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The other thrifty finds of day…..

While I allowed myself $20 in my pocket for a new outfit today, there are always a few dollars in the wallet for things to clutter my house with…. and I thought I should also add a picture of the $5 outfit I got for my son…

I got him a nice pair of jeans, an Esprit shirt and a cool striped T with a vintage Haynes manual print on the front… Not sure what cost what as all three items where just rung up on the till as $5 the lot…..

The same shop the provided my $3 shoes also provided me with this 50 cent desk caddy… Very practical and a great colour, room for pens, sticky tape, little drawers for stamps and paperclips… and even the original foam to wet your stamps with…

This 1980s tribute to the space shuttle is a single doona cover…. It is nerdy and cool and it was $1… I think it will be used in my sons room… which is desperatly in need of a complete re-style… It is a bit harry potter in there at the moment…. I think it needs to be a bit more  Geek Chic…..

A couple of floor cushion for the kids to lay on while playing video games in the loungeroom, so I can nap on the couch…. $2 each…

 I have also added another stonewear container to my collection… The Maille pot was $2 and matches the oil container I found last week (I use it for water for watercolour painting) and the celery container I found in Canberra a few weeks ago… I hope they made egg cups or something similar as they would be great for mixing paints in…..

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Day 2 – Thumper Finds….

A pretty good day for not being a negative…. is that a double negative? Does that it make it a positive? I have a new warning system… I have requested that people stick a finger in my ear if I start saying something negative… Like a wet willy… but without the wet… or willy… I must be doing well, I only got one insertion today..

I thought in addition to being a little ray of sunshine, I might also share some of the thrift store items I grab as we go…. These mid-century Bulls are going to live in my house for a while…. Due to the fact that I keep finding them, and selling them… Maybe the universe is trying to tell me I need a pair of these….

A box… Brass and bamboo…. very heavy… as for age or original purpose, not a clue…

One of those items that always amazes me…. How things like this can still be sitting at garage sales late in the day… Ignored by all those early morning bargain hunters, I wonder if they thought its $2 in must be a reproduction… It isn’t…

Three different shops… Three tea boxes…. I am hoping that I will find a lot more of these… The idea is make a large CD rack from them… so maybe Karma will provide me with another 50 or so…. If I am super nice 🙂

Now here is a tricky one… A $5 box…. It was a very nice box, that is why I bought it… It also appears to be filled with someone elses memories… A picture of a mini, and a picture of a small dog… A receipt for a new Datsun ($1800)… An Ansett airline discount photo id….  A bone dice… and a letter saying he was unfit for conscription to national service… It feels a bit wrong to just throw it away….

Day Two gets a magic tick I think…. So I will reheat some soup, make a plunger of coffee and settle into the couch for a couple of hours with a good book….

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Better to be Lucky than Clever….

Woke up today with that wonderful sole crushing malaise that no free time, no money and lack of achievement gives you… That self-indulgent “why me?” feeling…. Lots of reasons for it, some real, some under my control and just a couple of the universe taking cheap shots at me….   So I drink some coffee, chat with a mate and drink some more coffee…. Not quite in a mood to kick myself in the arse and get on with it, in fact indulging in a bit of self punishment by denying myself a headache tablet, even though it feels like I have an arrow through my head….

So I hit the second-hand shops… Maybe it is some kind of shopping high without really spending anything, or some kind of chance based mood enhancer, a bit like gambling… If I hit some Op-Shops and find “rusty gold” then obviously Karma is in my corner and I can continue my day with an emotional bullet proof vest… If I find nothing I am obviously deemed to be hollow inside and unworthy of the universal horse shoes of luck….

Must have served my penance for a while then? I have been on the hunt for a portable massage table for a while…. found one… mentioned to a friend who got excited because he thought I was selling it…. I wasnt… but sure enough I found another one half an hour later…. Six months without seeing one and two turn up….

I have also been looking for a portable table/desk for working in front of the telly in the warm room during the Bathurst winters… everything I have found is either too small, too expensive or to new (I know that last one shouldnt be an issue)…. So while struggling to the op-shop counter with my second massage table of the day, I stubbed my toe on a 60’s fold away school desk that was almost covered by blankets…. It is the perfect height, size and look (and I know the last one shouldn’t be an issue either)….

I really couldn’t have ordered a better desk…. So feeling a bit more at peace with the universe I decided to push my luck with one more visit to a op-shop… Hanging on the wall is an old drafting arm…. of pretty much the exact era to match the vintage NIKE drafting table…. The universe decided i wasn’t having it all my own way, so the arm is orange and not green…. but I really dont mind….

So I am still not well, the wheels have come off my life in so many areas… but I am still twice as lucky, as anyone I know is clever…. and some days that is enough to make me smile….

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