turn! Any questions, comments, or thrifting shares?! Talk to me :)

Savvy Student Shopper Thrifty Finds 2/1

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It has been a FABULOUS week of thrifting for me. I couldn’t be any more satisfied. There’s so much to say about my finds this week, so be prepared for a rather long, Pyrex filled post.

The thrifting started when Nerdboy went to the thrift store for me (such a great boyfriend!). I had gone to the flea market that morning, but didn’t find anything. Nerdboy had luck instead! He found me a Yellow 503 Refrigerator Dish with lid! This goes to the primary set and has the older style lid, which means it was made in the 1940s, crazy! Also as crazy, the dish was marked at $8 (super pricey for this thrift store!). Luckily, it was 50% off day so he got it for $4! That same night, we went off to another Value Village and a Goodwill. Value Village had nothing good, but I found a Red Primary 402 bowl at Goodwill! It was $2 and is also from the early 1940s set. I am still trying to complete this primary set. I only need the blue 401 to go and I’ve only spent $8 on the set so far!

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School started and back to my favorite Value Village I went! I went THREE times this week. 3. Am I obsessed? Slightly, yes. But LOOK what I found! First, we (Nerdboy actually found everything this trip as I was too busy looking intently at other bowls) found an almost complete Town and Country Refrigerator Dish set! Everything is there except for the last 501 – and I searched the store high and low for that thing! After discount, all 3 pieces including lids came to just $9. Then, Nerdboy spotted a dish nesting inside some other bowls. It didn’t catch my eye at first because it was white and blending in with the Corningware. Even when he pulled it out, the pattern didn’t ring a bell. I recognized the pattern, but the size really threw me off. After some research, I discovered this piece is really rare! Golden Tulip was not made in this 043 size; there isn’t a single picture or word of it online anywhere. How many of these are out there? Maybe only a handful! How neat is that? Obviously, I bought it for $3! I also bought a canning jar for $0.37, but it missed the photo shoot.

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I woke up the next morning and had this strong urge to go to Value Village again. I felt that I could not successfully complete my day without going back. So what’s a Pyrex hoarder collector to do? Go back, of course! I went back in the freezing cold and LOOK what I found! ORANGE BUTTERPRINT! Orange Butterprint is also rare and collectors spend a fortune on them. Mine was $3 :) I also picked up a black and white gooseberry 443 bowl for a fellow collector. It will complete her set!

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In addition my my thrifing, my mom went to Goodwill while I was at school and bought me some Pyrex! She had a 50% off coupon to use up before the end of the month. The Trailing Flowers 475 with lid was $4 and the Spring Blossoms Loaf pan was $2, after discounts. Score! Go momma!

Super duper Pyrex week for me!

And now it’s your turn! Any questions, comments, or thrifting shares?!