The Last Coo-pin

Mousey has had final exams and half days all week. The last ones, Lifeguarding (where she had to tread water, wearing her clothing, for 45 minutes) and AP Psych, were finished yesterday. As a little treat, we decided to use our last, 50% off entire purchase, golden ticket. Well, it wasn’t golden, but it always feels that way. We decided to visit  the Value World in Ann Arbor, that we have been to only one other time. Of all the Value World’s we have frequented, this one is by far the most organized and least….jumbled.

As usual, I looked at tops, because they have no dressing rooms, and I will NEVER, EVER, E.V.E.R. purchase bottoms without trying them on. Your loss Value World.

I think this black and gray Tek Gear hoodie will look swell with my last week purchased, Goodwill, Gap active wear, bottoms. The hoodie was priced $2.40, marked down to $1.20, and with the handy dandy 50% off coo-pin I paid a paltry .60 cents! The gray zip op jacket was .80 cents from Jones New York Sport.


Mousey always finds the cutest scarves, so I casually mentioned I needed one for a coat of mine. It is wool and I cannot BEAR the scratchy collar touching my neck. Right off the bat she threw this my way. Silky smooth for $1.30.

I really didn’t need a new purse. As a matter of fact, I have three purses, and I had just come to the conclusion that I was going to switch them in a one month rotation, just to be fair, because I enjoy them all and don’t want to be accused of playing favorites.

But I am a sucker for a cute, CLEAN, purse that fits all of my many rules to a T. The zipper pull tells me the brand is Aurielle, which I have never heard of before.


Not a single scuff and so clean it could NOT have ever been used. Sporting the built in wallet feature I have come to rely on. Cell phone holder that makes life easier. Big center, zipped, compartment where I can put my important things; lip stick, Burt’s Bees, dental floss, and pills. Wear across the body strap.


Zipped side pouch for coo-pins and such. I cant find the tag, but it was a dollar something. I wasn’t going to pay much for something I didn’t even need!


I scored some vests! Berry colored two dog island vest, $1.10. Camel colored Christopher Banks, $2.10. Plum Crofts and Barrow, also $2.10.


As usual, I try and pick up some things for The Reluctant Shopper, aka The Ab-Cat. At my insistence, she purged a good many of her church clothes this fall. Mainly because she had been wearing them since high school and she could do better.

Try as I might, these articles did not photograph well. They are not orange but a loverly berry red. Hoodie $1.40 from Classic Elements, and the underneath shirt, .80 from St. Johns Bay.


The zip up sweater is a rusty, orange color from New Direction for .90, and the super cute Lee Riveted blue shirt hoodie for $1.20. Not necessarily for church, but mighty cute just the same.


I just remembered that I bought a darling makeup bag, a shiny Estee Lauder, faux alligator, in my favorite bricky red color, that is nowhere to be found. Hmmm. It had never been used either because it still had paper on the zipper pull.

Mousey bought many odd things, as usual, that she will whip into attractive outfits, or wear tatering around our home. We spent around $30 bucks. Pretty good, cheap, end of exam week, entertainment! I stole that from BFG!

No more coo-pins.  😦



  1. Cindy Stratton said,

    January 27, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    I like all of it! Those vests are FANTASTIC! And you can never go wrong with anything from Jones New York. What a haul!

  2. marlene said,

    January 27, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Impressive, very impressive!!!

  3. karen said,

    January 27, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    How do you snag these coo-pins? I’m interested in a field trip to Value World – maybe my mom jammygal will go with me.

    First time commenting but long time reader. You make me laugh and cry. You seem to have a wonderful family. Thanks for sharing.

  4. deb said,

    January 28, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    You have a knack for finding the treasure amongst the dross.

  5. BFG said,

    January 29, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    i’m still trying to figure out what you stole from me—BFG

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