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Good and Bad Purchases

May 6th, 2006 at 03:39 pm

Today I spent small money on some great stuff at garage sales, which almost compensates for spending money on something really stupid.

First, the stupidity. I have Pfaltzgraff tableware in the Salerno pattern on my wish list with E-bay. I bought a big set for $16.99 at Ross years ago, and I was an employee and got 20% off. Iíve probably spent triple that adding pieces, for no good reason at all. I like Asian looking things, and I like things to be all one simple pattern. So Iíve ordered more of this pottery to replace pieces broken over the years. Well, lately I have enough, but I still get the wish list mailings. So sometimes I make a low bid, and Iím always outbid, and Iíve shopped without spending. Except last night my low bid was the highest bid, and shipping kicked my butt. Seven ninety-nine plus 9.87 shipping for 4 cups is 17.93 spent out of the household category. I am not proud. It's a pretty pattern, but I can't find pictures that do it justice.



The good stuff: a crock pot with a removable crock-Iíve been wanting that for a long time-$3, household. Three gifts for Birthday/Christmas, $2.25. Gift for My Guy to give to his mom for Motherís Day ,$1, which Iíll be reimbursed. Nice blouse and sweater, $1.75. Books, 75 cents, under the entertainment category. Might Bright book light, retails over 10 bucks, 25 cents, household. Wooden box and bath beads, free. Nine dollars, eight of them mine.

I met with friends at 8 a.m. to go garage sailing, which was nice for two other reasons. First, Iím supposed to be getting up at the same time on weekends (good sleep patterns to avoid migraines), and I got to do something social on the weekend, which I donít always do.

Other purchases and income: a travel book sold on half.com, so I get $3.73 in income ($5.80 less the $2.07 postage). Thatís a nice surprise, I havenít sold two books in two months in a long time. Also, I mailed something to a buddy, so $9.84 postage. I had thought parcel post was cheaper, but I guess itís been a while since I mailed something that wasnít media mail. Itís not really a gift; I guess Iíll stick it in miscellaneous

Friday we did not go to lunch for Cinco de Mayo, so there is money unspent. Friday I also did not go the the barbecue and play poker. (I think it may have been cancelled; regardless, I was a little too worn from the week to attend.)So I still have my pretty eggplant, and I still have my $26 left for poker playing this year.

2 Responses to “Good and Bad Purchases”

  1. contrary1 Says:

    I bought something at the goodwill auction site once and the price I ended up paying with shipping was just nuts. There was no way I could ever charge enough for the piece........ Learned my lesson. Just don't fall in love with something til I check the shipping!!!

  2. Lynn Says:

    I have these dishes. I got a set of 8 each - bowls, salad plates, dinner plates and mugs at Goodwill. It cost me about $50.00 total. I love them and am adding to them as well. Big Grin

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