Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Cheapchick's Week

The Comox Valley

Mallards huddling in the wind
We took a very quick walk in the sunshine Saturday in part due to the extremely cold wind.  Yes, it's true.  We have officially turned into pansies.  Just last winter we withstood minus 35 degrees celcius temperatures in Alberta on a daily basis.   Here a blast of wind off the ocean on a zero degree day and we race back to the car :)

Sunday was Mom's 70th Birthday so we drove to take her to Brunch, a two hour drive each direction.  One day she will sell her little mobile and move to our town, hopefully in the next year or two depending on the realestate situation.  She is in good health and cheer and loved getting the gift-cards we gave her, perfect for someone who wants or needs little.  I made a blackberry pie and brought her ice-cream to enjoy from the stash of berries I picked in the summer.  It turned out really tasty.  We managed to stop off at our favorite farm market in her town and stock up on veggies, some of which will be used for tonight's stir-fry.

Today I made applesauce muffins for snacks and to use up some of the large frozen supply made from free apples in the summer.  I also picked up the painting(previously purchased for $20 for our home but it didn't turn out to be one that we wanted to keep) and hourglasses that I had with a consignment store as only one of the three hourglasses sold.  I will try and sell the others this spring at a local sale.  The hourglasses cost .99 cents each last year at Goodwill in Alberta and they paid me $6 so I am up $5.01!  Whoo hoo! Yes, this is the first real money I have made in my reselling venture.  Next plan is to open the ETSY store of which I am hoping for a nice sunny non-windy day so I can take some outdoor pictures of the items and get the store open.

I did make one stop at a thrift store this week, but found nothing for resale (I am trying to be very picky) or that I had to have so I walked out empty handed.  It is okay to do that, most people feel guilty leaving a charitable thrift store empty handed.  They make plenty off me  in both purchases and donations.

My fibromyalgia has been acting up this week, so feeling way less than 100%.  It comes and it goes and I self medicate which is much better than being on constant medication for the rest of your life.  I only take pain relievers when I must - on the rare occasions.  It comes with grouchiness, chronic fatigue and insomnia so needless to say I will be happy when the latest bout passes and I feel like getting out of the house again.  I tend to cocoon at home when I feel this way.

Have a great week!










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    1. Yes, we keep saying to ourselves how lucky we are.

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  2. Went to Value Village here in Bellingham this week. Got a skirt for Mom, large covered cooking pot for me, and a cookbook to help fill out my Family Circle series for $10.47. With my $3 off coupon for donating some items last month I paid about $8 (including tax) for everything. I love those kinds of shopping sprees. - Margy

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    1. I have yet to get to Bellingham, we are planning a trip this Spring (around hubbys business so unsure at this point when). I hope to do some thrift store shopping as well as grocery shopping. Well done!

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  3. Blackberry pie and ice cream. Yummm! It's good to be picky when you're buying to resell or else you'll suddenly find yourself with a pile of unsellable junk in your house. Then you will need to have a garage sale. If the junk doesn't sell at the garage sale, then you will end up donating it back to where you got it from. I speak from experience. :P
    It's a learning curve.

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    1. Yes, I quit buying in the fall when I realized that opening the store was going to be delayed. Picky is good. I would rather have 30 great items than 100 so so items.

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  4. I am sticking to mostly scarves for reselling now, i just read the above comment, so true, right now one of my beds is full of stuff I am taking tomorrow to an antique consignment store, my first whirl at this method, hoping for the best!

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    1. I keep looking for Vera (with you in mind) but have yet to find any here. Please post your luck on the consignment store.

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  5. that first picture reminded me of Seattle - beautiful. :-)

    Big hugs, & hope you feel better soon. And, blackberry pie & ice cream? Sounds like my kind of birthday! Actually, I asked for: my husband to make my favorite dinner, 2 cupcakes, & a pasta fork for my upcoming birthday. Can't wait! :-)

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  6. I appreciate your discussion of plans to open an ETSY shop, and your reselling adventures. Helpful and interesting.

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    1. Scary at the same time knowing what to buy for resale. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. What lovely scenery where you live. And Happy Birthday to your Mom. Time flies....that's for sure! Enjoy your weekend!

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  8. Hi CC

    Just catching up on your posts.

    I love those new shoes, what a lucky find! Your pink turtle neck also sounds great.

    You are so lucky seeing those Bald Eagles. Wow!

    Great news about your credit line, repairing your lap top and yes your blog looks great.

    What a beautiful place the Comox Valley is. We saw some Mallards on a recent walk too.

    Happy Birthday to your Mum. I bet you are looking forward to having her closer. What a lovely time you had. A yummy brunch and blueberry pie, now why haven’t we tried that..we have blueberries!

    I do remember your free apples, they have lasted well.

    Good luck with your Etsy store, and I hope your first resale is one of many.

    Hope you start to feel better soon.

    Sft x

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    1. Thanks! Feeling a bit better. We went for a walk yesterday and it was good to get some fresh air.

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