I also got in some small-ish shopping trips. I was trying to find some books for my friends little girl, and my sister always says that kids don't need more toys, but you can never have enough books. Well, books are expensive new, and I remembered something. My friends is awesome, and loves vintage, she wouldn't mind if I headed to a thrift store (she would be proud) and found some books. After I left the mall I headed to the Value Village across the street, and memories of highschool came flooding back to me. I cannot believe I forgot how much I actually liked going to thrift stores. Well, I found a lot of books, both for myself and for my friends daughter. Then I head to the toy section, that was a bad idea, I found a New - My little Pony, and some Megablocks. I kept the pony for my kids, and the blocks are staying at my moms house for every grandchild to enjoy.
It didn't end there, a few days later while visiting the same friends, we went to another Value Village, we bought more books, and I bought a few more toys for my kids.
Just when I thought it was safe, I stopped at ANOTHER Value Village while visiting my sister. More books, more toys.
No I don't have a sickness, but it was highly addictive to walk into these stores, and not pay insane amounts of money for toys. I would never get that kind of deal online, or even via Once upon a child (damn them and their markups).
I won't speak about the markups that thrift stores seem to have going on with clothing, but their toys and books with only $1 a piece, plus they had a buy 4 get one free there, so....score!
Anyway, I just wanted to share a bit of my haul, of some of the things I brought home
In return, my super awesome friend bought me this (and also the 2 Disney Books that C found)
Also, I cleaned them up in the washing machine, but don't tell my husband :D
While some of the trip was stressful (travelling with my little ones by myself always unnerves me a little), it was awesome to see everyone. I always had a huge pang of sadness hit me whenever I would have to walk out the door and leave. I know I will see everyone again in August, but all of our babies are growing up, and not being able to just see them whenever I want really hurts. You get used to your way of life, and when it changes it reminds you that life continues to go on, even when you aren't always there to see it.
I am looking forward to my next visit to see everyone, which I hope involves more visits with friends, and maybe some pre-wedding drinking with a few of my girls, before our lovely girl Karen gets married!