I'd admired this plate at Home Goods several times, but I kept thinking, "Well, but we don't really NEED another lunch-sized plate..." This weekend I thought: (1) I am willing to get rid of another of the lunch-sized plates to fit this one in, and (2) This is why we HAVE mixed dishes: so that I can get the new ones I love, rather than having to be done choosing.
This next thing was one of my favorite purchases of the whole trip. I've been drawn to these strawberry things (are they serving dishes? dog bowls? ...bakeware?) for months, ever since they appeared at the consignment shop. And only $6 for the set! And strawberries always remind me fondly of my niece, even though she hasn't been called The Strawberry since her fetus days. But then I would think, "But I don't have any particular USE for them." This weekend I thought, "If I love them this much, and if I have struggled on each of five visits here to justify buying them, and if they are SIX DOLLARS, I think I should just buy them and let things shake out. If I have to donate them to someone else later, SO BE IT." And then they weren't even $6: they were $4-something because the consignment shop marks them down every month they're still there.
I like this bowl (soup-sized), but when I got it home I was thinking something like "But why this bowl and not any of the many others I like?"
Oh, yeah! Because there's a bird
New plastic plate for the kid-plate pile.
These Dilettante cherries (dried cherries thickly coated in chocolate, then with a layer of colored white chocolate over all that) are a big ISSUE for me. There used to be bags of them at Wallllmart for $3, but for some reason in the last few years they've more than tripled in per-pound price. Now I can get much smaller quantities for much higher prices, and I don't love them enough for that---but I like them enough to feel resentful over the change (THEY SHOULD NOT COST AS MUCH AS SEE'S). These boxes were on clearance for $3 (down from $5, which was already down from $8), so STILL kind of expensive, but they found my buying point.
And the biggest thrill of the whole trip: MUGS. The aqua one on the left is one I already had, and it is my favorite, favorite mug: I reach for it first almost every time it's clean. I love everything about it, and have to force myself not to give in to the temptation to leave it in the cupboard just because I'm afraid it will break and then I won't have it anymore. For months I've been keeping an eye out for it at Home Goods / TJ Maxx / Marshalls, but I've never found another one. And then this weekend I found (1) a second aqua mug, for back-up; (2) the same mug in pink; (3) the same mug in a another pattern I liked. It was very exciting.