Oh my, I do love the January/February sales. They're nearly over, and my house has an overstuffed feeling that makes me not mind them being nearly over. But it's a GOOD overstuffed feeling, a STOCKED UP feeling. I bought, like, twelve pairs of jeans for Elizabeth in sizes 4 and 5, all 75% off at Target. Maybe twenty pairs of shoes for assorted children, for now and for later, all 75% off at Target. I bought Valentine's Day tissue paper at 90% off---and you know, that stuff is RED so it looks JUST PERF at Christmastime.
Long underwear shirts for Paul, who works in a chilly office: 50% off. Heavy flannel shirts for Paul, $10 each down from $60 each, though that $60 starting price seems too high: they seem more like $30-40 shirts to me. Tights for Elizabeth, 75% off. Four boxes of Christmas cards that play songs, $1 per box down from over $20 per box (for 5 cards! those are EXPENSIVE cards). A bird calendar for next to my desk, $1. Sweaters at The Children's Place, $5.99 each. Three pairs of kid winter boots, 75% off. Four sets of king-sized sheets, 75% off ($12.48-14.98 per set).
Okay, just listing the practical stuff like this is REALLY BORING. Pictures are better, and I'll do pictures of the FUN things instead.
Plastic kid dishes, 50% off. TOO CUTE. I loved the Target Valentine's Day stuff this year. Under the owls it says "Owl love you forever." OWLMG.
Funny little girl-robot change purse, also from the Target Valentine's line. 75% off.
I love this mug so much, it gives me heart flutters. There is a BIRDIE perched on the HANDLE. Another find from the Target Valentine's line. 75% off.
How about this: if I DON'T say "from the Target Valentine's Day line," you can just assume it IS, because that's where I really cleaned up the last few days. Turtle plates, 75% off.
I bought this frame for a picture of my niece WHENEVER SHE DEIGNS TO GRACE US WITH HER PRESENCE. I loved this frame so much, I bought it when it was only 50% off. (*pause for my mother to roll her eyes*)
Um. Valentine's Day dishtowels and washcloths and oven mitts. Bought sparingly at 50% off, then lost control at 75% off. I justified it by figuring they'd be great for Swistle Care Packages. Because nothing says "I love you and appreciate you and care about you" like out-of-season clearanced holiday merchandise.
Oh, these were SUCH A GREAT FIND! I bought myself two sets of these Trudeau measuring spoons, like, a YEAR ago at Home Goods (where I DO NOT buy groceries). They were only $1.99 per set and I thought they were gorgeous so I bought them, and then they turned out to be my favorite measuring spoons EVER and I always reach for them first. So then I thought I'd go back and buy more (Home Goods had a huge selection in many color choices) and they were already all GONE. Thus began my feverish year-long quest, a quest that grew more and more despairing with time, especially when my sister-in-law wanted measuring spoons for Christmas. And then, yesterday, there were three sets in two color choices. I bought all three sets. (SIL Anna! Which set do you want? You can have your pick!)
These are MOUSE PADS that are also NOTE PADS. I was a LITTLE disappointed, because I thought each page had two lists, but actually the lines go all the way across the pad, like this:
Still, it's so useful. It has the days of the week and I put schedule stuff over on that side, and then I use the righthand half for miscellaneous notes.
This represents a moment of shopping lunacy. It was 75% off and I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT IT IS, I just liked it very much. The serving suggestion was to put a bunch of them in a big bowl, but I hung it from the corner of my desktop shelves.
This was so exciting. WHICH OF YOU has this shower curtain??? It's brown toile with blue birds, and it looks pretty bleah in the package but WONDERFUL in action. I saw it on your blog and IMMEDIATELY loved it. I looked for it, and I found it on clearance for $10, and suddenly I felt all nervous about spending money because we don't actually NEED a shower curtain. Ours is 8 years old but perfectly fine. I decided I'd buy it when it went on 75% off. Then I got home and wondered what kind of fool I was: neither of us LIKE our shower curtain, and we bought it only because it went with the old aqua fixtures we no longer have, and I LOVE the bird one. So I went back THE NEXT DAY and there were NONE LEFT. I searched at THREE Targets and there were NONE.
Then today I went back to one of those same Targets, and they had five of them. At $5 each. I bought one. I almost got carried away and bought two, but regained my senses in time.
I love this. LOVE IT. 75% off at Target. It looks like one of the upholstery fabrics I kind of wanted to get for our new couch, so it made me feel happy to have it in picture form. It's the first picture I've put up in our dining room.
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