Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Thrifting... A National Pastime

Or at least it should be. I love shopping - especially for a bargain. Unfortunately that's not an easy thing to do in Bermuda. Things are ridiculously expensive here (2-3 times the price in the US). And as far as I know, there are only 3 places on the entire island where a girl can go to find a good deal: The Salvation Army, The Barn, and The Dollar Depot (where everything's well over a dollar).

I only shop for things I can use in teaching James, so this weekend I went to The Barn in search of some practical life materials (for our Montessori lessons). It's usually pretty hit or miss there, and I was sooo excited to find lots of great things - check it out!!Here's what you see:
  • A bag of mini strawberries (will use for tonging)
  • Duck basket (see close up)
  • Mini basket w/ handle
  • 2 bowls w/ citrus pattern (LOVE these!)
  • 2 mini potters (perfect for the spring/garden lesson I have planned)
  • 2 colbalt blue egg cups that came with... wait for it... a little spoon! Spooning work ready to go!
  • A little handmade basket/box (see close up)
  • 2 glass shell bowls (will go great with our shell sorting)
  • A beautiful green, ceramic cup (see close up)
  • 2 glass fish... things. Don't know what these actually are, but I'm going to use them for spooning.
  • And finally, 4 books
All this for $12!! Ok, so I know that probably doesn't sound like much a deal to some of you, but trust me, in Bermuda it's a steal!

Here are the close-ups:
I plan on using these for sorting. That lil basket is handmade and I like that it has a lid. James loves opening things to find surprises. :) And how cute is that duck, honestly? I plan on filling him with some type of spring-themed thing (flowers, maybe?). Lastly the green cup, I just had to show you how pretty it is with that basket looking pattern.

I love love love practical life work and these little goodies will have me smiling all week! Those of you who know Montessori will appreciate my finds that much more.

I love when other Bloggers share their thrifty finds, so I decided to do the same from now on. I *try* not to go thrifting too often (Hubs doesn't appreciate my new hobby), but whenever I do I'll be sure to post about it! And (Hubs is gonna love me for this) I decided that I'll donate something each time I shop. It's a total win-win sitch!


Jen said...

OMG I didn't know you like to shop! You mean all that time I was on island we could've been shopping together?!
And 12 dollars for ANYTHING is a steal in Bermuda. Good job!

Karen said...

Great deals!!! I love all things you find!! SPECIALLY THE ORANGES!! so cute!! Congrats!!!

Tara Rison said...

I love thrifting, too! I especially love finding vintage children's books and cookbooks.

Your finds will be absolutely perfect for Montessori activities/lessons. Hope your little guy enjoys them!

sbswtp said...

Awesome finds!!!! I'm very excited for you :) I totally love a good deal!

The girl who painted trees said...

I have the same problem living in Costa Rica! No good deals and everything 2 to 3 times the US price! Pumpkins were 16 dollars to give you an idea!


Mari-Ann said...

Thanks for your nice comments!

Ha! Jen, yes, I've ALWAYS been a shopper!! :)

The Girl Who Painted Trees, I'm so glad there's someone who knows what I'm talking about! Our pumpkins, not matter how medium or small were *only* $14 this year. Cheap! LOL

Paul said...

you gotta do what you can do in this economy, great job miss!

LeeanneA said...

I am the Queen of Garage sales and Thrift shops - have a look at this years finds! Lots of FREEE stuff as well!
I love your finds keep on sharing I love to see what others get!

One Pink Bird said...

I LOVE to thrift shop! Well I love to shop period but thrifting has a high that goes booyah, I got a steal!
I love your little finds! I will have to keep my eyes peeled for baskets! That's something we have not done yet! Thanks for sharing and can't wait to see what you find next!


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