Thursday, August 12

Lots of Used Stuff . . .and a couple new things.

I stopped at a used-bookstore on my way to dinner the other night and got Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. A few days later I got a pre-owned copy of Dragonquest IX which I thought was odd since it had only come out a few days earlier, so why would there be a used one already? But whatever, it saved me $5.  Later I bought a new Mr. Coffee coffee pot for my apartment (sale: $45), the Arcade Fire album (sale: $7), Battlestar Galactica Season 2.5 (sale: $20), and Xenosaga Episode One (used: $6).

Sunday was flea market day, and all season long I have been looking to re-buy my Disney VHS collection on a more modern medium, but because of the capitalist geniuses at Disney and their Vault it is really hard to find cheap Disney DVDs.  So guess my surprise when I found The lion King and Lilo & Stitch for 2 and 4 dollars each!  I found Weezer's first album for $3, The Man with the Golden Gun for $3, and a whole mess of used books including all three volumes of a sci-fi trilogy by C.S. Lewis and Shakespeare's Henry V, Macbeth, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Twelfth Night, Richard II, and Julius Caesar.

Tuesday, July 27

A Slightly Later Present

I went to the super-market this evening and bought a 10" by 14" bamboo cutting-board because the one I've been using is roughly the size of a ping-pong paddle.  I also got a knife sharpener because all of the knives in my apartment are duller than Randy Newman.


Friday July 23:

It was rainy and over-cast and the air was cool.  I loved it.  I went out to the mall for new pants and new shoes. I found neither.  I recently discovered that Levi's makes a 511 pant in corduroy and I want one, but every store I go to told me that corduroy is not a summer thing.  I don't like the people that told me that.  I finally found them at JC Penny's but they only had them black and tan; I'm looking for something less traditional, so whatever, I'll keep looking.  As far as shoes go I found a cool pair at Banana Republic but didn't have my card on me so I decided to wait.

After not buying anything at the mall I went over to Borders to get the final Scott Pilgrim and to use a 40% off coupon. As it turned out they were already sold out.  One day after it comes out and they were sold out.  I ended up using the coupon on Battlestar Galactica Season 2.0, not a bad buy.

Final stop of the day was at Barnes & Noble for another shot at Scott Pilgrim. . .NOPE!  They were also sold out.  However, I did find Susanna Clarke's The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories.  It is a collection of fairy tales that take place in the same version of England as her first work, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.  If you haven't read that go find a copy and read it. Go. Now. I'll wait. . .

Monday July 26

GOT IT!  I went to a different Borders and was able to get a copy of Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour.  They lady at the check out told me that they were sold out but they got more in over the weekend.  I also got M.I.A.'s Kala and Janelle MonĂ¡e's Metropolis. When I got home Baccano! volume 2 waiting for me in the mail.  So now I have to re-read Scott Pilgrim volumes 1-5 and re-watch Baccano! vol. 1, so that I can thoroughly enjoy my new purchases.

Tuesday July 27 (the present)

Nothing bought so far but it's not even five yet so we'll see.  Since yesterday I've read Scott Pilgrim volumes 1-3 and watched Baccano! vol. 1. Looking forward to the next ones.

Thursday, July 22

Family Shopping

Family was visiting at my parents house this week so I spent a few days home to see everyone. However, I forgot to pack any of my belts for my trip so I just had to go out to the mall, what a shame.  I got a tan leather belt at H&M and put it on in the mall restroom to keep my pants from falling down every couple of feet.  I also bought a new hat at Banana Republic.  My grandma had a coupon for Kohl's that she wanted to use so we shopped around for bit and I got two t-shirts: one bright-orange, faux-vintage Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and the other a light- and dark-brown ringer with Smokey the Bear.  Our final stop was at Borders where picked up LCD Soundsystems' "Sound of Silver."

End of the day I had a pretty good haul and it was nice to see the family.

Thursday, July 15

It's Official: I'm an Adult

So yesterday morning I went out to the mall to use one of my Banana Republic coupons and had a very successful trip.  I found a silk/cashmere sweater that was pretty rad, and while I was in the fitting room trying it on the sales lady kept talking to me. . .it was a little awkward.  But it was made right by her telling me that my coupon was actually good for 40% off two items!  How 'bout that?  So I looked around some more and found some socks on sale for $3 and picked up another elephant-logo t-shirt (this one navy, my one from the other day is white).  On top of my coupon savings Karen, the sales lady, tells me that I can save another 15% by opening a Banana Republic credit card.  I figured I would give it a try though I had low hopes of being approved, but I guess college kids with part-time employment and no credit history are exactly who they are looking for because I got it.  I have to say having a Banana Republic credit card makes me feel pretty sophisticated.
Total Savings: $39.16

I then went to Best Buy and picked up MGMT's Ocular Spectacular and Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix at $10 a piece.  Not bad.

Tuesday, July 13

Sad Sandal

My sandals broke this morning, so I had to go out to the mall again.  Got some new ones from H&M, black and grey checkered.  I'll be going out to the mall again tomorrow morning to use one of my 40% off Banana Republic coupons; I'm pretty excited.

Sunday, July 11


Day 1:
Trip 1:
A Farewell to Arms, Beloved, The Giver, The Great Gatsby -$6
Not a terrible buy, but I've definitely seen better fairs.
Trip 2:
1984, King Lear, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Better price-per-book ratio, but still not as many as I would like.

Day 2:
So I got out of work at 2:30 and walked home and then to the library only to find out that day two of the library fair ended at 3:00.  I tried looking around while they were packing up, but was told to leave or help clean up.  They said that if I helped I could take whatever I wanted, so. . .

25 free books!

Final cost: about $0.21 per book.

Saturday, July 10

Cool it!

I bought a couple of little thermometers the other day so I could see just how hot it really is in my apartment...

I can't live in this crap.  I decided that the best way to beat the heat would be to stay in the air-conditioned mall and shop all day.  I got a cool Summer-friendly/Autumn-ready button-up at H&M and an elephant-logo t-shirt at Banana Republic.  BR threw in some coupons too.  40% off anything but only on Wednesdays and only in July.  For 40% off I'll deal with their weird specifics.

I then went to the Verizon store because my Samsung Juke is old and falling apart.  They wanted all of this information that I thought I knew, but apparently didn't, and I couldn't get a hold on anyone who did know it, so I made an impromptu visit to my parents' house for more A/C and some Verizon passwords.  

At the end of the day I've got my new LG Cosmos, and while searching through the downloadable games I found Final Fantasy.  So, that's cool.

Tomorrow there's a library fair going on down the street, so I hope too pick up a small library's worth of cheap books.

Thursday, July 1

Flicks and Kicks

Went out this evening with the intention of getting Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and. . . 

it was on sale!  Cost $17 less than what I had planned on paying for it.  I then hopped over to H&M and got a pair of plaid sneakers for $13.

Monday, June 28

When all else fails go to Borders.

I went out this morning to pick up a new pair of sandals but was soul-crushingly disappointed.  As it turns out Bob's Clothing Store only sells brown sandals.  They had a wide variety of brown sandals, but nearly exclusively brown sandals.  I didn't want brown sandals so I left.  I went to Borders.

Picked up a copy of Daniel Keyes' Flowers for Algernon.  I hope to read sometime this summer.

Sunday, June 27

I just blacked out for a second . . .

So the last post was at the beginning of April and it is now the end of June.  I think I missed some updates.

I can't remember everything that I bought in that time period, so I'll just jump right to the present and tell you all that this morning I picked up a copy of Minority Report and The Devil Wears Prada on DVD for $4 each.

Here's hoping that I'm more attentive to the avidly-loyal WRWR fan base from now on.

Sunday, April 4

Flea Market Season: Now Open

It's a good thing Jesus did his thing in early April because it means that I got off of work on the same day as the thirty-fifth annual opening day of The Elephant's Trunk Flea Market.  For all those who haven't been to The Elephant's Trunk just imagine any other out-door flea market that you may have been to and you'll have a pretty good idea of what you missed.  But flea market season is the best season of the year because it means buying whatever nonsense you're lucky enough to find for whatever price you're able to haggle to.

In addition to having great stuff, flea markets are one of the best places for people watching.  This morning I witnessed a brief conversation in which two very burly men shouted, in manner unnecessarily aggressive, about the price of some tinker-toys.  I also heard, in passing and without context, the phrase "morbidly over-priced".

At the end of the excursion I was very pleased with my finds:  one pair of white, knock-off Ray Bans - $5, and the complete first season of Battlestar Galactica - $15 (current Best Buy price $44.99).  

Here are the glasses being fashioned by my lovely assistant.

Thursday, April 1

CDs Comics!

If you like comics then you should read them, and if you need suggestions then you got one: Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim.  I picked up volumes one through three about a week ago and they were all fantastic.  I went out this morning for volume four and will probably have to get five tomorrow.  I can't really pick any one good part out of this series because it is one continuously-grand-interlacing of amazing.   

I also picked up a used copy of Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road".  I haven't got around to listening to it yet, but I'm pretty certain it's going to be great.

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