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Tourist Thrift

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Just back from a week at the boat - unhappily because hubby strained his back & I tripped & bruised something around my right rib cage - ugh.  We are both in braces of one sort or other & taking ibuprofen.  Figured we would rest up here until we are up to climbing about the boat again!

Through my theatrical training I have pretty much learned to fall properly - on my haunch - & then I just scrape knees - I have been taking calcium supplements & weight-bearing exercise since I was in college & my bones, at last bone density scan, are like rocks. Thank heaven! I have had too many female relatives who have broken hips (& recovered!), had a dowager's hump & other spine problems.  So I keep my spine supple by doing my "cat" stretch exercises every morning! And continuing the calcium....

What does this have to do with thrift? The shopping that we do when we are away from home...Who would have thought that there would be such good thrift shops in the tourist town of Solvang? But there are 2 very nice ones right across the street from each other across from a big hotel away from the main drag - where we park & I get to peek in. Have found marvelous things in the past - like a spiffy bronze vinyl raincoat for ONE DOLLAR!

This time, I found a BRAND NEW pair of pale pink denim shorts -with the tag for $59 right on them! (for $4)- & a sun visor (41) , another pair of cropped denim pants ($4)  - a pair of stretch jeans to cut off for cropped jeans ($4), several nice crafty $2 headbands (with tags that said $17-18 each! on them) and a nice broad-brimmed straw hat & a felt hat for cooler weather....and a mattress cover ($5) for the mattress at the boat  (worth $30?)- I am only really buying nowadays what I really am wearing - leisure clothing....Like another pair of bright pink cropped pants for $4 - In another shop I bought fisherman's sandals for $4 - & a pink plaid visor. (Boy am I glad that bright colors are in fashion, or I would never have bought those pink cropped pants....but I do tend to be conservative....)

One wonders what I do with all these pieces - but a lot of them are on the BOAT now, as we came home packed very lightly due to our strains! I always have to pack for both hot & cool for up at the boat - as inland it gets warm and on the coast it's downright chilly - so one has to packing twice as much! And then it gets warm at home on the flats of Hollywood.  Confusing, no?.  Think of that & items lost in the WASH & one has to have variety to stay well-dressed even as to color coordination!

Oh, in Sta. Paula Goodwill, I also found a pair of vintage leather Kenneth Cole designer sandals for $4 - & a straw purse - $4?? - and a pair of grey slacks for later in the year...& a pair of white pants for now $4 -

OK - I was splurging - but I found a LOT of nice stuff & dressing fairly well around my hubby does cheer me UP.  He gets grumpy - but the nice thrift shop lady made a point of showing him the $59 label - which was more than 2X what I had paid for everything!  I do almost all of my shopping in thrift stores & bargain places nowadays & I think hubby forgets what things REALLY cost....

(Then there was a 2 for 1 sale at Rite Aid on vitamins & the total was $90!! Save one place - spend another....) But I do like to invest in our health....Not to mention all the ibuprophen we are taking!

I also recycled 4 bags of books - mostly pulp fiction - at Bart's Bookstore in Ojai - & received a $27 credit.  (They pay on the face value - not on the $1 or so I paid for each of them!) then I had $ to buy some music books for Mark's birthday -which was Sat. - & a box of their weird $.50 books from outside.  They have such an interesting mixture of books - I always find them stimulating....So it cost me practically nothing!

Do you know that you can even get hard backs for $1 at the Dollar Tree?  I also recommend their Indian pickles & relish - wonderful!

I got a very bitchy fashion no-no book at the Dollar Tree - some guy on TLC - with whom I don't always agree - it's the sleep moderne look - nothing loosely fitting.  But I think I will talk about that in another entry......See ya.




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