What I Bought: Once Upon a Child 7.26.13

A searing headache and a Typhoid Toddler kept me from getting to 5019 and Off the Hanger today, but I was able to squeeze in to the Once Upon a Child on East Washington Street 45 minutes before closing to take advantage of the $1 Sale Preview.Image

If the Washington Street store is any indication, if you want to hit up this sale (at any location), you don’t want to wait. The clearance items that are marked down to $1 are sparse, and there are no shoes or toys included in this sale. Here is the boys’ 3T pants selection: slim pickins. Clearance items are limited to fall/winter wear, although summer clothing is on sale (check your store for how much off).

I went ahead and picked up a few things for my son: a couple sweatshirts, a nice plaid button-down, a layered rugby, and the one item I felt was a nice score: a pair of overalls that were originally $8.50.

ImageI spent $15 and change, and I saved $16 and change, so it was worth the 15-minute drive, but if I had invested a trip to Greenwood or up North, I would have been a little disappointed.

Speaking of squeezing into a sale, I made a trip to Value World on Tuesday to FINALLY get to use one of my 50% off coupons. I didn’t post anything because I figured ya’ll are tired of looking at all my Value World purchases. I did find a pristine white window scarf (which I had actually been looking for) for $3.50, and a pair of Stride Rite sandals for my son that he should be able to get into next summer for about $1.50. The second VW coupon will be valid in about a week, so don’t forget about it!

The Fourth is upon us

Holidays are always a good excuse to run a sale. Plus, the weather looks iffy tomorrow. Picnics and fireworks might get rained out, so have a backup plan: go shopping. Some shops plan on being closed, but many will be open and bartering great deals!

ImageIt’s hard to find info on City Thrift (10435 E. Washington St.) events online, so I was thrilled that I caught this banner the other day while running errands. Looks like everything is going to be 50% off. Yeah!

Selective Seconds is celebrating July 4 Buy Two Items and Get a Third for a Penny Sale. All purple, tan, dark blue, and gray tagged items are included, and the lowest-priced item is a penny. The sale runs Thursday (tomorrow, the Fourth) through Sunday.

Off The Hanger Consignment is having a Fourth of July Sale tomorrow from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with specials running all day!

My best friend and I went to the Skyline Drive-in last week, and we had so much fun! They are having an Independence Day Celebration July 6 with a car show and flea market from noon-6 p.m. Once the sun goes down, they will be showing a triple feature (“Despicable Me 2,” “Monsters University,” and “Star Trek Into Darkness”) with fireworks after the first movie. Plus, you can camp out! Normal admission prices apply, and camping is tents only and is free with paid admission.

Irvington Vintage is celebrating all July long with a vinyl special: Buy any $4.99 LP, get one free!

Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace is happening again this weekend, Saturday, July 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Glendale Mall. And there will be FOOD TRUCKS!

Melissa’s Antiques is having a De-Stash Sale Saturday, July 6. Check out antiques, vintage items, estate sale finds, and auction finds. Here is a small sampling of what’s on offer: Pyrex, Jadeite, Depression glass (pink, green, blue), Blue Ball canning jars, typewriters, a Victor adding machine, an old postage machine, linens, sewing notions, some small furniture pieces, bar cart, some farmhouse architectural salvage, some books, and a lot more.

The District Exchange isn’t open on the Fourth, but you can stop in the sixth and seventh to take $5 off for every five items you buy!

Plato’s Closet on East Washington is having a July Fourth sale: receive double stamps for your purchase and receive 20% off any items that are at least three-quarters red, white or blue. Plus, they offer a 20% military discount too! Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday.

Saturday is the 50% Off Storewide Sale at Goodwill retail stores and the Blowout Sale at Goodwill outlet stores!

Coming up

Starting Monday, July 8, Rudy’s Watch and Jewelry Repair’s Summer Clearance Sale will feature 14k diamond and colored stone jewelry at 50% off, and everything else is 35% off (excludes watches).

Over at Bookmamas, Irvingon author Robert Rebein will join the Shared Pages book club for a discussion of his memoir, “Dragging Wyatt Earp,” Tuesday, July 9, at 7:00 p.m. Then on Saturday, July 13, at 2:00 p.m., RJ Sullivan will discuss and sign his latest book, “Haunting Blue.”

Growing Spurts Kids Clothes is hosting a Cloth Diaper 101 class Tuesday, July 23 at 7 p.m. The class will cover the different types of diapers and wash routines, and a special discount will be offered after the class. I know from first-hand experience that Growing Spurts carries amazing deals on gently used cloth diapers; add a discount and that’s an offer too good to pass up! Call 317-882-4769 to register.

Did you check your junk mail yesterday? If you weren’t the lucky recipient of two new Value World coupons, fear not. They also appeared in today’s NUVO Newsweekly. The first coupon can be used starting July 8.

If you haven’t signed up for Half Price Books’ e-mail list, now is a good time to do it. Coupons are due to be sent out good for 20%-50% off one item starting Sunday, July 7 through Saturday, July 13.

Amanda’s City-Chic Consignment will offer the workshop “Color Coordinating for Your Home” Thursday, July 18, 9-10 a.m. Do you have trouble coordinating colors? Do you need more confidence selecting colors for your home? This color workshop may be for you. Sheri Connor will serve up coffee, donuts, and color fun.

Sunday, July 14, select Once Upon a Child locations will have a progressive clearance sale. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 50% off clearance items; 1:01-4 p.m., 60% off clearance items; and 4:01-7 p.m., 70% off clearance items.

What I Bought: Half Price Books sale, ThredUp, and Value World

I’m running behind on my What I Bought posts because I have been bogged down with work. I needed to make a trip to Greenwood today anyway, so my son and I went to the Half Price Books on South 31 while we were down there. I wanted to pick up some stuff during the storewide 20% off sale.

There are few things more difficult than book shopping with an unrestrained toddler hopped up on sugar. To complicate matters further, my son will have nothing to do with books. Given the choice between bedtime and a book, he chooses sleep.

ImageThe goal of the entire trip was to look for the “Toy Story” trilogy. After scouring the DVD section I was pretty miffed that the only one I could find was #3 and it was a Blue Ray. After coming all that way and being in a bookstore where everything was on sale, I wasn’t about to leave empty-handed.

So I chased/dragged my son through a few aisles of the store, and in that short amount of time I came up with quite a few gems (prices are after the 20% discount): a Baby Einstein hand print/frame kit ($4.79), “Haunted Mansion” on DVD ($1.60), “Pacific Air Warriors” PC game ($1.60), volumes 6 and 7 of “Buffy the Vampire Season 8” ($6.39 each), and a Dr. Who book and Tardis set ($$3.99). On the way to the cashier, I thought I had finally found one of the movies I was looking for and grabbed “Toy Story 3” off a stack that was on a display table ($4). When I got home and opened it so my son could watch it while I got some work done, I discovered it’s actually the PC game. Sorry, Hubs. Mini-Monster is going to want to watch you play it tonight.

The HPB sale continues through May 27. LAST MINUTE UPDATE: The sale is being extended to the outlet in Bloomington, too, tomorrow through Monday!

ImageThredUp is an online consignment store that started out selling kids’ clothes and recently added women’s clothing to their stock. I had never been too impressed with their prices, and then you have to pay shipping on top of that. But every now and then they run specials, like the one I caught at the beginning of May: $15 off any purchase of $15 or up (excluding shipping) for first-time customers.

When I checked out their selection, I was pleasantly surprised to find lots of adorable items in my size that I genuinely coveted. In fact, I had a hard time settling on what to buy because I didn’t want to spend too much more than what I had in credit.

ImageWhen I found a pair of Apple Bottom jean capris ($11.99), I knew these had to take precedence over anything else that was in my cart. So then I looked for a top to finish off the last few dollars of credit I had left. I love this beautiful sheer Alexis Taylor blouse I found ($4.99). I was surprised that shipping was only $3.98, which made my order’s grand total after my $15 credit only $5.96! To follow their sales, “like” them on Facebook.

Finally, way back on May 15 I made a run to my neighborhood Value World on East 10th Street. I know, I know … ANOTHER Value World purchase. Well, after all those 50% off coupons, I had several Shoppers Cards that were full. Full punch cards turn into 50% off coupons good on Sundays and Wednesdays. So I’m burning through those now. Plus, you have to admit, you really can’t get stuff cheaper than you can at Value World.

hoopI’m really glad I went because I had been stalking Craig’s List to find my son one of these basketball hoops. It’s the Little Tikes kind that is height adjustable ($5.85). Another toy score: a vintage Fisher Price train set. We have one of these already that was my husband’s when he was little. My son adores the engine — so much so that he’s all but destroyed it. When I saw this one in the toy aisle I think I screamed like a little girl. There was a woman working back there stocking shelves, and she looked at me like I was nuts. I had browsed these on eBay but was not about to spend $30 on it. I would have been happy with just the engine, but I was lucky enough to unearth the cars that go with it. All four pieces were $3.93. I also found this pristine Melissa & Doug lacing puzzle for only $1.49!train

Clothing scores included another boys’ Samara jonjon, two nice girls’ dresses, and a toddler-size Beatles T-shirt with the $18 price tag still attached, each for $1.49. I also picked up some odds and ends, for a grand total after 50% coupon of $16.81.

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What I Bought: Value World take 2 — 4.25.13 (the birthday edition)

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So I totally jumped the gun by saying yesterday was the last day for the 50% off coupons, because if you are a Value World newsletter subscriber you received an e-mailed coupon that is good through April 27.

Today is my birthday, and The Hubs took the day off so I could lock myself in my office and scrapbook all day. Instead I drove out to the West 38th Street store and splurged. It’s rare that I don’t find something awesome there.


This is pretty freaking awesome, but I didn’t buy it. I’m not ready for my son to be that big.

I did buy him some unbelievably adorable shortalls though. I hit a goldmine of boutique toddler boys’ clothing, and it was all in his size! This is a rare event. I don’t know where the inventory for this specific store comes from, but it always seems to have the “nicer” stuff.

Since I was alone, I was also able to go through the books. This store usually has a vast selection. I found several to take home, but the shelves weren’t overflowing.

To celebrate my b-day, I got myself three skirt outfits. I have no idea where I will ever wear any of these, but I miss dresses and skirts (and since most of what’s in my closet is pre-baby, I don’t have any that still fit). I also picked up some additional coordinating blouses and tanks.

My cart was full of stuff for me and The Kid, and I started to feel a little bad for The Hubs. He wears a uniform to work, so he doesn’t really need a huge variety of “civilian” clothes. I did get him a new black T-shirt for work and some lounge shorts to replace his mangy sleep pants.

Total spent after 50% off coupon: $35.99

What I Bought: Value World 4.23.13

Today was the last day to use your 50% off coupons at Value World. This is such an uber-thrifty way to build a wardrobe or kitchen collection that it’s always sad to see it go. But it will be back for back-to-school shopping time, and if you remembered to get your Frequent Shopper card punched and it’s now full, you can use it for 50% off on a Sunday or Wednesday.

I’m bummed that I never made it to another Value World on a different side of town, but work and family have kept me close to home lately. (Here’s hoping that the store profiles will get back online , soon …) So here’s a quick look at what I collected on my most recent trip to Value World on East 10th Street.

ImageBeing sans son, I was able to flip through the book selection a bit, but the unbearable heat in the back room kept me from going through the vast number of children’s books that are crammed into a couple of low shelves. I did manage to dig out a couple gems before I melted away. Most notable is the like-new painting techniques book that originally retailed for $27.99 — I scooped it up for a mere 50 cents before coupon. (And good timing, as I’m about to re-paint my living room and dining room.) Another happy housewares score: a large pink bin, only $1.01 before coupon.

For my son, I put together a cute outfit of octopus T-shirt and plaid shorts ($1.29 each), and I found a Clone Wars T-shirt a couple sizes too large, but for 89 cents before coupon, I’ll store it. I also found a cute pair of blue plaid tennis shoes in his current size ($2.09 before coupon) because my son needs more shoes like he needs more cars …Image

I scored a pair of new-with-tags Croft & Barrows khaki cargo shorts for The Hubs ($7.98 before coupon) and a couple pairs of loose khaki capris ($1.69 and $1.89 before coupon) and a lovely pink sleeveless blouse for myself. (Now that I am looking at the receipt, it appears the cashier forgot to ring in the blouse, but since I had two register over-charges against me recently, I don’t feel guilty about it.)

Grand total spent after 50% coupon was applied: $11.52.

I’m hoping to make it to one or two sales this weekend, so I might have more What I Bought posts for you at the beginning of the week. Plus, tomorrow I will post your weekend roundup!

Catching up on What I Bought: Value World 4.11.13 and City Thrift 4.15.13

ImageRemember a few posts back I told you all about the bevy of surprisingly pretty wedding dresses at the Value World on 10th Street and how easy it can be to clean a second-hand dress? Well, this time I snapped a quick pic so you could get a better idea of what I was talking about. As of last week, there were still almost ten really nice dresses hanging against the wall. If you still have a 50% off coupon, you could snag one of these beauties for less than $100!

Since I’m not in the market for a dress (wish I had known about these opportunities when I bought my dress off eBay…), I picked up a few other odds and ends while making a run through my neighborhood VW. Life has still been a little too hectic to get out to another side of town or get any good store profiles written, but there is always time to shop, right?

As part of my never-ending quest for new storage containers, I unraveled an entire shelf’s worth of metal accessories and decor and was rewarded with a white metal under-sink-cabinet shelf, a hanging metal basket for the white metal closet kits (which is what we have in our master bedroom closet), a hanging white-metal iron-and-ironing-board holder, a long and narrow wicker basket, a medium-sized pink plastic basket, and a small white plastic bin for pencils and the like.

Image On the clothing side, I scored a pair of denim overalls for me, and a UV-protective shirt, khaki pants, and Transformers T-shirt (a fashion concession for The Hubs) for my toddler son. The little round pillow is stuffed with the tiny bead things that makes it squishy, and I was hoping it would help my posture when I sit at the computer, but it didn’t work the way I wanted it to. Not the pillow’s fault. I just need to keep looking.

Normally I have nothing but pleasant experiences at Value World, but I was disappointed that the cashier mis-rang my order. This is the second time I’ve had this happen at a thrift store in the last month or so. Business wasn’t chaotic but there were a few people in line, and the guy who was ringing me up missed the basket and small bins. When I pointed this out to him, he added them to the order, but he had already totaled the sale on the cash register and applied my 50% off coupon. I asked him twice if the total he gave me was AFTER the coupon, and he insisted it was. After I got home and was able to go through everything I figured out that all those items he originally missed did NOT have the discount applied to them. Sure, it’s only a few dollars, but those few dollars are bread and milk and maybe even some juice, right?

So, the slightly skewed grand total spent: $18.96.

I hadn’t had to chance to see the new City Thrift store since the DAV store on Washington moved out of the strip mall just east of Irvington and into another complex next to the new Goodwill farther east. The new store is spacious — to the point that it felt sparse. It’s well organized, though. Instead of the inane system of organization by like colors, items are grouped by size. (Plus sizes are covered by a single size designation, though: XXL. You can find anything from a women’s 18 to 36 hung next to each other.) Like Goodwill and Value World, clothing marked with particular colored tags are discounted; but like Value World and unlike Goodwill, each item is priced individually instead of one category (Men’s T-shirts, Boy’s Shoes, etc.) carrying one blanket price.


I was especially surprised by its limited selection of baby/toddler clothing — normally this is a massive part of a thrift store’s inventory. However, I was thrilled to find a brown Janie and Jack shirt for my son. Janie and Jack is a very popular, very expensive kiddie clothing line. The shirt was $1.48, and could have been $30 or more easily when it was purchased new. I also got him a pair of denim overalls with a cute alligator motif ($1.98) and a one-piece romper with a space shuttle badge for next winter ($2.98). In lieu of a car, The Kid chose a tractor that lights up and has buttons for three different sounds ($1.98). I found a pretty pair of light-green plaid shorts for myself ($2.98).

Grand total spent without any discounts or coupons: $12.20. As you can see, prices are fair, and they do have some quality merchandise.