The First “Thrifty Things Friday’!


Hi everyone!

Woohoo, I am SO excited about today! Welcome to my very first linky party here at The Thrifty Groove! I want to do a quick Thank You to my friend Linda at A La Carte for passing the torch to me! Thank you “Soon-to-be-as-in-any-minute-now” Grandma Linda!

Besides this being my first linky party, today is April Fool’s Day! And for me, that means it is my wedding anniversary! Yup, Troy and I were married on April 1, 2000 in Las Vegas Baby! We flew about 50 friends and family to join us for a fun filled Vegas wedding weekend! It was a blast! Happy Anniversary Sweetheart!

Okay, ready to see some Thrifty Things? Of course you are! Why else would you be here?

I am going to go all wild and crazy today for our first Thrifty Things Friday and show you some brand spankin’ new, from a retail store, thrift things! What??!! "No 2nd hand cool thrifty finds?” Nope “No pictures of more of the treasures from the infamous $1.00 auction boxes?” Nope! Sometimes it is actually cheaper….er…thriftier to find bargains at regular retail stores.

I went thrifting at one of my absolutely favorite stores, Christmas Tree Shops!


CTS_White-Backround-logoMy first cute find I thought would be perfect for a Spring time table runner on the coffee table in the living room.


TTF 1 019Isn’t that just the sweetest fabric! I grabbed this from the first cart I saw when I walked into the store.


TTF 1 001Yup, it is a valance! But, I think it makes just the prettiest table runner. And check out the price……


TTF 1 034Seriously, would you have passed this up?! I got 4 other ones that I plan to use the fabric in a different way. The sign had said 75% off but, these were even cheaper that that!


Now, if you are not fortunate enough to live by one of these stores, I thought I would just show you a couple of quick glimpses around.


springdish pretty Okay, on to more thrifty treasures. If you have read my blog, you know I love to play with tablescaping. And when you do that, you want lots of pretty linens. Well, here are some quilted placemats.


placematsNow, you may be thinking, “Um, yes those are pretty but where is the thrifty part in all these placemats?” Let me show you…..


TTF 1 022Are we loving the numbers “2 & 8” or what! They had a huge display with all these pretty different placemats. All of them were .28 cents each! I could NOT walk past this display and not help myself to 2 or 3 or 12!! This display was filled with all of these placemats and they all are just a bit “irregular”. Not exactly the same size or perhaps when sewing, some threads got bunched up in the back. You know the kind of things I am talking about. For the most part, that is just fine by me for this price!


Next up are these really cute quilted lunch bags.


lunchAren’t those adorable~! They have a plastic liner inside. And the thrifty part of this is?


TTF 1 032Okay, so it is not a “2” but, I still think .48 cents is a steal!


Here are just a couple of the dollar items that I thought were cute.


egg holderThis is a little cardboard treat stand. It will hold your decorated Easter eggs or mini cupcakes.


TTF 1 041 These are just the cutest little bunny socks! I couldn’t resist!


Now I know a lot of you are sitting there staring at your screens thinking, “Well, it must be nice to have one of these stores around. But, I don’t!” And because I know that, I decided that my thrifty things should be YOUR thrifty things!!


That’s right! To celebrate this very first Thrifty Things Friday party, I have put together 2 little giveaway packages of these fun thrifty items.


Here is the giveaways:


prize Since there will be two winners, I have made up two different packages. The first name selected by Random.org will get to choose first. You will choose from the “Pink Set” or the “Blue Set”.


giveaway setsYay! Is that fun? I hope you think so because I had a really fun time picking out these things for you!


Okay, before we get into the details of the giveaway, I am going to fill you in on the “rules” of this party.


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Thifty Things Friday


*Write a post on your blog about something “thrifty” that you want to share.


Since “thrifty” means different things to different people, I want you to feel free to post about:


*Thrifty Finds (yard sales, garage sales, auctions, flea markets, Craigslist, Freecycle, dumpster dives, curbside pickups, clearanced items)


*Thrifty Redos (found a thrifted item and repurposed it or refinished it in a thrift way)


*Thrifty Recipes (We could all use some recipes that don’t wipe out our wallets!)


And any other thrifty type of thing you got! (example: Did you have an amazing grocery shopping trip because of sales and coupons? Show us your loot and receipt!)


*Please Link to The Thrifty Groove and or feel free to use the TTF button (above and on my sidebar)


Links will be removed if they don’t have a link or button for Thrifty Things Friday.


Links will also be removed if they are not a “thrifty” post (please no links to your online store or giveaway unless you are showing us some thrifty things as well)


*And although not mandatory, I sure would appreciate if you left a comment!


I am going to try like crazy to have this party up every Thursday evening by 9:00 pm (EST)


If you have any questions, please feel free to email me!


thriftygroove@gmail.com


Phew! That part is done! Now on to the giveaway!


giveaway sets


*There will be two winners. The winners will be chosen through Random.org.


*This is open to ALL of my readers, regardless of what country!


*This giveaway starts now and ends next Thursday evening (April 6, 2011) at 5:00 pm (EST)


*Winners will be announced on the next Thrifty Things Friday (April 7)


How to win:


~Just leave a comment on this post saying you would like to be entered (1 comment)


~Be a Follower of The Thrifty Groove and leave a another comment saying you are (1 comment)


~Link up to this week’s Thrifty Things Friday party and leave another 4 individual comments (4 comments ex: “linked up to party #1” “Linked up to party #2” etc.)


~Add my party button to your sidebar and leave another 3 individual comments (3 comments)


That’s it! 9 entries possible!



Okay, now I can’t wait to see what you all have to show today!!


I will also be linking to:


Show and Tell Friday


Tickled Pink


Feather Nest Friday

Pink Saturday

115 comments :

  1. Diann I am so jealous of your Christmas Tree shop! The closest one to me is Augusta and it's about 150 miles...still I just might have to go sometime. Thanks so much for taking on the party! I am thrilled to be able to join in today. Still waiting on baby but it will be anytime now...SQUEAL!!! How fun to include a giveaway in your first party. I do want to be included since all of these items are things I LOVE! Thanks so much and great first post for Thirfty Things Friday! hugs, Linda

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  2. I am a follower of your blog my sweet friend! I am so in love with the PINK set...OMG placemats with flip flops!! I can see the lunch bag being a perfect little diaper bag for Grandma to carry also! Just sayin! :)

    Happy Anniversary to you and Troy!

    XOXO
    Linda

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  3. I would like to be entered into your giveaway!

    shellyhectic@yahoo.com

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  4. I am a follower of this awesome blog!

    shellyhectic@yahoo.com

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  5. Diann,
    Congrats on your first party:) We don't have this store here, but I did see where we are getting one about 3 hours away and I will be checking it out...I'm real excited about it!!! Those little lunch bags are just soooo cute.


    Blessings,
    Linda

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  6. I'm a happy follower:) Please count me in.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  7. Hi hun, Happy Anniversary!! I got married in vegas on the 8th of april so coming up to my 2 year anniversary! :o) Loving a fellow vegas wedding buddy! And how amazing are the bargains you've blogged! Would love to be put in the hat for your give-away, dont mine which colour as they are both great. Happy First hosty party too :o) mwah Scarlett x

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  8. I linked up to your party 1

    shellyehctic@yahoo.com

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  9. I linked up to your party 2

    shellyehctic@yahoo.com

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  10. I linked up to your party 3

    shellyehctic@yahoo.com

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  11. I linked up to your party 4

    shellyehctic@yahoo.com

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  12. I linked up to your party 5

    shellyehctic@yahoo.com

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  13. Your button is on my blog 1

    shellyhectic@yahoo.com

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  14. Your button is on my blog 2

    shellyhectic@yahoo.com

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  15. Your button is on my blog 3

    shellyhectic@yahoo.com

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  16. Diann,
    You know I love the Christmas Tree Shop. I am going to have to run up to mine and see if there is any clearance because the last time I was there, there wasn't any.
    Yes, i want to be entered and Congrats on the new party!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  17. I have the party button on my side bar of my blog #1

    Deb

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  18. I have the party button on side bar # 2

    Deb

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  19. I have the party button on my side bar # 3. I hope I am doing this right??

    Deb

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  20. I have linked up to your party # 3

    Deb

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  21. I have linked up to your party # 4

    Did I get this right???

    Deb

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  22. That is one "bargin", "thrift" store! I thought
    it would be all Christmas goodies! Great finds!
    I'm entering your giveaway! Thanks!
    Deb

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  23. I am all linked up! Can't believe the bargains you found! There's not one of those stores near me, so count me in for the giveaway! Thanks for hosting!...hugs...Debbie

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  24. What a awesome store, many pretty things in there!
    A fantastic giveaway, count me please!

    Hugs
    Charo

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  25. Wow, you found some great deals! I am a follower!

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  26. I linked up to the party...thanks!

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  27. I placed the party button on my sidebar!

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  28. I am so happy to be linked for the FIRST party! And I would love to be entered! Thanks! ♥

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  29. Thanks so much for hosting the Linky party. I just found your blog.

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  30. Diann, so happy to hear that you have taken over the linky party. Love me a good place to show off my treasures! I love visiting the CTS. so many good buys, especially those clearance items! Off to the High Point Furniture Market this weekend, so no more thrifting for me til I get back! :-) ~Sue

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  31. Diann I am an avid follower!! Love all your post! I am going to try to link.......lets see if it works.....LOL

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  32. I've never seen a Christmas Tree Shop before! At 28 cents, you could use the placemats once and then toss! ;) Thank you for being the new hostess!

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  33. Enter me please! Because of your other post about the Christmas Tree shop I went and checked it out. What a fun place to shop. We got a few unique things for a very thrifty price.

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  34. What a wonderful store. I've never heard of it and I've never seen bargains like that. I thought I did good at Hamricks today with 80% off their winter clothes. I love it all. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  35. Diann, Christmas Tree Shops look awesome. We don't have them in our area. I think I'm a pretty good thrifter, though...I do not, however, have you beat! You're the champion!
    I would like to be entered in the giveaway.
    Thanks, Beth

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  36. Diann, I don't understand linking up to party #1, 2, 3, 4 -- this seems to be one party?
    Beth

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  37. We were without internet for 1 day and I'm so behind already...lol...Hope to get back to link up with a post but if not I'll sure try to visit. Cute finds and fabulous prices..wow...

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  38. Thank you so much for this linky party. All us thrifters need a place to show off our goods. I am a follower and I have linked up. I don't understand the rest. . . I will have your button on my sidebar. Thanks again. Karie

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  39. I have never heard of the Christmas Tree Shops!

    Looks like quite the place..........

    Thanks for hosting the party!!!

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  40. What great bargains you find! I don't know how anyone could pass up something for .28! That's just about free!

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  41. I linked to your party. Thanks for hosting!

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  42. I am now a follower and would love to be entered into your giveaway.

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  43. Thanks for hosting and I have linked to your party.

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  44. I came over to say CONGRATULATIONS on your first linky party. I am running late but hope to have a post ready eventually. (I am not in this for the goodies, so don't choose me.)
    I have to add CONGRATULATIONS to you and Troy on many years of happiness. I can tell there is never a dull moment in your life (or his.)
    No need to remind me it is April Fool's Day - SNOW is again in the forecast. What a trick.

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  45. I do have one question though - how are you able to get such good "in the store" shots? No hesitation at all? You don't feel a little intrusive? Not that you should but I always feel a little weird about taking pictures in shops. Is this something I just need to get over?

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  46. Diann, I already told Linda that you are a perfect fit for this party. You and Linda both find the greatest thrift items. I am SO wanting to go to a CTS! I am so envious of all of you who shop there. What amazing bargains you found, and what a fun giveaway. Thank you for hosting, and pleeeease put my name in the hat for the giveaway. laurie

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  47. Hello Diann, I'm gladly joining your link party. Thank you for hosting it.

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  48. Hi Diann...I am one of your newest Followers! Thanks for taking over the Friday par-tay. I thought I was too late but saw you were still accepting entries so I'm in! Hurray!

    Like you, I LOVE the Christmas Tree Shops. Wonderful store.

    Take care and here's to many more Thrifty Fridays! Susan

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  49. How fun count me in! You know I like the blue stuff. ;)
    jhoorm01atyahoodotcom

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  50. as promised, i did came back...

    and, I was amazed...so many lovely thrifty pieces you got...i fancy those dishes, mugs and teapots(?). woot woot!!!

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  51. I'm a huge fan of the Christmas Tree Shop...don't they have just the most adorable Easter decorations. My husband loves that store too...NOT...LOL I think he cringes every time I say I want to go there...LOL

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  52. I'm a brand spankin new follower! And signed up for the email too....WOOT!

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  53. Now I done gone and linked up to your very 1st Thrifty Finds Friday...looking forward to many more :o)

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  54. I love Christmas Tree Shops! I almost never went in because I honestly thought they only sold Christmasy things. Very happy to see how wrong I was! Now I need to go back to see if there are any cool buys like the ones you got. Great going!
    I would love to be entered in the contest. Thank you!

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  55. Wow what great deals you found!
    I am your newest follower! I also have a "thrifty thursdays" party each week and would love for you to join in!
    I added your button to my linky party page too!
    Lyssa

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  56. I so wish there was a CTS near me! There's an empty old Walmart 5 minutes away that would be perfect! Thanks for hosting a have a great weekend Diann:@)

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  57. Hi Diann, I am your newest follower and having a bit of difficulty grabbig your TFF button. There's no html code attached to it. I'll keep at it. I did post a link back to your site. So glad you decided to take the torch from Linda and I get to continue on with Thrifty Things Friday.~Ames

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  58. WOWIEE! What a store! Wish we had one here. So soweet of you to put together a giveaway. Count me in!
    *hugs*deb

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  59. Your button is on my sidebar ♥
    #1
    *hugs*deb

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  60. Your button is on my sidebar ♥
    #2
    *hugs*deb

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  61. Your button is on my sidebar ♥
    #3
    *hugs*deb

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  62. Thanks for dropping by -- you always find such fun things!

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  63. You got yourself some good buys at the Christmas Tree Shop! I am very excited about joining your 1st "Thrifty" party, count me in for next week as well! Diane

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  64. I am already a follower. Love your blog!
    Annette

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  65. I found my way over here from Blessing the Elements blog. Be still my heart--thrifty and finding amazing bargains! What cool finds you snatched up--wish there was a store around here like that.

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  66. I would love to be entered in the giveaway!

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  67. Following your blog - love thrifty ideas!

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  68. Linked up my shelf/picture frame/plate purchase - redo.

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  69. Linked up my picture frame turned memory board.

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  70. Great thrifty finds for sure!! Thanks for sharing this at FNF! :)

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  71. Wow, you found great things! I was there this week and last, nothing like you found...BUT come see what I found for 7 cents at CTS! Don't you just love a bargain!
    Wish our store had those mats and bags, what a price. I bought the treat holders for a dollar too. A little flimsy, but cute!
    Please enter me, and I will go check to see if I follow. I already linked up.
    Thanks, D...I will prob join almost every week, cause I only buy bargains!

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  72. I checked, yep, I have been following!

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  73. I think your Christmas Tree Shop is a whole lot neater than ours. Ours usually looks like a mess! And we sure didn't have those blue placemats with pink roses at any price or I would have snagged those!

    - The Tablescaper

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  74. Diann, I linked up to your party #2.
    Beth

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  75. Diann, I linked up to your party #3.
    Beth

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  76. Diann, I linked up to your party #4. And I do appreciate the opportunities both to participate in Thrifty Fridays here, and to enter a great giveaway!
    Blessings, Beth

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  77. Hi Diann,
    loved your blog, following already and participating on the party and the giveaway. Go check up my blog. I think you'll like it. www.mariaquitanda.blogspot.com
    kisses
    Ale

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  78. Hello Diann,

    I'd like to be entered in your giveaway.
    I posted about your giveaway on my blog.
    Your button is on my blog -1

    Thanks to my husband for figuring out how to get the button placed.

    Happy Anniversary!

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  79. I would love to be entered in your wonderful giveaway. I have not been doing much thrifty shopping but hope to join the party some day soon.

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  80. I am a follower of your blog and love to come and visit here.

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Thank you for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your ideas. If you ask a question, I will answer it here in a comment back to you. Please check back! Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day! Diann :)