Friday, December 26, 2008

get your butts to the stores

because they are simply FLOODED with great awesome deals right now. I'll post all about mine from today later on :)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

more frames and a clock

I just had to get back to that great 50% off sale at Target again. I eyed a set in there before but passed on it and have regretted it ever since. So today I picked up this great set of little silver frames for about $9.00. The original price is $19.99

I also picked up such a beautiful classic silver round clock for the guest room for a little less than $9.00. I can't find a picture of it online but it was a great find :)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I've been framed!

so check it out... Target has a lot of interesting frames right now for 50% off. There are some sort of weird ones out there but if you sort through it, some sort of neat ones too. Basically they could fit any style since there is such a wide variety.

I picked up this cute little one

it's really not this bright in person... it's really a very pretty green and I don't have a picture of weird old people attacking each other or anything like that in it (my dog, Miles, is actually gracing my frame).

like it? you can snag it yourself for $6.99.

Monday, December 8, 2008

outlet malls

I'm sure most of you guys know the joys of outlet malls. A great place to find a bargain and stock up a bit on a favorite that may be discontinuing. I headed out to our nearest outlet mall yesterday and picked up a few deals.

My first stop ALWAYS is the yankee candle outlet. You can always find a GREAT deal on big jar candles, many which are still selling for the big bucks in the regular store, votives, and if you're lucky, tarts. The tarts are a little hard to come by in your favorite latest greatest scents but if you dig a little you can still find a few things worth getting. But the best deal, in my opinion, is the tart burners. They discount great tart burners like crazy there. I picked up this one for a friend who loves beachy items

and a very pretty glass snowflake sort of one for me (can't find picture). They were 6 bucks a piece if you bought two.

I also love going to the bath and body works outlet. I can get great cheap wallflowers there and that's probably my favorite to pick up from there. I got one of those for a gift to give for about $5 (I believe they retail at about $12.50). I also picked up a large serving dish with a stand for about $16 for another gift.

You may be surprised at what you would find there, if you always thought it was for rejects and damaged goods.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

a cheap vase-filler

it's that time of year. I don't know about you but I LOVE seasonal decorating. Especially for Christmas. I had an idea last year that I loved so much I am keeping this year but I wanted to share with all of you as well. It's my cheap vase filler.

can you tell what those are from the picture? they are silver jingle bells, snagged at Michaels for a few bucks. Very festive yet classy.

What do you think?

Friday, December 5, 2008

a few recent scores

I have a confession.

I have NOT been in the Christmas spirit yet. My hubby and I decorated a little bit a few days ago and I was just NOT into it. I don't know why, and I am sad about it. However, I discovered a little bit of Christmas cheer through some retail therapy. Yes, I know that's terrible and that Christmas is about MUCH more than just things, but it really lifted my spirits to be able to get a few little things to make my house closer to the Christmas look I wanted.

We went last night and Target had a large percentage of their Christmas stuff on sale. I was looking for a cute apothecary type jar to put some Hershey kisses in for my coffee table. I saw a small one in the home decor section for $19.99... yikes. So I wander over to the Christmas items and they have several beautiful items there. and low and behold, there is a beautiful apothecary jar that is MUCH larger than that other one sitting below the ornaments. It's a few bucks cheaper and larger so I figure what the heck. I'll get it. So that was one of the things I brought up with me and I was pleasantly surprised when it rang up on sale cheaper than the list price. I got that sucker for $16. I am pretty satisfied with that price. I know if I could have waited until after Christmas I probably could have gotten it cheaper IF I had been lucky enough to find it, but I really wanted it for this season.

They also have some really adorable photo frames for sale right now. Check out that section if you go too.

Next we headed to Marshalls who actually has some cute Christmas tree skirts. I scored a beautiful one for just under $20. I highly recommend going there if you're looking for Christmas decor because they had it in an ABUNDANCE! I could have stayed and looked around for a lot longer if I didn't have my yawning and hungry husband with me.

Last but not least, people, Pottery Barn is AFFORDABLE on something!!! sound the trumpets and take me home! In other words, it's shocking but good.

Some very lovely ladies tipped me off to a great deal on stockings. Right now you can score on these

The large ones are on sale for $10 each, and the small ones are on sale for $6 each. I heard something about free shipping as well but it looks like that may have disappeared today :( they have to spoil the fun, don't they? I even heard something about free personalization but I'm not sure how they got that or if it's still around. All things worth checking out though, wouldn't you say?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

adorable etsy find

okay, we've talked etsy, have we not? yes, we have. A WONDERFUL place to find unique and custom gifts for Christmas without spending an arm and a leg. Now I hope she doesn't mind me whoring out her site but I'm sure she wont... but see that link over on the side there? for puffer progress? She has a recent post showing how she makes CUSTOM ornaments based on pictures of your pet. Personally, I think it is TOO CUTE for words and and at $15 a pop, you can afford that unique gift for that animal lover that you can't quite figure out what to get.

click here to go to her etsy store and buy one today!! (and one for me, please)

another weekend deal

okay okay... so a TRUE deals freak would have been out there on black friday at the crack of dawn saving hundreds of $$, right? Well to SAVE that much money, you have to have that much money to spend in the first place. And to be honest, it just wasn't worth giving up my sleeping time... because I really love my sleep. I did get out for some shopping that weekend though and I got a few fun little deals.

Old Navy had some sweet little sales and I BADLY needed some new pajama pants (one of my pairs was literally falling apart at the waist). I picked up a few pairs for a nice discount

I also picked up an adorable vibrant red wool pea coat for HALF PRICE. It doesn't get much better than that. According to their website, it seems some of these sales MAY still be going on so get your little hiney over there if you need some new clothes. Can't get out? no biggie.. the website is having decent sales right now too AND for right now they have free shipping if you add some piperlime shoes to your order. Admittedly, those shoes can be a bit pricey, but if you are needing some anyway, head on over to the final sale section and see if anything catches your fancy. Me? I'm a bit partial to these

storage joy

okay, I'm a bit of an organizational freak. I didn't used to be, and I'm not sure how I got this way, but it is what it is. I love having a place for everything, and everything in it's place. So when we got our Wii, of course we had a dozen or so accessories with no place to put them. I have been checking out this certain storage bin every single time we went to target.

I had snagged a small one when they clearanced those out for SUPER cheap to put dog toys in and have been loving that. This large one seemed to be there to stay though. Stubborn little fella NEVER gets clearanced out and never goes on sale. That is, until last weekend. Oh that special yellow "price cut" sticker was gloriously sticking out from under where they sat on the shelf. Of course I had to rush over and match every single number to the tag since I have been fooled by misplacements before (some target employees don't give a hoot and give me the price it was being falsely advertised for and some just shrug and say sorry). Anyway, it matched. It truly was on sale. I snatched it up for about $17. Not as cheap as I would have liked or if they had indeed been phasing it out of the store, but at this point I had been looking at it for SO long and this was the first sale I ever saw so I jumped. It fits so perfectly into our little piece of furniture in the living room that has these squares in it. It was made to be there. Now all of our fun little wii accessories have a convenient place to be stored all while being out of sight so I don't see the clutter. Happy camper? I'd say so.

But just you wait.. now that I bought it I bet they will be phasing it out of the store any day now. sigh. Oh well, that's the risk I took. I will have to force myself to just not look anymore so I don't torture myself.