They cost what…..

↑My wallets have finally died. It is time to get a new one or two.   One would think as much as I love purses, I would love wallets too. Nope, I will keep a wallet until it falls apart. So off the stores (Kohl’s, JC Penny’s, TJ Maxx, etc). Every store I went to the prices was making me sad. Very sad. I couldn’t believe the price of wallets. $20 to$40 dollars.  $40 dollars for a wallet.  Are they crazy.  I just want something to put my change and cards in. The last store I went to was Kohl’s.  I happen to be a big fan of Kohls, but I was not going to pay that much for a wallet.  They did have some pretty wallets.

 

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Look at those prices.  Even the ones on the clearance was still expensive, at least for me.   I am a frugal girl.  Living fab on a budget,a real tight budget.

 

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As you can see I looked over the entire wallet section of the store.  Even with a sale going on I still was not going to pay those prices!

This was the last rack I looked at.   See the arrows.  I really like the wallets with the elephants on them.   They were more expensive than all the rest.   I happen to like elephants.   They bring you good luck if the trunk is up.  Well maybe not on this day.

 

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So it is off to my favorite spots, garage sales and thrift shops.  I did score.  $1.00 for this green number.  Not the latest fashion but I like and fits my needs.  Not as decorative as the one at Kohls, but, I think I can spruce it up.  First it needed cleaning, not a lot, just a little.   Always clean any item you get from a garage sale or thrift shop.

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Here is my version of the big fix up.   I searched and searched for a leather/ vinyl elephant but could not find one.  I thought about using a piece of leather,and a stencil but, I could not find a piece that I liked.   I decided to check my stash and this is what I found.   I feel it expresses the real me.  Another direction.

 

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Forgot to take pic before I tore open the package

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Ms. Frugal strikes again. Only 50 cents @Jo-Ann Fabrics

 

I love iron -ons.  They bring another dimension to your wardrobe.    Now I needed a way to iron on a leather wallet.  Another idea.  I already had some wax paper.  I just doubled up the paper to protect the wallet, and used the medium setting

 

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Only had to double the wax paper twice.

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One whole dollar. I can reuse the same piece.

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Presto, chango, here is the  finished product.   I think it fit me to a T.   I love.  It only took about 10 minutes to make.  I plan to attack my other purses and look for some wallets.   Tally ho, my loyal subjects await.

 

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