I've been so busy this past week I haven't had time to post my finds at the shop last Friday, and it is already 'next' Friday - i.e. tomorrow! Here is what I found last week: Book on recycling - 20 cents. It is about ten years old, but it has some great information about composting. The worms have disappeared from our compost bin, so I'm hoping to find out why, and what I can do to prevent it happening again.
Craft stamper thing. I don't really have a use for it but I have a friend who is very into paper craft and if she can't use it, I guarantee she'll know someone who does! $1.50
Scarf 50c and beautiful scarf clip $3.
Another small bowl for the kitchen shelf where I keep these for little jobs like cracking eggs and putting measured quantities of ingredients into. You know, when you have a few different items to use in a recipe and it is easier to have them all measured out and lined up before you start cooking? (Sorry, nobody wants a how-to lecture on cooking preparation.) This bowl was actually a freebie. Sometimes on Fridays we find a box of perfectly good bric a brac out in the back room, marked to be thrown in the skip, because they have been on the shop shelves for longer than a month, so it is obvious nobody wants to buy them. In the meantime we have donations every day, so we try to put fresh things out and recycle the old ones. Our Friday ladies can't bear waste, so we put them out in front of the shop with a little sign "FREE". They are usually all gone within a few hours!
Toilet roll holder 50cents. LOVE it!! Even if I don't use it for that purpose, I can cut off the kitty fabric and recycle.
Buttons for 5cents each. We have a couple of button jars and regular customers who come in and spill them out down the back of the shop, find the ones they want, and put the rest back in the jar. Last week a woman came in and wanted to buy one whole jar. I said I'd have to tip them out and count them to find out how many there are, and multiply the quantity by 5c to come up with a total. She said no, just give me a price for the lot. I explained again that's not the way we sell buttons because we have customers who like to go through them just to buy a few. She walked out in a huff. So another customer standing by came up with the jar, emptied it on to the counter and we happily sorted through them to find exactly what we wanted!