I walked into a local thrift store today looking for exactly one item: a toy tool set for Babybartfast. She was pretend "fixing" things yesterday and I figured heck, it's worth a shot - they probably cost $20-$30 new, but there's at least a chance I might find it at a thrift store someday.
I FOUND ONE! Cost me $1. For a total of $4.50, I got:
1) the tool set
2) two skeins of good-quality yarn of a brand my friend loves - I don't crochet, but she makes me stuff
3) a game I think Babybartfast will love
4) a little metal bucket she will also love
5)the whole bucket FULL of beaded necklaces I can take apart and restring. Seriously, I'd pay $3-$8 apiece for the beads on those things at a craft store, the thrift store had them for $1 apiece, and the guy saw I had the little bucketful and said he'd charge me $2 for the whole thing (8-9 necklaces)
Babybartfast has played with her toolset for four hours straight now