June 8, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Posted in budget, Goodwill, NEAT STUFF, recycle, shopping, thrifting, thrifty, treasure hunting, Vintage | Leave a comment
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So here and there I’ve mentioned Maine’s first Goodwill Outlet called “Buy-The-Pound”. It’s located in the Gorham Industrial Park, off route 25.


The wonderful thing that differentiates the outlet from the standard gw location is that the more you buy, the cheaper it is! Here is the basic pricing structure:


If you find something wonderful but unusually heavy (and not cloth), ask an employee for a price. They are super nice. The furniture and appliances usually have a WHITE price tag with the outlet price. If you see a price tag of any other color, just ignore it. Those are the old prices from when they were for sale at the original GW location.

Here is a series of photos taken from the vantage point just inside the entrance looking from left to right.



The bag bin contains purses, totes, hats, gloves, scarves, belts, and other random accessories.


There is a set of large double doors at the back of this wall and as they open, you can watch them roll out the newly refilled bins. They emerge to replace a few of the existing long bins every couple hours.

The two bins of each row, closest to the entrance are taken away every couple of  hours. Then the two bins at the back of the row are pushed over to replace the ones toward the entrance. Then they will bring out two new bins to fill in the row. This is important to know because you will want to look through the bins that are about to be taken away. You will also want to pay attention when they start to roll away the “old” bins because, as soon as they are gone, the new “fresh”, refilled bins will be emerging soon!


There are lightbulbs and empty outlets for you to test anything with a plug. I’ve purchased lamps, a breadmaker, and other items from these shelves and every one of them worked Great!




This includes toys, pictures, kitchen items, you name it – anything that isn’t cloth.


Once the bins have been picked over, any remaining pots & pans, rugs, dishes, pictures, books, stuffed toys, and luggage are taken out and put into their respective areas of the store.


The restrooms have always been neat and clean. You go out the “exit” door into the main part of the warehouse and follow the green and white tape on the floor to find the restrooms.

You’ll notice in this photo that there are several filled shopping carts along the wall. STAY AWAY from them! These are the treasures that other people have gathered. If you fill a cart but have more treasures yet to gather, you park your full cart there so that you can get yourself another one and continue shopping. (Word to the wise…. You may want to cover your full cart with a sheet or blanket so that your treasures don’t tempt anyone. Out of sight, out of mind.)


(This is one of my fav treasures found there.)

Happy Thrifting!!



January 18, 2011 at 11:20 am | Posted in goals, selling, Travel | Leave a comment
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Well, so far I have accomplished (sort of) one of my goals. I set up my etsy account. I listed a single item. I think I will focus my next efforts on listing the hundreds of books I have on either alibris or etsy or ebay or….whatever. I will get them listed SOMEWHERE and out of my house! They are everywhere! Yikes.

My biggest news though is a trip to California planned for late April into early May. My folks will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary and they want all their kids back together for it. This is no small feat considering we are spread all over the continent at this point. Three siblings scattered around California, me in here in Maine, and one newly relocated to Montreal. That’s a lot of miles!

My favorite part of planning a trip is deciding what to pack. Even though I have months to go, I already have my packing list pretty much completed. I want to fit everything into a carryon since the airline is going to charge us $25 to check EVEN ONE BAG. You suck, airlines. The tickets were a really good price (that my amazing sister plunked her credit card down for, thank you!!!) but they really stick it to you in the luggage dept. So here is my packing list so far:
talk to autumn about afternoons for bella and charlie

CA PACKING LIST fit all into carryons (mail the rest?)


Watercolor or blank journal Notepad
Set of watercolors
1 paint brush
6 pens
Glue Stick
2 highlighters
watchtowers, bible, songbook, bookstudy book
2 weeks of pills + bottles
vitamins, musinex, restaysis
makeup + brushes
travel  wipes
?travel size makeup remover?
?1 nailpolish?
potty wipes for cuppy
1 pair of glasses (vintage?)
2 necklaces, 3 earrings
via packs, chips, snack bars, chocolate
1 headband, 2 hair clips, 1 comb
postcard stamps, list of addresses in phone
2 novels, 1 vintage magazine
List of places to go (flea markets, vintage shops)

Camera + extra battery
Ipod + headphones + usb cable (to recharge off of laptop)
Cell phone + recharger + car charger

6 panties
4 bras – one black, one white, 2 strapless
2 tights + 3 socks
2 leggings
one sleeveless dress (black?)
no sleeve shirts/ modest tanks
1 or 2 tunic short dress/shirt (pink vintage mini dress)
2 sweaters (black linen chicos jacket)
3 fun skirts for meetings or play
1 pencil skirt
1 pair of jeans
2 pairs pjs
1 belt
1 other pair of shoes (pink dr. martins)
extra collapsible duffle
Vintage purses for girls in the family
tshirts for justin

wear on the plane—
long baggy skirt, bulky wedge shoes, heavy sweater with buckles
1 leather jacket (blue?), one thin long scarf

Cuppy’s bag — two barbies, two small stuffies, eye cover, 1 colorbook, crayons, snacks

Cute frilly skirts for meetings or play
3 pjs
7 panties
1 long heavier sweater for her to wear on the plane

Goal for 2011 — GET OFF MY BUTT!

December 31, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Posted in exercise, goals, organizing, selling | Leave a comment
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My Goals for 2011…..

1 ) Getting my shop off the ground. That will include properly setting it up with a kitschy banner and deciding whether to open another account that sounds more vintage related rather than use the name of the account that I’ve used for years to purchase from them. The advantage to using the current etsy ID would be taking advantage of all the good feedback I’ve accumulated. The downside would be that it wouldn’t be linked to anything and there is a possibility that no one would see it as a legitimate business and possibly not be willing to shell out their hard earned money to someone with no feedback. Tricky decision. Any thoughts?

2 ) Reestablishing my eBay selling account. I hate using them to sell stuff because they charge for each little photo and you have to pay through the nose to set up each item for sale and then they charge you another percentage when you sell it and then paypal takes a cut of that too. It’s ridiculous!!! Thus the need to FIRST set up the etsy account whose fees are much more modest. Plus I wouldn’t be pandering to the big eBay corporation. Hate those guys.

3 ) EMPTY OUT my dining room. All the great items I’ve accumulated over the last six months or so have taken up residence there in totes and boxes and teetering piles. It looks like a hoarders paradise. Not cool. Every so often I empty the room out and the dining table becomes usable again. That needs to happen like yesterday. You have to step over and around stuff just to get through the room to the other side. Again, not cool.

4 ) List my bazillions of books on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, etc (using A lot of the stacks of boxes in the dining room (spilling over into the back of the livingroom) are full of books that are just waiting for their chance to shine online and get snatched up. I’ve got some really great ones in there! I read today that these winter months are the best time to list books because everyone wants to snuggle up with a good book when it is cold outside. GOTTA GET A MOVE ON THINGS if these books are going to see the light a day!

5 ) And last but not least, I need to get up and get moving around. After hearing so much about Zumba and what fun it is to jump around and do latin dance moves (yes, I was sucked in by an infomercial) I decided that this would be the perfect exercise program for me. I get the most accomplished around the house when my headphones are blasting in my ears (like now, for instance). The music is my best motivation. Now if those dvds could just somehow magically get out of their cases and into the dvd player (which requires changing settings on four different boxes using three different remote controls — the humanity!!), I might actually watch them! (inferring that I would also be following along and exercising)

Trade me?

August 3, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Posted in budget, flea market, NEAT STUFF, recycle, thrifting, thrifty, trade, treasure hunting | Leave a comment
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I found an interesting recycling site today. The premise is, if you have stuff you don’t want, you take a photo and add it to the rehash site. They have an area for clothes and one for books and one more (can’t remember what it’s for).  You sign up for free. You list your item and tell them what you would like to exchange it or sell it for. Then someone looks at your listing and decides if they would like to trade you something for it or buy it. Very cool idea!

So has anyone tried this site before? What was your experience with it?

Also, another site I also found today (Yes, I’m so VERY busy) where neighbors and friends and social groups trade stuff, borrow stuff, and last but not least, sell stuff to people nearby. (I signed up) It just launched officially last week so it really needs a bunch of people to sign up to get the ball rolling. Wanna join and swap stuff with me? You can borrow art that won’t fit on my walls and loan me junk jewelry that you don’t wear anymore. Whaddya say?

I’ll have one more stack of books, please

September 2, 2008 at 10:37 pm | Posted in In This Moment, WASTING TIME, writing | Leave a comment
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Although today was a really big over here with the very first day of school and all, I am going to wait and write more about that once I can add the pictures that are still in my camera. Needless to say, it was a very exciting day and lots of silly stuff happened. For instance, I got a bit of sunstroke (hello, this is September in Maine….we barely have sunlight!) waiting for Bella’s bus to arrive this afternoon since it was an hour late.

While researching info for the articles I was writing this week, I got completely sidetracked. I was writing an article about creating a gardening guidebook and somehow ended up researching books on journaling and outsider artists. I’m not sure I could explain just how that research progressed from one thing to the other but it really was a logical progression at the time. I swear I don’t have ADD…. but man I sure get distracted easily these days. I wonder if it is because I write while plugged into tunes blasting in my ear drums (mostly to keep me awake). Tonight was a selection of Imogen Heap/ Frou Frou songs. She is so talented and original that I could listen to her everyday and not get bored. For me, she is a classic. Her stuff always rates five stars in my itunes library. Anyhoo, what was I talking about? Oh yeah, getting distracted. (yes, i am noting the irony as I type this) Anyhoo, our library system is SO amazing here in Maine. I don’t know if other states have the same setup, but you can do a search online on a writer, movie, random set of words, title, whatever, and it will give you info on ALL of the movies and books that are available in libraries all over the state. Then you just provide your personal library card info and they send it right over to the library that is local to you. AND, they get it FAST. Faster than amazon can get books to me. And it is a whole heck of a lot cheaper too. I have a really bad history of ‘browsing’ amazon and blowing the month’s budget in like four minutes on books across several genres because they struck my fancy and click, click, click they were on their way to me! Some I am really glad to have purchased. Others were DUDS. There is nothing more disappointing than waiting for the postman (usually postlady out here in the boonies) to pull into the driveway with a pile of over-packaged boxes containing a single book each, ripping open all that packaging and then flipping through the book, only to discover it isn’t written well or isn’t really about what you THOUGHT it was about. ARrgggh…..

BooksFillShoppingCart Free is great! Especially because I can be the all powerful oz and renew them till the cows come home or send them packing right off the bat should they no longer appeal to my ever changing whims! I am giddy with anticipations of all those books I ‘ordered’ tonight! I was feeling a little teeny bit greedy at one point, but then I figured, if they were available in the first place, it’s not like anyone was reading them and I snatched them out of their hands. They were just gathering dust on a shelf somewhere. So there – totally justified greed. Tee hee! Can’t wait for my books!

(side note, yes, I’m overtired and hyped up on frou frou and my ever dwindling stash of see’s candy. please excuse the mental wanderings and randomness….and cheers to you!)

Oh yeah, I wanted to mention something else. Is anyone else having constant trouble using rssfwd? I absolutely adore their service. Having blog updates sent to my email lets me keep up with all sorts of interesting stuff without having to remember the name of the blog. But I when I find a new blog I wanna get updates on, I have to try accessing the rssfwd site like twenty times before I can get a solid connection to them. Is it just me? I can’t find a substitute for what they do so until I do, I will keep using them because once you CAN get thru, they faithfully send you updates with no worries. Love that!

Also, has anyone tried the games on or I’m totally SEVERELY addicted to the poppit game on pogo. I was pretty hooked on several games on winster but I’m getting really sick of looking at that horsey faced girl who is supposed to be ‘whinny’. Yeah, whatever, just give me more spins, lady.

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