Monthly Archives: October 2007

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My Favorite BQ Bargains for October

If you like these items, head on over to the Fashion and Beauty Bargain Queens and comment on the posts. You could win one of their recommendations! Last month I won a lovely red leather clutch, which I will be taking with me to a party this weekend.

Winter 2007-08 Color Predictions

I just realized that winter is fast approaching and I forgot to post my color predictions for the season.
Anticipating Winter

The robin’s-egg blue was inspired by Fashionista, who keeps mentioning it as an up-and-coming nail color. The bright purple I keep seeing everywhere, so it feels very current.

Out, Out Damn Spot!

For a while now these mysterious stains have been appearing on our clean clothes when they emerge from the washer and dryer. The stains look like someone spilled cooking oil on the clothes. But if they actually were cooking oil, a little Shout and another trip through the washer ought to get the clothes clean. Unfortunately, once one of these mystery stains shows up, it’s there to stay.

As you know, I like to keep my clothes for as long as I can. So it’s frustrating when something, especially something I like, gets torn or stained beyond repair.

This morning my husband found a large mystery stain on his nearly-new pants. He declared that we must buy a new washer and dryer, because our current ones are destroying our clothes. I’m not sure whether that’s the solution, though I admit I never had this problem before we bought our current washer and dryer (7-year-old Kenmore high-efficiency front-loader set).

Has anyone else ever had this problem? Do you have any suggestions for getting rid of or preventing these troublesome, persistent stains?

I’ve circled the stain on my husband’s pants.
The one on the red shirt isn’t showing up well in this photo.

Investing in My Health

Stair MachineI joined a fitness club today. This might seem like a frivolous expense for someone who’s trying to spend less money, but I think it will turn out to be a good investment.

For one thing, I’ve started gaining weight to the point where a lot of my clothes don’t fit anymore. I don’t want to have to buy all new clothes, so exercising will allow me to keep wearing the ones I already have. In addition, keeping in good shape will result in lower health care costs as I get older.

I know there are less expensive ways to stay in shape than joining a gym, and I tried those first. I tried walking and doing exercise DVDs at home, but I couldn’t seem to keep from getting distracted. It’s hard to make myself exercise when I’m surrounded by work, cleaning, and paperwork all clamoring for my attention. At the fitness center, there’s nothing to do but exercise.

I’m hoping to fit into my skinny jeans again by the time the weather gets cold. We’ll see whether or not I make it.

Resale Review: His House

His HouseHis House was founded two decades ago by Reverend Garland O. Ramsey, who wanted to do more to help the needy than his church was doing at the time. After a short time operating the thrift store, he came up with what His House is best known for: all clothes are $1.00. He figured that for that amount, anyone could afford to be decently dressed.

Today, His House does over a million dollars in business each year. In addition to helping people clothe themselves and furnish their homes inexpensively, they run a 70-bed men’s shelter and donate all the unsold clothes to charities in Haiti.

His House has four thrift stores in Columbia and Lexington. For this review, I shopped at the Highway 378 location in West Columbia.

His House PurchasesAs you might expect from a store where everything is $1.00 (children’s clothes are less), it ain’t fancy. Everything is arranged in broad categories on long racks in a warehouse-like building. This is definitely a store for shoppers who enjoy the thrill of the hunt. Just looking at the women’s shirts rack, for instance, you might see a size small sequined top in perfect condition right next to an old XL pilled t-shirt. I enjoy this kind of treasure hunt, and many other people must, too: at lunchtime on a weekday it was fairly busy, and the customers mostly looked well-off enough to be shopping there by choice rather than necessity.

I managed to find two great tops I can wear to work and a nice Liz Claiborne dress for a dollar apiece. I definitely recommend visiting His House if you’ve got one nearby. It’s a fun shopping experience, and the money goes to a great cause. And if you don’t live near one of their stores, Rev. Ramsey is looking for people who are interested in expanding the His House ministry to their own towns.

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