Thrifty Finds from June 2017

One of the things I missed while we were in Europe (don’t worry, I’m writing up some travel posts soon!) was thrift shopping! I usually hit my thrift places a few times a week so after no thrifting for 3 weeks, I was missing it! Pictured above is most of what I’ve found in the last 2 weeks. Some to keep, some to sell! From left to right, top row first:

  • Pyrex Percolator $3
  • Pleasant Company Bitty Baby $2
  • Pat Secrist Doll (very life-like!) $3
  • Vintage Disney Snow White Comforter $4
  • (Bottom row) Pleasant Company Hopscotch Hill doll $3
  • Vintage Vera coasters $2
  • Toddler SPF swim suit $1.50
  • Lululemon Tank $2.50
  • Lilly Pulitzer for Target dress $3.50
  • Lilly Pulitzer Dress $5
  • Lularoe leggings $2.50
  • Lularoe leggings $2.50
  • New Harry Potter boxers $0.99
  • Vintage Disney Esmeralda Pillow $1.50

I’m a Bitty Baby finding Champion. In the last 2 years (maybe less), I’ve found 10 Bitty Babies, all under $5. Those of you who know American Girl know how expensive these babies are originally! I was shocked to find two like-new pairs of Lularoe too! And I love finding vintage Disney. I’m probably keeping the Snow White comforter for the kiddos to chill with in the playroom! All clothes and fabric items that I buy used go through my washer AND dryer before I store them in my house to dry to eliminate any bug problems – I recommend you do the same! The only exceptions are Lilly Pulitzer, Lularoe, and anything you really shouldn’t put in the dryer. Just check everything carefully before you bring it in your home. I’ve also washed and dried stuffed animals and I Clorox wipe or hand wash anything with hard surfaces. With these precautions, buying used/second hand is fun and an inexpensive way to shop!

Have you thrifted anything great recently?

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Week Five & Six: Paying for Christmas by Reselling!

This is my final “Paying for Christmas” post as today I shipped my last packages of the 2015 Christmas season! People were really waiting until the last minute for gifts… I would never do that 😉

I had some great luck these past two weeks! I finally sold a high dollar item I’ve had sitting around for awhile and I got rid of a lot of items, some that I just purchased! I also had great luck with the lot of Littlest Pet Shops I bought for $30. If you remember from last time, I’m just saying each piece costs me $2, even though there were WAY more than 15 items in the box, most pieces didn’t have much value. I love making money, what can I say?! Unfortunately, I still have a lot of items I didn’t have time to list before Christmas. It was my goal to get them all listed, but time always gets away (especially when you’re working full time and planning a wedding!) and I kept buying more stuff to sell! So I’ll continue listing and selling in my free time. It’s a hobby I enjoy, most of the time 😉 I’m very happy with everything I’ve managed to accomplish these last few weeks of 2015. I haven’t decided if I’m going to keep posting my sales after Christmas, but it’s honestly a great motivation to get things listed sometimes! Catch me on the Facebook group if you’re into online deals and frugal chit chat! I am happy to say that my 6 weeks of eBay sales have paid for all my Christmas presents! Read below to find out what recently sold!

These past 2 weeks I sold:

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Princess Polly Pockets and Magic Clip Dolls
Bought for: $4
Sold for: $40 shipped

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Germ Guardian Air Filters (2)
Bought for: $0 (shipped to us on accident, seller didn’t want them shipped back)
Sold for: $26 plus shipping

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Le Creuset Butter Dish and Shakers
Bought for: $8
Sold for: $30 plus shipping

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Littlest Pet Shop Dachshund
Bought for: $2
Sold for: $75 shipped (WOOT WOOT)

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Littlest Pet Shop Beagle
Bought for: $2
Sold for: $16.99 shipped

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Littlest Pet Shop Chihuahua
Bought for: $2
Sold for: $14.50 shipped


Cathrineholm Red Pot
Bought for: $8
Sold for: $250 plus shipping (WOOT WOOT)


Hazel Atlas Red Stripe Bowl and Cup
Bought for: $3
Sold for: $26 plus shipping

Etsy Profits: $24

Flash Notes Profits: $8.39 
*Students, did you know you can upload your notes and study guides and people will buy them? Did you know they’ll buy them 2+ years after you graduate? Neither did I! But a few times a year I get a few bucks in my Paypal, especially during exam season! I guess I won’t ever take them down! Looking back, I wish I would have uploaded a bunch more!

That makes this week’s net profit (this is after Paypal fees, eBay fees, and all other expenses): $423.63
Week Two’s profit: $137.41
Week One’s profit: $105
Week Three’s profit: $82.89
Week Four’s profit: $79.25

Total profit: $838.18

If you haven’t read the previous posts in the series, please click the links below!
Week One
Week Two
Week Three
Week Four


Week Four: Paying for Christmas by Reselling!

This week I had a number of sales but nothing too huge. It seems people like to shop on the weekends the most so I need to get things listed for this weekend! This week, I was happy to get rid of those Skylanders because I knew I wasn’t going to make much money off of them (6+ months ago they were selling for about $25 each, but I waited too long). I also wanted to get rid of the Holt Piggy Bank because I spent a lot on it, mainly because I knew it was something special and I couldn’t let it sit at Goodwill (#collectorproblems). It was also in perfect condition! And then you’ll see some new things in the sold category, Littlest Pet Shops! Hopefully you have a bin of these in your basement collecting dust, because they can be a great money maker! I’m no expert at them by any means, but I’m trying to catch on fairly quickly. I picked up a lot of LPS (Littlest Pet Shops for short) off a yard sale Facebook page for $30. It was a cardboard box full of animals and the buildings. I’ve been going through the animals, picking out the ones worth money and working on making a profit off the lot! I’ve already made back my money selling just 2 of the pets and I have an $80 dog listed! It’ll take me a bit to finish sorting through and then everything that isn’t worth much, I’ll probably toss back on a yard sale page (or eBay, who knows!) for $20-$30, especially the houses and buildings that are missing doors and accessories.

I also toy around on Etsy, but it’s definitely not my #1 spot. I included my Etsy profits from the week though!

You’ll notice if you add up my sold prices and look at what I actually made, it is a pretty crazy difference. Item costs, shipping and fees take a large cut of the profits. If you’re looking into selling on eBay, keep in mind they charge about 10% of the selling price AND shipping. In addition, Paypal takes a cut of $0.30 + 3% (approximately). It doesn’t sound like a lot, but these fees really add up. I owe eBay a good chunk of change each month and Paypal sucks it right out of your earnings when it’s deposited. I can’t complain though as eBay has proven to be a great way for me to make some extra cash this holiday season. As usual, I still have plenty of items to list so I need to get moving! It is so, so busy around here!  Don’t forget to keep up with us on the Facebook group if you’re into online deals and frugal chatting!

This past week I sold:

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Two Skylanders Trap Team
Bought for: $13 (I planned to sell when they were selling for more money, but I didn’t get them listed when I should have)
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Littlest Pet Shop Collie
Bought for: $2 (I bought a whole box of pets and houses for $30, so really, it was less than $2 but this will just keep things simple)
Sold for: $32 shipped

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Little Pet Shop Corgi
Bought for: $2 (See above)
Sold for: $12.99 shipped

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Holt Corky Pig Piggy Bank
Bought for: $15
Sold for: $44.67 + shipping

Etsy Profits: $20.35

That makes this week’s net profit (this is after Paypal fees, eBay fees, and all other expenses): $79.25
Week Two’s profit: $137.41
Week One’s profit: $105
Week Three’s profit: $82.89

Total profit: $404.55

If you haven’t read the previous posts in the series, please click the link below!
Week One
Week Two
Week Three

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Week Three: Paying for Christmas by Reselling!

I skipped a week two weeks ago because I was on vacation and surprisingly (and lucky for me because I didn’t close any listed items on eBay) nothing sold! As much as I would have loved the sales, not having to worry about someone shipping my items while I was gone was great! Nerdboy and I are finally engaged. We enjoyed a beautiful and romantic vacation Jamaica. It was so nice to get away! When we came back, we said goodbye to our family pet, our 14 year old Golden Retriever, Jake. When Wednesday came along, we started Thanksgiving festivities. We traveled to visit family on Thursday and Friday and returned back home this past weekend to start Christmas preparations! I hadn’t listed anything for sale in a good two weeks. Obviously I have been quite busy, but it’s a bummer because you can’t really sell anything if you don’t take the time to list it. I’m doing much better this coming week and already listed a few new things, so week 4 sales are already starting!

Thanks to Thanksgiving sales, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I’ve bought a quite a few Christmas presents! I think I’m almost done shopping for people. Honestly, I have no idea how much I’ve spent though but I will tally it up and compare it to my earnings to see how well I’m doing. I still have plenty of items to sell, but time is ticking and I need to get listing and selling!  I’ve also picked up some great deals on Amazon, so keep up with the Facebook group if you’re into Amazon deals!

I sold on eBay only and at this point, I hadn’t listed anything new in two weeks so the CHA-CHINGs were surprising! I sold an item on Thanksgiving, Black Friday and then that Saturday. I guess people were in the shopping mood 🙂

This past week I sold:


Pyrex Refrigerator Set
Bought for: $13
Sold for: $80 shipped


Beauty and the Beast “Chip” Bank
Bought for: $2
Sold for: $20 + shipping


Melissa & Doug Trunki
Bought for: $4
Sold for: $34.99 + shipping

That makes this week’s net profit (this is after Paypal fees, eBay fees, and all other expenses): $82.89
Week Two’s profit: $137.41
Week One’s profit: $105
Total profit: $325.30

If you haven’t read the previous posts in the series, please click the link below!
Week One
Week Two

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Week Two: Paying for Christmas by Reselling!

I had another week of some great sales that I’ll be sharing with you guys! So far, I’ve bought a few Christmas presents but I’m still in the positive and haven’t gone over what I’ve earned from reselling yet. Luckily, I don’t have many people to buy for and I’ve been really frugal with the spending. 😉 I’ve actually picked up quite a few amazing presents for way less than retail at thrift stores, which I realize sounds pretty awful, but I promise it’s pretty cool. I would have never thought to buy gifts for people at a thrift store, but when you find Lego sets New in Box and American Girl dolls for dollars… how can you not?! I’m either buying them as gifts or buying them to resell, and some of my recipients would be very grateful for these items that I would otherwise not be able to afford (or choose not to pay) retail for. I’ve also picked up some great deals on Amazon, so keep up with the Facebook group if you’re into Amazon deals!

This week I sold on eBay, Amazon, Facebook and a textbook site. I don’t know how some of these people have hundreds and thousands of listings on eBay. I find it so time time consuming to take pictures and write up the listings, but maybe I’m just super slow. Of course, when my phone goes $$CHA-CHINGS$$ it’s totally worth it, but it is tedious, so warning to anyone wanting to get started.

This past week I sold:


Beauty and the Beast Mrs. Potts and Chip Tea Set
Bought for: $6
Sold for: $69.99 + shipping


Three textbooks
Bought for: $0
Sold for: $57


Pyrex Pink Gooseberry Bowl
Bought for: $1
Sold for: $14 + shipping


Pyrex Butterprint Bowl
Bought for: $1
Sold for: $14 + shipping

That makes this week’s net profit (this is after Paypal fees, eBay fees, and all other expenses): $137.41
Week One’s profit: $105
Total profit: $242.41

If you haven’t read the previous posts in the series, please click the link below!
Week One

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Week One: Paying for Christmas by Reselling!

Hey everyone!

This blog has been neglected for too long so I’m going to be posting to it again! It won’t be as frequent as it used to be (How did I post 20 times in one day? Did I really have that much free time and flexibility while being a full-time student? Apparently so!). I’ll be changing the name sometime soon as I graduated college TWO.YEARS.AGO. Nowadays, I hope to just post general (boring) things on the blog and all the deals with deadlines that you need to be quick on your feet with (think Amazon deals and other hot online deals) will be posted on my Facebook group. You have to request to join the group as it is closed, so all your family and friends don’t see everything you post, like, and comment on. It gives you the privacy, especially around Christmas time when you don’t need everyone seeing what you’re buying! Just request to join and I will add you!

As for this post, I wanted to share with you my goal for the rest of 2015. I vowed to only use money that I have earned through reselling (pretty much my favorite hobby, next to thrifting, but luckily they go hand in hand) to purchase gifts for this holiday season. I’m going to post the details of what I buy and sell on the blog to hold myself accountable. Why would I disclose what I’m buying and selling to other people, therefore increasing the competition and making it harder for me? Well, not many people are going to read this (that’s what a 2 year bloggin break does to your stats) and reselling is very difficult job. It involves countless trips to thrift stores, flea markets, estates sales and yard sales. It involves countless hours of research to make sure what you’re buying is actually worth money in its current condition. It involves countless hours of photographing and listing the items for sale. And lastly, there are many grueling hours of packaging and shipping when the item sells. I have been doing this on and off for years. It’s a lot of work, but luckily I love most of it. If you are willing to put in that kind of time, you are welcome to see the items I sell and hopefully it helps you and your family out too. I use many different selling platforms, including eBay, Etsy, Instagram, Facebook and Craigslist.

I will use these earnings to purchase presents for people for Christmas. One note is that if a great deal pops up on an item I’ve been looking for, I will purchase it even if I haven’t earned enough money with hopes that more items will sell and I’ll recover the negative. Saving money is just as important as making money so I won’t pass up a great deal, but I will make sure to have it paid for by Christmas.

Last week I sold:


20 Piece Corelle Spring Blossom Set NIB
Bought for: $20
Sold for: $69.99 + shipping


Lot of 225 Box Tops for Education (Yes, they sell well, and yes, I know they should be donated to schools. We donated thousands of them to our schools in the past, now I can choose what to do with them. They are still going to someone’s schools and not being trashed.)
Bought for: Free (just time collecting, cutting, counting)
Sold for: $24.99 Shipped


Pyrex Friendship Refrigerator Set
Bought for: Approximately $25
Sold for: $70 + shipping


Net profit of about $105 after expenses and fees.

Will update next week! I guess I better get to listing!

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Savvy Shopper’s Updates (Couponing, Gardening, Chickens & More!)

This is been the longest blogging break I have taken since I started blogging in 2010 (has it really been that long?). Things have been absolutely crazy here. I graduated in December, went on many vacations, and then started working. I work 50-60 hour weeks and when you tack on my commutes and sleeping, I have virtually no free time ever. I set aside Tuesday nights at 10 PM to catch the new Teen Mom (why is that show so addicting?). Multiple days go by each week where I don’t even open my laptop, which is absolutely crazy coming from the girl who used to be on it non-stop. I’m no complaining though, as I am so thankful to have a job, but it’s tiring. Most of the time, I don’t even have time to shave my legs, let alone blog! I really hope to be able to add at least a few new posts each week so I can stay connected to the great readers I had. I want to keep everyone updated on my shopping trips, my garden, the chickens, and my thrifting. I might even be able to throw in some good deals here and there. I highly, highly recommend you join the Savvy Shopper’s Group on Facebook. It is much easier for me to share on there, you can ask questions at any time. We share Swagbucks codes, our shopping trips, and anything else.

As you can see, the blog really needs a new lift. As of December, I am no longer a student so some things need to be updated. Nerdboy, the boyfriend and techie behind the blog, will work on it once he finds some free time. He’s still in school and working and he seems to have less free time than I do.



I’ve been couponing every week! As long as I stay on a routine I can get things done. CVS has been really sucky since Black Friday, do you agree? We used to walk out of there with free Gilette razors and money makers all the time. Now we’re lucky if we see one measily freebie each week. Maybe I’m being greedy, but the deals have been so slow. My mom has been doing ShopRite each week (Glen Burnie, MD ShopRite is still doubling $1 coupons) and we usually go to Safeway for a small trip when we can. My goal is to start posting my shopping trips, at the very least. I also need to update everyone on thrifting, chickens and the garden!


I got these shoes at Value Village for $13. They are practically new. I’ve been looking for a pair of shoes just like this for years and finally found a pair that my cheap butt would buy 😉


Some stuff Nerdboy picked up for me!


This was a GREAT thrifting day in February.

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Probably about a third of my collection of Vintage Pyrex

I still continue to thrift every week. Now that I’m not going to school, I’m far from my favorite thrift shops that I used to frequent. Nerdboy so graciously goes for me every once in awhile. I go to flea markets when possible (snow and cold make this difficult). I pick up Pyrex as much as I can. I collect vintage Pyrex for my personal collection, which has grown SO MUCH over the years and I also pick up stuff to resell. I have a pretty good eye for things I can flip and make a buck off of, whether it be Pyrex that I don’t personally collect, other vintage kitchen items, or even kid’s toys. I use money that I make from my personal sales (whether it be reselling items I thrift or make/craft) to pay for all of my expenses. I use Paypal for selling, so all my profit lies in my Paypal account. I use a Paypal Debit card (highly reccomend) for all my purchases so it’s a great cushion to have. I haven’t had to touch the money out of my actual bank account for months, probably a year, with the exception of student loans that I pay off in large chunks from my paychecks. If you’re into the Instagram thing and don’t mind pictures of my thrift finds (mainly Pyrex), chickens, and me selling stuff (yes, mainly Pyrex or old stuff), follow me @brandilabarre. I even post my shopping trips sometimes!


Tilling my garden

The chickens are doing well. If you remember from the Fall, Luna (our littlest Barred Rock) wasn’t doing well. She was so sick that she lived in my bedroom for a month or so. We nursed her back to health and she has been living outside since December. She’s still a bit slow and will not hang out with the other girls. Luckily they don’t really pick on her anymore, but they certainly aren’t friends. When they sleep at night, Bonnie, Biscuit, and Ginger all snuggle together and Luna is by herself at least 2 feet away. Poor girl, but she’s hanging in there. Only two chickens are laying eggs. I think the cold weather and shorter days convinced Ginger and Luna to stop laying this winter. Bonnie and Biscuit lay an egg almost every single day. They rock! I hope the other girls step it up since it’s March already! Now that the snow is melted, they get to play outside as much as possible. They till my garden all up and that makes me so happy (until I have plants in there)! We’re still talking about bringing some new babies into the coop in coming months.

As far as gardening goes, it has officially started for 2014! I got seeds planted already and my lemon and lime trees are here in Maryland. I planted lettuce, spinach and green onion seeds in pots. It’s still a bit nippy here, but I’m hoping they’ll grow. The left half of my garden is looking really good. Last year it was filled with a good bit of yummy compost, I just recently added some horse manure that I got for free off Craigslist months ago from a lady 3 minutes away (thank you, ma’am!), and I’ve been constantly tossing in the mess from the chicken coop. The right side of the garden still needs a lot of work. I’m thinking of adding 3 raised beds and filling with good dirt and more manure because I’ve struggled with that sandy soil for just too long. I’ll update with more pictures when I can.

So, if you got through all that, I just want to say thank you for sticking with me. I thought I was busy when I was in school, but working is just so much more time consuming. I headed out for another vacation next week, but I’ll hopefully stay in touch from now on 🙂

Savvy Student Shopper’s Thrifty Finds 10/13

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I do a lot of thrifting. I go multiple days a week and it would be every day of the week if Nerdboy let me. I usually spend my weekend mornings (when I’m home) at the local flea market (vendors started recognizing me this summer and I just think that’s a bit odd especially because I look like a complete bum that early in the morning), local yard sales, church sales, estate sales, and thrift shops. On the weekdays when I have class (only 2.5 days a week!) I usually convince Nerdboy to stop at my favorite Value Village(s). Judging by ALL my Pyrex pictures from the past year+, you probably think I’m a hoarder and if you see my dining room (sorry, mom), you’d probably be right. BUT this week I’m having a large Pyrex purge (on Instagram @brandilabarre –honestly though, only follow me if you like Pyrex and chickens, seriously). I’m selling off a lot of my extras and unwanteds I’ve accumulated over the year, so I’ve been prepping for that. I just had to purchase bubble wrap and that’s was super unfrugal. I did find the cheapest I could on ebay for $0.13/foot. I try not to buy Pyrex that I don’t personally want, which is a lot, but sometimes I got carried away and now I need to spread my love to other collectors.

The picture above is my most recent acquisitions from this past week. The Pyrex 475 Saxony and Pyrex Pink Stripes 401 were a trade with a fellow collector. I found the tan 402 stripes bowl at Value Village for about $3. The Primary blue 502 fridgie was also $3. I mostly bought it for the lid. I also picked up a Lilly Pulitzer shirt for myself for about $2.37. Lilly is becoming one of my new addictions, watch out, but I can only afford thrift prices! Hopefully by January, I’ll have thrifted enough to make a wardrobe out of it for my Florida vacation.

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Some contacted my locally wanting to sell a lot of Vintage Pyrex for $15… of course I said yes! She even dropped all 7 pieces off at my house. I got the Pyrex Forest Fancies 401 bowl for $0.25 to add to my 401 collection. I also snagged the Pyrex lemon carafe with lid for $0.50. That morning, I made Nerdboy wake up at 5:15 and accompany me to an enormous church sale. I heard the vintage glassware was going to be good so I was planning for success! We woke up early and waited in line for hours until the sale started. By 8:00 (doors opened at 8:30) there were hundreds of people lined up along the parking lots. I could not believe it! We got there early enough and were about 25th or so in line. When doors opened, I rushed to the glassware section. Michael and I already had a plan: he’d take those 2 rows, I had the others. He was to scoop up any piece of Pyrex, Fire King, etc. that I may be interested in and I’d sort after we scooped all the rows. Well, there wasn’t a single piece of Pyrex or any vintage glassware whatsoever. I heard from another collector that a volunteer was carrying around a pink Pyrex bowl, so I believe volunteers got first pick and we waited outside for hours for nothing. I got 2 vintage Ball jars with lids for $1.25 though. You can’t win them all.

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More Pyrex! I went c-r-a-z-y this week. I spent way over my budget on Pyrex but it was soooo worth it! See that gorgeous 475 Pyrex Spirograph casserole in the middle? Also, take note of the original underplate. I thrifted the entire set for about $10. I could place that piece on Ebay for $100 and it would be gone in minutes, I’d imagine. That is one of my best scores yet! It’s still sitting in my living room in front of the TV so I can stare at it. All the other pieces were from Value Villages throughout the week for $2-$6 a piece.

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A few weeks ago, I had a Friday morning all to myself so I went to the Free Friday Flea Market down the road where everything on the parking lot is free. I scored some good stuff like a few canning jars, Fiesta tea cup, 2 Pyrex lids, wool yarn, and vintage napkins, but I just didn’t need most of the stuff that was there. I then stopped at the thrift store and got the set of Pyrex Early American refrigerator dishes for about $10. I stopped at the nearby antique store and grabbed the other 3 pieces of Pyrex for $2-$4 each.

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Here are a weekend’s worth of flea market finds! I scored 2 more blue Ball jars with lids. I think I paid about $4 for both. I got the super duper Pyrex carafe for $0.50. I already sold the carafe and Hazel Atlas Kitchen Aid bowl. The Corelle Christmas bowl has also been traded. All were scored for $0.50 each. I found 2 Pyrex refrigerator dish lids! I got the Pyrex Spring Blossom 2 441 for $1 I think. And my mom got the cute tank top for $1.

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Here was another stop to Value Village. I saw the Pyrex Pink 503 refrigerator dish there the day before and didn’t buy it because it was pretty trashed… and $5! Vintage Pyrex should never go in the dishwasher. It removes the shine and then the paint. I felt sorry for it the next day and bought it at 25% off and the Snowflake Blue loaf dish. I cleaned that Pink 503 up, scrubbed a layer of yuck off, and shined it up with some oil. It looks 95% better! I’m SO glad I bought it.

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Last time Nerdboy and I went to Deep Creek, we stopped at a tiny thrift store that benefits pets. I spotted the Pyrex Old Orchard 502 there for $1, so I bought it! On the way home, just a few minutes from my house, I saw someone on the main road was having a HUGE yard sale at like 6 o’clock PM on a Sunday. Their yard was filled of boxes overflowing with vintage crap. The man clears out old estates and this one must have been enormous. Nerdboy and I spent a good chunk of time picking through those old boxes, I even sliced my hand on the glass! Out of an entire yard full of vintage stuff, all I snagged were two refrigerator dish lids. I don’t mean to complain, but where are the dishes?!

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This weekend was slim pickings but I grabbed a Pyrex Daisy 475 (no lid) and a 045 lid for cheap.

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First, I need to point out, everything in this picture was bought the same morning at the flea market. It was a morning that I went by myself and I carried all of this to the car (I bought the cases of jars at the complete opposite of where I parked, of course) by myself. I used so much energy and so much time and not one person asked if I needed help. What is wrong with the world!? The stack was taller than me and I had to put it all down to rearrange/take breaks every 10 steps. My arms ache just thinking about that adventurous morning. Anyway! I scored the two cases of jars for $6 I think. That’s less than $0.25/jar! I found some more Pyrex lids and a Pyrex Verde 442 and Wheat 023. Both Pyrex pieces were only $0.50-$1 each.

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This picture really doesn’t count as thrifting, it’s kind of a “Brandi went crazy at the antique stores and malls when she was out of town”. I spent a lot that weekend but everything I bought was a good price and I’ve already resold about half of the items here (to make some extra money).

So after all this you probably think I’m a Pyrex hoarder, and that’s alright. I always tell myself that there are worse things I could be spending my money on. Not pictured are also quite a few pieces of clothing I got for myself at Goodwill. I think I got 3 pairs of dress paints (all $2-$4 each), a dress shirt ($2), and a cardigan ($4). My mom also scored some clothes at Goodwill when we had a $10 off $20 purchase coupon. She got 4 great looking dress shirts for work at about $4 each! I like shopping for clothes more at Goodwill/thrift stores than at any other store. It really helps when you have a coupon or when you go on discount day because sometimes you’ll find stuff that’s just so overpriced. But I grabbed a few pairs of dress pants for a small fraction of what I would have paid at the mall, so sometimes it pays to thrift shop!

Savvy Student Shopper’s Thrifty Finds

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“Mom, my favorite part of Pyrex is the newspaper”

Okay, okay, I finally have a minute to post another Thrifty Finds post. It has been entirely too long! These photos are from July-August. I’ve been visiting the local flea market as much as possible, hitting yard sales, estate sales, and a thrift shop every now and then.

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Here’s a part of my most recent haul! At the free flea market (where everything in the parking lot is FREE for taking), I got a stack of Butterfly Gold Corelle plates, a Pyrex Spice of Life canister and that solid green Pyrex casserole. At the flea market I got the Fire King Jadeite mugs/tea cups for $1 each (great price!), the Spring Blossoms Pyrex 471 casserole for $1 with lid and the set of 3 Catherineholm 4-inch stripe bowls for $2. Those Catherineholm bowls are my biggest score of the year! I was so, so excited to find them. Check out the prices they go for on Ebay!

I bought the red Pyrex Friendship refrigerator dish and Daisy 444 bowl at an antique store in Ellicot City.

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Here’s most of the stuff I got from the FREE Flea market! I also got some clothes that aren’t pictured. I got TWO working Foodsaver machines, the Corelle plates, a Coke glass for Nerdboy, the Spice of Life canister, the Pyrex casserole, 2 100% wool sweaters and a pair of like-new Crocs for my mom! Sweet finds for FREE! My mom and I got there almost an hour early to wait in line. It’s my Black Friday, what can I say!


I found another old blue ball jar for $0.50 -SCORE!, a Pyrex yellow Hostess bowl for $0.50, a blue Pyrex refridgerator dish for $0.50, the Butterprint 444 bowl for $4, and the Golden Tulip 024 casserole with lid for $1. These were my finds from the flea market and a yard sale. I find Pyrex (or anything worth buying for that matter) at every 1 out of 15 yard sales I go to. Bad luck.

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On my way home from the beach, we stopped at a few Goodwills. I got this Homestead Pyrex 503 refrigerator dish with lid for $3. I only bought the dish for the lid. I already sold the dish itself to someone else as I do not collect Homestead. Also, take note of my new shirt! I love thrifting – how perfect! The Goodwill in Delaware was selling them (new) for a scholarship fund.

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The Pyrex Town and Country 043 casserole was another flea market find. $1! I bought it just for the lid.

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Nerdboy and I like to hit the yard sales together. Actually, he’d rather stay in bed, but I think it’s good for him to get fresh air. We found the Pyrex Butterfly Gold 404 for $1 (or $2, I can’t rememeber) at a small yard sale. The biggest bowls are sometimes hard to find, so I was happy with that score! I also came across an entire set of Butterfly Gold Cinderella bowls in mint condition. The nice old lady had everything Butterfly Gold (the plates, tea cups, gravy boat, creamer, sugar dish, and the whole 9 yards). I only bought the bowls. She said she never even used them! It set me back a whole $4. I already have this complete set so I will be selling this one. I bought the Christmas Holly 024 at the local antique shop during the booth’s 25% off sale.


This picture shows my goodies from the first FREE flea market I went to this summer. Some Fire King, Jadeite, crewel artwork and another wool sweater.

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Here’s another flea market score from one weekend. I got the Topsy Turvy and a tomato plant for $1.50 for both. I got the Spring Blossom 472 casserole for $2, some extra lids for $0.50 or so, Green Primary 403 (from the 1940s!!) for $1, Woodland 475 for $1, the Butterfly Gold butter dish for $1, and $1 for the Strawberry Shortcake mug.

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The set of 8 Spring Blossom-like mugs were from Value Village and the almost complete Woodland Pyrex Cinderella set was a Goodwill find for $10.

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These items pictured above were items picked up by friend’s of mine! The green Pyrex Heinz baker and Gooseberry 441 were $1 each. The Gooseberry was in awful shape, but I was able to bring out the color again with some Bar Keeper’s Friend. The Friendship 473 was a buy from an antique store.

That’s all for now! I’ll update again in a few weeks! I hope you’re having fun thrifting too 🙂

Savvy Student Shopper’s Thrifty Finds 6/1


I hope you all are having a great Spring/Summer (it’s definitely Summer weather here in Maryland now!). I am working and it takes so, so much time away from blogging and thrifting. During the school year, I could thrift in between classes or after class, but it’s not so easy in the summer. There aren’t any large thrift stores close to my house; I’d have to drive 15-25 minutes to hit a couple of them and sometimes it’s just not worth it and  I can’t do it every day like I did at school (thanks to the free campus bus)! But I am still trying to get some good deals. I’ve been hitting the flea market as early as I can get my sleepy butt up and I also go to some yard sales, though I never have yard sale luck around here.

At the flea market, mom and I scooped up 2 lovely Pyrex casserole dishes. We found the Kim Chee (#043) promotional piece for $2 and the New Holland (#045) for $4. My dad asked for the blue New Holland for Father’s Day because he liked it so much! I also scored 12 canning jars, including the blue, for $1.50!

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At a recent trip to Value Village, I found 2 hard-to-find Pyrex Colonial Mist mixing bowls (both 404s). I am keeping one and the other is being traded/sold at the moment. They were priced at $7 (which I think is super high for a stupid bowl). Value Village’s prices have absolutely skyrocketed. It’s sickening. You can go on any given day and find an item from the dollar store or the Dollar Spot in Target, priced at more than $1 at Value Village. Why I still go is simply for the hunt. Sometimes you find good things and have to suck up the prices. I would much rather give my money to other charitable shops or people at yard sales. I also found a primary blue refrigerator dish for about $2.50 and another (yep, that makes #3) Pandora Cupcake jewelry holder.

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Over Memorial Day weekend, we went up to the mountains and you know I cannot give up my thrifting hobby. We went to a few antique stores and yard sales while we were up there. I bought the blue mixing bowl (401) for $3. It’s unnumbered which means it goes to the set made in the ’40s. I think that’s just insane! How amazing that these adorable bowls survive all those years and come out looking so pretty!? I am 1 bowl (green) away from completing my 1940s primary mixing bowl set and spent $10 so far. Patience pays off! One of the yard sales we stopped at had a “FREE” box. Those are my favorite. Who doesn’t love free?! I found a canning jar (quart size), Butterfly Gold salt/pepper shakers, and the Butterfly Gold cream and sugar bowls in the box. Michael bought some cake decorating supplies, so I didn’t feel as bad taking the freebies. Michael’s sister also got 8 free Butterfly Gold mugs for her apartment (she goes to college this August!). We stopped at a Goodwill and I picked up the (2) Spring Blossoms mixing bowls (#401) and the lid for $4.50 total. Yes, I have 5 of those green bowls now, thanks for reminding me 😉 I simply can’t leave the 401s behind.

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Today Michael and I took a ride to another city for some nice yard sales. FINALLY I found some Pyrex at a yard sale and at great prices! The big Daisy bowl (#444) was $0.25!! I wish I could have seen the look on my face when the lady said “a quarter!”. The Butterfly Gold refrigerator dishes (502 and 503) were $3, the Butterprint Cinderella Bowl (441) was $1, and the Apple Dumplin’ (friends of Strawberry Shortcake) mug was $0.25. I found the 503 lid for $2 at an antique store along the way. And the blue and red primary refrigerator dishes were found at my local flea market for $4. I was a beautiful morning, we hit some great sales, and had a lovely time together! That is my kind of date 🙂 (We drove his new car and we stopped and got donuts, too, so Nerdboy was satisfied).

I hope you guys are still enjoying these posts! I love, love, love my thrifty finds and really love reading about your finds too!