Long overdue update.

Well, it’s been a while. School started and I got very, very busy.


Here are a few pics of my classroom. Note the purple rug from IKEA…very frugal buy at a mere $25!

The sets of plastic drawers were cheap yard sale buys!


Though I have been pretty occupied, I’ve manage to procure a couple of cool things over the past few weeks…

Pretty yard sale scarves…25 cents a pop!
Lovely ceramic vase…$4 from Ryan’s Relics.
Just a couple of bucks for blue and white. Gets me every time.

Hoping to go on a thrifting adventure soon. Stay tuned. 🙂


Yard sale spoils.

Folks, the yard sale gods were on my side this weekend.


I went to a multi-family neighborhood sale on Saturday morning and a single home sale today. Arrived at both of them at 8am–right at the start–and it was good I did! It always seems like everything’s been picked over if I get there any later than 3o minutes after they start.

On Saturday morning, I scored a funny sign that I plan on hanging in my classroom (only 75 cents!), and a pretty silver necklace ($3). I also picked up a great pair of brass candlesticks for $5, but I don’t want to post a picture of them here until I’ve had a chance to polish them.

75 cent sign 🙂
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Looks and feels like sterling silver. Goes with everything!


This morning, I picked up an imitation Fiesta™ serving plate in one of my favorite colors (only a few minor scratches), and a secondhand copy of the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer. If you haven’t read it, you absolutely should.

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Only a buck each!


I also found this small dry erase board in good shape–only paid a few bucks for it! Another win for the classroom, since I only have chalkboards.

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Playing with the meme feature on my photo editing app.


I’d say it was a pretty successful bargain-hunting weekend! Stay tuned for a photo of the brass candlesticks in the near future.

Happy thrifting! 🙂


I rummaged through two different Goodwill stores yesterday, and this was the best I could do.

Paid $2.50 (hardback).

I’ve heard he’s a great author, and I’ve been meaning to pick up The Corrections, but haven’t gotten around to it. Anybody familiar with this one? A good beach read, perhaps?

Bargain books.

As an English teacher, I am constantly on the hunt for cheap used books that I can give to my students. In this vein, one of my favorite resources is a website called Better World Books. Most of the used books on this website are $5 or less, and the best part: free shipping worldwide.


Better World Books is essentially a non-profit, as they donate their proceeds to libraries and literacy funds. For every book you buy, they donate a book to someone in need. Plus, they pride themselves on being environmentally friendly in a number of ways.

THE STEAL: I recently purchased 12 used books in good condition for $30! 


I cannot stress the value of this website to you enough. Do yourself a favor and check it out!

Before I sign off, one last little victory dance: check out this 1950s edition of Kierkegaard I picked up as a free yard sale leftover. I love the retro cover!


That’s all for today, folks! 🙂
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