I should have designated this ‘Girl’s Week’ and thrown a party with nachos and chocolate. I’m sorry about all the extremely girly posts; I’m especially sorry to you three men who occasionally read my blog. After this week, you’ll never read The Domestic Fringe again. Because let’s face it, what man needs more female chatter in their lives?
Not my husband. He would equate reading a blog about hair or clothing to getting all of his teeth root-cannaled and then pulled from his head without the use of Novocaine.
But I am a woman (who must be hormonal), because today I bring you my steals and deals. I’m terrible with coupons. I’m like the antithesis of an extreme couponer; I’m a save-less food shopper. It’s not that I don’t want to save money in the grocery store, I do, I really do. It’s just that I forget to buy the Sunday paper, and I greet Monday morning with nary a coupon to clip.
However, I am good at saving money on clothes. I was about to say that we all have clothes and we all look nice, but we don’t always look nice. We do always have clothing though. Nudists we are not.
There’s a thrift store in our town, nothing more than a little hole in the wall, run by the Catholic Charities. It’s a ministry and they often allow you to fill a paper grocery bag with clothes. All for the affordable price of $5. When they don’t have a $5 bag special running, the clothes are marked between $1 and $1.50, slightly higher for coats. Shoes and belts are free.
This week I spent $10 in this thrift store and I feel like I stole from them. I offered to give them more money, but they wouldn’t take it.
Here’s my bounty:
- 5 shirts for my son
- 6 shirts for my daughter
- 2 dresses for my daughter
- 3 belts
- 2 dresses for me
- 2 skirts for me
- 3 shirts for me (1 Gap shirt, 1 Banana Republic shirt)
If that’s not just as good as extreme couponing, then I happily declare myself a spendthrift mom.
Do you want to see some pictures?
Of course you do. If you’ve been reading this long, you’re female, and we like pictures.
Two disclaimers first:
- My room is a hot mess. Like, you’ll be horrified to see my dresser top and I promise to clean it tonight. (Yes, mom. I promise!) Before you call Clean House, the other rooms are in better shape. Ok, they’re not. It’s summer though and the sunshine is calling.
- The pictures are pretty pathetic. I want to blame my camera, but it’s probably the photographer.
I made tie’s for these dresses out of old t-shirts. They came out so cute.
Yes, she has a farmer’s tan. Don’t those straps work out well? A nine year-old cannot do / should not do strapless. Let’s face it, she can’t keep her plumber’s tush covered, so how is she going to keep a dress up?
The blue one with the dog is an American Girl t-shirt, but I like Sylvester in the Surf’s Up shirt best.
My daughter spotted this dress as soon as she walked into the shop and had to have it. When we got home and she tried it on, I realized it had pleats and provisions for a chest. This was a grow-up dress, so I tried it on and it fits. You can’t tell from the picture, but it’s pink and white check and it’s handmade (very well made). It would look darling with a pair of cow-girl boots, so I’m saving it incase I’m ever invited to a square dance. The chances are pretty slim, but I think it would be fun.
Here’s a dress I got for myself. It’s from New York and Company and looks brand new. Don’t laugh at the belt. I grabbed it because I knew it needed something and Madonna belts are making a comeback. Who am I to fight a trend.
Thank you for all your hair support yesterday. I went from crying in my oatmeal to feeling like I had a sister-hood of sympathizers. Thank you.
I did cut my hair. It’s actually cut in these pictures, but you can’t tell. I’ll style it myself tomorrow and take a picture. It’s not quite as great the inspiration photo, but I have confidence with a few cuts and specific instructions, it’ll get there. I guess it just needs time to evolve. I didn’t get it all in one cut.
And dare I ask…Have you been bit by the extreme couponing bug?
Thank you to those of you who sent in your summer photos for my Summer Series contest. I need more pictures though! I know so many of you are good with cameras; I read your blogs. Rules are HERE. Send something in. Please! You’ll all get links and credit. Thanks!