Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Thrifty Is My Middle Name

 Terry and I made a short trip to Murray, Utah (basically SLC) last week.  On the way to Terry's appointment at 9:45, we passed the Deseret Industries (DI) on 4500 S.  Much to my dismay, there was a long, long line waiting outside for the doors to open.  What?  I really needed to go back and see why.  So, I dropped Terry off at his appointment and made my way back to DI.

Deseret Industries is a non-profit organization and a division of the Welfare Services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It includes a chain of retail thrift stores and work projects operated by the program. Deseret Industries thrift stores are similar to the well-known Goodwill Industries. (Taken from Wikipedia)  I have donated hundreds of dollars worth of "stuff" to that place.  The items are always cleaned and laundered before they ever put them on the sales floor.  Anyone who has ever been to DI know what a thrilling feeling it is to make a great "find".  I've made a lot of them!  Kathe and I used to have a tradition that we would buy one new piece of clothing to wear to our first day of school every year.  That actually ended when I embarrassed her by asking for a discount on the dress with two missing buttons!  

When I returned to the DI, I fully understood why people waited outside for it to open.  Holy Cow!  That place is pristine, organized, clean.  Someone working there is OCD!  I can't wait to go back.  Just take a look at the treasures I saw:

I can't believe that the plastic was organized like this.
I also can't believe that plastic bowls come
in so many different colors!
This may or may not have been mine at
one point in the '80's.

Is it wrong to wish I had one of these?
I've never ever won a trophy in my
entire life.

I'm kicking myself for passing these up.
$25 a piece.

This one is just creepy.

So is this one...look at all those Barbies!
They all had all of their limbs as well.

Would this make a great Mother of the Bride dress?

These kids were having a blast.  I told them that they should
definitely buy that mask.
Then I thought of the other kids who had
tried that mask on and then
I threw up a little bit in my mouth!
I had no idea that Curves had their own shoes!
Why didn't I buy these?
These were really pretty!
Banana Republic
Too small though.


So, I had a lot of fun looking around.  I did end up making a couple of purchases.  I got a beautiful queen-sized down comforter in perfect shape...smells good too for $8.00!


I bought all of these books for 50 cents a piece.  Score and a nice addition to my classroom library.

One of my favorite finds of my finds of the day was this paper doll set called:  "Punch Out the President (and Pals)!

I could not stop laughing.  The book was in perfect condition.  There are dolls of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and John Ashcroft.  There are several outfits for each "doll".  Plus, as an added bonus, a page of famous quotes by each one.  For example, "Rarely is the question asked:  Is our children learning?" and this gem, "Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream."  --GWB

Now come on!  I don't care who you are or what your political beliefs...that's funny stuff!

I bought this curtain for $3.00 and made a skirt, sandals (which she hated!), and a headband for Eloise out of it...

Thanks for sharing my day!  I'm going back again.  Anyone want to come?


Richard & Natalie said...

That outfit out of the curtains...absolutely FABULOUS! You are so creatively talented.

Once and a while I find a steal, but usually I do more donating than buying. I guess I need to look harder.

PS-I would've totally bought the chairs too! Recovered they would be fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. How you can look at curtain and see an outfit is beyond me. That is the cutest thing ever!

Melissa said...

I want to come! That DI looks quite different from the Provo one. I also want to take some sewing lessons from you. The skirt and shoes are so dang adorable!

Jackie Stuver said...

I love those chairs!!! I use to love going to DI but this one here in Provo got to where they want too much for things so I don't go too often.

Erin said...

I want to go!!!!!!!! So does Isabel. Of course.

Abbie said...

I spent a lot of time in that DI when I was in high school. :)

Rachel said...

The outfit out of the curtains was a fantastic find and what you did with it!!! ADORABLE!

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