Monday, September 24, 2012

A Few of My Favorite Things

or What I Got for a Dollar (or Two)

I love getting a good deal as much as the next person and sometimes I'm in the right place at the time for a deal to just fall into my lap. That's a great feeling. Some how I feel like I've outsmarted the system when I know that all I have actually done is to help the store clear out unwanted merchandise. Still it makes me happy even years later.

What kind of deals have you gotten that you remember long after you made them? Here a few of mine. 

  My Sun Hat

I got this hat on clearance at the end of the summer season for two dollars and I like to wear it anytime I'm out in the sun. It can be stuffed into a backpack without damage and I've gotten it wet without any problems. The hat shows no signs of wear even though I've had it for several years now.

Baking Sheet and Spatula 

This baking sheet and spatula also came with a cookie mix, and all of them together only cost me a dollar. It was such a good deal that I got two sets. This was also a clearance item after Christmas. I have used these for maybe ten years now and they still work well. I finally got some heavier baking sheets, but these are still my go to items for every day cooking and baking. 

Apple Plate

I got this plate at the dollar store for a dollar. It is heavy weight and I like its simple design as I like apples both to eat and as decoration. The best thing is that is handles hot things well and goes through the dishwasher without a problem.

Fall Decorations

These door decorations were also end of the season clearance items and I think each one of them was under two dollars. These hangings are made of wood and work perfectly between my front door and front storm door. They fit the small space and can withstand the heat because it can get hotter than an oven there (Oh no, I just had a thought of another egg experiment.) I've had these for years and I only wish I had more of them like Miss Landers. She has one for every season.

Maybe in the future, I will tell you about some "bargins" that didn't turn out so well. Unfortunately, I have some of those too.