Our Rainy Day Venture

United States
May 20, 2018 6:24am CST
I am always on the look for new places to shop that are economical and help a good cause. At the suggestion of a client went to a thrift store called Helping Hands. It is only open 2 days a week. Saturday was one of the days it was open. My sister went along with me and Little Miss. She helped to keep her occupied while I browsed the racks and shelves. The place is quite small, but they had a lot of children's clothing to choose from. There is also adult clothing, housewares, toys, books, and electronics too. They sell donated items and volunteers run the shop. I managed to find a new swimsuit and 3 pair of shorts, and a toy microphone for Little Miss. Also found a onesie and a hat for my grandson and a book for myself. I passed by a cookie press (I picked it up 3 times before deciding that I didn't need it). They allow you to purchase 3 items of any type of clothing or other item and ask for a donation for the items. I felt $10 was a fair price to pay for them. I would pay that at any thrift store or tag sale. The onesie, hat, and swimsuit were all brand new with tags on. I feel I did well. Now that I know they accept donated toys I will go through the toy box and eliminate the toys that Little Miss has outgrown or no longer plays with. Our local Goodwill no longer accepts toys, so I am delighted to be able to donate the toys to this organization. One thing that bothered me a little about the store was when a woman came up and took one of the toys that I was planning on purchasing for Little Miss. It was a peg board with mallet. She asked where we got it from and said it wasn't for sale it was for the kids to play with. Little Miss almost had a melt down. Was glad she found the microphone so I purchased that. However, I feel the woman could have handled the situation with a little less drama. All in all, it was a good day. We then ventured to our favorite country store to pick up deli and then to our favorite Chinese Buffet for lunch. Little Miss has a favorite there......cheese pizza. LOL. You don't need a sunny day to enjoy yourself. There is always something fun to do. Enjoy!!
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@Jessabuma (33119)
• Baguio, Philippines
20 May
It's good to know you enjoyed your day..
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• United States
20 May
Thank you!
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@Jessabuma (33119)
• Baguio, Philippines
20 May
@ElusiveButterfly you're always welcome
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• Pamplona, Spain
20 May
Microphones will always be a good toy to play with. I had one but I was much older and I used it an awful lot. You can have fun indeed and it does not have to be sunny either.
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• United States
20 May
She has been using crayons, spoons, and even the tube of toothpaste to sing into, so this was a good find.
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• Pamplona, Spain
20 May
@ElusiveButterfly Kiddies here love to imitate being on "The Voice Kids" and I think its a great thing to use their imagination.
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• United States
20 May
@lovinangelsinstead21 she already has a great voice and I know she will only get better as she gets older. I encourage her to sing often.
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@mlgen1037 (29647)
• Manila, Philippines
20 May
Hi there. I agree with you. In little things, we can find joy if we just look around us. I am glad you enjoyed the day.
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• United States
20 May
She got to wear her raincoat yesterday and that always brings a smile to her little face.
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@mlgen1037 (29647)
• Manila, Philippines
20 May
@ElusiveButterfly That moment is priceless. Hope she will be forever young.
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@marlina (74941)
• Canada
20 May
Glad that you discovered a new place and found some items that you liked.
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• United States
20 May
I hope to go back there in a couple of weeks to see what I can find. At that time I will bring up donations of clothing and toys for them as well.
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@HazySue (21937)
• United States
20 May
It sounds lie you were there at the right time. We have a Helping Hands a few miles from us and we frequent it often. You day sounded like a winner.
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• United States
20 May
I can't wait to go back again to see what I can find for bargains.
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@HazySue (21937)
• United States
22 May
@ElusiveButterfly I love a good bargain. It's fun poking around in a thrift store finding nice little surprises that you didn't now you wanted.
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• United States
25 May
@HazySue I could have left with a lot more, but I reigned myself in.
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@just4him (120557)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 May
I'm glad you found some nice things at the thrift shop. It was a shame that woman wasn't more tactful. You're right, you don't need the sun to have a sunny day.
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• United States
31 May
I'll watch out for her the next time we go there. If she is rude, I will mention that you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
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@just4him (120557)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
31 May
@ElusiveButterfly That's a good idea.
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@DianneN (79948)
• United States
20 May
It sounds like a wonderful place to visit and happy you found some wonderful items. You had such a nice rainy day!
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• United States
20 May
Have to find ways to have fun even when you don't have sunshine. Rain can be fun too.
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@DianneN (79948)
• United States
21 May
@ElusiveButterfly It certainly can!
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@Susan2015 (21062)
• United States
20 May
It's wonderful that you enjoyed exploring a new place. And yes, it sounds like that woman could of handled it better.
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• United States
20 May
I am going up again and hopefully will not have too many concerns. The other ladies there were very nice.
@responsiveme (16755)
• India
20 May
That sounds like a good store.Glad Little Miss got something she liked
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• United States
20 May
I was happy with our purchases. She was hoping for a basketball game.
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@Icydoll (22502)
• India
20 May
Glad your day was good my dear friend.
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• United States
20 May
It was lovely thank you.
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@GardenGerty (100472)
• United States
14 Jul
Things that are "not for sale" need to be boldly labeled to avoid those situations. You now know something that Little Miss Will Like if you find it elsewhere.
@moffittjc (43981)
• Gainesville, Florida
20 May
My kids have never been fans of chinese buffets. Not sure why, but any time we'd ever go all they would get would be the chicken nuggets. We can go to any other type of restaurant or buffet, and they'll eat anything on the menu, but for some reason not at the chinese buffet. Go figure!