Teri’s Thrifty Treasures & Consignments Springfield Missouri

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*****UPDATE*****

Teri’s will be closed July 23 Wednesday, July 24 Thursday and July 25 Friday

and then….

At 10 AM  Saturday July 26 will be the GRAND REOPENING!!!!!!

YAY!!!

I plan on being there for what is a unique and fun shopping experience. Hope to see you!!!

*****END UPDATE*****

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Teri’s Thrifty Treasures & Consignments

Furniture… ‘N’ More

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3862 and 3868 West Chestnut Expressway

West of the West Bypass Highway

(417)  864-7283

Open every day except Sunday

Monday to Saturday

Winter Hours (November – March)   10 am to 5 pm

Summer Hours (April – October)   10 am to 6 pm

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Located at the south-east corner of Eldon Avenue and West Chestnut Expressway is what the owner declares is “…a thrift shop, a consignment store, a flea market and a furniture store.”

I agree… there is an enormous variety of all types of neat stuff. The folks running the store are friendly and are quick to assist if you have any questions.

The store is nicely laid out with easy access to the products and prices are clearly marked. And for prices, I was impressed at the quality new and used goods with unbeatable prices.

After three visits I decided to include this store in my “recommended Firms” blog. I took some pictures you can see as you scroll down and asked the owners some questions to ensure I was as accurate as possible with this entry.

Layaway is available and cash is legal tender as it is everywhere and all major credit cards and checks are also accepted.

The store is in two separate units within the same strip mall. There is the thrift store with a dazzling variety of items and the furniture section where affordable new and used furniture, rugs and decorative items are displayed.

Among the furnishings you will find antiques, ‘primitives’ and various rustic unique items.

I looked at the furnishings store that is but a few feet east of the thrift store and took some pictures. I am not in the market for furniture but I was impressed with some of the items there. There was none of that cheap assemble-it-yourself stuff that falls apart so quickly. Nope. Real wood thus real furniture. Even if you are not shopping for furniture it is still a neat way to pass some time and look at some stuff you don’t see just anywhere.

Hey… since I’m discussing furniture here’s a couple pictures:

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The wood finishing does not reveal its beauty in my pictures.

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I like that wood desk. For the person with a home office that would be super nifty!!!

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I have spent over an hour browsing the inventory during each of my three visits. I noticed new items and the owner confirmed that new items are added daily and what with their accepting consignments the inventory constantly changes.

In my own opinion one reason the inventory changes is that the stuff is priced to sell. And sell it does since I have purchased a fancy cedar decorative storage box and a quality stuffed cat that, to me, was worth five times the price I paid.

I have been to those huge flea markets that have many dozens of vendors but I typically look but keep on walking since the prices are, to me, outlandish for most of the stuff.

Sure, there are some rarities and items with high prices on them here but those items elsewhere would surely cost even more. Come and take a look and decide for yourself. I am not an expert valuation person but I believe I know some good deals when I see them.

While taking pictures I also wrote down some of the items for sale so you will know what to expect when you visit:

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  • Rarities     Collectibles     Antiques     Porcelain items     Glassware
  • Tools electric, hand and gas-powered     Sports equipment and collectibles
  • Clothing     Books     Art     Electronics     Musical instruments     Toys
  • Cookware     Nick-knacks     CDs DVDs Tapes Vinyl records 8-tracks

And as the customer I spoke with while we were both browsing and mentioning all the different types of interesting things in view said to me… “It’s an eclectic assortment of items.”

“Eclectic.” The word was said with a grin since it is not a word used often but it was accurate… so many different interesting things to look at and touch.

There is a section with rare paper money and coins. Perfect for that person you just can’t think of what to get them for a present.

Do you have some stuff that is not used anymore? I do but not enough to have a garage sale. Teri’s Thrifty Treasures is a great place to put decent quality goodies on consignment. I left my decorative Elvis Presley record memorabilia there. It is a quality item in a fancy framed enclosure with the official seal of Elvis Presley Enterprises attached.  Three days later… sold.

Do you have some decent stuff and it’s time to let it go? Give Teri’s a call and ask about the consignment part of the store. There is also space to rent so call and ask.

Interesting. I didn’t think about it but I am a buyer and a seller. Sure can’t do that at any of those big box stores infesting the land!!!

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Visiting Teri’s Thrifty Treasures is a different experience than a typical going to a store, buying what you came for then rushing off to go elsewhere. Well, it is different for me, anyway. There are just too many interesting things to look at and Teri and her helpers are always glad to tell what this or that is used for or any other questions I have. I suppose “social event” is a more accurate way to describe my time at Teri’s than “going shopping.”

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Here are some pictures of my favorite thrift store in Springfield, Missouri

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Here’s a few more from the furniture part of Teri’s:

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Here is what the outside of the stores look like. There is plenty of parking so come on down. You might see me there poking around and looking at that eclectic bunch of nifty stuff. And the folks there are friendly!!!

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The furniture “annex” is next door to the east:

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Every firm mentioned in this blog has met my personal standards of being good, decent folks performing a service or operating their firm in a manner that I would do myself if I was running the business.

I do not purposefully seek out firms to place in this blog. I do so when a firm impresses me and warrants what I believe an inclusion here.

I hope that everybody visiting the firms is as happy with their experiences as I have been.

Below is the link to the Teri’s Thriftshop Face Book Web site:

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Teri’s Thriftshop

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A Proud Day

Henceforth the Old Coot Endorsed Local Firms blog is an extremely proud member of the “Manly Blogger Guy Award.”

I am exceedingly proud. So much so that I nearly wet myself. I am giddy with glee.

The awarding site is:

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Lugubrious Drollery

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From the blog page where the award is brought to life we read:

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The conditions of the award are as follows:

1. The blog receiving the award must demonstrate masculine qualities such as sloth, boorishness, urinary hesitancy, or flatulence. In the interest of equal opportunity, these criteria do not entirely exclude female nominees.

2. No blog which plays background music such as “Somewhere My Love” or “My Heart Will Go On” is eligible.

3. The award should be passed on to as many other blogs as possible, but watching televised sports or taking a nap should take precedence over passing out awards.

For the award logo, I have selected a classic symbol of male self-delusion. Back in the 60s and 70s, Hai Karate aftershave commercials used dialogue like:

GUY: Hey how about a movie tonight?

GIRL: Wow, what’s that aftershave?!

ANNOUNCER: New Hai Karate aftershave is so powerful, it drives women right out of their minds. That’s why we have to put instructions on self-defense in every package. Hai Karate, the brisk splash-on aftershave that smooths, and soothes, and cools. Hai Karate–aftershave, cologne, and gift sets. Hai Karate–be careful how you use it.

They really did include self-defense instructions with these cheap toiletries. BTW, I bought the product, but never had the opportunity to fight off crowds of amorous girls–or even one for that matter–while wearing Hai Karate.

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And here is the award’s visual representation:

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All I need to do now is affix the pic to the main page side-bar and I shall boldly stride into a bright effervescent future proudly bearing the Manly Blogger Guy Award.

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Shear Serenity cuts my hair

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Hello, welcome to the blog where I share with everybody wandering by the firms, people, organizations, etc. that rate my exquisite hard-to-obtain much-admired Disgruntled Old Coot Seal of Approval.

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Since wandering into this area six years ago I have visited many different barber shops to lop off those stringy things erupting from my head.

As a self-proclaimed Disgruntled Old Coot I apparently live up to my self-given label by possessing a personality that tends to grate upon others, causing annoyance at the least and, quite frequently, outright hostility.

Here is a tip for you folks… one subtle clue that a barber does not like you is when during the hair cutting act you frequently experience pain.

Jamming the clipper against the top of your ear. When using a comb as part of the hair cutting procedure the prongs of the comb are shoved into your skin and scraped across your flesh. Even to the point that if the barber hates you enough when they use scissors the sharp pointy ends penetrate your flesh and blood is drawn!!!

Eeeeek!!!!!  Luckily, the most extreme instances of a barber signaling disapproval of your presence are rare.

With my sheer presence offensive to so many other folks it can be difficult finding service providers. When I find a good one I place them in this blog.

If the folks posted in this blog can put up with the Disgruntled One it is assured they will put up with you!!!

Of course, along with tolerating me the firms I mention must also provide worthwhile service or whatever they are in business of providing.

The latest entrant to the effervescent admired-by-all Old Coot Hall of Fame is……..

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Tubby’s Diner Springfield Missouri

Tubbys Diner

Okay, the cartoon above exaggerates the portion size a little bit but the breakfast I ate there a few days ago actually filled the near-bottomless pit that is my tummy.

Yes… Tubby’s filled my tummy.  That is quite an achievement!!!

Here is the breakfast menu:

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Tubby's Menu.

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I ordered the Tubby’s BIG Lumberjack Breakfast.  I love bacon… YAY BACON!!! But as for slabs of ham… that’s okay but I like biscuits and gravy better and my lovely waitress said that substituting biscuits and gravy was fine.

I ordered the eggs over medium to ensure the whites were cooked and asked that the yolk remain mobile so I could sop it up with the toast and the hash browns.

Several types of bread to convert to toast are available.  I chose the sourdough… yummy!!

The meal was prepared quickly and three plates full of food were placed in front of me.  The bacon was the thick, meaty type I prefer over the super-thin barely-there bacon so many other places toss at you.

The sausage was an irregular-shaped patty suggesting that non-frozen formed-on-the-spot ground pork was used.  Most places use that factory-formed frozen stuff that reveals its origin by its perfect round shape and flatness on both sides.  The taste of my sausage at Tubby’s was a bit spicier than the frozen stuff thus, in my opinion, more flavorful along with being fresher.

Hooray for proper egg cooking!!!  My three fried eggs were perfect!!!  The yolk swam across the plate to caress the toast chunks and embraced the hash browns.  And none of that hard stuff that often appears at the edge of the eggs.

Two big pancakes had their own plate and they almost covered the plate.  Crisp on the outside yet soft inside.  I wish I could cook pancakes and eggs like Tubby’s chef can cook.  Maybe it requires a restaurant-type grille to cook a superior breakfast.

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Hey!!!!!!!!!!  That was a great breakfast and the folks working there are super friendly and that is why I included them on this blog.  I should tell you where to find Tubbys!!!!

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On historic Route 66 in the western half of Springfield, Missouri…  2204 West College Street  (417) 501-9633

Open 7 days a week… that is every day!!!  From 7 am to 8 pm.

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Tubby’s Diner has a Face Book page showing pictures of the place, their menu and some of the folks who eat there. Even Santa Claus dropped in!!!

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Tubby’s Diner Face Book

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Look what I just found on their Face Book page:

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Springfield MO area peeps… please remember & help spread the word that we are serving a FREE Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow at Tubby’s Diner, 11am – 5pm… or until we run out of the 22 turkeys they cooked today Suggested donation of $2.99, but no one “has to” pay. Please share this especially with people you know who may be elderly, single parents, struggling financially, don’t have family, etc. All staff will be volunteering their time to serve our customers, and we wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! Tubby’s is located at 2204 W College ~ 1/2 mi west of Kansas Expressway, on the south side of the road.

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I added the bold to their message above.  Dagnabbit!!!! I ate at home, alone, eating my lousy cooking when I could have had real food and good company.  If I had known about that Thanksgiving affair I would have been there.  I am not broke yet… though the future is uncertain for us old unemployed folks who are falling apart physically… but I would have gladly paid for myself and another person there just for well-cooked vittles and good company.

Tubby’s is not a corporate-owned chain restaurant.  It is owned and operated by real people!!!  Regular folks like you and I and the vast majority of folks around these parts!!!

Tubby’s has a lot of room inside so if you have a church group that gets together for an after-church meal consider visiting Tubbys.  The back room holds 40 people and the front dining area holds 30… hmmmmm… by golly, that means 70 folks could gather for a darn good meal.

Of course, if other folks are already present and eating there may not be a place for some of you to sit!!!

So… I am just guessing but I bet 40 folks could pile in and start enjoying themselves with no worries about having a seat.

Next time I eat at Tubby’s Diner I will order a different item and will add it to this blog.  Maybe on this page or maybe a separate page just for that new review.  Until then… give Tubby’s a try and enjoy the food and the nice folks working there!!!

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HEY!!!!!!!!!!!  I almost forgot to mention… Tubby’s has free Wi-Fi so you can go on the Web, do the e-mail thing and those other things you folks can do with those nifty portable electronic brain computer things!!!

That’s mighty handy for folks who want to eat a meal and still be able to get work stuff done.

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Dan Waisner State Farm Insurance Agent Springfield, Missouri

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717 W Battlefield Street    Springfield, MO 65807      (417) 887-6990

(the sloping entrance ramp starts on the right behind the stone wall)

Office Hours:  

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm   Tuesday 8:00am to 7:00pm

Waisner map

The Waisner Agency is on the north side of Battlefield Road,  a short ways west of Campbell Avenue and a few blocks east of Kansas Expressway.

A center turn lane on Battlefield Street eases the entering or departing from the office.

A handy ramp leading to the front door allows you to bypass the steps if you are in a wheelchair or akin to me… legs and feet that do not function as well as in my youth when I was an Adonis-like figure, profoundly handsome and a delight for the lasses of the land.

Nowadays I function much better as a door stop but the folks at Waisner Agency treat this Old Coot well.

And the coffee is good and they have a handy cup to use and it’s… FREE!!!!

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There’s one of those fancy store-bought signs out by the street to assist you in finding the office.

Hey!!!  I can make a clickable link to the Web site listed on the sign. That is just so nifty!!!  It’s the bee’s knees!!!

Dan Waisner Insurance Agency

I took most of the pictures on this blog entry using the wondrous digital camera thing.

Even a klutz such as I can take a decent picture then use free software found on the Web to improve the picture, if needed.

Cropping and brightening and a bunch of other things that can be done.

Using the built-in flash I even took some decent pics inside the office.

An Old Coot such as I delights in comfortable seating and inside the Jim Unit’s office we can see two padded comfortable chairs calling out for you to sit upon:

Jim office empty chairs

Oh… the “Jim Unit.”  That’s one of my terms used for younger folks who have earned my respect. The Jim Unit is Mr. Jim Curl who is the insurance professional I most often interact with at this agency.

We first conducted business in 2008 when I emigrated from Nebraska and, by default, immigrated to Missouri.  I interacted with a few of the local State Farm agencies looking for the ONE to become involved with and selected the one Mr. Curl was working at.

He excelled in customer interaction and service/product knowledge areas. The other agents in the Waisner agency are also very nice and pleasant to interact with so I have enjoyed doing business with the Jim Unit along with a minor amount of good-natured harassment this Old Coot tosses at others…but saved for when there was a lull in the office action.

Mr. Curl is all-business and will not make a customer wait because some long-winded Old Coot such as I is having his fun. I gotta’ respect the young feller’ for that!!!

So, you may be wondering who the Jim “Unit” Curl entity is. If you have young children present you may want to cover their eyes because……

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Eeeeeeeeeek!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes. That is the fellow.  The Jim Unit.  However, he is a rather husky fellow reminiscent of a football lineman so I am always well-behaved!!!

Not that Mr. Curl is malevolent. Nope.  I would want him on my side if any BIG guys picked on my aged, withered body.

The boss is in the other room.  As is typical he named the State Farm Agency he owns and operates using his own name.

That makes sense to me.

Hey, look!!!!  It’s the boss!!!!

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There he is… Mr. Dan Waisner.  He is a great guy to talk with, also.  He, too, looks akin to a front line football player.  At least you can feel safe here with all these BIG husky guys to keep the peace!!!!

Of course… I have never heard of a non-peaceful insurance office but I AM trying to make this blog entry interesting!!

Here is the newest addition to the Dan Waisner team… a fellow I call Tyler Wilson and I refer to the fellow as that because it is his name!!!

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There’s the boss on the left, the awesome Dan Waisner.  Tyler is on the right and to the left, out of view,  in his office,  is the Jim Unit assisting one of the firm’s loyal customers.

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The two pictures above were taken at the end of September 2013.  Halloween is a month and a few days away and my mind reflects upon the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow fame.

None of that around here but I did find a body-less head that belongs to the Dan Waisner fellow!!!

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There it is!!!!!  I told you I found a head without a body but there isn’t a horse anywhere around so we should all be safe!!

Tyler is at the front desk closest to the door.  He is the newest addition to the team… making three BIG guys present to ensure that if challenged by another insurance agency to a rugby or football game they will likely walk away the winner!!!

But, when it comes to handling insurance and dealing with customers… they are gentle giants!!!

 

Poking around the office I found a surprise out back…

FOOD!!!!!

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Tomatoes and zucchini. healthy tasty vittles ’round these here parts, y’all.

And inside I saw some more vittles. Not as healthy but still yummy!!!

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No wonder the crew was smiling in their picture… they had yummy stuff waiting for them in the break room!!!

Headed back to Jim Curl’s office and found the lad busy perusing papers:

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Here he is doing one of those “multi-tasking” things these younguns’ today are so good at.

 

Well, it’s time to go. I hope you enjoyed this visit to the Waisner State Farm Agency.

I heartily recommend these folks based upon my years of personal experience.

I did not know any of these folks until I wandered in the door awhile back and liked what I saw and experienced so transferred my State Farm account here after the last move I made.

There were other agencies a little closer to my shanty but the couple of minutes of extra driving is a small price to pay for the outstanding service I have received at the Dan Waisner Agency.

If you drop in tell ‘em the Disgruntled Old Coot sent you!!!!

 

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USA Buffet Springfield Missouri

USA Buffet

 

300 East Battlefield Springfield, MO 65807

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South side of Battlefield Road across from the Big Lots!, Food-4-Less, and CiCi Pizza stores.

 

Taking over the location one occupied by the Foo Kee Chinese buffet American Buffet is a marvelous addition to Springfield dining.

 

The two serving tables offer a multitude of choices.

 

Standard American fare such as mashed potatoes, fried chicken, salisbury steak and many more choices.

 

Then there is the small USA-style “Mexican” food offerings that allow you to create your own dishes of that food style; tacos, taco salads, etc. The burritos looked really yummy but with so many choices I will have to wait for the next visit to try the Mexican food.

 

Making this buffet unique is that along with American and Mexican-type foods there is also a bounty of Chinese food offerings!!!

 

Every item from the Chinese section tasted delicious to me. Yummy!!!!

 

All the standard Chinese offerings are present. I especially enjoyed the crab Rangoon that used minimal fried dough surrounding the creamy. tasty center. No BIG “wings” spreading out from the gooey center with these yummy fellows!!! A fine way to obtain maximum taste while reducing calorie content.

 

There is also a sushi section and a Mongolian barbeque area that appear to be typical in their offerings but I was so busy eating the delicious offerings at the main buffet I did not try those offerings.

 

While eating all the ingredients were tasty and appear to be of high quality.

 

No gristle in the chicken nor hard bits of bone in the salisbury steak and the fried chicken was large and meaty and fried excellently. The thin breading had just the right amount of “crunch” for me and seasoned well… enough to taste but not overpower the meat.

 

The fish was lightly breaded and tasted good. My memory is far from perfect but I believe there was also non-breaded fish offered; my favored way since the calories from breading are avoided. I always look at the fish offerings since cheaply-bought fish usually shows that it is the “cheap stuff” by the off-colors upon it. If I had seen that at American Buffet I would have remembered that!!!

 

There are several vegetable and soup offerings along with a small desert area I did not sample. I was too full from the yummy meats, mashed potatoes, Chinese goodies and other plate-filling gustatory delights.

 

I will make another trip and try to get some pictures and comment about other aspects of this new-to-Springfield non-chain, locally owned purveyor of good things to eat!!!