Greetings from the Anti-Mall


My cousin brought me this early Christmas present from the anti-mall–the Salvation Army store. It’s a cookie press! I’m very excited! It’s in perfect, unopened condition, all sealed up. Brand new. If you haven’t thought about thrift stores, second-hand stores, antique stores, or Salvation Army stores this holiday season–think of them! You can find wonderful things at these places, including, sometimes, brand new things that someone else just didn’t want. (My cousin could have even not told me where he got it, but he did because he knows how I appreciate such a frugal find.)


  1. Darlene in North Georgia says:

    Great find! Good for him and you both.
    I was blessed this week with 4 new knit sweaters from a thrift store from a co-worker. She was rather apologetic when she gave them to me. I was THANKFUL! I’ve been needing a few new shirts to wear. It’s cold and these are warm. Told her I did hand-me-downs QUITE well! And the secondary blessing is THEY FIT. I’m doing a happy dance. Oh, they still had their store tags on them along with extra buttons on one or two of them.

  2. angiecmt says:

    How wonderful 🙂

  3. Patty says:

    I LOVE thrift stores. They’re like going on a treasure hunt! Your cousin did great!

  4. masonjar says:

    Great find ! We have both a Salvation Army and A Goodwill near here (well 30 miles away) that are great to go to. One can always find something that you need there.

  5. lisa brawner says:

    I shop them all the time. I dont even think of going to a wal mart or mall without first checking the goodwill stores out. I havent been to a mall in years. If i am looking for something handmade that i cant do myself or trade for i will go shop on etsy for it .I do alot of bartering at times for stuff and that is a blast too.

  6. lisa brawner says:

    I love a cookie press. I make the butter spritz cookies with it.

  7. Sheila Z says:

    And it’s beautiful too, like a work of art.

  8. Runningtrails says:

    I do! I do! There is a huge Goodwill Store about 2k from me that has 50% off sales every week throughout the fall season. I buy all my Christmas present there, or make them. Like you say, they have brand new stuff still in the boxes and plastic.its amazing!

  9. carol says:

    And estate sales, Suzanne! We are antique dealers so we go to as many estate sales as we can on the weekends we both are off work. We look primarily for antiques to sell but very often we find really good stuff that isn’t antique. This Christmas, one of our daughters is getting a ‘vintage’ KitchenAid stand mixer…the ones that sell for almost $300 brand new…we found one last weekend at a sale for $35.00…had two bowls, beater, dough hook and whip and the pour guard with it. Excellent condition! I have one for myself, also bought at an estate sale and paid just $25.00 for it. I’ve bought good jewelry for gifts and art and tools…at a fraction of the cost you could pay in the stores or malls.
    Merry Christmas!

  10. Kathie says:

    I bought the most beautiful white sweater at the Goodwill store for three dollars.

  11. Liz in Wis says:

    Thrift shopping is like a hobby for me; you never know what you will find!!!

  12. Barbee' says:

    Cousin of Suzanne, WOW! I am impressed – good shopping!

  13. Becky says:

    yeah, it is hit or miss on some days but Goodwill/Salvation Army are the only places I actually enjoy shopping. what a thoughtful gift from your cousin the sweetie :heart:

  14. Mim says:

    I have found several nice things at Goodwill..Believe it or not, when my daughter was younger, we would go to Goodwill,would have a whole buggy full of clothes and only cost us $40.00…

    I also go to the ReStore (near Greens Feed & Seed) in Charleston…They have alot of “stuff”, bought a roll of perforated drainage pipe for $25.00, 24″ fence for the bottom of our wooden fence for $3.00.

    Alot of my family thinks I am crazy but I even bought the book- “Frugal Living for Dummies”. :pawprint: :pawprint:

  15. Claudia says:

    You have a great cousin! :yes:

  16. Amy says:

    Let’s see it in action! It looks like a lethal weapon all tucked away in its sniper box lol. I’ve never seen a cookie press, how do they turnout?

  17. Ulrike says:

    SPRITZ!!!! Spritz are my favorite Christmas cookies. I love them so much. I make them even if I don’t make any other Christmas cookies. Hooray for the cookie press!

  18. IowaCowgirl says:

    Wow! That is the nicest cookie press I’ve ever seen!

    I, too, love Goodwill and Salvation Army. They are a treasure-trove of items!!

  19. LisaAJB says:

    I have to agree with my sister. Spritz are the best cookies ever, and they are what put me in the Christmas spirit. Although, we also put our tree up the day after Thanksgiving, so we’ve been rearin’ to go for a couple of weeks now. I have to say, your cookie press is WAY cooler than mine. Mine is made entirely of white plastic.

  20. cake says:

    And the greatest gift would be that someone ‘GETS YOU’, you know they really know & appreciate what ‘YOU’ are all about. And when they were out shopping they thought of you!

  21. Taryn says:

    That is a great find!

    My sisters and I can’t always spend Christmas together because of our individual families, and so we developed our own unique holiday we call Janumas (Christmas in January). We use pillow cases as stockings and fill each other’s “stockings” with little things. And the rule is the cheapest one wins. So we shop sales, make things, go to thrift stores all year round looking for the winning present – something fun, pretty, or useful and CHEAP. One year my husband and I purchased a TV. It came with free DVD player. We already had a DVD player. That was one of my gifts to my sister.

    I was declared the Ultimate Winner, and I still refer to that in some of our arguments over who is the Cheapest Of Us All. It is a badge I wear proudly.

  22. NorthCountryGirl says:

    Nice find! I’ve shopped our local thrift stores for years. Great way to stretch your dollar. Have fun pressing your cookies.

  23. jane says:

    I go to goodwill and thrift stores weekly. You can find a lot of great things there. I just recently bought a 1980 punch bowl and stand for 8.00. I took it home and it is on my bar with ornaments and greenery and old ornaments hanging off it. I find clothes there, CDs. craft supplies, old dishes. Last year at this time I got 3 place settings of the spode christmas dishes with 2 serving pieces for 30. one place setting is 35 or up in Dillards etc. You never know. I got my new winter coat for 20 and cost 12 to clean. beats 150. it is long, black with a shawl folded collar and no buttons or belts.

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    1908 punch bowl for 8 dollars that sells for 185 to 200 online.

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