Monday, October 10, 2011

day 10: parties and planning ahead {31 days of thrifting}

  One of my favorite thrifting finds made hosting a wedding shower this weekend so much easier:

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My sweet little Churchill Blue Willow mugs and saucers!

Last year I bought a set of 16 cups and saucers for $11 at Goodwill- I was so excited to find such a deal on an antique set. In fact, I just did a quick search on the internet, and on multiple sites a single cup and saucer set sells for about $9, which is almost what I paid for all of them!

I’m in love with the pretty indigo blue against the white- so vintage, and so “me!”  Having 16 of them makes it easy to serve coffee to a big crowd too. Since last year, I’ve used them on at least four different occasions that I can remember- one birthday party, two showers, and our Christmas party.

I’m hoping I can keep them intact and pass them along to my girls when they grow up. We’ll see if they’ll make it through another 20 years! :D

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thrifting tip #7:

try to plan your purchases in advance.

Always keep a running list of events and activities in mind that will require something you don’t have.

The thing about thrifting is that you never know when you’ll find the item you need.  Planning ahead allows you to be ready when the time comes and will actually save you a ton of money in the long run too.

Do you buy brand new Easter clothes for the kids every year? Start looking now for a good deal on that sweet little Easter dress and matching shoes; chances are, by the time Easter rolls around again you will probably have everything you need for a fraction of what the retail version would cost.

The same is true for winter coats, boots, swimwear, and almost all children’s clothing. You may not need it right now, but will you need it in six months? Or next year?

I’m interested to hear from you guys- how far out do you buy your children’s clothing? Up to a year? How much do you store for the future? And do you plan out your other purchases in advance too?

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