Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside and it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’

Some good old Bob Dylan sounds right for the day.  I guess a lot of you little chicklets are too young to remember Bob and Flower Power and all that old hippy stuff but, sometimes, it seems like we’ve come full circle.

I drove up to Staples this morning.  At a little strip mall close to the house.  Hallmark has a big “Going Out of Business” tent sale going on.  In the same strip, we have Barnes and Nobles dropping out.  Everywhere I look, we’re losing businesses that have been around for decades.  Both my sons are out of work.  Scrambling for whatever they can get and living with us.  At the ages of 40 and 42. 

I’m raising my oldest grandsons and trying to put them through college.  This is not where I thought I’d be at this point in my life.  Money is tight and I have to watch what I spend.  I went to a couple of thrift stores yesterday to get stuff for Andrew’s room and Steven’s dorm.  Of course we need stuff for Steven but it didn’t seem fair that Steven is getting all this new stuff and Andrew isn’t.  I figured we could at least redo Andrew’s room for him after Steven moves out.

I went to buy new draperies for Andrew’s room and I was shocked at the prices.  Of course, I’ve always been shocked at the prices for draperies and curtains and have always made my own.  So I drove over to Jo Anne fabrics but it was closed down.  Baer fabrics, a huge three story fabric shop that’s been in Louisville for 103 years closed a couple of years ago.  I finally gave up on making draperies (which I really didn’t want to do anyway) and tried to find some in the thrift stores.  I also wanted to find a waffle maker for Steven.  He eats about a half dozen different foods and fell in love with homemade waffles this summer that were available at one of the hotels we stayed at.

So I hit the Goodwill store.  No draperies, no waffle maker…but I did find a beautiful king size quilt for $25 and I scarfed it up.  Next stop was the Salvation Army.  No bargains there (are you kidding me?  Particle board bookcase falling apart and you want $30???).  Next stop was St. Vincent De Paul Society thrift store.  LOTS of bargains there.  I bought four lamps with shades for $8.00 each.  Two for Andrew’s room and two that were actually better for my living room than the ones I had.  Also got a sweeper vac for Steven’s room for $5.00.  Threw in a Revere Ware stainless steel pan for $3.00, a colander, some cooking utensils, and a man’s jewelry box for Andrew for $2.00.  No draperies and no waffle iron…

I found out that St. V de P has two more (larger) stores in town so I’m hitting them today.  No telling what I’ll find. 

 

3 Comments

jewlz280 says 30th July @ 23:12

A woman after my own heart! I LOVE thrift stores! More often than not, I find what I want there. :D On the off chance I can’t find them there, I scope the big box stores websites for coups. And then keep other stores like Big Lots, Ross, and TJ Maxx in my sites. Also try scoping out craigslist(.com), amazon and ebay. Once in a while, you’ll get a steal! And on that topic, garage and yard sales. Whee! Can you tell I love a good deal?!?! And ‘hunting’ for deals. LOL It’s the womans version of hunting! I tend to get the best deals on drapes at Bed Bath & Beyond. Between their sales and the 20% coupons they always send out, I get most curtains for around $20. And since they are made so well, I can re-use them TONS.

jewlz280 says 30th July @ 23:12

OH! And JCPenney.com when they have their Home Sale!

fatnomo says 31st July @ 0:38

Evening girlie. I almost lived my life named after a song writer. My parents were hippies. Had I been a boy…. I would have been Dillon. :) Instead I was born on the fourth of July…. red hair, white skin, blue eyes. My grandpa always said I was the firecraker without a fuse. My dad likes to remind me that “You’ve got a friend” was playing in the hospital when I was born. Again… your post takes me to other places! Thank you. I just wanted to say I admire your strength and hope that your sons see the determination and persistance you have and that they never give up. This economy is kicking Californias butt hard and my little home town is dying out too. My son (22) is also back home, jobless. Pray, sister. And be thankful that you are able to be a soft place for them to land. Just not too soft… you know how comfy those boys can get! Off to post… in your honor!


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