I'm dealing with a lot of stuff right now with my current living situation being taken away. I'm so stressed, I'm not eating well, and I'm hardly sleeping. I might miss some days posting here. If so, please forgive me. I'm just barely hanging on at this point. I did have one good thing happen today. I had to carry another carload of stuff to the storage place. I stopped at Starbucks on the way back hoping to get a nice treat for myself and get a red cup. I was able to do both. This is the first year I've managed to nab a red cup. Last year the car in front of me in line got the last one. Such is my life.
My friend and I went on the Greensboro thrift trip today because he was off for the holiday. We ate a place we found on a previous trip. They were sooooooooo slooooooow. We finally got our food, ate, and then got to thrift. We went to all the Goodwill stores over there. I got a good amount of things. I found seasons 2-6 of LOST. I have the first season and I think a few more, but I couldn't remember when I was in there. They were $4 each, so I just got them. I also found some Starbucks tumblers (older ones) and a few nice reusable cold cups. One with the original price tag on it AND it still has the Starbucks branded straw. Nice! I also got some odds and ends, a few books, a little pouch just for the cute Eiffel Tower charm on it, and a cool vintage board game called Aggravation It has marbles! I love old board games and especially ones that I don't have or have never seen before! I got a cool Monopoly-themed mug in one Goodwill. I collect Monopoly sets and I also collect Monopoly-themed merchandise when I find it. It was a decent trip, but I spent too much! LOL
Oh and YES I did write today! I wrote the majority of my word count while I was waiting for him to get ready this morning and wrote the rest when I got home to get my word count to where I wanted it for the day. I've been doing a bit over 2000 words each day for NaNo and I wanted to keep the momentum going. I'm glad I wrote before because I'm so tired after the trip, my writing would have been pretty bleah tonight. I'm posting this and then I'm going to relax and listen to the shortwave!
Here are all my finds:
I set up November last night. I got the entire month of daily pages done and my trackers too. I almost went ahead and did December, but I didn't. :p. I didn't get to it as soon as I had planned last night either, so that had something to do with it.
My friend and I did our usual Reidsville trip today. I found three matching Starbucks mugs from 2008! :D. They are cool. I've never seen these before and I found three. That was a happy find. This is a picture of the exact same one I found on Google.
I almost missed it. I went up that aisle and looked at the cup as an afterthought, then, I thought I saw "Starbucks" on it. Look again and sure enough, it was! I have found two Starbucks cups before, but never three. Also, I love that these are from 2008! They are in terrific shape to be that. old. A nice addition to my collection!
Yes, I am aware it's been a week since I posted last. Sorry about that. I was going to do a big thrift post and never did. I wanted to take pictures of my finds and I kept putting it off. We did three thrift trips last week. Our usual Tuesday, the Greensboro on Wednesday trip, and our regular Friday. I had some good finds in there. I will just list a few things since it's a week later. I know if I wait to take the pictures, I'll never p0st!
My best find on the Tuesday trip was a cloud lamp from Ikea! It's currently on their website and it's cute. It's supposed to go in a kid's room, but I don't really care. I love it. It's still sealed. They go for $25 new and I got it for $2! Score!
My best find in Greensboro was a mug from one of the best shows ever made. Homicide: Life On The Street. I LOVE this show and I have so little merchandise from it. I only have a t-shirt that I got on eBay waaay back in the day and some NBC promo photos from the cast. I also have a business card that was actually used on the show by Clark Johnson who played Meldrich Lewis. Finding this Homicide mug after all this time was a joy. It made the entire trip worthwhile. At this same Goodwill, after finding that, I also found Grumpy Cat's book! Great thrifting trip. I found some great finds on that trip. Another GW that we visited had a couple of Pusheen items. A notebook and some notecards that were exclusive to the Pusheen boxes. Yay!
Also, that Friday's trip, I had a few good things. My favorite is a 16 oz. stainless Starbucks tumbler from December 2018. It was one that you bought and could bring back every day in January 2019 to get a free daily coffee. Cool find and I'm happy to have it in my collection. Thrifting is such fun and it's always nice to find good things like that and the Homicide mug. :)
I had not expected it, but my friend and I went to one of our favorite out-of-town restaurants. There are two Goodwills that we visit when we got there. Well, sometimes more but they are a bit further along. I went to one and let him go in the second. I found. a few goodies in the first. He found me a goodie in the second! lol, It's a 2010 opaque Starbucks tumbler! I didn't have one like this so I was pleased. It had a big sticker on the front. I got most of it off, but I need to work on it some more.
At the one I went in, I got a Post-it note holder like I don't have, a pouch, a Starbucks mug, some craft/scrapbook papers, a little pouch, and some new batteries. I wanted to try out my little flashlights!
I'm up a lot earlier than I prefer, but it's the beach, so... :p. I went out and took some early morning pictures to share a different look. Enjoy!
I'm not sure what we are doing today, but we'll see! We finally, after being here two days got our key cards fixed yesterday when we got back. We had gone to a Goodwill in Conway, SC, and finally got to the Salvation Army there. We came back down to Myrtle via a road that goes into Surfside and found a 'new' Salvation Army there. I finally found a goodie. It's a Starbucks tumbler from 2012. It's still in the car, so no picture. When we got back to the room, we had food to carry in and we had to wait to be let in the room. It was after that when we FINALLY got the keycards programmed. Sheesh! They do work because after the storm last night I was able to go out and get back in without knocking and bothering my friend. It's also nice that we can both leave and not have someone have to let us in!
So, I promised to do a thrift finds update today and here it is! I took a picture of everything I got to share and a few individual things too. Here is the entire haul:
From top left to right on each row: Sherpani purse, Fossil purse, Uniden scanner/weather radio, Eton emergency radio, (will go into detail further down), a Starbucks mug with lid, two Starbucks tumblers, five vintage Whitman brand card games, and finally season two of the Simpsons! They also had season one, but I already have it. Fun finds. Here are some closer shots of three of the items:
This is my second Sherpani bag. I got one exactly like this in green with a different picture on the front in the Spring at another Greensboro Goodwill! I used it as a beach bag on my last beach trip and I loved it. I saw this and saw it was the same brand and the same purse so I got it. The only difference is that this one still has the safety pin tag and my other one was missing it. The Starbucks things are self-explanatory! :p
The Eton radio was a great find! It has a crank for when you don't have power, it's also able to be charged with solar or by a USB cord and your computer. It's got AM/FM bands and all the weather bands. Very cool. Oh, did I mention it also doubles as a cell phone power bank? Did I mention the flashlight? Such a cool find. These go for $40 online, I paid $10 for mine and it was still new in the box. it had the cord, the manual, and even the registration card. :D I love it. I noticed it in the case because it is Eton and that is the brand of my Shortwave radio. I'm very happy with it and it works great! I will probably put it in my bug-out bag that I haven't started yet. I have several things for it and a sturdy bag for it all, I just haven't gotten around to it. Right now I only have Sterno, a multi-tool, and this cool radio. It will also be a handy thing to have if we have power outages this fall or winter. :)
I'm happy with my finds. It was a good trip. We went to eight different Goodwill stores all in Greensboro. We also went to another thrift store we saw while we were out but it was waaay overpriced! I was disappointed, but because they had four of five Starbucks tumblers I would have liked to have, but they priced them (ad everything else I liked) too high!
My friend and I went on our usual Tuesday thrift, but with a twist. We went to a few other cities too. We went to Reidsville first, as always. We ate there and then went to Salvation Army. I found two mugs, one Starbucks and one vintage mug. I also found a nice black Fossil purse. At Goodwill, I found a cute Paris-themed kitchen set (hot pad and hot glove), a cute little ornament, and a small zipper pouch. I'm going to use it for earbuds. We went to Eden and I found a pouch that was FULL of pens/pencils and various items. Just look at how much they jammed in this pouch for $4
There are so many pens and pencils. Also some tape, a glue stick, paperclips, binder clips, Post-it flags, Post-it minis, and a nice stapler. All this for $4. Not bad, eh? We also went to the Salvation Army there too and I got a Happy Planner (without the discs). The last thing I got was a 2011 Starbucks tumbler. A It was a good little trip.
My friend and I went on our usual Friday thrift trip. I bought more than I should have as I had an unexpected, but urgent, bill pops up. We went our usual route. I found a small, cute black Fossil bag in Salvation Army along with a pouch, and a Vermiso machine like the one I found and left at the Goodwill in Walkertown last week. This one was only $7.99. The fun part begins now trying to find pods to fit it. Starbucks doesn't make them anymore, but there are a couple of other brands that make them. All expensive, of course. Ugh. Oh well.
At Goodwill, I only found a cute notebook in a zip-around 'case', I am pretty sure I can swap any A5 notebook. I'll check tomorrow. At Walkertown, I got a few cables (They have this bin of all kinds of assorted cables. I got one that fits my little Shortwave radio, but like the one I bought on Amazon, it makes static, too. :( At least it was only a dollar! I also found a nice USB C cable. I got a little notebook in there, it's a daily wellness journal, and I got a vintage Password game. At Mayodan, I found a cool Starbucks tumbler with München on it! Neat! It's a vintage city tumbler. I've never seen one from out of the country, so that was a nice find. I think that is all? Oh, I got some wet wipes in one Goodwill and some sanitizing wipes in Salvation Army, and a cute novelty pen. I think that was everything. Now, I'm going to try to wind down and relax a bit while listening to the Shortwave. I really wish I could find a power cord that doesn't make static.
Oh, almost forgot, I passed up a Starbucks mug in the Reidsville Goodwill. I am pretty sure I have the exact one or a similar one, so I passed it up. It was $2.99. If it had been .99¢, I would have just gotten it.
My friend and I went on our usual Tuesday thrift trip. We added Eden NC to the mix since we planned to eat there. I'm glad we did because I found three, yes three Fossil handbags in there. :D I also found a Sony Walman that has TV/Weather/Radio. Neat. It was a whole ninety cents. Score! It works too! The only thing missing is the little clip but I'm not too concerned about that. I haven't really played with it a lot, but I did confirm that it works. I've only tried out the FM band. I found a manual pdf online so I am going to play with it more in a bit. Here is that little guy:
In Reidsville, I found a few cute things. At Salvation Army, my favorite was a Pac-man glass from the '80s! SCORE! It's heavy glass and it's in great shape!
Cool, yes? At Goodwill there, I found two Starbucks items. A plastic tumbler and a mug. Here they are:
All in all a good thrifting trip. :). There were other things. A scanner thing that I need to research and learn more about. (I will update if I remember), a cute leather coin purse shaped like a dog from Hawaii, and a box with a Hemmingway quote. All in all, fun finds. The box with the quote has pens and pencils on top. It's heavy, not sure what it's made of.
I am so sorry for not posting yesterday. I had a horrible night's sleep and I was so tired all day yesterday. I didn't really do much of anything! I did write, and that was good, but I wrote a ton, today! Today, I also went thrifting with my friend. We did the regular Friday route. Reidsville, Walkertown, and Mayodan NC. I didn't find any huge finds, but I found some goodies. Here is a picture of my finds:
Items from the top left are a sleep mask, a puzzle, a Harry Potter sign, a red planner with carrying handles, a small vintage key wallet, a Happy Halloween sign, some striped socks, a Moleskine, a Starbucks mug with a lid, and a Starbucks VIA tumbler. Not a bad haul, eh?
The planner thing is cool. There is an A5 size binder in there with actual planner pages. It was in the purse section! It does look like a purse, so I can see why they did that. When I got home, my replacement radio had arrived. Yay! This one was brand new and it came safely. I put some batteries in (I'll get an adapter later) and turned it on. It's going to take a bit to get used to the controls, but I've already figured out a few things. As I said, I used to listen to Shortwave in the 90's so it's not a new thing for me. I played around on the LW (AM band a bit) and I did on the SW band. I actually found quite a few broadcasts! That was fun. This radio had a ton of presets for memory, so I saved several of the channels I found. With shortwave, most stations are only available at certain times, so sometimes it's a search thing. There used to be a great publication that I bought every year that listed everything. It had information on radios too. I miss that book! It was Passport To World Band Radio and it was great! I have bookmarked a few sites online that have information and I'll use those. I'm very happy this little radio came undamaged. It's the smallest shortwave radio I've ever had, but I actually like the size, it's very portable and I can carry it to the beach and see if I can get more / different broadcasts there. Today I was listening to a Spanish-speaking channel. I didn't understand anything, but it was fun to listen anyway. I'd love to find a French one to listen to and see if I catch any words. :) So, here is the little guy:
The leather case that protects the radio can be removed. It has to be to put batteries in! Also, the radio itself has a kick stand so you can use that. That front panel on the right opens down and there is s dial with major cities. (You dial to the time zone you are in) and there are a few function buttons. All in all I love my cute little radio!
Here are some pictures of the condition of the box and contents. Pretty amazing for how old it is. By the way, it was created in the '30s, so this is not a first edition! LOL
I love how it has the cutouts to fit the pawns in. Super condition, right? I also took a picture of the vintage Starbucks tumbler/cup to share:
All in all, it was a good haul. These are my favorites.... oh wait! One more! The Lenovo backpack.
My friend texted today and asked if I wanted to go out of town to one of our favorite restaurants and then go to a Goodwill that we don't get to often. (It's a good distance away) I said, sure! We ate and went to the Goodwill. I found a vintage 16 oz Starbucks Barista line tumbler from 2000 so that was pretty cool! I also got a few other things and a brand new Lenovo brand laptop backpack. Did I need another laptop backpack? No. Did I even need another backpack? No. I bought it anyway. LOL! It's still got the tags.
After leaving there, he looked up another Goodwill that we've been to before. It was only about 20 miles from there, so we went. I got a vintage board game. :D I love board games, especially vintage ones. It's Sorry! Which I have, of course, but this is the one from 1965! It's in excellent shape to be with you 57 years old! It is complete too! I will try to remember to take pictures tomorrow in natural light. The other things I got were just little things. All in all, it was a good haul! :) I wonder if this is the first edition of the game?
My friend wanted to go to one of our 'local' places to eat, so we did. We stopped by a Goodwill on the way and I found two Starbucks things, a metal tumbler with a handle, and a plastic tumbler. I also found a home binding kit (for notebooks) and a Sak bag. This is the exact same Sak bag that I have four of. Yes, four. I have a black one, a teal one, a purple one, and a yellow one. Now, I have a red one. LOL, It was in perfect condition, too! So, now I have that bag in five colors. :p
We are back in the room after a successful thrift trip. We went to three Goodwills and he went to two pawn stores. I found a Starbucks tumbler in one. It's a nice one from 2011. I found another, complete Happy Planner, some other little things, and.... a snap-on case that fits my MacBook! It is my color too! $3 at a Goodwill and it has the keyboard skin with it. Nice! What are the odds that I would find one? I had ordered one from Amazon earlier before we left. I'm going to pick it up from an Amazon locker location while we are down here. It will be nice to have an extra. That one is colorful and patterned. Here is the one I found tonight.
It's not so light blue in normal light. It's teal/turquoise. :D I love that shade of blue! I was amazed to find this. Yay! I took a few night shots of the ocean from the balcony before I sat down to post this. Here they are.
Signing off for today, see you tomorrow! :) By the way, I also got Starbucks while we were out. :p