I hit up the thrift store when I went to the doctor. It’s my guilty pleasure. In 2020 I’m making a strong effort to try to cut back on my incidental purchases and focus on bigger things.
I started that in 2017 with my “fabric diet”. I decided that I wouldn’t buy fabric unless it was for a specific project or something I REALLY needed to finish a project. I did awesome at that. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to tighten my budget as I wanted to afford some bigger ticket items. I found myself wishing for better lighting but then I would spend all of my money on fabric and wouldn’t have money for lighting. One day I finally figured out that I could have better lighting if I would just limit my fabric spending and that’s that I did. That year I bought this AWESOME light I use in my sewing room at my machine. I loved so much that I went back and bought another. I can’t imaging sewing without them now. I’ve thought about buying a third. That’s how much I love them. HERE is the link. It doesn’t look like it could throw much light but it is night and day difference. It adjust nicely to every machine.
That year I also got a wool mat. HERE IS THE LINK.
Those purchases did more for my sewing room than more fabric could have. I also went to only Olfa Splash rotary cutters.
Changing a blade on these is a breeze and since then I change the blade more often. Silly I know, but I do.
Anyway, focusing my quilting money on big items that made my sewing life easier really paid off for me.
After that experience I started applying the “don’t spend on little things and save for the big things” to other parts of my life. Since Kramer passed away and I’m in charge of all the money, it’s easier than it before.
I’ve been working on my freezer challenge…I am buying less food so when I do buy food now, I’m enjoying things like shrimp more often. I’ve moved to quality more than quantity and that’s brought nice cheese which I love into our house.
Anyway…I’ve been doing this with toys for the kids and things for the house too. I’m MUCH happier having quality over quantity. I hope I can keep this all up as I really like it.
So back to my original thought….I’ve not been to the thrift store as often and when I go, I buy less. It’s all good. I spent $1.60. This is what I got….
My green calico to add to my collection was 50 cents.
I got a magazine and this book just for something to page through at night before bed. I’ve learned that it’s okay for me to get them, page through them and donate them back to the thrift store.
The one I was REALLY excited about was this one…..I won’t be giving this one back. This one is a keeper.Back when the kids were little every so often we’d go to the neighboring town and visit their library. The library there was MUCH bigger than our local library. We’d spend a Saturday morning there browsing and reading. They loved it and I did too. I think a couple times a year I could check out this book. Oh I loved it. There are so many wonderful quilts in the book. Seriously, if I had to get rid of my quilting books and cut my library to only a couple selections, this one is one I’d keep…so once I’m done paging through this at bedtime, I’m putting this one right in my own library. YAHOO!! I have my own copy now!
I checked and the book is still available on Amazon HERE.
There are so many quilts I love….
I love traditional quilts and this one has a treasure trove of them.
Granted there are a few dated projects….like this.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at this and wished applique was my thing.
I’ve had the book for a week now…yep…I have looked at it every night. I read through a pattern and laugh at the instructions. Everything is so different than now. We all have rotary cutters for one thing!! Oh we are so lucky to be living in this age of quilting. We are so blessed with awesome tools like the ones I showed you at the beginning of this post.
What a fun $1.60 I spent!! I could have easily spent another $25 but I kept reminding myself to pick a couple favorites and save the rest for a big project.
I’m so happy that back in 2017 I started my fabric diet and I learned that I can afford nicer things if I bypass buying so much fabric at the quilt shops. Nowadays I can’t imagine sewing without my nice light and wool mat….I can’t wait to see what else I can afford to do this year if I’m not buying so much little stuff.