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Thread: FINALLY!! A thrft shop score for me!!!

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    Super Member Val in IN's Avatar
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    Smile FINALLY!! A thrft shop score for me!!!

    I was walking through the housewares section of Goodwill today and saw a box with the word "quilt" on it. I picked it up and lo and behold, ElectricQuilt 5!!! Brand new, never been opened. My hands were shaking, I turned it over to see the price and about fainted.....$4.00!!!!!! Merry Christmas to me! This has been a tough year, we had to call the kids and tell them that we couldn't send any presents this year. We had already decided not to do presents for each for ourselves but it was a killer telling the kids and grandkids we couldn't get them anything either. I have been soooo depressed. This was a nice little surprise and really lifted my spirits.

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    WOW - your lucky day!!!!! Fabulous deal.
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    Merry Christmas to you, smiles
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    Oh I love Goodwill. Great find!
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    Good for you!

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    What a great find. I'm glad it lifted your spirits. Please remember that your kids and grandkids love you for who you are and not what you can give to them. I don't know how large your family is but maybe you and your hubby could bake a dozen or so cookies and send to each family as this years gift. I'm sure they would love them. There is no better gift than the gift of love but home made cookies are really close. Here's wishing things get better for your family very soon.
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    What a cool find. Glad it cheered you up. Please don't feel badly about not buying gifts, you really don't need the extra stress. Maybe you can "get together" via skype. This can be a very difficult time of year for many people, so many pressures and expectations, just remember the true meaning of Christmas...forget the advertising hype and keep it simple and true.

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    Bless your heart! I am sooooo glad you found this and not someone else. You needed that uplifting! For your family, why don't you write each one of them a very special, personal, Christmas letter. You might share some of your favorite memories with them ... a different memory for each person, something that they might relate to. Christmas has gotten so commercialized, we all need to get back to the basics, back to the real meaning of Christmas. A sharing from the heart is the best gift of all.
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    Kerry K... Amen!!
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    Kerry has a great idea!! It's not a gift that counts! I keep telling my kids no gift but the gift of your time!! That is the best gift to me!!!
    Forgive my ignorance what is electric 5???

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    That is wonderful, I bet it made your day. Would have made mine. It was your day to get a big surprise. Good for you.
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    Congratulations on your SCORE! You are not the only one in the financial leaky boat this year. I would really like to take Christmas off the calendar. There will be no store bought gifts this year, only the ones I am frantically making. Have fun with your EQ5 and be sure to check out Rhonda's Monday morning classes for it. "Money will come and go...but Our love lasts forever"
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    Happy you found something for yourself but what is it that you got? ElectricQuilt 5?....Is it a like a electric blanket?
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    Awesome find!
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    Merry Christmas!!!

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    Two thumbs up for you!!!

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    Great for you on the GW find!

    Like others have said you are not alone in the 'no gifts' department. Millions of others are cutting back for the holidays in the gift giving area but are trying to make up for it with other 'new traditions'.

    Someone suggested homemade cookies...good one.
    You said you couldn't 'send' presents which makes me think you're far away from family...what about a wonderful card for each person that contains true feelings or wonderful stories about them.

    This is just the beginning of the day for your post...I'm sure the smart quilters on this board will come up with lots of 'no cost' 'low cost' things you can do. What age ranges are we talking about for the GKs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KerryK View Post
    Bless your heart! I am sooooo glad you found this and not someone else. You needed that uplifting! For your family, why don't you write each one of them a very special, personal, Christmas letter. You might share some of your favorite memories with them ... a different memory for each person, something that they might relate to. Christmas has gotten so commercialized, we all need to get back to the basics, back to the real meaning of Christmas. A sharing from the heart is the best gift of all.
    Agree with you. We need to rethink our idea of gift giving. Something from the heart like a letter is awesome. Sometimes it is the little things that is the best. Doesn't have to be big or bought.

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    Kerry's idea is great! I wish my grandmothers had done something like that. Its too late now. Share your history with them while you can. It will be worth more than any physical gift you could buy.

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    wow!!!!! that is an awesome find!!!!
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    Being the daughter of some pretty frugal parents, one year mom and dad had envelopes on the tree with our names on them. When we opened them, they were filled with about $1500 of play money. We then had an auction and were able to bid on the things they had to offer----coupons for a "dinner at the farm" we could choose what mom fixed, an afternoon of dad helping clean our garage or basement, a coupon for an oil change from dad, one for a tire rotation, there were also jars of homemade jam, loaves of homemade bread, bags of mom's noodles, pies, etc. It was one of the best and most memorable Christmas' ever. We had such fun bidding against each other. Mom and dad loved seeing their gifts bring in outrageous amounts like $500-$700 for the last jar of jam, $800 for an oil change and so on.

    Christmas doesn't have to cost a lot to be enjoyable.
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    WOW! Merry Xmas to me! LOL

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    Please, please, don't be so hard on yourself. So many can't afford to BUY presents this year. My grandkids could open their own store so it's so hard to find something special for them. Some of the ideas offered are great. If the kids are close by to you, you could give them a gift certificate for a special outing with you....a gift of your time and attention.
    My 95 year old mom made her special sugar cookies and my niece decorated little brown paper bags like lunch bags for each grandchild or each family. Oh, and her peanut butter cookies were included also. My niece is a teacher and she made a reindeer face for each bag. My daughter in law hides her cookies when she gets them and eats them in her pantry so she doesn't have to share them. LOL

    A funny note, when I gave my daughter hers, someone had already raided the bag and her cookies were gone!! Too funny! The look on her face was too precious. We did make her some later, tho.

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    We decided several years ago to not give gifts in our family. I know that none of us would change that now and the grands never knew about it anyway as they were very young then. I cannot tell you the pressure that went out of the Christmas season with that decision. I don't think it's wrong at all to buy and give gifts. I always looked forward to it as a child, but I had so few of "things" then! My dad tells about never owning a new pair of shoes and maybe getting an orange and a piece of candy for Christmas and the anticipation and joy it brought!! We don't live in those days and have many blessings today! Our family likes to get together and maybe even spend the night at our home and play games and snack on goodies-tiring for Grandpa and Grandma-but the kiddie's eyes gleam in anticipation!! It's about love, as many of you are sharing. Merry Christmas to everyone!
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    I love your story. You made a wonderful find!

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