Sunday, November 30, 2008


Ok, so I am a spendthrift, but I'm a spendthrift on a budget. Nothing makes me happier than when I find what I want cheap, cheap, cheap. So, this week I am on cloud nine because I was able to score on some things that I've wanted for a long time.

I recently have gotten into canning. I scored an amazing deal on canning jars at my local thrift shop. I've noticed they've become harder and harder to find. I got 2 1/2 dozen quart jars for $5. Yesterday, I went to the Re-Use Barn. I found some old candle jars and mandolin slicer. About the mandolin slicer: I had no idea those things were so expensive! I've seen them upwards of $60, and there are some that are even higher. I bid on a Pampered Chef mandolin on ebay a few days ago, but someone outbid me. Good thing, because I found one at the Barn and the good thing about the Barn is that you can name your price. I paid $5 for my slicer, and I also found some cute jars that I could use to make candles. The only problem is I've never made candles. Again, I had no idea how expensive everything is. I guess expensive is relative. It's cheaper I'm sure to make candles than to buy pre-made ones, but when you are on a budget, $60 for candle supplies can really set you back.

Even though I had my 50% off Michael's coupon, something just kept me from parting with my money. Good thing because when I woke up this morning, someone was Freecycling candle making supplies! I emailed the lady, but wasn't hopeful because lately I've been striking out on Freecycle. It used to be I almost always got the things that I responded to, but the last few months Freecycle has exploded. I guess it's the economy. At any rate, imagine my surprise when the offeror called me and told me to come and get 'em. The ad said a couple of boxes, but when I got there it was 4 large boxes of candle stuff--including the melting pots and all! Boy, I felt like I'd struck gold.

I'm sure some people will think I'm being trite with this next sentence, but honestly, I thank God for that find! I love it when He opens doors like that for me! So now, I can start on my next new hobby of candle making :)

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