I am not a big fan of shopping. Truth is, I've been putting off a trip to the grocery store for so long that today's breakfast is probably going to be tea and stale tortilla chips. However, I do enjoy a good bargain, so I made a special point of hitting my favorite thrift store earlier this week (yes, I have a favorite thrift store) and it definitely paid off.
My most impressive score was a like-new Icebreaker hoodie made from merino wool for $5.99. I could tell it was a decent-quality piece when I spotted it on the rack, but until I looked up the brand when I got home, I didn't realize I'd probably saved upwards of $130 off retail.
Even more personally satisfying was the crockpot lid I got for 99¢ that turned out to fit my crockpot perfectly. It doesn't match, but hey, 99¢! Also, the original lid was plastic and this one is glass, so it feels like an upgrade. Behold!
The lid for that crockpot was lost a number of years ago after I took it to a potluck at work. (Seriously, who throws away a crockpot lid?!)
Since then, I've just covered it with a plate whenever I needed to use it, because there's no use letting a perfectly good crockpot go to waste. I should also mention that I bought that particular appliance in 1993 when I moved into my first apartment, so we have history together.
Now it's all ready for hot chocolate or spiced cider for my holiday festivities. I think there may be some steel-cut oatmeal in my future as well. Oh, the possibilities!
Thrifty shopping is the best shopping. Do I remember how much my last Amazon binge cost? No, but I do know that my pig-shaped Williams-Sonoma cutting board cost me 5¢ at a garage sale. A nickel! That may be even better than the bread machine I bought for $5 at another garage sale.
Today's the day I need to start my holiday baking, so I'll be making my way to the grocery store once I digest those tortilla chips. In the spirit of thriftiness, I think I'll flip through the grocery store sales circulars while I drink my tea. Maybe someone will have a sale on chocolate chips and butter...