So, in my little world, frugality usually means "do-it-myself." This means I made our wedding invitations, the birth announcements for both kids, and I know how to use odds and ends to make a scrapbook on the cheap. This also means that I have my eyes peeled for someone to teach me to make A.'s sundresses.
But Si is a totally different animal. He's not a super shopper, because he doesn't go shopping enough. But he has this knack. I don't exactly know what to call it, but I know two of my prized possessions are because of this wheeling and dealing quality of his.
First, for Mother's Day a few years back, he bought me a beautiful, solid-wood cupboard with locking glass doors, and there is a real key to open it with. This was a real Indian-in-the-Cupboard-Moment, I tell you! I store all of my best hardbound volumes in it, and they look beautiful! There is a story behind this piece, too. The people he bought it from won it on The Price is Right back in the 1980s. He only paid $100.
Second, there is my exercise bike, which Si bought at a garage sale for $10. He wasn't even intending to go to a garage sale that day, but he was out and he happened to drive by one that was selling an exercise bike that was just what I wanted, and unbelievably cheap. I had picked one out online for $250 after despairing of ever finding one used in the Penny Saver ads.
So you see, it comes in handy to have a man with a good eye.
Saturday update: It seems this post has motivated Si to conquer our bunkbed hopes on the cheap as well. He had an almost-success this morning. I will be sure and post a photo if he ever brings some home! Tweet