Great Bargains and Great Moments

It is rare that I don’t post a tablescape or at least something dish-related, but I have something else to mention today. In addition, I fell in love with my last tablescape so much that I don’t want to take it down to make a new one! I know, crazy, right? Me, the queen of china and  crystal, loves the plastic so much that it’s staying up a little longer. Who ever would have dreamed???? [No one who knows me, for sure…]


I’ve found some nice items on my recent garage sale and thrift shop outings.  You’ve probably noticed that I don’t give prices that I paid for things on my blog since I am putting most items up for resale. I don’t want people to know what I paid and risk losing a sale when they see the listed price at the flea market. But when I luck up on the ten-cent sale at my local thrift store, I just can’t resist letting you know how well I did! Plus, I will ask a pretty low price for it when I do put them up for resale. These cute little Christmas mugs were on the 10-cent table. Christmas mugs that are filled with little candies or other treats are nice gifts for teachers {I speak from experience}, coworkers, babysitters, and other people whom you just want to remember in a small but not expensive way. I also will have a few other small holiday dishes for sale, such as some small plates shaped like Christmas trees, which are good for these purposes.


This platter is another 10-cent find. It is marked Homer Laughlin Hudson, 1915. I normally don’t purchase anything with a chip, but the ten cents and the almost 100-year-old age made me do it. I have it marked really cheaply, and if any HL collector sees it, hopefully he or she will snap it up.


Also for ten cents were these little crystal dishes. Well, my crystal has not been selling well lately. But for ten cents, maybe I can put them at a really small price and make a little profit.


I also got some nice holiday items at some garage sales. This little votive holder has never been used; the place for the candle has no wax or other marks that show any use at all.


This Father Christmas is actually a music box. It plays “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” I actually haven’t decided yet if I will sell it or give it to my friend who collects music boxes. She won’t care that it came from a garage sale. On the contrary, she will love it even more when I tell her that!


I wouldn’t normally purchase this little blue bowl. It’s not all that special and won’t sell for much.


However, it was in a “two-for” lot with this pretty blue oval bowl. I think that this one is a nice little serving bowl, and a lot of people like this color for their tables. The two bowls were so inexpensive that I could purchase them both, mark up the oval one for a profit, and put a really low price on the other one that will allow me to get rid of it.


This is a cute little decorative metal snowman. Perfect for the snowman collector!


I like this set of 8 vintage sherbet dishes. The pattern is Whitehall by Colony. I have no idea if they will sell. I got them fairly cheaply, so I can mark them down if they don’t move. I’ve just not really had good luck with crystal lately.


This square candy dish is decorated with snowmen and was in perfect condition.


I like the square shape, which I don’t see very often, and I think that it will appeal to people who collect snowmen as well as those who just like to have little extra Christmas-related things sitting around during the holidays.


Pyrex and Corning Ware normally sell pretty well for me. But they have not been selling lately! Of course, nothing has, really. Everything has been pretty slow for us, but I am still going to purchase Pyrex and Corning Ware when I can. I do think that it will sell eventually, and I don’t mind waiting for it. A couple of weeks ago-during the worst weekend of this huge summer slowdown-I sold two pieces of Corning Ware that I had just picked up at an estate sale the week before. So you never know!


Are these Christmas plates cute, or what? I know; I know; you’re thinking, “She already has far too many Christmas plates as it is….why buy more?” Well, you are right and I wouldn’t have if the price hadn’t been just right. The American Ateleir Santa one on the left is one of a set of 4 that I picked up really, really cheaply. I’m not going to tell you the price, but trust me when I say really, really cheap. I can almost guarantee a profit. The one on the right was on the 10-cent table and is great for the purposes that I listed above.

To give a little background for the next story, you need to know that I retired 2 years ago after 29 years of teaching. I taught English in grades 7-12 for twenty years, and I was a librarian and administrator for 9 years. During those some of those 29 years, I also taught Freshman English as an adjunct instructor at 2 different community colleges and spent a couple of semesters teaching it at Mississippi State University.

Yesterday I had probably one of the most wonderful moments that a teacher can ever have. My phone rang right before I got off work and a lady asked for me, then told me her name and said that I had taught her Freshman English at the local branch of our Community College. I did remember her after she said her name. I don’t remember exactly how long ago it was, but definitely more than 10 years.

She said that I had recommended that she read a book (nothing that had anything to do with the class, just a good book that I thought that she would enjoy). She had read it and enjoyed it, but lost the book years ago. She now wants her granddaughter to read it and could not remember the title. We talked a little bit about it to jog my memory, then I remembered the book and a few minutes later, I remembered the author’s name.

We chatted a few more minutes before saying good bye. Wow! That was truly a wonderful few moments. Most of us teachers go through our careers feeling underpaid, overworked, and underappreciated. When we get a few great moments like I got in that phone call yesterday, it just makes that career all worthwhile. It was truly one of the greatest moments, if not THE greatest, that I have ever had in my teaching career.

I do have a brief “rest of the story” moment also. When I left the paper, I stopped by the thrift store on my way home. My friend’s mom was working there and she started telling me about a book that she was reading about Zelda Fitzgerald and how much she enjoyed reading about her, all because one of my good friends had recommended years ago that she would enjoy reading about F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. My good friend is a fellow English teacher, and I know that she will love this story. I almost emailed her last night, but I know that she reads my blog and I wanted to surprise her with this great story. In less than 30 minutes, she and I both received accolades for recommending books to people! How wonderful! As teachers, we spend many, many years waiting for that kind of validation.


Now back to the bargains. I had a good morning at CVS. I got a $5 reward for spending a minimum of $15 on L’oreal make up. I like to replenish my make up when it gets low but before I run completely out. I try not to replenish it until CVS has a special on, so this week hit all of my requirements for buying makeup.  I also got a $5 reward for purchasing $15 worth of another item that I will not mention. I am not mentioning the brand name because it is something that I use for Christmas presents. It is something that I always purchase every year, doesn’t take up much storage space, and lasts well until Christmas. Therefore, I was very happy to be able to purchase it today with the special on. I also purchased 2 liter drinks on sale.


I use a lot of large zip lock bags because I carry my ostomy supplies in them. I go through a box of them pretty quickly. CVS had its own brand of paper products, Total Home, on sale for buy one, get one half off. Even with that sale, I still can normally purchase these a little cheaper at another store in town. However, I knew that I had the $5 reward, so I thought that I would go ahead and get them, plus save an additional trip to another store. I also have 2 friends with birthdays coming up, and I purchased two birthday cards. I had the clerk ring these items up separately so that I could use my rewards. My CVS checkers are always happy to do this for me, so be sure to ask them!


Even I was surprised by the final total. Do you think that the total says 40 cents?


Well, it does! Yep, I spent forty whole cents on 2 boxes of gallon zip locks and 2 birthday cards. SCORE!

Hope everyone has a great week of bargain hunting! And for all you teachers out there, feeling unappreciated in part of the job. Just know that you will, when you least expect it, get that gratitude that you deserve. For those of you who aren’t teachers, why do we do it if we are so underpaid, overworked, and underappreciated?

1. We love it.
2. Teaching children has many rewards greater than money: too many to list.
3. We love it.
4. Being a mentor/inspiration/guide for future generations and adults who are seeking to better themselves is a huge responsibility that we take seriously and motivates us to give them our best.
4. We love it.

Postscript #1: She got my number by calling my husband’s work and tracking him down. She really went to a great deal of trouble to locate me.

Postscript #2: Although the title doesn’t really matter, the book was Jubilee by Margaret Walker Alexander. Wonderful book! Highly recommended!

 I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at Sunny Simple Life, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill , Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Efforts and Assets at Hickory Trail, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters,Open House Party at No Minimalist Here Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , Tips and Tidbits at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design 

About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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17 Responses to Great Bargains and Great Moments

  1. Cynthia G. says:

    Love reading your posts! I taught English and U.S. History and after a second Master’s degree, worked my last 10 years as the HS librarian. I also have worked as a reference librarian at our community college and I retired after 31 years. I still work a few hours each week at the college, so I think we have a lot in common. :)) Now that I’m retired (mostly), I have come to enjoy estate and garage sales very regularly. I know exactly how it feels to get that thrill of a really great bargain! Thanks for sharing your lovely tables! Looking forward to all future posts!

  2. Vicky Hunt says:

    Great post Bev! I know that phone call just made your day…:) You found some great items for resale! I love the little metal snowman. Great deals at CVS as well! Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Vicky

  3. Christine says:

    Wow, Bev! You really scored big time here. I don’t think I ever paid 10 cents for anything except for candies when I was a little girl, lol. Great buys. I actually love the cobalt blue bowl….Christine

  4. phyllis says:

    You got some great buys, what a cool place for such good deals…congrats..

  5. Wow, you really hit the 10 cent jackpot!! Great shares today!

  6. laurie says:

    Wow! You got some great bargains. Love your story about the call from a former student. How rewarding to know that she remembered you and went to all of that trouble to find you! I think you must have been a wonderful teacher. I attended one year at what was then Miss State College for Women. I was at Miss. State Univ for a lot of ball games. laurie

    • Bev says:

      My grandmother graduated from the W. My son’s wedding was at FUMC in Columbus and the rehearsal dinner was on the W campus at Thad and Rose Cochran Hall on Eudora Welty Drive.

  7. Lana Austin says:

    I absolutely adore you. Congrats on the FAB finds….I hope you sell them for tons….they’re wonderful pieces…..but I have to tell you, the part you wrote about teaching/having some positive feedback from a former student, knowing that you impacted them/that the student still wants to read and associates that with you….what a blessing…..what a blessing YOU were to those students…..thank you….you weren’t my teacher, but I have had many great ones, so I’m thanking you on behalf of students everywhere… (adopted when I was 6) mother was a great teacher, too, teaching 7th & 8th grade English for almost 30 years. I am still in close contact with my AP English teacher and am even creating a VERY SMALL, but still hopefully significant emotionally, scholarship in honor of my AP English teacher and both of my parents (who were also teachers/guidance counselors in the same system). Teachers are highly underpaid and under appreciated. I, too, am a teacher……I used to be a professional singer/songwriter and was a journalist (still am a journalist) but when I stopped touring and went back and got my Masters, I knew I wanted to teach and direct. I work for an Arts school….which is tons easier than a normal school because our students are highly motivated to be there. But, I get a “taste” of what my mom did, how much she cared. Teaching drama and creative writing and musical theatre is so precious to me, the fact that I can impact some of these kids. I know how you feel, I truly do and I appreciate your teaching! Bravo! I wish that every teacher in the world would get more kudos, a bigger paycheck or some huge reward. It’s not fair, actually, because teachers change the world through changing kids. BRAVO to you!

    • Bev says:

      What a sweet tribute to your mom and all teachers! Thanks for your kind words…I really appreciate everything that you said. God bless you.

  8. Sandra says:

    You’re not going to believe this…I have told several people that if they ran across
    the above mentioned sherbet dishes that I would like them. I have my mother’s
    collection, but need a few more. What are you thinking you would like to get for
    the glass sherbet dishes!!! Isn’t the internet wonderful! Thanks, I love dishes!!

  9. Debby Ray says:

    What great finds! I have mugs that match the little blue snowman print squarish looking dish…..EXACTLY 🙂

  10. Gail says:

    I have the exact same Homer Laughlin Hudson platter. After seeing your post, I ran into into dining room and turned over mine to read manufacturer, yeap Homer Laughlin Hudson

    • Bev says:

      The china company is Homer Laughlin. The name of the pattern is Hudson. If you tell me what the other numbers and letters are on the back, I can tell you what they mean.

  11. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    Love a good thrift day. Great treasures. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  12. Kathy says:

    Wonderful finds! Such amazing bargains. It is so nice to know you’ve touched so many lives that they’re passing on what you’ve shared – my daughter’s a teacher – I might have to make something for her with that quote. I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

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