Monday, November 16, 2009

In the spirit of Thanksgiving ...

Let me share a few of our great "finds" this last week. Of course, we can't take credit for any of our "finds" - God definitely orchestrates these things!

First of all, my husband loves foosball. I never understood the attraction until I played against him and then a family friend - and WON BOTH TIMES! It's not something I'd play all the time, but it is fun every now and then.

We had seen a pretty beat-up one at our favorite local thrift store for $10, but it was very beat-up, and so we waited. While he was out visiting last week, my husband stopped in at a thrift store we don't get to as often. Look what he got for $2:

Yes, you read that right: $2. I was expecting it to be broken or missing something vital that they didn't know about (it had "missing ball" marked on the box), but everything - including the ball - was there and in good shape. It's not necessarily the deluxe version, but we really like it and it works great for us!

Last Monday we ventured south for our friends' daughter's birthday party (she's almost exactly a year older than our son). On the way, my husband noticed a sign outside of a consignment shop we had been to once. That day was their last day in business, and they were having a sale.

Of course, things are cheap the last day someone is in business, so we stopped. (The prices hadn't been too great before, but this was worth looking at!) Everything in the store was 75% off, and a lot of it she was just asking $0.25 for. We also got two shopping bags full of clothes for $0.25 each.

And then my husband asked if the beautiful bookcases out front were 75% off, too. As it turns out, they were. They were originally asking $100 for both, but that day they would be $25 for both. My husband was thrilled, since he has been looking for a few bookshelves for his smaller study at the church!

So he went out to see if he could load them into our van. He got one inside, but the other would not fit inside. We have a roof rack, but he wasn't sure he wanted to try it, so he went back inside the store and told her it just wasn't going to work.

"That's too bad," she said, "because if you can take it, they're both free."

Needless to say, my husband quickly changed his mind about getting the second one up on the roof rack! It took a little effort, but it was so worth it! Check it out:

It's beautiful dark wood, made in the USA. The other one looks exactly like it, but the camera batteries died after I took this picture.

Isn't God good?