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Friday, August 31, 2012

Half-Price Thursdays at St. Vincent de Paul:

Yesterday, I was feeling rich!  I had received a check in the mail from 1859 Oregon Magazine for $150.00.  They are using a couple of pictures that they found on my blog, and they paid me for it.  That is the first money that I have made off of here, except for selling some cards that I made a couple of years ago. 

The money was burning a hole in my pocket, but I needed to buy groceries with most of it.  As I was on my way to deposit the check, I realized that it was good deal day at St. Vincent de Paul.  I decided to swing in and treat myself to something that would make me happy ... more books.

Our local St. Vincent de Paul store is pretty neat, and it seems to be getting even better under new management.  I hadn't been there for several months.  I had errands to do downtown La Pine yesterday, and there was a sign out front of the store mentioning that it was half-price day.  The last Thursday of the month is always half-price day, though I usually don't remember.  I have been wanting to add to the children's library inside my Mom Cave, and St. Vinnie's has a great used book area, though the books cost more there than those at the local library's Book Nook.

I found a 1969 set of Golden Book Encyclopaedias for $2.50.  That is 17 books!  I would have bought them in anycase for the original asking price of $5.00.

There was a set of 41 Disney Books that ended up only costing me $10.00.  They are like brand-new.  The lady in charge of the book section said that she had meant to exclude these from the sale, but that I found them first, fair and square.  She also took my number and will call me when she gets some more Jane Kirkpatrick books in.  Those fly out the door faster than you can imagine.

The three Little Golden Books totaled .38; the novels were between $1.00 and $1.50.  I did see 1939 book that I wanted that was not half-price, for $25.00.  The back of it still has a sticker from another vendor, who wanted $150.00 for it.  I'll need to think about that one a bit more.

The macrame beads cost me $1.50, and the vintage looking angel and fan set were $1.00.

Isn't she pretty?  She is made from resin, so she may not be very old, but I like her.

This metallic fabric was originally $4.00 and I bought it for $2.00.  I think that it will make nice snakes, lizards and starfish someday.

The yarn was listed at $11 and I bought it for $5.50.  I imagined it as hair on my sock dolls that I want to begin making again.  I spent a total of $31.38 yesterday, and that included 68 books!  Now I just need a place to put them.  

Wondering about the dolls?  This is the second doll that I made, and I liked her so much I sent her to Piper Palin (this was four years ago, after watching her on t.v. holding her little brother).   

I found a copy of Jennifer Weiner's "Fly Away Home" while I was at St. Vinnie's, and got right to work reading it after I returned home and settled in.  I am also looking forward to reading the two books that I won last month from my friend Becky Povich's blog.  They are "Knit One Pearl One" by Gil McNeil and "Never Change" by Elizabeth Berg. Thanks, Bec!

I wanted to show you these pictures of the front and back of this purse that my sister Julie made several years ago.  She hand-painted them, and they are so pretty.  My friend Connie at Crafty Home Cottage has begun decorating purses to sell, and has posted some pictures of them on her blog, if you would like to take a look.

Well, that is about it for today.  I know that I haven't been around much this week.  I have been busy at work and haven't been able to think of what to write on here.  I began an article about bedbugs and I still need to figure out what to do for Sepia Saturday this week. 

Hope that you have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend, if you live in the states.  Let's remember to keep those battered by Hurricane Issac in our prayers.  What a mess they have down there right now.

Take care,

~ Kathy M. 

P.S. - After reading over this post for grammar and spelling errors, I somehow realized that fall is here.  It has been in the 30's at night all week.  Fall stirs my creative juices and always makes me want to start making things again.  I think that I will begin working on those dolls pretty soon.

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Melissa Bradley said...

You certainly got some great stuff! I love St. Vincent DePaul. I went to the university and there's a thrift store near my old neighborhood that bears his name.

Hope you and your family have a terrific holiday weekend. :)

Connie said...

Hi Kathy, My, my, my you found a lot of great items. Your angel may not be vintage but she is adorable. Thank you for mentioning me in your post. That was a lovely surprise and that purse that your sister painted is wonderful. Looks like you have lots of talent in your family.

Congratulations on getting your photography published and for the check, Yippee! I think that is marvelous . . . I'm so proud of you.

I always enjoy your visits and thank so much for following my other two blogs . . . you are a sweetie pie. Having a vintage trailer and using it for a shop is one of the best ideas that I have seen. I'm sure that the little trailer will attract people to your booth and it sure takes care of the packing up and storage issues. Who knows we could be parked next to each other someday. Just a couple of market shopkeepers. Have a great weekend, Connie :)

Peter said...

Let me give you some advice, buy the 1939 book before it is sold to someone else! Sofar you spent less than $32 of your well deserved $150. So give yourself a present. And, do me favor, shoot a few more of those beautiful pictures :)

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Congratulations on the sale of your photos! That would make me walk a little taller going in to the bank to deposit the check. I think you can't go wrong spending money on books (as I'm sure you know!) and looks like you got some great bargains.

I'm jealous of your 30s. We have a good two months left of hot, humid weather. I really can't complain, though, as this summer has not been as bad as usual, despite Tropical Storms Debby and Isaac dumping rain on us.

Grammy Goodwill said...

Yay for that check and your subsequent good buys.

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