Thrifty-Town, USA.

November 18, 2012

I realized the other day that about 65% of the things I own came from a thrift store. And most of my favorite things that I own came from a thrift store, for that matter. There are several things I love about thrifting, the more obvious one being the low cost. Another, perhaps more important, element of thrifting is the hunt. I love the hunt. I have gotten better at thrifting, meaning that I go into the store with an IDEA of what I want. Otherwise, I will inevitably come home with more projects (I already have MANY) and things that I don’t really need. Also, I have gotten better about weeding out my items before getting in line. Albeit painful, I have learned to ask myself, “Is this really $8 cute?” Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Sometimes you just reeeeeeeally need that silly sweater with a felted chicken on it circa 1983.

With winter upon us, I needed to re-up on some warm clothing, so I headed out on a mission yesterday. I spend 3 hours at Quality Thrift yesterday, and ended up spending $40 (which in thrift store money is like $400!!). I found some sun dresses to wear while Connor and I are in Hawaii in December (!!!), some fun vintage sweaters, a few skirts for work.

Here are some gems that I’ve found lately:

I have even found some really cool gifts** for people at thrift stores, unique things that they appreciate and that are cool enough to eclipse the fact that it was used and only $10.

Also, I made these yesterday:

Winter isn’t only about sweaters. It’s about baking, too =)

Here is the recipe for these delicious Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, which I found on Baker Girl’s blog:

1/2 cup (1 stick) + 6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, optional
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two cookie sheets and set aside.
Beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar together on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, then add to the butter mixture and beat until combined. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
Scoop dough into rounded tablespoons and place on baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Lightly press down to flatten each dough ball. Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until done (these won’t look done at first glance, they’ll have a gooey, dough-y looking centers that sets when they’re cooling, so I baked mine until they were crispy & brown around the edges. You can always poke them with a toothpick if you want to be sure). Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack and allow to cool completely.Makes about 3 dozen cookies. 
Enjoy!
~tcb

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