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Friday, February 6, 2009

Thrift Store Find




Today I had to do some running around for my "sweet honey" but I also found the time to stop by the thrift store while in town. I have been decluttering my home so I had a small load to take and donate. While I was there I thought I would walk through just to see if there was anything I couldn't live without. I mainly saw a bunch of junk but you just never know. As I turned the corner, I saw it. I looked at it. I thought about it. I wanted it. Since I am trying to save money, anything I purchase needs to be pondered over so I don't regret it. I need to tell you a little bit about why I was so excited about this MIRROR that I had just found. A few months ago, my daughter and I went into a local store called Tuesday Morning. I am not a shopper, so this is very rare, but while I was there I found a small lighted magnifying mirror. I looked into it. I did not like what I saw. My face magnified was not a pretty thing but I could see things that could be fixed. This mirror was 8.99 which is a lot for me to spend on a tiny mirror only to look at my flaws everyday. I saw a larger one on a stand. It was very nice. It also had a light. I wanted it but it was 50.00 and there was no way that I was going to spend that kind of money to look at myself just to see all the wrinkles magnified. But I do have to admit, I wanted it. I guess I thought it might help me look better. Who knows? I purchased the small one and I have really enjoyed using it. Well today walking through the thrift store.....there it was! I couldn't believe it. It still had the original price tag of 50.00 on it, but the thrift store only wanted 5.99 for it! I bought it - brought it home - I did not even know if the light worked but it does. It is so nice. I sure hope it helps me look better. (Ha!)It is kind of scary when you look into it. But it is mine. I love it. Even my "sweet honey" loves it. The funny thing is that I was so proud because I was donating stuff that I didn't need in my house anymore and that is the reason I was there. I almost forgot to unload my things! But as I was walking to my car with mirror in hand, I realized what I was really there for! So I got rid of some things that I didn't need that maybe someone else might want and also got a mirror that I wanted so bad and never thought I would get because I could not or would not spend 50.00 on it. What a blessing!

Flylady progress today:
1. 30 minute spruce up for the weekend. I swish & swipe my bathrooms. Feather dust as the music is playing and Sweep & vacuum & do a quick pick up before the timer goes off.
2. 15 minutes decluttering: I took this time and used it to pack up all of my 2008 paperwork. We have already got our tax info. at the accountant so I didn't need this anymore. I made new files for 2009.

3. Laundry- Done

4. Ironing- Done

5. 5 minute Mission: Did final clean up on the entrance and porches to my home.

6. Water Drinking: I only drunk 5 glasses today but tomorrow is a new day.

7. Bible Reading & Prayer: Do you ever forget to pray? I do. It is not that I don't constantly think about how thankful I am but sometimes I get in a hurry and just say a prayer during the day but I am trying to purposely get down on my knees to worship HIM. I also finished the Book of Ruth. I sat down with my husband and asked him any questions I had and we discussed the story and what it meant. I am not telling you about my prayer & Bible life to brag that I am doing this. I am writing this down as a reminder to myself so that I may continue because this is my hearts desire. In the process of doing this for me, it might also serve as a reminder to someone else and that would truly be a blessing.

8. Walking- None

Recipe for Red Lobster Clam Chowder: (Our supper tonight)
Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced leeks
1/4 teaspoon chopped garlic
2 tablespoons flour
1 quart milk
1 cup clams in juice
1 cup diced potatoes
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon dry thyme
1/2 cup heavy cream
In a soup pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, celery, leeks and garlic. Saute for 3 minutes, mixing often. Remove from heat and add flour, mixing well.Add milk and whisk vigorously. Drain clams and add juice to soup. This soup is warm & wonderful.

Another favorite quote: "You are never behind, Jump in right where you are."
by Flylady

7 comments:

Michelle said...

Valerie,
I am so glad you got your mirror! You know, that is usually what happens to my husband and I. We will take a load of 'stuff' to donate, and we always have to check and see if there is anything we 'have to have' before we leave. We almost always find something nice, or some other blessing happens in our life at the same time. We feel like it is God telling us thank you, or 'good job'.

Have a blessed weekend.
Michelle

Sal said...

The mirror is a delight. I'll bet you were really pleased. Funny that you were taking stuff, but brought stuff home, lol. That's the type of thing I would do! ;-)
Stay warm. It's so cold here on the Essex coast today...BUT...the sun is shining, so mustn't complain.
Love Sal

Janene said...

It must have been fate that brought you to the thrift store that day...one good deed (dropping off not needed items) led to something treasured (or in your case, longed for!)
I'm glad you found it for such a bargain....I so love a bargain!

W. Latane Barton said...

I love your blog. I would get on the cooking with Val one and switched over with you. Boy, that mirror was a great find. My daughter has one and when I visited I too did not like what I saw. Wow, the age sure was showing. (and I thought I looked pretty good for 75) ha. I have you on my blog list so I will visit often.

Connie W said...

Good things happen when we least expect them and it was your turn to be blessed! I love this post, you have shared so much. Thank you. :)

Brenda said...

What a great bargain in the mirror! It just pays to wait sometimes! I love your flylady schedule and intend to copy it! There's always so much to be done and I never have a schedule. I love the decluttering segment. Thanks, also for your encouragement in prayer and staying in the Word. A #1 priority! Love, Sis

AmyW said...

What a great find. I've learned that most things eventually turn up at thrift store. I almost bought a $20 candle warmer this Christmas. This past Wed. I stopped in the local thrift store and found one for $3. I've enjoyed it all weekend. Love, love, love a good thrift store find!