Category Archives: Thrifty

Socks and Rings and other Traded Things

Dear Vi, I was knitting away in the shade of the back deck yesterday when I noticed that my sock yarn exactly matches my sun dress. Ha!  Too bad the socks aren’t for me! (though I can’t imagine wanting to … Continue reading

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Shorts! A thrifty refashion

As you may have figured out, I love experimenting with non-traditional fabric choices, and I love a good thrift store find. I found these goddess-sized stretchy jeans at the thrift store for $1.50. They didn’t look like they’d ever been … Continue reading

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Simplicity 4097 in the Fall of the Year

Combine 2.5 m of beautiful wool-blend Prince of Wales suiting and Simplicity 4097 and what do you get? The perfect fall jumper! I’ve always wanted a jumper, something easy that I can just pull on over top of leggings and … Continue reading

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DIY: a thrifty alternative to the screen door.

I love screen doors, but I hate having to open and close them all day long, every time a cat or a dog wants in. Or out. Or in again. Years ago I devised a solution…curtains instead of screens! Dogs, … Continue reading

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Enter the MOOC: free online education

“You can go downtown,” I used to say to my son, “but you can’t just hang. You have to have something to do.” I abhorred the thought of my kid just hanging around Main Street, looking bored.  I’ve felt sort … Continue reading

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Another Vintage New Look 6510: are you kidding me?

Well, what can I say? It was Valentine’s Day and for the very first time I was going to a Big Band dance as a general audience member and not as the bari player! A gal needs a new dress … Continue reading

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Ta da! The Vintage New Look 6510 Shift Dress Part 2

This is a follow-up post on my second vintage New Look 6510 shift dress. You can read all about part 1 HERE . And the original shift dress which I sewed out of a sheet and which turned out very … Continue reading

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Vintage New Look 6510 Shift Dress

I made a shift dress! This is the first dress that I have sewn in over 20 years and I am VERY pleased with myself! I used this pattern that I bought at the Thrift Store for 25 cents (don’t … Continue reading

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Thrifty Retirement Living: how we saved $1,800!

One of the challenges of early retirement is learning to live within a (smaller than we were used to) fixed income.  There isn’t a lot of wiggle room, and making a big purchase means the money has to come out … Continue reading

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