I promised you the rest of the birthday story.  This is it.

I have a history with bread machines.  When they first came out, I wanted one.  My husband’s boss told him a KitchenAid was better, so my husband, wanting the best for me, got one. It was great…except that it didn’t make bread.  Dough, yes; bread, no.  So we got a bread machine.  As my husband said, the first loaf cost $250, the second only $125, and the cost kept dropping.  I made bread almost every day and waking to the scent of newly baked bread, thanks to a timer, was exquisite…until the horrible day when we woke to no scent.  The machine wasn’t broken, our noses had just adjusted.

© janet m. webb

Fast forward to the present, several bread machines and innumerable loaves of delicious, low-cost bread later.  The bucket in our current machine has started leaking at the bottom, just a bit every so often.  But Williams-Sonoma doesn’t appear to make bread machines anymore and even if they did, the odds of being able to just buy a new bucket are very low.  My husband started thinking about a new machine, a cost I didn’t really want to have, even though prices on some have gotten quite low.

Driving by a nearby thrift shop that I frequent, I heard a still, small voice.  I hear it once in awhile, urging me to stop somewhere I hadn’t planned to, sometimes Half Price Books, an addiction I’ve gotten much better at controlling, sometimes elsewhere else; in this case, the thrift store.  When I hear this voice (or Voice), I listen.  There’s always a reason.

In this instance, when I walked in, almost the first thing I was was…a bread machine identical to the one I own with a price tag of $30!  Did you see me snatching it from the shelf, taking it to the counter or did I move too fast?

Had that been all I found, it would have been more than enough, but I also found a beautiful summer dress for myself (big name brand and only $3, because the manager cut me a deal), a Ralph Lauren shirt for my husband ($3 and like new) and a couple books.  I practically danced out of the store and I’m sure the smile on my face rivaled that of the sun, which was shining brightly that day, the day that was actually my birthday.

I almost forgot.  When I went to check out, the bread machine tag meant it had been marked down to only $15.  The inexpressible joy of small things.

(More Six-Word Saturday entries can be found here.)

  1. macmsue says:

    It certainly was a magic day.

  2. Wow, that was an amazing find!

  3. Tish Farrell says:

    magic deals all round, and the scent of fresh cooked bread on top. Aaah!

  4. What an incredibly good day you had! I try to listen to that quiet Voice too. Life gets so noisy sometimes, though, and it’s easy to let it be drowned out in the clutter. Glad you heard it and responded.

  5. In this throw away society, some amazing deals can be found at these stores. I check them out periodically or when I hear that voice telling me to stop. I can almost smell that freshly baked bread. 🙂

    • It’s a scent that has few rivals, Judy, right up there with lilacs and lavender. 🙂 I’m happy people are recycling by taking things to thrifts stores. They bless other people that way as well as making the best use of whatever they donate. I’ve better things to do with our money than spend it on new if I can find good used.


  6. ksbeth says:

    that is a wonderful surprise!

  7. restlessjo says:

    I think I need to go to the thrift store! 🙂 🙂 I did stick my nose in one half heartedly this morning but I’d just been to zumba and couldn’t really bothered. Next time! 🙂

    • I shop at them all the time, Jo. I’ve gotten clothes with the store tags still on them as well as things that look brand new. I buy almost all my clothes from them and no one ever knows…unless they know me and would guess. We have several very good ones around here. The ones in well-to-do areas are obviously often the best place for good finds. 🙂

  8. Joanne Sisco says:

    Even the Universe sent to birthday presents! It doesn’t get much better than that … especially with freshly-baked bread involved 🙂

  9. Ally Bean says:

    You rock. Good deals. We all should be so lucky!

  10. marianallen says:

    What a wonderful birthday! We used to have a bread machine. The first time I took out a finished loaf, I was like, “WTF — There’s HOLES in it!” Charlie laughed at me, because OF COURSE there would be holes in it, from the paddles. I thought maybe the paddles retracted or something, but no. So, when we burned out the motor from overuse, we didn’t get a new one. Holes in the loaf. hmph

  11. Kat Seaholm says:

    An awesome find! And you found new books as well 🙂 Also, there is literally nothing in this world better than the smell of fresh baked bread. Happy Saturday!

  12. scr4pl80 says:

    What wonderful treasures! I shop the thrift stores once in a while and find some really cool things occasionally. Definitely like the smell of fresh bread but prefer to have someone else do the making.

  13. What a great time you had finding just the right things on your birthday!

    I still have my bread machine, but haven’t used it in years. I was thinking a couple of weeks ago how #1 Grandson hasn’t smelled or tasted fresh made bread, and we should make some.
    Your post may just push me to get the bread machine out of storage and give his senses a treat. 🙂

  14. pommepal says:

    Well done, op shops are treasure troves aren’t they. Jack is an op shop junky he can’t go past one, and he always finds incredible bargains. The thought of that fresh baked bread makes my mouth water and brings back delightful memories of couch-surfing in Western Australia. They had a bread machine and Jack (not my Jack) would put it on every night, he loved cooking and baking and did some delicious meals for us, so we woke to that glorious smell pervading the whole house and what’s more he LOVED classical music with a passion so as soon as he got up on went the classical music radio station so it was my get up signal, much better than an alarm. Thank you for bringing back those lovely memories for me with this birthday post.

  15. Su Leslie says:

    Brilliant find Janet. When I started reading your post I was thinking i’d suggest you try a thrift shop or similar for a bucket, but no need. And congratulations on the extras; well done you.

  16. That bread looks very inviting. 🙂

  17. Dan Antion says:

    Nicely done, Janet! I am always upset when a part that can’t be replaced breaks in an otherwise working machine. Or, as is often the case with cordless tools, the replacement part costs as much as a new tool.

  18. de Wets Wild says:

    What a bargain!

    And why thank you Janet, I’d love a piece of warm freshly-baked bread with melting butter, please!

  19. It is such a joy to read a happy story! I am happy for your success in that store. Enjoy everything you bought!

  20. dweezer19 says:

    Oh yes. I SO understand! Congrars on the miracle find!

  21. joey says:

    Oh that’s a wonderful story! What serendipity!
    My father bought me a bread machine and I only liked one of the breads of all the many I tried —
    although it made wonderful pizza crust, I was faster. I think it was that I’d long made specific bread recipes that we all enjoyed. Plus, I wasn’t working… I ended up giving it to a friend who loves it and uses it to this day 🙂

  22. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Score! It’s nice when good things happen to good people, Janet. Thanks for telling us the rest of the story.

  23. You’ve been writing about one of our favourite activities… no, not bread-making but Op -shops, as their called here in NZ ( opportunity shops)
    We rarely go in without coming out with something that’s just perfect for us – the other day a massage table (for my reiki) for $20, yesterday a deep preserving pan that we both wanted for our various activities – $5, and a gorgeous little hand- made pottery soup bowl with a lid that matched one we found last year, for a dollar… life seems wonderful !!!!
    Enjoy your bread-making !!

  24. billgncs says:

    bread machine or not, I’ll always knead you

  25. Haha, I like your description of snatching it up so fast. That little angel voice is always wanting the best for us….

  26. Breaaaaad so hsrd to not eat bread st the moment with my diet but I’ll be posting soon on my new breakfast would love for you to check out soon. Xxoxoxox

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