Monday, November 23, 2009

Times they are a changin' . . .

It's about to get a whole lot thriftier over here at Thrifty Goodness. I found out on Friday that my last day of work will be December 4th. I have to say that I knew I wasn't going to make it through yet ANOTHER layoff (I've survived 5 at this point) but it's still hard to process. I've worked for Sprint for almost 8 years and it's the only job I've had since I moved to New York City from Baltimore in 2002. My husband still works for the company (thankfully) and I do get a nice severance package that will give me time to find a new job. I'll admit, I've had it good these last 18 months being able to work from home and I know that won't come my way again. So I'm tightening the belt, upping the Thrifty quotient and squirreling away all the money possible so I can be selective in my next career choice.

Now onto the Thrifty, right?


(boy I nees a haircut!)

Mom and I visited the Elephant's Trunk flea market on a gorgeous Sunday in November. We really lucked out with beautiful weather and some fun finds. Do I have photos? Um, no. But in my defense the vintage hankies and aprons are drying on the rack downstairs and the vintage holiday cards are set to be loaded in The Goodness Shop this week.

While visiting Mom in Baltimore we attended another Treasure Sale. As always I found loads of great craft supplies at amazing prices including knitting needles and crochet hooks (which I always grab as they are only 25 cents each and can range from $3 - $8 in the craft store) and some sweet fabric scraps. My absolute FAVORITE find this trip was this:





Never. Even. Used. And all mine for 50 cents! I've already put them to the test and they are great! And how cute is that box? Seriously, am I getting all ga ga over scissors? Yes. Yes I am.

So now when I thrift it will be with a new eye. An "I know I can find something here for CHEAP that I would normally buy at, say, Target" sort of eye. Like a new ironing board. And stuff to organize my closets.

So I'm off to peruse the employment sites, figure out my separation benefits package and become the Coupon Queen of Corona. Wish me luck!

~RR

12 comments:

Pixie said...

Sorry about your layoff. The job market is rough here as well. I have been unable to find anything. Either over-qualified or under-qualified..I suppose. I can't even get an interview!

Keep us posted on your thrifting finds and the job hunt.

Sarah said...

:-( Thats the pits Rebecca.

Jennifer said...

Well, shoot. I'll be thinking good thoughts about you...

Jane said...

Sorry about your job. Hope that you can enjoy some of the "time off" preparing for Christmas. You seem to have a positive attitude about this which helps.

Rannyjean said...

I pray you will have fun doing whatever it is your next job brings or staying home for a bit.
Bummer about the job, but I know you will do well!

Vintagesquirrel said...

Sorry to hear of your job loss, however, I'll bet this will turn into someting good in the long run...

flanthrower said...

sorry to hear about the layoff! that's a real bummer. hope you find a great new job soon.

Wendy said...

Good to hear from you! Yes, Sophie is getting really big, so much fun -
Good luck on your job -

Thimbleanna said...

Oh Rebecca! I'm so sorry to hear this! You were by FAR the best Sprint employee I ever had to deal with, so I'm shocked that they could let you go. Good luck with the job hunt!

Lucy said...

I'll be thinking of you as you go down this next road in your career. It comes at such a lousy time though, but if anyone can come out of it and be successful-it will be you. Maybe this can be a time where you really put you love of thrifting and your creativity to work and have it become a full time career??

hugs to you--got your message the other day and wanted to say I miss chatting with you, too!!

xoxo Happy Thanksgiving!

Raesha D said...

I'm so sorry....I'm totally with Lucy - maybe this is the time to totally change it up and see what becomes of it!! I'm with you on the thrifting bandwagon - it's time to ramp it up. I've overspent for say the last 6 months and it's finally catching up with me:(

Feather Gold said...

Sorry to hear about your lay-off. You'll be in my prayers for something bigger and better to come along. I know you'll find something soon!

Oh and those pinking shears are so rad. What an awesome find!

xoxoxoxo

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