Treasuring The Journey

Treasuring the journey through life, one footstep at a time.

Kosta Boda at the Salvation Army October 12, 2011

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Kosta who?  Boda what?  Yeah, me either.  Thank goodness for Google to answer all of our questions.  Kosta Boda is a Swedish glassmaking company and has been making decorative glass for over 260 years.  Why does this matter you ask?  Well, keep reading…

 

During my lunch today, I visited the Salvation Army.  I was digging in the shopping cart of items that had not been priced yet and came across two lovely cobalt blue swirled glass candle holder lovelies.  Yes, I am one of those people who has little to no shame when I thrift store shop. Don’t be afraid to dig away in those carts – it will be one less thing for the employees to have put on the shelves and it is one of those situations of go ahead and do it and ask for forgiveness later kinda scenarios, at least it is in my book.

 

Kosta Boda Blue Swirl Glass Atoll Votive Bowl Cobalt Candle Holder Signed

 

 

 

These are Kosta Boda votive candle holders in the Atoll pattern.  They are BEAUTIFUL!  More information can be found here:  http://www.kostaboda.us/atoll/atolvotiveblue.htm 

 

Knowing I had found a treasure, I scooped them up and asked for the price. Drumroll please….$1 for BOTH!  So, yes, they definitely came home with me today.  Woo Hoo!  I found them online at Replacements.com and on Ebay in the range of $25.99 – 29.95 each.  TeeHeeHee.  You can buy them from Kosta Boda as well normally $50, but on special for $30. 

 

These pictures do not do these glass beauties justice.  I tried to capture the swirl look as well, but overcast skies do not make for great indoor pictures! 

 

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Found any good treasures lately?

 

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Bag o’ Clothes July 13, 2011

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I am a frequent shopper at Salvation Army thrift stores.  They reward me for my patronage.  I wish other thrift stores would do the same.  At the Salvation Army stores in my area, they offer a Super Shopper Club card.  Basics of the card are for every 10 dollars you spend, you get 1 stamp on your card.  Collect 10 stamps and you can redeem your card for a $5 bag full of clothes. 

 

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I have been holding onto my full card for several weeks now.  The past few times I have gone to the Salvation Army, I have not found many clothing items, at least not enough to justify the $5 bag.  I did not want to waste my card!  Today my patience paid off.  I stuffed all of the following items into one plastic shopping bag, normal size. 

 

Gifts for Others:

– 1 shirt for my cousin, Wendy

– 2 shirts for my cousin, Bess

– 1 blouse for my Mom

– 1 blouse for my friend, Katie

– 3 dresses, 3 bibs, 1 hat, 4 bloomers, 5 pants, and 11 onesie outfits for my future niece

 

Clothing for Pete:

– 2 t-shirts

 

Clothing for Cason:

– 1 pair of shorts

– 2 onesie outfits

 

Clothing for Me:

– 2 tank tops for exercise/work-outs

– 7 short-sleeve blouses

– 1 pair cargo shorts

– 1 skirt

 

All of those clothes for $5!  Awesome!  If you have a Salvation Army thrift store in your area, find out if they have a Super Shopper card program.  If you are in the Florence, Alabama area, the locations in Florence and Sheffield both honor the cards.  I love the fact they have some type of frequent shopper program and I wish other thrift stores would do the same.

 

I went to the Blue Door Thrift Store on Tuesday.  I do not frequent this thrift store that often (it is on the other side of town), but I try to stop in about once a month.  I bought several items, but the best one was for my baby, Cason.  I have been looking for a walker/bouncer exerciser for him for the past few weeks.  I have seen many, but most have been very dirty and/or missing several pieces.  I came across a Graco Lights and Sound Walker and it was in fabulous condition.  There was a mommy-to-be looking it over as I spotted it from a distance.  She took a few steps past it and I calmly walked swooped in for it.  $15 and it was in great condition!  Yes, I was giddy with excitement and could not wait to get in home, clean it, sanitize it, and try it out with Cason. 

 

He L-O-V-E-D it!!!  Check out a few of his pics in his new apparatus. 

 

 

Found anything good at the thrift stores lately?  I would love to hear about it if you have! 

 

Toodles,

 

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I heart 50% off at thrift stores! July 9, 2011

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Friday was a good day at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store.  50% off everything in the store.  I was practically skipping to get my shopping cart! I came across a lovely aluminum water pitcher.  I picked up the pitcher for $4!  It is a World Hand Forged aluminum pitcher.  Here are two pictures I found online of it.  The pics I took were not so hot due to lighting issues. Prices I found online for this piece are approximately $35.  We have several aluminum server ware pieces we received for wedding gifts so this piece will fit in nicely with the collection.

 

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The handle is the coolest feature.

 

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I found these 2 lovely sea life pillow shams as well.  They were a steal at $1.50 each.  You can order them online here for $29.99 EACH!  I think not!  LOL!  These are probably going to my cousin, Linda, for her beach house we will be visiting in October. 

 

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When Cason is older, I hope he enjoys doing some of these science experiments outlined in this book. “How Science Works” by Judith Hann.  It has 100 ways parents and kids can share the secrets of science.  It looks like fun!  Great purchase for $.50.  The sticker on the back was $14.99.  I like my price better!

 

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I also got these books for Cason.  I am hoping it will help Pete and I teach him life lessons.  “Help Me Be Good” book set by Joy Barry.  I had never heard of these books before.  I was able to purchase 18 books out of the 29 book set.  I will be on the lookout for the remaining 11 that I need.  The 18 books I purchased were $.50 each, so $9 total.  There is a full-set for sale on eBay for $42 with the bid going up as I type!  I am hoping to finish out the set for under $15 dollars. 

 

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I also got a cute pair of wedge sandals.  Yellow with white polka dots! How fun for summer!  I paid $2 and they are brand new, still with all the original stickers!  If you want some of your own, you can buy a pair on eBay here.

 

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I got a slew of other stuff, but these items are the highlights.  Have you found any great thrifty treasures lately?  Don’t you just     L-O-V-E 50% days!

 

Happy Saturday,

 

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