Alex’s 6th Birthday Trip

There was a little girl named Alex, and she loved horses, just like her aunt.

And the day before her sixth birthday she had her third horseriding lesson,

 where her family came and watched,

including her younger sister (whose passion is gymnastics, if you couldn’t tell, she is a stretchy little one)

and also her new cousin, (whose passion is sleeping and eating)

and after took her out to lunch at her favorite coffee shop.

(don’t let her fool you, she got TWO muffins because it was her birthday, but like a true lady, did not want them in the picture with her:)

When lunch was over, as she requested, her aunt jay jay and her gammy took her to Goodwill.

On the way she said, “I really want to find a big pink teddy bear with a bow tie.”

And amazingly enough, as she walked through the aisle, perusing the piles and piles of stuffed animals on top of the clothing racks, she came upon this,

A big pink stuffed teddy bear with a bow tie.  And she put it in her cart to bring home with her.

But she was not done with Goodwill that day.  She had to make sure there was nothing else there for her.  And so she walked further to the back of the store and saw this,

put there seemingly just for her for her 6th birthday.

An old fashioned bouncing horse.  She immediately jumped on and knew she would have hours of countless fun and had to bring it home as well.  She even named it Jiggles because of how it jiggled as she rode.  Her aunt knew she would pay at most $20 anything so she could bring it home with her for her birthday.  But it was only 7.50, half off its original price of $15.

It made her aunt happy that the Goodwill fairies seem to show her niece the same favor they do her.

And they did not leave her aunt out that day either, as they led her to this

A knee length Calving Klein kelly green wool car coat, for 12.50.

And also to these,

Talbot’s patent leather flats, perfect size 7, (they know how to make a girl feel like Cinderella) also half of of $8.00 for $4.00.

Yes it was a happy day before her sixth birthday for Alexandra, and her aunt Jay Jay.

Thanks Goodwill!

(in case you didn’t catch on…I am the aunt:)

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Straw Bags and Horse Farms

I haven’t had much time to make it to a local Goodwill lately to make some finds of my own, although I am in need of a new dresser, so that may be happening sooner rather than later.  But for today, I am stealing my coworker’s find to share with you- don’t worry, she approved it.  

As I was leaving school today,  Ms. Helen showed me her latest treasure that she got at the Goodwill OUTLET store here in Nashville. 

Kill me.

Straw and leather weaved tote, $ 0.80.   Goodwill Outlet Store, Berry Hill, Nashville, TN

Ms. Helen modeling her Goodwill find.  Or just Helen after 3:00.  I think she has a future in modeling, whaddya think? 

Closeup of the straw and leather weaving. 

One of Helen’s passions is working with horses on her family’s farm, and what she spends a lot of her free time doing.  I may be minorly jealous of this.  But I cope.  Lots of ice cream.  And running (to burn off said cream of ice), and playing music, and listening to music, and writing music…well, you get the idea.  Anyway, she says she’ll be able to use this to bring to the farm, as it is sturdy enough to take the wear and tear.  As you can see, it does carry those cowboy boots quite handily.  It definitely looks like it can stand up to the job, and also look good while doing it.  Which is what we really all want, isn’t it?  (Other than life being sugar rimmed…of course)

On a side note, we are lucky enough to have a Goodwill outlet store in Nashville where all the other stores’ rejects end up.  Everything at the outlet store is sold by weight my friends, by weight.  Have you ever heard of anything so spectacular?  Hence this purse being only 0.80 cents!  Dont know if you’ve noticed, but that is a little less than my normal prices of my finds.  My first, and only, purchase at the outlet store so far was a Wine Encyclopedia book for like 1.06.  Thinking back… an encyclopedia MAY not have been the best thing to buy by weight….oh well.  A dollar for knowledge is still pretty good. 

I know that find left you pining for some wine knowledge, let me fill that void for you; here’s one fact I learned from this book: Chardonnay is one of the easiest grapes to grow in all different types of regions, and adapts to change very well, the Lady Gaga of grapes if you will.  (I do my best with analogies, don’t expect much)  The merlot grape, not so much as adaptable.  Soooo, practical tip: if you are going to buy a cheap(er) wine at a restaurant, opt for Chardonnay over Merlot.  Because, well, it’s easier to make a cheap and more palatable Chardonnay than a cheap, palatable Merlot.  Also, if you really don’t know much about wine, the ‘t’ in Merlot is silent.  I just helped you out ALOT, you may not know it, but I did.  You’re welcome.

Hope this inspires you to get out there and make some finds of your own.  Take that money you save and go on a nice vacation!!  Maybe on a tour of the Goodwill’s of America?  Or the Caribbean….Either/Or. 🙂

Happy Spring and Daylight savings time week ( I just made that up, I think its gonna catch on…).  Wake up!

Have you ever been to a Goodwill outlet store?

Yup.

Do you enjoy learning about wine?

Yup.

Do you like horses?

Love.