Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Stories for fellow bargain lovers

Recently I got a bee in my bonnet to acquire some new flatware, and I chose the Sheraton pattern by Oneida since it reminded me so much of the vintage pattern on a fork I found in England. Imagine my delight, then, when I visited the Dillard's in Anniston over the weekend and found the pattern's Hostess Set on the clearance table! Yes, I did indeed need the serving spoon, sauce ladle and sugar spoon, thank you very much.

So, was it marked down to $40.20? Noooooo.

Was it marked down to $30? Nooooooo.

Was it the price on this final pink sticker, $21? Noooooo. It was *half* of that, a mere $10.50 for this $60 set. I was one happy camper!

And while not a clearance item, this $3.99 set of six egg cups from T.J. Maxx made me happy as well, for I've been wanting some of these for several years now.

My niece Cari turns 13 in April, and she has requested a tea for the occasion, warming my heart with the news that she doesn't think she'll ever be too old to want a tea party. I think it will be her and five friends, so I plan to make these chicken salads in the egg cups, which will be decorated with ribbons.

And I'll close not with teawares or serving pieces but a clothing bargain courtesy of my mom. I know some of you think I'm good at bargain hunting, but I am a rank amateur next to my mother, who found me possibly one of the most gorgeous garments I've ever owned. It's a bubblegum pink trench coat, completely reversible to a delicious light pink floral print. It's from Liz Claiborne, still new with the $89 tag on it. And what do you think she paid for this lovely coat at her favorite thrift store?

Just 99 cents. When people say I'm like my mother, I can only pray it is so!

20 comments:

Frivolitea said...

What fun, Angela! I, too, love a bargain!

parTea lady said...

What great finds. The pink Liz Claiborne coat is very pretty.

Looking forward to seeing your pics of Cari's birthday tea in April. The butterfly chicken salad cups are perfect for a spring tea.

Marie said...

Tell your mum she can come shopping with me any time. My best (non ebay) buy is a spring jacket I got for $5 with the $69 tag still on it. Again it was Liz Claiborne. I got it at thrift store. "don't you just love a bargain?"

Sri Ranjani said...

Wow! Now that is called bargain. I totally suck at bargaining and my mother like yours is a pro. Hope I get there one day.

relevanttealeaf said...

So happy for you with all of your wonderful bargain finds! Could it be your generosity is being rewarded as in the saying "What goes around, comes around?"

Rosemary said...

Oh my! 99 cents! How amazing.... love all your bargains, and can't wait to see the photos from the tea party with the egg cups! Like Mother, like daughter!

Joy said...

Wow, I wish your mother could shop for me, too! All your finds were great, but I love that coat. I looked at some cute egg cups at Cracker Barrel on Monday and will probably wish I'd bought some. Oh well...next trip maybe.

Lavender Cottage said...

I am in awe, you two women have a knack for finding really good deals - and not junk either!
Did you do your happy dance Angela when you found the silverware for that low price? You certainly earned bragging rights for this post.
Judith

Anonymous said...

Hi Angela,
I do love a bargain and you did very well!
Please post photos of Cari's birthday tea.
Have a good day.
Margie in CA

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

WOW!!!!!!!

You really scored!

Hug your Mom for us - she really found a true beauty, that jacket is killah!!!!! LOVE IT!

Linda J. said...

You GO girl! I rambled around Home Goods and Marshall's on Monday and didn't find anything to compare to your bargains!!

Bernideen said...

You go girl - great deals!

Steph said...

Two women after my own heart! Great finds!

Beth Rang said...

Oh, I TOTALLY love that trench coat! Your mom is amazing.

Thank you for the idea for using egg cups! I really like them, but don't eat soft boiled eggs.

Beth Rang said...

Oh, I TOTALLY love that trench coat! Your mom is amazing.

Thank you for the idea for using egg cups! I really like them, but don't eat soft boiled eggs.

Susan said...

You will not believe this but I have this very same coat. I bought mine at a yard sale for a dollar!! I think its beautiful!

Carol said...

What finds! Your coat is gorgeous!
Love, Carol B.

Ginger said...

Wow, great deals!

Amber S said...

Love bargain shopping! I looked all over for a set of egg cups like those- I ended up finding them (individually) at World Market. I intend to use them in exactly the same way, for my daughter's 8th birthday tea party! Have a happy tea!

Anonymous said...

Great finds, Angela! I think you are a fabulous-finder of great deals, and so is your Mom - I enjoy reading about the great deals you both find,
Joanie