Showing posts with label Shopping. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shopping. Show all posts

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Junque by any other name

On my way back from the cottage in the summer, I drove by a fascinating brick Victorian house on a street corner in a quiet country village, and I just had to turn round and investigate.
It wasn't the house that caught my eye, it was this!

This was the outside, right on the street. I think it used to be the back yard.

And this was the inside.

There was hardly room to move between the stacks and stacks of assorted "antiques". I wonder how long it took to amass this huge collection of "stuff"?  I spent a happy half hour, or perhaps it was more, just wandering round. I resisted temptation and didn't buy anything, but I really need to go back and have another look!
This is a scheduled post while I'm away for a few days. Leave me a comment, I'll be back soon.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Sears Free Gift!

A couple of weeks ago, I needed new passport photos, and I knew the local SEARS had a photographic studio, so off I went.

Sears girl: Yes, of course we take passport photos. Please fill out this form with your name, phone number and email.

So I filled out my name and number, but I don't want them cluttering up my inbox with sales rubbish, so no email.

Sears girl, with an encouraging smile: Oh.... If you fill out your email, you'll get a Free Gift worth $45.00!

Me: Thanks, but I don't want a Free Gift.

Sears girl: Well, I'm going to give you a Free Gift anyway for being a good customer!

So after the photography session, (BTW the result didn't look anything like me, they must have swapped the photo with some sad old wrinkly with a saggy face and a baggy neck) the smiling Sears girl presented me with my Free Gift - a coupon for a set of Free 8x10 portraits, no sitting fee etc etc..... how generous......

.... Expiry date 31 December 2012. er....Thanks, Sears! Only almost 2 years out of date!

Friday, 29 November 2013

Black Friday

I had never heard of Black Friday until a few years ago. It's an American shopping frenzy that takes place on the day after the U.S. Thanksgiving Thursday. From what I saw on the TV news tonight, it's not only for shopping.... throw in a couple of riots, scuffles with police on the store floor, and gunshots fired in crowded parking lots.
Black Friday has crossed the border into Canada, even though our Thanksgiving was seven weeks ago. And we're a lot less frantic than our American cousins.
We line up politely waiting for the stores to open.
We hold the door open for the customers coming in behind us.
And we apologise if we grab the same item as someone else. It's the Canadian way.
I thought I'd check out the local mall.
Although the parking lot was full, the mall seemed relatively empty, until I went into some of the stores and had to join a long queue to reach the cashier.
Good old Santa seemed a bit lonely sitting in his oversized chair. But it's early days yet.... still a couple of days until December starts. I wonder what's in those ginormous prezzies.
Christmas decorations everywhere.
Except in my house.
For me, real Christmas doesn't begin until the week before the big day and that's when I put the tree up. OlderSon says I'm a Grinch. I think he already has his house decorated. The Hallowe'en stuff comes down and the Christmas stuff goes up. But I don't want to be reminded of Christmas in my house every day for a month or more, it's bad enough when I go shopping! Bah, Humbug!

Saturday, 2 February 2013

On the Carpet

Only four blog posts for January. Very bad of me! I should be hanging my head in shame. And I had such high hopes for myself posting on this blog for 2013.... just bone lazy I suppose. And the lack of inspiring topics too.
But February is going to be a different story. You can look for a new post EVERY TWO DAYS! (wonder if I'll make it?)
An auctioneer acquaintance often sells Persian rugs in his auctions, and today he held a grand sale in the local community hall.... everything reduced price, with the unsold items being auctioned off at the end of the day.
They're not everyone's cup of tea of course, but I already have a couple of these colourful decorative rugs, and I love them. So I bought one. Tribal, wool, hand woven, probably from the 1940s.
At half price including the dreaded 13% HST, when you see one you like, you have to go for it!

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Thrift Shop Shopping

I love a bargain, don't you?
I have a look in here at least once a week, and often find something I really need!
This week, I found this for the princely sum of $5.00.
Brown Bag Cookie Art shortbread dish, Hearts and flowers pattern, vintage 1988. Practically unused, but very dusty. I think it had been hanging on someone's wall.
I've always fancied one. And it makes great shortbread!

1-1/2 cup cake and pastry flour
1/2 cup rice flour
1/2 lb butter
1/3 cup fine sugar

Spray pan lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle with flour. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
Mix all ingredients by hand until it looks like breadcrumbs, then squish the mixture into a big lump. (Yes, squish is approved baking terminology.)
Press the lump of dough into the shortbread mould.
Turn oven down to 325F and bake for 35 minutes. If the shortbread doesn't look quite cooked, leave it in for another 5 - 10 minutes, or keep peeking at it until you think it's done.
Let the pan cool for 10 minutes then hold pan upside down approximately 2" above a wooden board, and drop onto the board.
The shortcake should fall out of the pan. If you are really lucky it'll be in one piece! Cut the shortbread into wedges while it's still warm. If you wait until it's cold, it will crumble.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Chair Update

If you missed the start of this sad chair story, scroll down to the previous post.

Phone call from the UPS Store this morning: We have a package containing two chairs for you. It's been here a while. Sears wants us to ship it back, do you want to pick it up?

Me: Yes! Yes! Yes! I'll pick it up this afternoon. I didn't pick it up before as UPS didn't answer my phone messages and neither Sears nor UPS told me it had been delivered.

UPS Man: Sears is supposed to let you know that information, not UPS.

Me: But Sears said they didn't know where the chairs were!

So now I have a package containing two chairs that apparently I have not paid for as my Sears card has been credited with a refund, but now they have deactivated my account due to lack of information which I have not supplied as the local Sears outlet was closed when I went there!  And I was promised a $40.00 credit for my inconvenience..... so what's the next move, Sears?

I'll just sit tight on the chairs and see what happens.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

I Just Want to Sit Down...

Early last November, YoungerSon and The Bride acquired a large dining table and 6 chairs so they gave me their old Sears set. But I needed two more chairs.

So I went to Sears and Lo and Behold! the matching chairs were on sale. Yippee! So I ordered two, and put the cost on my Sears card. Delivery was free to my local UPS Store for me to pick up there.

2 weeks later.... no chairs had appeared.

I called Sears (3 times over the next ten days).... where are my chairs?

Sears: they were shipped but we don't know where they are. We will cancel your first order, credit your Sears card, and reorder, and deliver to the UPS Store.

Me: I've waited nearly a month, can't you deliver to my home, free?

Sears: I have to ask my supervisor about free home delivery, but we could deliver to the UPS Store and give you $30.00 discount.

Me: But I'd rather have home delivery now.

Sears: How about $40.00 discount?

Me: Thanks but I prefer home delivery.

Sears (later, after talking to the supervisor): OK, we can deliver to your home free, we can only deliver on Friday between 7am and 5pm.

They expect me to be waiting for them at home for TEN hours a couple of days before Christmas???? Am I being unreasonable here?

Me: But I have to be away from home most of the day Friday. How about Saturday?

Sears: No deliveries on Saturday.

Me: OK, we'll go back to delivery to the UPS Store with $40.00 discount.

Sears: I will let you know when the chairs can be picked up.

Sears (later): I have cancelled your first order, and credited your Sears card but I can't reorder as your Sears card has been deactivated.

Me: WHAT???? WHY?

Sears: We need more information.

Me: But you had enough information when I bought the first two chairs.

Sears: Not my problem, talk to the Chase Credit Card Company.

So I called Chase and told them the story, but the answer (from a lovely polite girl who plays the guitar and sings, so she told me) was still they need more information.

Me: I can provide that information over the phone.

Very polite Chase rep: I'm sorry, you have to go to a Sears store and provide the information in person.

GRRRR...... can you believe this? Do you think I'll ever get to sit on those chairs? I'll keep you posted.

UPDATE Monday 19 December: I went to our local Sears Catalogue Store today to update this infernal information that they need.... and it's CLOSED on Mondays!!

Saturday, 22 January 2011

What am I Bid?

I spent today in a local Community Hall at an auction.

I wasn't aiming to buy anything in particular. You don't really have to spend money to have fun at an auction. You just have to sit there and if you see something you'd like to take home, wave your card at the auctioneer. It's that easy.

It's a great place to do some people watching. The scruffy guy who spent $500 on a piece of Inuit art... is he a dealer, or will that painting grace his wall at home? And that lady in the fur coat.... what will she do with that "thingummijig" that she bought?

And those three burly chaps in the back row..... one with green hair curling under his ball cap, one with arms covered in tattoos and the other one's face adorned with threatening looking spikes either side of his mouth.... what are they going to do with that huge box of WW1 books and encyclopedias?

I had my eye on a 1920's glass fronted bookcase, but it went too expensive for me.
So this time, I walked away from the sale emptyhanded, but just wait until next time.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Garage Sale

We had a "Man Stuff Garage Sale" today, getting the garage and workshop cleared out of old tools, automotive stuff, camping equipment, electrical wiring, nuts, bolts, nails, you name it, we had it for sale!

Isaac was our official greeter. As soon as a potential customer arrived, he beamed at them from his stroller and said "HI!"

When they left he said "BYE!" and waved.

At times there were so many people coming and going, he got his "HI"s and his "BYE"s all mixed up.

Most people who shop at garage sales are pretty honest, but one person slipped us some Chinese money with a handful of coins. Oh well. It'll come in handy if I ever go on a trip to China I suppose.

And there's always the guy who wants something for nothing.

YoungerSon was helping a man with some drill bits and electrical parts. The guy was giving YoungerSon a lot of bad attitude, arguing the price down, and rolling his eyes in a very nasty manner at every price suggestion. They finally came to a sort of grumpy agreement, and YoungerSon even carried the guy's purchases to his car.

Then the guy turned to YoungerSon and said "Hey, can I take a p*ss in your back yard?"


It takes all sorts to make a world.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

One Of A Kind Show

The One Of A Kind Show happens in Toronto twice a year, at Easter and Christmas. I went with my neighbours yesterday. A very special place to do some Christmas shopping for unique handmade items.
Aisle after aisle of colourful well-stocked booths selling everything from tobogganing Christmas geese for your roof..... a lifesize woodnymph emerging from a treetrunk, with driftwood hair blowing in the breeze.

Beautiful quilted table runners and placemats......

.... and gorgeous handmade quilts and teacosies, in vivid colours that lift your spirits and light your home with gladness.

Oh boy, I wish I was one of the rich'n'famous.... I'd buy one of everything!

And a special treat.... I met fellow blogger Shawn of Island Sweet in her booth. Shawn knits and spins in Newfoundland and creates beautiful handmade textiles and yarns. She told me she had sold all her stock, and was taking orders.... visit her at Island Sweet to see the gorgeous things she makes. Lovely to meet you at last, Shawn!

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Disco Doorknobs

Recycled doorknobs as decorations for your garden.....

...... seen at the Environmental Market on Mother's Day.

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Kitchenation 101

The kitchen renovation plans are continuing.

Here are the "before" pics. Dark brown cupboards with white marble handles, 1960's floral avocado green and burnt orange tiles on the backsplash.
The electric range was purchased when YoungerSon was 10 days old.... he's now almost 27. Only 3 of the top burners work right now. One went POOF! with a pretty blue spark last week.
The fridge has seen better days, it has little watery accidents on the inside sometimes.
And the dishwasher..... well, let's just say that it does the job but it's not a pretty sight.

So I went shopping.

Just window shopping so far, but saw lots of really smart appliances. I originally thought I wanted white, but I'm warming towards the stainless steel look. And I like the idea of the Energy Star appliances that are much more energy efficient.

It's definitely time!

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Return to the Blogosphere!

Some of you are wondering if I'm lost in a snowdrift. No... snow's not quite that high... YET! Another week or two, perhaps.

I've been back in The Great White North for a couple of weeks now, but haven't been feeling very communicative, due to reasons that I won't go into here. But Christmas is coming, and my family tells me that it's my turn to host Christmas dinner, so the planning has started.

I found this gem at the local Care and Share Thrift Shop... it has a counterweight (not shown) attached to the reindeer's tummy and just a gentle tap on the reindeer's hooves sets the sleigh in motion.
The reindeer nods his head, the toys bob precariously in the sleigh, the bells jingle and Santa's tummy jiggles in a very jolly manner.
I can't pass by without sending Santa rocking on his way with his sack of toys.

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Book Sale

It's Book Sale weekend.
Every April the Library does some house cleaning, and holds a giant sale of library discards and book donations from the community.

It goes on for five days, and this year more books than ever have been donated.

Thousands of books are sorted by volunteers and stacked in one of the meeting rooms at the Leisure Centre. Last year, the sale raised $12,000. Proceeds go to purchasing more books, to enhance programming, and to support the summer reading program.

There's no way I could possibly walk away from a giant book sale empty-handed, so here's my haul.
Bill Bryson paperback... he's so funny. I enjoy everything he writes.
The Best of Pantry... recipes from the magazine Harrowsmith Country Life... familiar to Canadians.
Quick Cooking for Two... well, there's only two of us here most of the time.
Sweetie Pie... luckily Richard Simmons kept syrupy pictures of himself to a minimum in this book, most of the pics are of sumptuous mouth-watering desserts that I'll have to try.
And a little history book about Lynmouth... very near my home town in Devon, UK.
The Space Cadet bought a book too.... a little light bedtime reading... The History of Mathematics.

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Care and Share

This is just one corner of the local Care and Share Thrift Store.

You can buy just about anything here, at reasonable prices.

About 70 volunteers turn mountains of good quality donations into help for people locally and in war-torn or disaster-stricken countries overseas.

Volunteers recycle used clothing into colourful quilts and blankets. The blankets are sent overseas for disaster relief while the quilts usually are sold at a spring quilt sale.

Each year, between $170,000 to $190,000 is sent to the Mennonite Central Committee, which operates the Care & Share and 16 other thrift stores in Ontario. That’s the net amount earned after rent, hydro and other expenses are paid.

A great place to buy needles and yarn for knitting projects.

Thursday, 12 April 2007

D is for Doll

This lovely antique Doll was offered for sale at an auction I went to last week. She sold for $55.00. But not to me.

She looked a bit bedraggled, as if nobody had cared for her for quite a while. Her hair needed combing and her dress could do with a wash and a few stitches. I wondered what her name was, and who was the little girl who had loved her.

She has such a sweet expression on her face. I hope she went to a good home.

Saturday, 17 March 2007

SOLD! to the lady in the back row....

There's no better entertainment than spending a few hours at an auction sale. Sometimes there are bargains to be found, and sometimes prices soar out of reach. Every Saturday, and occasionally on Sundays, you can find crowds of hopeful bidders at a local Community Hall. It's too dangerous to scratch your nose, or wave at a friend you haven't seen for a while.... you may find you've bought something you didn't really want.

This Saturday was no different. The contents of a Century Home were offered for sale. The sale started at 10:30a.m. and continued until 3:30p.m. .... lots of nicknacks, glass and crockery...

... furniture and fur coats...

.... assorted linens and quilts....

Of course, I can't resist bidding, and this is my prize for today. My old large place mats are starting to peel and disintegrate so 2 boxes of almost new Pimpernel mats for $30.... a bargain in my opinion.

BTW, Happy St Patrick's Day everyone! We're all a bit Irish on March 17 aren't we?

Saturday, 30 December 2006

Impulse buying

Yesterday, it was a planned shopping day with No1Son, No2Son and No2Son's Beloved to look at washing machines (Boxing Week sales y'know). While they were discussing the virtues of energy saving and low water use with the salesman in the appliance department, The Space Cadet and I wandered towards the furniture.... that was not a wise decision. There it sat, waiting for me... the taupe leather sofa from heaven! I sat on it, walked away, sat on it again, and walked away again, but it was calling my name. TSC warned me about the dangers of impulse buying, and he's right, so today we checked out another half dozen furniture stores, but that sofa is the one I have been waiting for..... all I had to do was take some measurements to check that the delivery men can get it through the door, and it will fit! So tomorrow I'll be the happy owner of a new sofa. WOOHOO!
Impulse buying ROCKS!!!