After four stores the car is usually full and we are hungry so we have lunch before heading home.
I usually keep an open mind for the unexpected but I also find it helpful to have a list of things I would like to find but might overlook.... So for this trip I have this list:
1. High thread count while cotton sheets.. I use them as foundation for crazy quilt blocks and for practice blocks for students. Don't often find them but always look.
2. Tall clear glass containers to keep my supply of MOP buttons for painting. I need a couple more.
3. Clear glass coffee mugs. One of our favorite restaurants uses clear glass mugs and I think they're really unique. Besides I'm pretty tired of the mugs we've been using.
4. An electric knife sharpener. I've never had one and have used a sharpening stone all these years. If I run across one I'd like to try it.
5. High end slow cooker. I have a dear friend who has never used a slow cooker and I've convinced her she needs to try one.. It may take a few trips out but I'll eventually find one for her.. Small appliances of all kinds are an easy find but if you want a certain brand or special features, it takes a little longer I want to get her one with a "keep warm" feature and a timer.
6. Big planters. I have a couple places in the garden I could use them. Big enough to be showy but not too heavy to move about. Now is the time look as once the snow is gone comes every single one will disappear.
7. Trim/fabric for stool cover. I want to cover my work stool and have a piece of lovely tapestry but it is not quite big enough. I will check the pillow shams and valances at all the thrift stores for something that would coordinate with the tapestry.. Would like velvet if possible.
8. Panettone pan. Had it at a friend's house last weekend and want to try to bake it. Found a recipe and don't want to pay retail for a pan I'll only use occasionally. This also may a little difficult to find but if I keep looking I can find most anything.
An example: A few years ago Allie told me her husband bakes his bread in a Romertopf clay baker. Their price range is about $50-$95 depending on the size. It took a while but to find one at a thrift store but I did. Not only that.. since then I have found three more in other sizes.
9. Tablecloths. I have a lot of tablecloths but I get tired of them so I'm always watching for large ones.. When I get a new one I donate one of my old ones. Same with napkins, placemats, and aprons.
10. Dessert dishes. This again something that I have but like a change now and again and when I get new ones some older ones get donated. I've liked the look of clear glass lately so will watch those shelves. The Arc and VOA always have the nicest pressed glass and cut crystal.
I think this long winter and all the snow has me eager to have something different and a change. What I would really love is to have new carpet and quartz counters in the kitchen but will settle for a new tablecloth and pretty glass mugs. I'll let you know how I fared on this shopping trip.