Monday, September 15, 2008

OOOOOOOhhhhhhh the Shame...

of it all....

what are these?easy enough, right?

these are magazines...

but what kind of magazines?

old magazines, she said with a hint of defiance in her voice

what kind of old magazines?

old magazines...bought off of ebay...

that's right, people...I've hit a new low for magazine addiction...

I'm buyin' them off ebay...

...and I just won the complete 1990 and 1991 issues of Country Living [hooray...$4.99 plus shipping]...

can I tell ya'll how much I'm loving these old magazines?

a whole bunch...they're a really cheap thrill...keep me amused and out of trouble for hours on end...

several months ago, our bet-ter Goodwill started keeping magazines in the book area...I was thrilled...I grabbed up a handful and practically trampled children on my way to the register to enquire the price (I'm thinkin' to myself "couldn't be more than 50 cents an issue")...

after the check-out ladies looked at me as if I had more than 1 screw loose, one trotted off to the back room to see how much to charge the insane person at the register for the crummy old magazines...

BUT THEY WEREN'T FOR SALE...

just for "customers to browse"...

what? people, this isn't Barnes & Noble...until ya'll start up a coffee bar and sell over-priced slices of cheesecake too, THERE IS NO SITTING AND BROWSING MAGAZINES (that I want to buy)...

I expect I was a pitiful sight, slowly trundling back to the stupid book area to return the stupid magazines to the stupid bin where nobody was going to do anything with them at stupid all...

But I feel, with time, I've moved on...recovered a bit...found a new way to feed my addiction...


next, please...
wicker furniture found at the Habitat in Rincon...settee $30, chair $20 and end table $10...the only flaw is that little broken band at the bottom of the chair...easy fix...

I've been wanting wicker for the front porch for a while but refused to get up off at least a cool $300...because I'm frugal like that...

Life Lesson: eventually, all things pass through Goodwill, the Salvation Army and/or Habitat for Humanity...like a good pitch...you gotta waiiiiitttttttt for it...SWING!


a nice coat of olive green paint will perk things right up...a nice coat of olive green paint that will be applied when the heat and humidity back off just a touch...come, say, November...
and a long bloomin', late blooming daylily...that I cannot recall the name of for the life of me...

most daylilies in our area have long since stopped blooming...actually around here, a lot of blooming perennials hang up their hats by June or July so I love having these pretty orange blooms in late August and on into September...

Take it easy, ya'll :)




23 comments:

see you there! said...

Old magazines? Every once in awhile I pull one out and am shocked to discover it is Twenty Years Old (20!) and has my name of the subscription label. Well I may save them but at least I don't buy them (VBG).

You have a much better quality of thrift store than we do from the looks of things. Our have clothes, clothes and more clothes. Maybe a tiny rack of bent teflon pans in the kitchen section and a few broken toys. Nothing!

Darla

Serah said...

I'm jealous of both your finds! I've been looking for wicker furniture, too, but no such luck.

Let me know how the magazines are!

The Berry's Patch said...

I saw some magazines on ebay once for $130. I emailed the person and asked if they were crazy. No response. I guess people really do like old magazines. I have a tone of Phoenix Home and Garden that you can have. You may not want the ones from the bathroom...I have little boys. Anyhoo, lovely wicker patio set you found. Your life lesson is so TRUE, everything must pass through Goodwill eventually.

PAT said...

I'm thinking those magazines will have a price on them, next time you go in. Bet they never had a thought anyone would want to buy them.

I'd love to get hold of some of those really old Country Living Magazines. That magazine was amazing in the early days, then went kind of different or something, at least for me, so I quit subscribing, but I've recently renewed my love affair and am subscribing again.

Manuela said...

LOL! I've bought old magazines off ebay too! I also sell my magazines on ebay sometimes. That's so weird, my Goodwill has tons of mags and they sell them?

I'm going to Habitat next Friday (as long as the weathers good). I hope mine is as good as yours!

Manuela

sheila from life @ #17 said...

$130 for magazines! wow...those must be some exciting magazines...

I think the most I paid was $10 to $15 for a huge stack...maybe 20 or more...

Pat, I love the older CL too...I keep eyeing the auctions for the 80s CL, but they seem to be Mucho Desired...

but I expect I'll cave at some point...

Good luck with that Habitat Run, Manuela :)

May the force be with you :)

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE old magazines... that's why I have so many still in my possession... however I have never bought old magazines... yet... ENJOY!!!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Hi there...just came across your blog.....love it. That wicker is gorgeous. I love mags too....I keep all my Country Living and country home...and ME. cherry

Julie said...

Oh.....I have that "sickness", too -- the one that makes me crave old magazines!
I sure wish that I knew you collected them as I had to get rid of so many in the move. I brought lots and lots, though. I'm sick, I know this:*?

Total score on that wicker furniture!!!! Wow! And I sooooooooooo can't wait to see it with some Olive green paint on it!
Loving that color! Maybe the humidity will let up sooner than November?!?!? I can't wait until then!!!!

Blessings,
Julie

Timi said...

Great finds! I totally agree with you about everything passing through the thrift store at some point. If it's not the thrift store you can find it at a garage sale. It just takes a little patients I guess. I'm too cheap to buy it new.
I have a magazine addiction also. I can't go to the grocery, book store, farm store, or whatever without coming home with one of the darn things. The Hubs gets super annoyed. Oh well! Too bad! I love my magazines!

Deb said...

Hi Shelia, I'm with you on the magazine thingy. Who wants to sit in the Goodwill and browse magazines. Eveything should be forsale! The nerve of those people!
I love old mags and have a bundle that I still thumb through to get ideas. Funny story and lovely flower. Deb

Rebecca said...

Hee Hee, look at all those magazines! I swannie, you and my mom would have gotten along so well. She collected and kept every dang magazine she could get her hands on. And, she too was an animal lover. Sometimes you just make me think of my mom, Miz Sheila. I love that wicker furniture! Great find! I love the new look of your blog too!

nikkicrumpet said...

Too funny about the magazines...they should have just sold them to you...I can just see you trudging away all sad. Great story and I love your writing style....very entertaining!!!

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Loved your magazine story! Old mags sure do say lots about the times don't they? Old ads & fashions ...... I have a bunch that I saved for the recipes & they are tons of fum to sit & relax with.
Great score on the wicker. Take care, DebraK

Cathy said...

I cleaned out my magazines last night. My 2 piles aren't quite as high as yours, so that makes me feel better. ;) Mine are going to friends and/or Salvation Army.

Great wicker!

Cathy

abeachcottage said...

oh I have stacks and stacks of them too, my thrift store does sell them, I get them for 50c but I hadn't even thought of ebaying them, eeek, another addiction coming on lol!

Sarah

Tracey said...

Hi Sheila,
Thanks for coming obver to my blog. I am impressed that you remember how you got there, I usually get so lost I can't figure out how I found somebody's blog :)
So, you have a crazy Maddie too....maybe it's the name!!
:)
Tracey

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

What a great deal! Lucky you. I love old magazines too. Check your local library. Ours put their old magazines on the "giveaway" shelf after a year. It is a great way to stock up for rainy days.

Great find on that wicker furniture. I'm with you. If I want it, I simply wait. There is NOTHING I've haven't found at the Goodwill store eventually. I waited 3 years for an old prim table for my family room. But when it showed up, it was $5. Can't beat that!

Thanks so much for the tip on the Kodak program. I downloaded it and now I can post photos again. Hurray!

Smiles,
Lea

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

You're SO funny...I can't believe they wouldn't sell those magazines. You're right, that is no place to sit & browse. I've got old mags I have got to get rid of.

Love your wicker..that was a score!

Country Girl said...

As long as it keeps you out of trouble and off the mean streets, old magazines to tickle your fancy is quite a good thing!

When you're done with them, you can sell them back, right?

Katydid said...

I definitely felt your pain over those country magazines. I can not throw a magazine away! When I try to tear out favorite articles so I can toss the rest away I feel like I am literally disecting an animal without anesthesia. So needless to say I have mags stacked everywhere!
Kelly

Karen said...

I have to say that the Goodwill/magazine story was strange! They sell anything not nailed down (well at our stores anyway). And it never hurts to ask . . .my husband and I were at a Goodwill and he came across 18 gorgeous history books (a set) and they were individually marked! So I asked one of the clerks about a discount if you buy the enire set and she was NO help at all. So I went to a different clerk (my husband was getting a little uncomfortable at this point - I think I was embarrassing him:) and she said she was sure that they discount on a set. She asked yet another person and ta-da! They were marked at $3.00 a piece - and we got the entire set for $13!! Didn't stop to ask how they arrived at that price - but always ask. And if you don't like the answer, ask somebody else.

debbie said...

DEAR SHEILA,
LIFE AT NUMBER 17 IS HYSTERICAL....I JUST DISCOVERED YOUR BLOG. YOU ARE QUITE FUNNY. I HAVE ENJOYED READING AND LAUGHING AND THE MOST HYSTERICAL WAS THE THRIFT STORE THAT DIDN'T SELL THEIR MAGAZINES. I TOO, LOVE MAGAZINES...COUNTRY LIVING, COUNTRY HOME,ANY OF THOSE ROMANTIC COUNTRY MAGAZINES...TWO YEARS AGO I WENT TO PHOENIX TO SEE MY SISTER...DID I SAY I LOVE BOOKS TOO...I LEFT MY CLOTHES AND BROUGHT THE BOOKS AND MAGAZINES SHE GAVE ME AND I BOUGHT AND IT STILL COST ME 50.00 EXTRA...MY DAD BROKE THE WHEELS PULLING THE SUITCASE AND ASK ME IF IT WAS FULL OF ROCKS...I WISH IT HAD BEEN...
I HAVE AN ANDY PANDY THAT LOOKS JUST LIKE YOUR TEDDY WEDDY...WE WERE GIVEN ANDY BY A SCHIZOPHRENIC NEIGHBOR WHO DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO WITH THIS LITTLE THING THAT FIT IN THE PALM OF OUR HAND...WE HAD TO BOTTLE FEED HIM..STIMULATE HIM TO GO TO BATHROOM...I DIDN'T KNOW YOU HAD TO DO ALL THAT AND THE VET SAID HE WOULD PROBABLY DIE....HE IS OVER A YEAR OLD AND HE IS JUST SOOO SPECIAL TO US.......
ANYHOO....I DIDN'T MEAN TO RAMBLE BUT I SURE ENJOY YOUR BLOG....THE GRANNY PANTIES JUST CRACKED ME UP.
I JUST STARTED A BLOG...IT IS VERY PRIMITIVE...I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO PICTURES YET AND YOU WILL LOVE MY COLOR....I JUST FOUND OUT HOW TO CHANGE THE PAGE COLOR TONIGHT AND THEN I READ YOUR BLOG.....
ANY WAY I AM NEW TO THE BLOG WORLD AND I WOULD CONSIDER IT AN HONOR IF YOU STOPPED BY AND HAD SOMETHINF FUNNY TO SAY...OR NOT.
I WOULD LIKE TO PUT YOUR BLOG ON MY BLOG FOR PEOPLE TO READ....YOU MAY WANT TO WAIT...I MAY BE TOO BORING.
HAVE A GOOD DAY
debbie

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