We have a winner!

Hello gang, and thank you to all who participated in the “Guess the cost – win a prize!” contest.  We do have a winner who was only $1.95 off!

(If you’re new to this blog, I ran a contest last week to have readers guess the cost of this great outfit I snagged at Restyle Consignment Store. I am in the process of building The Complete Des Moines-area Secondhand Store Directory, and unfortunately – or fortunately, depending on how you look at it – as I’m researching the products and prices, I’m finding that it’s hard to leave the stores empty-handed!)

So anyways, let’s get back to the contest so I can reveal the winner.

Price Breakdown:

Sweater: Ann Taylor Loft – $16.99

White Long-sleeve t-shirt: Mossimo – $4.99

Skirt: White House Black Market – $7.99 (what a bargain!)

Shoes: A2 (Aerosoles) – $10.99

Necklace: $4.94 (another great bargain!!)

Total Cost: $45.90

So our winner is –


drum roll, please…………………


Tracina from the You Look Fab Forum, who guessed $43.95! She was only $1.95 off!

Congratulations Tracina! We had guesses ranging from $17 to $74, so coming in less than two bucks is pretty amazing. Tracina, I know you’re a savvy secondhand shopper, because you mentioned in your comment that you frequent Goodwill for truly great bargains, but you knew that consignment shops are a bit more. Your intuitiveness was spot on!

I will be contacting you to get your address so I can ship you this adorable Christmas tree pin, handmade from paper by my sister, who incidentally, came up with the idea of the contest. Thank you, sis, and I’m sure Tracina will love your pin.

(Although she didn’t ask me to, I feel like I should put a plug in for my sister’s business, since she did donate the prize. So here it goes: If you’d like to see more “Pinables” – handmade jewelry from recycled paper – click here for the website.)

OK, there’s my plug, now back to me!

I’ve been slowly updating The Complete Des Moines-area Secondhand Store Directory. Click here to see how far I’ve come with Restyle Consignment. I’ll keep you updated as I add things.  I appreciate any feedback – one woman even clued me into a store I yet need to add (The Classy Closet in Altoona and Beaverdale). I can’t wait to go visit it!

Well, that’s it for now.  I hope you enjoyed the contest and I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving.  I’m brining  a turkey for the first time, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it won’t be too salty. I didn’t use kosher salt, and now I’m worried.  Has anyone had any experience – good or bad – with brining a turkey?


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