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I Spent $100 at Thrift Stores…on Labor Day

This post is pretty self explanatory. It’s a haul… where I show the various items that I acquired… on Labor Day.

This is the first day in a long time that my best friend and I have the same day off (not counting our Disneyland/Universal Studios trip 2 weeks ago, shhhhhh). And what’s a better time killer than shopping?

Sadly I’ll only be posting the items I bought as I forgot to steal all of her purchases in order to photograph them :/ my bad…. But on a good note I’ll add a brief description on all the books I bought 🙂

I decided that this day deserved a signature oil blend to diffuses in the car as we drove all over Sonoma county.


I chose both Common Sense and Abundance. So we will have an Abundance of options but the Common Sense not to jump on all them. If you are interesting in learning more about Essential Oils Here‘s my blog post all about them 🙂

Naturally, at least for my caffeine-addicted BFF, we had to start our adventure with Starbucks.


We headed to our first thrift store, Goodwill Petaluma (I feel the need to add the city because we frequented many a Goodwill on Labor Day). That’s where I found this little beauty.


This may be my favorite find of the day. It’s a 5×5 wood and steel wine rack. My mom is in the process of making a family friend a wine bar made out of an old door much like the one she made herself a couple of years ago.


This is the wine bar that’s currently in our foyer. She bought her 7×5 wine rack at retail price for $109. So finding a 5×5 rack at Goodwill for $7 was freaking amazing!


Then we ventured a city over onto Rohnert Park and checked out their Goodwill. Where I once again didn’t find anything significantly great for ME but I did find a book my little brother needed for school. (and it only cost $1.99!)IMG_1596

The Screwtape Letters is from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to “our Father Below.” He oversee’s his  nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man. This was my favorite School assigned book I read back in middle school (and probably the only school assigned book I read in middle school).

I also found this…IMG_8195

18 giant Disney Princess Coloring Pages for the low, low price of $1.99! Who could resist? Clearly I couldn’t.


Next we went to St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store in Rohnert Park. I came out with 8 books…. And only spend $11.75!



Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

At first glance you may thing this book is just about a young couple that fell in love, got married, became extremely successful and that their life and love is the envy of all their friends. With stunning revelations and multiple threads Fates and Furies is a profoundly moving, surprising, and provocative novel about the yoke joining love, art, and power, and about the influence of perception.

A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd

This story centers around a young boy named Ralphie. Who desperately wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Join him as he tries to escape from bullies, survive middle school, convince his mom that “no, he won’t shoot his eye out with the BB gun” he wants, and walking to and from school, in the snow, up hill in both directions.

Robin Hood by Paul Creswick

This is not a classic re-telling of Robin Hood as one may think. In this telling Robin Hood seems to be less heroic in the sense of, yes, he does steal from the wealthy but he doesn’t seek out to give his stole goods to the poor.  This is just a slightly different re-telling of Robbin of Lockley and his Merry Men and their adventures.

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

This book follows Mia Thermopiles, an outcast and freshman in high school. Her world first starts to rock when her mom announces that sh has started dating Mia’s Algebra Teacher (a subject which she is flunking). But then completely turns upside down when her dad reveals that he is the crown prince of a small country called Genovia.

This book has been made into movie featuring Anne Hathaway and the talented, beautiful, most amazing actress to have ever walked this earth Julie Andrews. If you have not seen the movie adaptation of this book please stop reading and go rent and watch this movie immediately! And then come back darling, I do enjoy our visits. (Mad props to those who got that The Incredibles reference.)

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

We’ve all heard the story of Cinderella (still my favorite Disney Princess), the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes. Set in the seventeenth-century Holland. This is a story about Iris as she faces a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Her path quickly intertwines with Clara, a girl who was destined to be her sister. Far more then just a fairytale, this book is a novel of beauty and betrayal reminding us the deception can be unearthed-and love unveiled-in the most unexpected of places.

Prodigy by Marie Lu

This is the second book in the Legend Trilogy.

Prodigy takes you deeper into the revolution. June and Day have escaped from the republic’s stronghold in Las Vegas just as Elector Primo dies, leaving his son to take his place. But is the new Elector anything like his father? And was joining the Patriot rebels the right decision for June and Day?

A Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

When a fourteen year old Sherlock Holmes discovers a pustule-covered body, it’s the start of a new life. Sherlock’s fearless mind and thirst for adventure lead him on a heart-stopping journey – from the quiet countryside to London’s dockland underworld, through fire, kidnap, espionage, to the heart of a terrifying plot that holds Britain’s future in its grasp.

The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima

The Second Book in the Seven Realms Series.

Haunted by the loss of his mother and sister, Han Alistar journeys south to begin his schooling at Mystwerk House. But he hasn’t left danger behind. He is being hunted by a powerful wizarding family who are determined on getting back the amulet that Han had stolen from them.


We then head a little further North to Santa Rosa. There we went to Whistle Stop Antiques.


In this antique store they has a huge space for rare and collectable books.

The section for them was incredibly named “Knight’s Books” which I will be stealing for the sole purpose of this blog ❤

The cheapest book I found there was $25. Needless to say we didn’t purchase anything. But we had a lot of fun looking at all of the nearly mint condition rare books. We would’ve stayed and lingered longer if it hadn’t been 90 degrees outside and 150 million degrees in between this bookcases.

Here are some other cool things we saw at this neat Antique store in the heart of downtown.


Next we headed to the Chevy’s that was down the block because we hadn’t eaten in 2 hours and apparently that means it’s food time again.

After stuffing our faces we headed to 3 other thrift stores that will remain nameless because they didn’t have anything that struck my fancy.

After that disappointment it was Goodwill time again! Santa Rosa edition.


Each of these books cost $1.49 for a total of $4.47

The Shadow of Everything by Chris Walley

Imagine a wold where a trillion people live under the gentle rule of the Assembly on over a thousand inhabited worlds. Peace and stability reigned for nearly twelve thousand years. But everything is about to change. On Farholm-a Maid World at the edge of the Assembly, strange things are happening. A girl sees impossible creatures, a stranger from Ancient Earth arrives in response to this troubleshooting and people begin to say, do, and think things outside of the Assembly’s wishes. Soon men and woman come to the realization that evil has retuned once more and it must be fought.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Bernadette plans a family trip to Antartica as a reward for her daughter, Bee’s, perfect grades. Worn down from years living  the Seattle life that she never wanted, Bernadette is on the brink of a meltdown. Disaster after disaster, she disappears leaving her family to pick up the pieces. Which is exactly what Bee does, revealing a hidden past her mother has hidden for decades.

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Nora is forced to become lab partners with Patch, a boy who constantly teases her, answers her elusive questions, has the most handsome face and hypnotizing eyes. It seems like Patch was put on this earth just to drive her crazy. Before long Nora’s defenses melt away and curiosity sets in. Like how did he always know where she’d be or what was always on her mind? And what was with those V-shaped scars on his chiseled back?


Favorite Item Alert!


A licensed Harry Potter book end! And for only $2.99!!! I don’t care that it might have been apart of a set at one point. It’s so pretty and I love that my house color (yellow for Hufflepuff) is on the top! The attention to detail is astounding. I only wish I could dive into these textbooks and learn how to use my witch-y powers!

This is the point where we once again needed a coffee break. The nearest Coffee shop to us was another Starbucks. However, this particular Starbucks was located was located inside a Barns and Nobel. Do you see the problem that would soon become our reality? Yes we spend the remainder of our budgets here but I don’t regret it!



After over an hour (I was shocked it wasn’t over 3), I made it out with a journal, a very large book… and a membership.


Harry Potter inspired Journal-$10.99

The journal was the first thing I grabbed. I simple must have it! I’m pretty sure all of B&N heard my squeal of excitement when I found it.

A Treasury of Best-Loved Fairy Tales-$7.98

Next I was drawn into B&N’s published books and covers section. I wanted half of them. But made it out with only one.


And of course they roped me into buying a 1 year membership. What really pulled me in was that they offered a friends and family discount. So if I deem a friend or family member worthy, they may take my members card and get great discounts online and in stores.


Through all of our driving from place to place we listened to Amy Poehler’s Auto Biography “Yes Please”audiobook. It is hilarious and amazing. She has so many guests like Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Eileen Poehler, William Poehler, Patrick Stewart, and Kathleen Turnerand come in and read their chapters that they wrote for her book. Of course we couldn’t just listen to the free sample on repeat. So I was forced to buy it. (Oh no, poor me! I have to pay retail price for a book. But it’s not just a book but an experience. An experience that nearly left me peeing my pants on several occasions.)


When we finally returned home I found a pretty, pretty green package waiting for me on my doorstep. My Thriftbooks order had arrived! For those of you who don’t know what Thriftbooks is, let me explain. Thrift books is an online store that has a large variety of used and new books. They specialize in selling books at a very low price. Books start as low as $3.69! And any order over $10 they offer free shipping! Just $10! Use this link to Thriftbooks to receive 15% your first order.

These books varied in price but the total for this order ws $11.56

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell embarks on an urgent, secret mission that will take him though the five boroughs of New York. He is in search for the lock the matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11th. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Skyler Evans is your not-so-typical Creek View Girl. She had just graduated High School and in 3 months she would be leaving for art school. This until her mother lost her job. Josh had a different escape route:the Marines. But after losing his leg in Afghanistan, he returned home, a shell of the cocksure boy he use to be. What brings Skyler and Josh together is working at the Paradise-a quirky motel off California’s Highway 99. Despite their differences, Their shared isolation turns into a friendship and, soon, something deeper.

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Young Jody adopts an orphaned fawn he calls Flag and makes it a part of his family and his best friend.But life in the Florida backwoods is harsh, and so, his family fights off wolves, bears, and even alligators, and faces failure in their tenuous subsistence farming, Jody must finally part with his dear animal friend.



I think that wraps it up.

Including both Starbucks trips but excluding my Thriftbooks order (as I didn’t purchase it that day) and Chevys, my grand total of money spent was… $104.96! For spending 7 hours and coming back with over 10 books and multiple nicknacks I’m very pleased!

I hope y’all enjoyed reading about this little adventure and I wish you all an incredible week!

As always, Happy Adventuring!

-Alissa Molder

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