Happy New Year, Vixens!!!
I feel so invigorated at the beginning of the year!!! That whole clean slate thing, a new story to write and a second chance to make things happen all rolled into one changes the game for me every year. Whether I am happy to see the old year go or anticipating something in the one to come, a new year is a fresh start-period.
I spent the end of 2016 doing something I have not done for years-shopping the after Christmas sales. I used to do it every year and loved every minute of it. But then my practical frugal side took over and I convinced myself my money was better spent on necessities (what???) rather than adding to my already bulging Christmas storage boxes. And the more I bought vintage Christmas items all year long, the less I needed anything come December…..except maybe more room to show off my finds.
This year I needed lights, had the day off and the money to spend so how could I not take advantage of all the signs from the universe telling me to shop, shop, SHOP!!! 🙂
Here are a few items I picked up at Jo-Ann’s at a whopping 75% off plus a coupon!!!:
Cute, right??? I picked up the lights there, too. But boxes of lights are not very photogenic.
Over at Target, I bought this adorable camper mug and the treat boxes at 50% off. And how about the Peanuts tote bag? I found two of them (the other is currently in use) in the Dollar Spot of the store. Despite their Christmas design, I plan to use those totes all year round for groceries and trips to the local farmer’s market.
Speaking of the Peanuts, look what I found when I stopped at CVS to pick up some incidentals:
Forty-40!!!-Peanuts Christmas cards that were already a steal at $19.99. But at half that price…..simply divine!!!
On New Year’s Day, while overdosing on the antics of Ralph & Norton during the annual “Honeymooners” marathon and waiting all day for my absolute favorite episode (hint: it contains this little exchange-Norton to Ralph: “Do you mind if I smoke?” Ralph to Norton: “I don’t care if you burn!” LOL!!! It never gets old!!). I set up my Google calendar for mostly the next three months-goals, budget, posts, book club dates, etc-while adding in the antiques shows, fairs and other events I plan to attend and new ones I might want to go to for 2017. This way I have time to save up for any special things I might spot on my travels.
I am waiting for the Feast of the Epiphany (a/k/a Little Christmas) before I take my tree down, and as sad as I am to say goodbye to it and its glorious aroma, I am more than ready to see the pine needle rug below it to finally disappear.
And every night I fall asleep to the sound of the Boss himself reading his life story. Yes, my Christmas gift to myself was the “Born To Run” audio book. Sa-woon.
So that is how I have been spending the first few days of this new year. How about you? Are you ready to take it by storm???
I do not own the rights to anything. I am just sharing some things that I love with you 🙂
Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy digging!!!