A couple of days a month we go into the city for “Enrichment” days. The girls have a Little Flowers group, the boys have a boys club called “Brothers in Christ” and there is even a little 4-year-old club. It is also our library day, where the selection is significantly bigger than our little country libraries. (However, I forgot my library list, but I digress!)
We decided to go in early so we could do some thrift shopping. We stopped at this one shop that we had not been to in a couple of years. Their prices did go up, but who’s hasn’t? My big find there was a little tiny crock pot that I have been wanting for years. I hadn’t bought one because none could be found that did not have a plastic lid. Well, the one yesterday had a glass lid and looked as if it had never been used. We like to cook overnight oat groats and this pot is the perfect size, so we’ve already used it! It was brand new and the plastic plug protector had never been removed. What a find.
We ended up going thrifting both before and after clubs. Here are some other fun finds. First of all some books…
And some hats….
For the ladies.
This one is James’.
Charlotte’s hat, but Vincent just had to get into the pictures. He’s a cutey!
A couple of patterns…
(Yes that price tag says 49 cents!!!)
There is a Spring Beatrix Potter unit study. I printed the whole thing out years ago and come across it from time to time. This year I remembered about it at the right time of year. We just started it this week and it has me keeping my eyes open for all things Beatrix Potter. Yesterday at two different stores, I found these:
They are melmac, perfect for our tile floors and Veronica loves them already.
The boys love to go to look for jerseys and military-type things. Here’s some of their finds…
This one is the prized one because it is some kind of rare alternate Titans jersey, of Vince Young. It is the same as my Fred Smoot jersey (that you can see in this post), about which we were told by a reliable source that it was as close as you can get to the real thing. The numbers are sewn on, etc…
The boys had about 10 jerseys in the cart at one store so that they could get one for everyone on their football teams when they play again at church or wherever, but I put my foot down on that. But, it shows the generous spirit of my boys. That is nice.
Oh yes, one day I’m gong to put a puppet post togher. James and Kevin have been making puppets and are even sometimes part of their friends’ show “Buffle and Friends.” So, James and Kevin are always on the lookout for good puppet material. Yesterday James found some black and Kevin found some green. This morning, Kevin made his new puppet which he calls “Spinky,” so he tells me.
John has been looking for a few years for a good desk. He traded his away to his sisters one time (and I think regretted it ever since.) He found one for a reasonable price yesterday and they were kind enough to take 10% off. He’s already got it up and running this morning….
The boys like 80s rock and were pleased to find a Joshua Tree CD.
For our gaming pleasure…
Lord of the Rings Trivial Pursuit, complete with gold ring.
Last, but certainly not least, was our last find of the day. I nearly fell over when the girls brought it to me smiling, and I asked in a doubtful voice, “How much do they want for it?” “$2.99,” MaryEllen said. I exclaimed, “Put it in the basket!”
Yes, what you see here is a Pleasant Company American Girl retired Kirsten Doll in her original dress and apron. She is missing a pinky on one of her hands and her toe and finger nails have been painted, but not too messy. Her hair is a little dry at the ends, but she is in perfect playing condition! We were quite pleased to find the doll.
So there you have it. There were a few other finds, like some sewing material for Mom and a postcard of Renoir’s painting of a girl with a watering can. We had an enjoyable day out that ended with us going to see the last 2 innings of a friend’s baseball game and visiting with them for a little while.