Wednesdays are half price day at our local Salvation Army. Wednesdays are also my "run around out of the house day" so I try and swing by. I did not have a lot of time today when I stopped so I just peeked at shoes and house wares.
I scored this cute mirror for 6 bucks. I saw this on Pinterest the other day and now I want it in my master bedroom! (Starting that make over soon!!)
I found a pair is darn near new New Balance tennis shoes that will fit my oldest in the fall for school! I am sure these shoes were at least $40 bucks new .. maybe even $60. They were 50% off which made them just $2.50!
My daughter was with me and spotted those pink slippers ... for .99 they came home with us! They still had the tags on them for $19.99
I spotted these super cute "Converse" look a likes from Air Walk, again 50% off which made then $1.50. They were dirty but hardly worn. They fit one of my daughters just right so I decided to see if I could brighten the white a little. I used some BarKeeprsFriend (The same stuff that whitens my kitchen sink!) and spent about 5 seconds rubbing some on the toe of the shoes. Check it out! I went with BarKeepersFriend because I knew it would whiten .. and unlike bleach would not hurt the black part of the shoes.
I was so surprised in fact at how white they got .. I ran to snag another pair or shoes to clean! These were my 3rd daughters white sandles .. and now they are waiting to become my 4th daughters .. but little A did a number on them and they were looking pretty grimy. The shoe on the right, duh, is the clean one! Took about 30 seconds worth of scrubbing .. easy peasy! These are Stride Rite shoes and still in great shape since little A only wore them for Church 1 summer.. I am glad the baby can wear them next!
Have you ever seen one of those "never buy this at a garage sale" lists ... well on a recent list of 21 items I routinely buy 11 of the items! There are no-brainers .. like mattresses! OMG .. no. But cookware? I buy it! Kids toys? I buy it! Kids shoes? I buy it .. sometimes!
There is some evidence to not buy used kids shoes .. like a well worn shoe "forms" to the foot of the wearer - so putting it on my child's foot causes walking problems because their foot is formed differently. I dont buy "worn" shoes .. as in shoes that are so worn its very evident. Soles are worn down, shoes are torn or ripped, they smell, the insides have a "foot" mark from the last wearer, all of those I pass up. Quite often I find NEW or worn just a few time pairs of shoes in thrift stores and garage sales .. those I buy. A quick wash and they are good as new!
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Monday: Alderberry Hill, Etcetorize, The Gunny Sack, The Dedicated House, Adventures of a DIY Mom, Home Stories A to Z, Tip Junkie, Making the World Cuter, The Girl Creative, Mad in Crafts, Skip to My Lou, C.R.A.F.T., Keeping it Simple, Me and my Boys, Made By You Mondays, Its So Very Cheri, Craft-O-Maniac, Lines Across, Polish The Stars,
Tuesday: Back 4 Seconds, A Diamond in the Stuff, Real Housewives of Riverton, Elizabeth & Co, Romance on a Dime, The NY Melrose Family, Simply Done Wright, The DIY Dreamer, Coastal Charm, Creating a House of Grace, Today's Creative Blog, Not JUST a Housewife, Just a Girl, Chef in Training, Sugarbee Crafts, Bowl Full of Lemons
Wednesday: Polkadots on Parade, Southern Lovely, We Like To Learn As We Go, The Shabby Creek Cottage