Thrift Stores Rock! | TOD’S Handbag Find

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The Thrill of the Hunt

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – thrift stores rock!  Not only are you giving back to your local communities when you shop at them (giving to charity is totally cool!), but you never know what treasure or bargain you’re going to find when enter through those thrift shop doors.

Here’s a case in point.

On Friday my family and I took a little trip to our local Good Will, and lo and behold my husband picked up what may be the best thrift store find ever!

We usually split up when we shop – it’s faster to shop that way when kids are in tow.  I was in one section of the store with my daughters, and my husband was in another section with our son.   My husband happened to go past the handbags (which I usually find my way toward eventually – I love a good bag), and he spotted something he thought I might like (yeah, he’s sweet like that).  He showed it to me, and while I didn’t inspect the bag too closely, I liked it enough to throw it in my basket.

Long story short, after heading home, relaxing for a while, and perusing our thrift store bargains, I noticed what I came home with.  Let’s just say I could probably sell it on Ebay and make a sweet profit (I won’t though -  I’m too sentimental.  My husband found it for me, plus I think it’s a really nice handbag).

What’s All the Fuss About?

I looked closely at the bag – nearly perfect in it’s condition.  Only one tiny little scuff, hardly visible at all.  Then I noticed the logo…

and it said…

TOD’S.

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I knew the bag was very nice, and that it was genuine leather – you could tell just by looking at it that it was a very well made piece.  I loved it’s beautiful simplicity, and the fact that it was in such impeccable condition made me very happy to have come home with it.

After discovering exactly what I had purchased, I couldn’t believe that I was fortunate enough to walk away with such a high-end designer piece -  I mean the bag looks like new.  Here’s the best part – I paid a whopping $4 for the bag!  Talk about a deal, huh?

Of course I did a little research to be sure that it wasn’t a fake.  According to everything I found, I scored a 100% authentic TOD’S handbag, and for $4.  That’s an awfully frugal buy if I may so so myself!  (Had the bag been priced for more than $5, I would have left it at the store – $5 is my limit when it comes to a used handbag – that would have been a bummer!)

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a slave to any label or brand.  I’m a bargain lover pure and simple – and when I can find a designer bag that costs into the thousands of dollars range for practically pennies – that pretty doggone exciting stuff!

The moral of this story -  it pays to be a frugalista. ;)

What about you?  Do you have a passion for thrift store shopping?  Have you uncovered the bargain of the century?  Feel free to leave a comment an let us know. ;)

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It’s Green Find Saturday! | Alba Botanica Terra Tints in Bloom

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Welcome to another lovely Saturday Green Find.  This week:  get pink and pouty with Alba Botanica Terra Tints in Bloom.

I’m not big on make up -  I’m the kind of girl who loves the natural look.  Every once in a while, however, I like to add a hint of color to my face with a little tinted lip balm or gloss.

I purchased my Terra Tints from Whole Foods for a whopping $3.99.  The color is soft and natural looking (Bloom – it sounds all lovely and spring-like, doesn’t it?), and the texture is similar to a gloss.  It has a tiny hint of peppermint to it, and contains chemical free SPF.

Although it’s 70% percent organic, the color, texture, and price make up for the other 30% that’s not.  I’m definitely going to give another shade of Terra Tints a try – this one’s a keeper. ;)

What about you?  Have a favorite natural/green beauty product?  Feel free to leave a comment and share it! ;)

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Plastic Bag Challenge Update

30 Day Plastic Bag Challenge Update

Off to A Good Start…

Well gang, it’s the sixth day of my self-imposed thirty day plastic bag challenge, and so far with three small shopping trips under my belt, I’ve managed to forgo a total of at least eleven plastic shopping bags.  I’m pretty stoked about that, considering we really haven’t done our usual amount of shopping for the beginning of the month.

Think about it – if ten families skipped just ten bags per month, that equals a whopping 100 plastic bags saved from polluting the environment.  Wishful thinking?  Maybe, but a girl can dream… ;)

Won’t you take the challenge too?  Feel free to let us know your thoughts, and a tweet about the 30 day challenge would be much appreciated too. Thanks! ;)

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Thirty Day Plastic Bag Challenge

Thirty Day Plastic Bag Chcallenge

Hate Plastic Shopping Bags?

I do.  It’s almost impossible to escape plastic bags – they’re everywhere.  Try as we might, we still end up with a few plastic shopping bags during the month.

I don’t think I need to explain the necessities of skipping the plastic while shopping – oil, animals, water, pollution – it all factors in.

We take our reusable tote bags with us when we shop, but sometimes we don’t take enough or forget to put them back into the car for the next round of shopping.  We’re getting much better at remembering to take our tote bags into the stores we shop at, however, and so I thought it would be cool to do a little experiment.  For the next thirty days we’ll be keeping track of how many plastic bags we’ve saved from the land fill by using our reusable tote bags to carry home our purchases.  Our tote bags are of varying sizes, so I’ll be taking that into consideration while tallying up my totals.  Some of our totes would be the equivalent to two plastic shopping bags, while the rest carry the same amount as their plastic counterpart.

Feel free to take the 30 Day Plastic Bag Challenge with me.  I’d love to see others participate – who knows how much plastic we can kill!

Here’s a tip:  If you want to participate, but don’t have enough reusable tote bags and don’t want (or can’t afford) to buy new bags, visit your local thrift stores.  You can probably find some great bags for very little money, plus you’re giving your dollars to good a cause.  We buy most of our totes from our local Hospice Thrift Store, and at $0.25 and $0.50 per bag we can afford to stock up.

Got some thoughts on the 30 Day Plastic Bag Challenge?  Feel free to leave a comment, and letting others know about the challenge would be pretty cool too! ;)

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Plastic Bags Must Die!

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In a perfect world there would be no hunger, no homelessness, no wars, and absolutely NO plastic shopping bags!

Plastic bags are everywhere.  You can’t get away from plastic bags no matter how hard you try.  Sure, you take your reusable shopping bags to the store with you, but sometimes you forget them in the car and don’t feel well enough to hoof it back outside to retrieve them.   Then there are times when you simply didn’t take enough of them to the store with you in the first place, and you’re left feeling like a jerk because you’ll have to leave the store with those darn plastic bags after all.

I live in California where we have a serious bag problem, and a proposed bill (AB 1998) to help reduce plastic bag pollution.  I’m all for the bill’s passage.  I’m also the kind of girl who will chase down plastic bags in parking lots and on sidewalks – I hate the idea that a loose bag may end up in the stomach of some poor unsuspecting animal, or worse.

I’ve also been known to turn those unwanted plastic shopping bags into a recycled, reusable shopping tote (at least try to, anyway).

Here’s a short video that I discovered on enviromom.com, entitled The Majestic Plastic Bag – A Mockumentary.  Give it a look – it’s sad with a little humor mixed in. ;)

What about you?  Do you take reusable bags when you go shopping?   What do you do with your plastic shopping bags? Feel free to leave a comment and let us know where you stand. ;)

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