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November 07, 2019

Caring for a Favorite Leather Jacket

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Back in the late 2000’s, I found a gorgeous, deliciously soft, black lambskin leather jacket by For Joseph at Shopaholic Sample Sales boutique for a ridiculous $89. Original retail, as I recall was around $389.  Shopaholic Sample Sales are famous for their amazing fashion deals.  Though it was an unplanned purchase, I was thrilled with my prize.

I wore the jacket everywhere.

October 30, 2019

Shoes for Hubby … and Me.

Outlet Malls, as a whole, are not really discount outlets any more. So much Special Purchase product or just a small corner with a “Sale” sign.  But if you love a specific line and want a good selection, it’s sometimes worth going out of the way to shop.

Such was our case.

October 07, 2019

Sample Sale Tips

Attn Sample Sales Enthusiast, the biggest Sample Sale Season of the year is revving up.
From Late October to mid-December more Sample and Warehouse Sales happen that at any other time of year. This is where you find discounts of 50%-95% off on higher quality goods. Most sales happen later in the week, Thursday -Fridays and on weekends.

These are no frills shopping experiences and are for the serious bargain shopper.

October 03, 2019

Dumb Shopping Mistakes

Our recent move went super smoothly. We only realized after we moved into a cute new abode, how much stuff we needed.

One absent irritation I tried to fix was getting new daily placemats. I had thrown out our old cork backs, hard placemats due to their age and signs of wear.

Seems simple right?

September 26, 2019

Fry’s Mystifies

For years, Fry’s was the “Go To” for all things electronic. From Home Theater to appliances and all sorts of gadgets, this was the place. The staff was smart, helpful, the selection was massive and prices … low!

I was stunned how small the crowds were and how nearly empty the shelves were. WT Heck happened?

September 19, 2019

Organizing a New Space

So we sold our home and moved into, what we hope will be a just a year or two rental in a cool little Bungalow House.

But we’ve been spoiled. Most rentals don’t have great closet space or upgrades many homes have. Our new places closet space is, in a word….awkward. The blinds are from Home Depot, the electrical is older and the tile counters are original.

So we’re making adjustments and fixing a few areas we can fix.

September 09, 2019

Home Sale Adventure

With our daughter moved out, we’d been pondering the sale of our home this Summer but knew we had to make the house sparkle to get the price we wanted. Getting it back in shape mattered to our bottom line.

We decided to get busy fixing the house back up to where it should be. The needed vacation would have to wait.

July 31, 2019

Great Warranties…. Great Product… Great Craftsman

Buying good product and working with great craftsman pays off in the long run when you have to maintain items in your home.

July 11, 2019

The Costs of Retail

While I was visiting a Warehouse Distribution Outlet it dawned on me that the discounts were based on removing the large section of distribution and marketing.

This warehouse outlet was selling product at below or at the cost to manufacture.

So then why is everything so expensive at the retail level? The quick answer is COST.

June 13, 2019

A Bad First Impression

So much of the communication I do now is thru text, emails, Facebook messaging etc. It’s very uncommon to actually talk to anyone anymore. Words can be and often are misconstrued if you can’t hear the inflection behind them.

So, last year, I had several, what I read as very “mean” emails cross my desk from a representative of an off price retailer. Offended, I just stopped talking about them.

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