Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Latest Finds

My closet is getting nicely filled out from this thrift store diet- so filled out in fact that I don't really need much more! However, being an avid shopper, I do manage to find the occasional items I just can't pass up.

Fossil watch- brand new with leather band and the plastic protector still on the back- $15 at local consignment shoppe. Mom's Christmas present :)

Trying to look more serious and model-ey in an Ann Taylor Loft cardigan I got for $4.00 at a local consignment shoppe. You can't see it well in this picture, but the top collar has a silk ribbon design all the way around.

Lilac Banana Republic shirt- $5.60 at Wannabe's Upscale Resale!

Pretty ivory scarf- $1.50 at Salvation Army

Hardcover and in good condition! $1.00 each at Mission Mart
So don't forget to keep looking and thrifting...there's bound to be a hidden treasure out there for you!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Merry Wind and thrifty recycling

In December Adele and I stopped in to our favorite Tea Shoppe in central Pennsylvania- One Good Woman. (If you are ever in Camp Hill, PA, you must stop in, it's truly one of the jewels of the area!) While shopping, we happened to find out that one of the employees, Merry Wind, has started her own business called Next Life Design. She uses old sweaters and suits she's not using anymore or clothes from thrift stores to make pillows, handbags, scarves, and tea cozies. We thought that was pretty green and pretty thrifty! She also creates soft and sentimental pillows upon request from loved ones' clothing. Oh, and because all of her pieces are made from old clothing, everything is machine washable! We at Frugal Friendzies thought this frugal innovator well worth a post of her own. Here are some pictures we snapped:

The artiste with her creations

More pillows!

Two of her tea cozies. Note the large selection of delectable tea in the background :)

So, if you ever have the chance, stop on in, get some great tea, fresh ground coffee, and one of Merry's awesome creations!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Lauren's Finds

Lauren is my (Adele's) friend, a mommy-to-be, and a fellow thrifter. She's located in the Philadelphia area, and boy, has she found a goldmine! She sent us a bunch of info about a second-hand shop near her called The Nesting House. It specifically sells baby and children's items (both new and used), including *gently* used cloth diapers! (And here at Frugal Friendzies, we're huge fans of cloth diapering, so this is an AWESOME find for Lauren!) Cloth diapering can be pricey in terns of start-up costs, so kudos to Lauren for finding a frugal way to make it happen! She got a variety of used items for her little Tidbit, and here's what she sent pics of:
Carter's brand Little Layette sleeper with hat, booties, and bib - tags still attached! Originally $17 - got it for $6.

Inserts for Fuzzibunz cloth diapers. Cotton inserts were $.50 each - and their more expensive hemp friends were $2 each. Lauren says cotton inserts found online go for around $9 for a 3 pack and hemp liners about $15 for a 3 pack.

In Lauren's words: "gently (and for something that holds poop, I mean gently) used Fuzzibunz brand diapers." She got them for $4 each. They retail for $17 - $20 depending on the store and quantity you buy them in.

Way to go, Lauren! You sure did hit a baby jackpot! The Frugal Friendzies wish we lived near Philly to have access to this awesome store. Maybe we'll get to take a visit out there some day. ;)