The Savers thrift store chain often offers reward cards. You get one spot filled for each $5 spent or donation of a plastic shopping bagful of goods and when all 15 spots on the card are filled you’re rewarded with a 30% off shopping spree. Recently they offered Savers club members an even better deal! (You can join here; it’s free.) If you donated just two bags of used goods you received a coupon for a 30% discount! By combining shopping and donating DH and I were rewarded with Three 30% off Savers shopping sprees! What Fun!!! What kinds of thrifty treasures might we find??
On our first shopping spree I got this Jacob’s Ladder afghan in perfect condition, $3.50. (all prices shown show the 30% discount)
Because fringe usually doesn’t hold up well under heavy use, I’ll probably take the time to weave in all the ends before I give it to the foster children’s program. Here’s a free Jacob’s Ladder Afghan pattern – thanks to Bev’s Country Cottage – for when you’d like to crochet a Jacob’s Ladder of your own.
My charity stash gained only this one lonely over-sized skein of light burgundy acrylic, $2.10
But it fared a little better on my second trip when I got two 5-ounce skeins of ‘MainStays’, a yarn that’s manufactured for WalMart. This variegated is called ‘Blue Ridge’, $2.80.
And two 4-ounce skeins of ‘Lambs Pride’, which is 85% wool/15% mohair, in ‘Victorian Pink.
I have no particular plans for this yarn; I just thought the little touch of mohair sounded Yummy! lol, as was the price of $2.79. Maybe there’s enough there for me to weave a scarf?
I also got a cone of blue sewing thread, $2.10. Doesn’t it normally cost that much just to get a little spool?
Then on my third and last spree I found an even bigger cone of thread, a whole pound of 20/2 (very fine!) PINK cotton weaving thread for $3.50.
I know this stuff usually sells for about $20, so this was an exceptionally good deal. Yay, Savers! Inside the cone the label says this color is ‘Azalea’, appropriate.
I got pretty excited when I first caught sight of this very pretty and large Round Ripple Afghan!
It too was only $3.50, just like the Jacob’s Ladder! Unfortunately I’m turning it back into two and a half pounds of yarn (almost enough yarn for two weekly ripples) because, when I tried smoothing it out to take a photo for you, this is what happened!
Clearly its maker did not heed my earlier advice about checking and double checking the rate of increase when crocheting a round ripple! tsk. tsk. If they had, they would have realized very early on that something wasn’t quite right.
It’s easy enough to pretend that a circular afghan’s first few rounds lay ‘flat enough’. – I took this picture when I was almost finished unraveling, –
But, if you can’t smooth it out completely. . .
or if it looks like this when you fold it in half,
please stop, be honest with yourself and admit there’s a problem. It will not go away or improve simply because you ignore it. sigh.
I made only one other fibery purchase at Savers, a Lord & Taylor cabled cashmere sweater, which I hoped would fit DH. My backup plan was that if it didn’t fit I would unravel it for the thirteen ounces of luscious three-ply cashmere yarn. I figured it was a fantastic buy either way at $5.60.
I may have felt disappointed for a split second when DH tried it on because my personal stash won’t be gaining any cashmere. The sweater fits him beautifully! You’ll just have to take my word on that. It’s July, so a little too warm to be posing for cashmere fashion photos. lol.