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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Cheese Run

I have been trying to go to the thrift stores more often now that garage sales are few and far between.  I haven't been finding a lot lately. We did buy a lot of books and video games at the Algonquin Library book sale.  This was the first time that they had hundreds of video games for all systems.  Of course, the kids went crazy, but were very good on selecting only a few of the ones that they really wanted.  (They were only $5-$8 each).

I did take the family to the Sears Clothing Outlet on Route 47 in Woodstock (formerly the Kmart building).  They had a special:  fit up to 10 items in a bag that they gave you to use and each item was $5.  Since they are finally carrying men's clothes, I had the boys try on sweaters.  We did buy 9 sweaters between the 2 and for $5 each, it was a bargain.  You have to be willing to go through racks and racks of clothes. 

We then went to Fry's in Downers Grove.  It is an electronics store.  They did have deals on some items.  You just had to be aware of prices elsewhere and just go for the sale prices in their brochure.  We did some Christmas shopping.

Then, on Sunday, we did our yearly cheese run to Monroe Wisconsin.  This is the second year in a row that it didn't snow.  It was awfully windy though.  We stopped first at the Maple Leaf Cheese outlet store and bought a few things.  They lost power while we were there.  It went on about 1 hour later.  Then, we went to our favorite cheese store, Alp and Del and stocked up for the year.  We always check the sale bins first.  With a $30 or more purchase, they gave us a free chunk of cheese.  There are always lots of samples to try.  You can fill up on them.  On we went to the Swiss Colony outlet store and bought mostly cakes and candy.  They didn't have as much as they usually do at this time of year, but it was still worth the visit.  I have cakes now for Thanksgiving and Christmas and whenever someone comes to visit.  We always stop at Baumgartners for lunch on the square in Monroe.  You can have the server toss a dollar bill (or more) to stick on the ceiling which will then be donated at the end of the year to charity.  It is a no frills place, but generally good food.  We now have enough cheese to last the year and we have had our fill for the next month, or more.  We love to visit Monroe.  They do have antique stores on the square and other cheese stores to visit.  It is definitely a fun day trip.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Last Rummage Sale

On Friday, I went to what I believe was the last rummage sale of the season.   There were so many more people at the sale then I have seen in a long time.  It was a mad rush for things and they were cleaned out very quickly.  I managed to find some vintage aprons, one was made with chenille. I also found a lot of fabric and 2 costume jewelry pins. 

On Saturday, the kids and I went to my favorite holiday sale, Mistletoe Magic at the Grace Lutheran Church in Woodstock.  I found a lot of costume jewerly pins, necklaces and bracelets.  The table was packed with jewelry and I had to go around it at least 10 times to see what was turning up.  I was surprised to see that one of the pins was sterling silver.  I didn't know that until I got home and really looked at it.  I also found a wonderful pink crocheted scarf and beret.  The prices were so reasonable.  Then, we went across the hall to buy homemade cookies by the pound.  You get to pick the cookies you want to put in your box.  The kids come with me only to get the cookies.

On the way to their Pokemon league, I saw an Estate Sale sign and had to go.  I found 2 vintage Christmas ornaments.  They were made in Japan and one was broken.  So, since it was only $1, I bought it and hot glued it together when I got home.  More for my ornament collection.

Next Friday is my favorite library book sale at the Algonquin library.  We go right after school and buy, buy, buy.  This is a fun sale.  When you are done buying, the library treats you to cookies and lemonade.  Sometimes I think we go to these events just for the food!