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06 Jul, 2008

Saturday thrifting

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Thrifty is nifty|Oh! Things!

I went in looking for a glass goldfish bowl to make a second terrarium but didn’t find one.  Law of Thrift Shopping no. 1 states: if you’re looking for something specific, you won’t ever find it. But I did find some good stuff (photos to come!) including a black rain coat, formerly from Old Navy. It is […]

17 Apr, 2008

A new kind of shopping challenge

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Thrifty is nifty|Oh! Things!

It’s SPRING. And it’s garbage day. As I walked the girls to school I couldn’t help seeing what people were all throwing out. It seems a lot of us get the spring cleanout bug. I have caught it myself. I brought a stuffed garbage bag, a smaller bag and a box full of family castoffs to the […]

I picked up this book for about a quarter at a local thrift shop. If I had stopped at the cover I would have given it a pass. It’s called “My Clock Book” and the cover illustration is an uninspired 1970′s sketch of children gathered around a pile of clocks. “Originally entititled WHAT TIME IS […]

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06 Jan, 2006

bought and kept

Posted by: andrea In: - Thrifty is nifty|Oh! Things!

Last week Mark helped his friend Grant lug an almost-new mattress to a local Salvation Army store. It was actually one I hadn’t been to, but as soon as Mark returned and I heard the words “Pyrex” and “books” I was chomping to go. A couple days later I nonchalantly gathered a bag of old […]

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29 Oct, 2005

Fishing for info

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Thrifty is nifty|Oh! Things!

I’m busy busy… working on two articles, one of which is for our local paper that is essentially satisfying my love for second-hand goods. :) Below is one of the items I want to write about. I bought it for 50 cents. It’s 4 or 5 inches in diameter. There is a hole in the […]

21 Oct, 2005

Off season shopping. Again.

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Thrifty is nifty|Oh! Things!|Photography

I had the best of intentions. Really and truly I did. I was shopping for clothes at ValVill to wear *now* .. instead I found a couple of skirts for next summer and could NOT leave them there. Why does that always happen? Check it out … fyi those flowers are teeny sequins. :) :) […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our two daughters Emma (15) and Sarah (13). I am the editor of the Kitchissippi Times and a regular contributor to MediaSmarts.ca. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger, and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999... which makes me either a total dinosaur or a veteran, I'm not sure which! The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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