Recent Estate Sale Finds


A couple of weeks ago I was driving through the neighborhood fairly early in the morning and noticed a line up of people outside a residence. That seemed unusual, and then I noticed an “Estate Sale” sign. Since I’d never been to one, I was curious and pulled over to check it out. Despite being […]

Barter, swap, or trade

Whatever you like to call it, I’m big on this form of commerce. In fact, after I wrote two posts about our recent Nonconsumer Vacation, I was surprised that I had left out a successful trade I made when I wanted a piece of homemade cherry pie and they were all out of it. I […]

Nonconsumer Vacation Part 2


I thought I’d share a few more photos of our nonconsumer camping trip. It’s not easy to find a lake this big and this remote in the Sierras. The access to this one involved a nail-biting 20-mile drive that took almost two hours. Luckily my husband is very cool under pressure, because I was practically hyperventilating as […]

Nonconsumer Vacation


My husband and I went camping in the Sierra Nevada mountains last week. It was a decidedly nonconsumer holiday, as well as being frugal. Since the Sierras are one of the most beautiful places on earth, as well as being practically in our backyard (as little as 4 hours from Los Angeles), I try to […]

Thrifty Threads-ish


A reader named Elaine sent me these photos of the beautiful curtains she found at a consignment store. Elaine described them as “Thrifty Threads for her windows.” I thought that was very clever, and that the drapes were beautiful, so I told her that even though I was very strict about Thrifty Threads being about […]