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Nifty thrifty

December 12th, 2009 at 06:33 am

I had a coupon that I printed worth $5 off a purchase at Hallmark Gold Crown stores. It doesn't specify a minimum purchase or anything, so I went yesterday to look around. An hour later I came out empty handed! I don't know if it was the mood I was in, or what possessed me to NOT take advantage of that coupon. Surely I could find something to give for a gift? Nothing jumped out at me. Surely I could find something for myself? Nope, nothing really appealed to me. I thought about a bracelet they had and even tried it on, but decided against it in the end. I have a ton of greeting cards already, so I don't need any more. No one I know collects any of the various mugs, doo-dads, and whatnots that they have.

I thought about just laying the coupon down for someone else to find, but kept it just in case I think of something in the next week that I can use it for.

Today, on the other hand, was a success. I just had 20 minutes after work before a local thrift store closes, so I stopped in. For this particular store, 20 minutes isn't nearly enough. It's huge! I found a nice new-looking basket for a plant, and I've been looking for one for awhile. And then, with just 5 minutes to spare, I spotted a nice sweater. It's off-white with gold trim, and really quite nice. After I tried it on and fell in love with it, I saw that it has a stain, possibly ink, on one of the cuffs. The sleeves are long enough that I can just turn the cuffs back if I can't get the stain out. $1 for each item, and I was on my way!

It looks like someone already tried to get the ink out since it's faded, but if anyone has suggestions for how to get rid of it, I'd love to hear them.

4 Responses to “Nifty thrifty”

  1. debtfreeme Says:

    what is the sweater made of: cotton, polyester or something else?

  2. DeniseNTexas Says:

    Good deal on that sweater! Try hair spray on the stain then soak it in borax and warm water then wash it as you would normally. That helps with a lot of stains.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    I've always had good luck with hair spray on ink. Spray the ink several times then let sit a little bit (20 minutes) and wash! Always seems to come out for me.

    I have that same $5 Hallmark coupon! I'm pretty sure I'm getting my sister a graduation card with mine. She's getting her Master's next week.

  4. dtjunkie Says:

    Hallmark stores are filled with "unnecessary" items. That's probably why you didnt find anything. Not knocking the store...because I too love cute little doodads. Your inner Penny pincher was in full effect.

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