Of course, the new stuff is made better by the fact that I also traded away old stuff in getting the new stuff. :)
Sunday was our first Inter-EtsyRain Swap and Shop, which meant that a bunch of us brought stacks of our crafts, supplies, and whatever else we had lying around, and had a mini-craft show. So I unloaded some supplies that I knew were just taking up space, and also traded a few of my finished things for some more supplies and other stuff.
All of my scores were really wonderful, but I think my favorite trade was for a Star Wars purse that Kayce had made. She had decided not to list it because of the Star Wars logo, and I have to say that I was happy that I found it on her table. I asked if she'd be willing to trade, and she said she'd send Robbie (her son) to look at what I had brought for the trade. So I showed him what I had to offer, and he decided that he wanted a yellow fish, and that was all. I suggested that maybe Lyssie (his sister) might like a fish too, so he picked a pink one for her. I figured less fights if they each had a fish. :) (Yes, I do come from a family with multiple children... however did you guess? :) )
I also had a partial trade with Meghan for a needle felting kit, which I have determined is WAY too much fun for me. You mean I get to stab something repeatedly and I'm MAKING something while I do it? Rock on. Thus far (*knock on wood*) there has been no stabbing of myself, and I call that a victory. Of course, I haven't really made much yet. I'm mostly just experimenting and seeing what I can make. Then I'll think about calling it something. :)
And I made one outright purchase, finally picking up some of Marlo's Totes 2 Go, which are seriously the most clever things ever. I got a set with a dark blue background and lots of brightly colored planets, which was the best compromise I could think of between stuff that Jerome and I would both like. He said he felt like a dork carrying one of them from the car to the apartment, but we got all of our groceries into those 2 totes and a big bag that was made for me a while ago, brought home no plastic bags, AND saved 15 cents for bringing our own bags. Yeah, I know that 15 cents really isn't much, but it's something. Over the course of a year, it'll add up. And we don't have more stupid plastic bags.
Aside from the felting kit, the only other supplies I got were all things that are destined for specific projects. Cream colored yarn for crocheted roses, baby colored yarn for the next baby afghan I need to make, and some more fabric that will go into my amazing gypsy patchwork skirt. That thing is going to be crazy when I get it done. :)