Friday, April 12, 2024

Thrifty Things Lately ~ April 12

 Welcome to another thrifty week at Harvest Lane Cottage. I am glad you've found me! Each week I share my thrifty and frugal projects, ways of saving money, and my blessings from God. 

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage
We lived in this little house that God provided for us during some extra lean times for nearly ten years. I have fond memories of using it up, wearing it out, making it do, or doing without. It's a lifestyle that works well today, too.
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Dear Reader,

     I had some incredible garage sale finds this week. My husband got me up super early Friday morning, and we headed out to go "saling". He always says you have to get there early to get the good stuff. Well, we got some good stuff as you'll see.
     I also tackled the two, yes, I said two mending baskets on Saturday. I went through every item, pinned a note on each item with next step of repair. More on that later this week. 
     I watched the eclipse with my husband and eldest son from a local park here in southern Missouri. We probably had about 95% totality. My daughter, who lives in southern Illinois was in totality. I look forward to talking to her about what that was like. ~smile~
A Verse for You
" I, therefore, the prisoner of the LORD, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with long suffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
~ Paul
Ephesians 4:1-3
ESV Bible
Note: Can you tell that I needed a verse about patience when I looked that one up? 

Here's my thrifty week!
  • FABULOUS GARAGE SALE FINDS! $9.50 total for all the items below. We needed most of these items—especially the towels. You saw the threadbare towel I mended last week.

Oil and acrylic paints for my husband, Lowell. $5.00

Lots of envelopes $.75
I always need envelopes!

 Storage bowls $2.00

Full shaving cans of shaving cream $1.50

Office supplies $3.00

4 Sonoma bath towels $4.00

2 Hand towels $1.50

3 Wash cloths $.75

Size 12-18 month boys pants $.50

Custard bowls and platter $.75

Shop light, furniture sliders, bungee straps, and hand clamps $6.00
  • As stated above, I sorted out the contents of my mending baskets. I have a few items in there that will be easy to mend. I found three dresses that need only small repairs to go back into the spring/summer rotation. 
  • My husband planted more seeds to get ready for garden season.
  • I was accepted to review the movie Unsung Hero. That review will come out near the end of April. I get to view it early for free in exchange for the review.
  • I received These Tangled Threads by Sarah Loudin Thomas for review. 
  • I'm listening to Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics on my Libby app.
  • I'm listening to Lady of Disguise by Melody Dickerson on my Everand app. It's a deal for me since I listen to so many audiobooks for just $11.99 total a month.
  • I borrowed Yarned and Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell from the interlibrary loan program. 
  • I'm listening to the English Standard Bible on for free. 
  • I'm knitting a gift with yarn I received as a Christmas gift.
  • I knit another sock yarn scrappy hat.
  • Twice I was invited to coffee and a friend bought my drink. 

Well, that's my thrifty week. 
What are you doing in your home this week?


  1. Wow, you have been busy and you found some great things while "saling"!!:) That is always fun. I never have any success. I wanted to say that photo of you at the top is a really good one!! You must have been happy to be heading out!!:)

  2. The towels are just lovely and what a deal on all the other items as well.

  3. In present economic times we must pinch
    our pennies till they scream!
    What a great score!
    Just the paints alone is fantastic .
    It's amazing what you can find at garage sales.
    Today and tomorrow is flea across Florida.
    I'll be hitting as many as I can.

  4. Those are some great deals on your "saling". There aren't many yard or garage sales yet here. It's been too cool but I expect them to pop up anytime now, although I really don't need anything.

    1. I used to love saling with my kids. I'd give them each a dollar, and it was amazing how much stuff they could get by talking people down when they were little!

  5. What a fantastic haul of useful things. I am particularly impressed with the paints. We bought home a lot of artist's paints when my father-in-law passed. I wanted to buy one small tube recently to replace one of his that had run out and I couldn't believe the outrageous prices in the craft store. In the end I substituted another type of paint that I had on hand.

  6. Hello! You look so lovely all ready for your day! Your smile always makes me happy! What great things you found, and those towels are beautiful!!! I hope you have a lovely Sunday afternoon, my friend.


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