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September 18, 2009 Leave a comment

This keeps getting weirder and weirder.  US News and Word Report online is now discussing trademark issues and THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL WORD IN THE UNIVERSE, “Frugalista.”

http://www.usnews.com/money/blogs/alpha-consumer/2009/09/18/frugalista-debate-one-blogger-stakes-claim 

Part of me is glad people are paying attention to what I think is a ridiculous restriction on language.  Part of me is a little freaked out that they are.

But a BIG part of me feels bad I haven’t posted those garage sale listings yet.  It might be midnight before I get it done, but I will.  When you get up at 5 a.m. tomorrow, info will be here.

Housekeeping ….

September 17, 2009 4 comments

A few items ….

NEW FEATUREConsign o’ the Times will be a regular post starting next week.  I will visit and review consignment stores in the area, providing the basics (hours, types of items for sale) and the nitty-gritty (“they sell acid-wash without the irony”).  What I need from y’all is help creating a comprehensive list of the stores in the Bold New Metro Area.  The ones I know of include: 
      – Madison/Ridgeland – Private Collection, Leap Frog, Kids’ Closet, Repeat Street, From Us to You (?), and Bloomingdeals;
      – Jackson – Orange Peel and It’s All About U
      – Brandon – Sequels

I know there are more than that, particularly in Rankin County and over in Clinton.  Please post some suggestions.

ANOTHER NEW FEATUREGarage Sale Tales will also be a new post topic, and I’d love-love-love some help here.  I am going to start taking my camera with me when I got to garage sales.  I want to get some evidence that you CAN find nifty stuff at those, not merely broken furniture and incomplete sets of dishes that the sellers used in college back in the 90’s.

I wanna challenge y’all to do the same.  Send me your pictures of great finds and I’ll post them.

I am also going to see about posting lists of sales on Friday nights, with information taken from multiple sources.  If I am able to — that one might be a little too labor intensive, we’ll see

UPDATE ON BATTLE FOR FREE SPEECH — Yeah, I’m still dealing with that mess.  I have been in touch with more trademark-types and blog authors than one would imagine.  Everyone agrees on two things:
      1) The trademarking of “frugalista” is stupid beyond belief, and
      2) Unless I am willing to spend a LOT of money, there’s probably nothing I can do about it.

Now, I am sure you have noticed, FrugalGal ain’t makin’ any money here — this blog brings in no coin.  I never intended it to.  And FrugalGal is frugal for a reason — I don’t have piles of money lying around.

What I am PROBABLY going to do is:
      1) Change the name of the blog, but in a very resentful mood
      2) Continue to complain about the absolute innanity of someone being able to own a word until somebody important takes note or I get tired.

As far as #1 goes, I’ll want some help.  I have a few names in mind, but would love suggestions as well.  If nothing jumps out as a great name, I’ll probably post a poll and let people vote.

As far as #2 goes, I might enlist some of y’all for that, too.  🙂  More on that later, though.

CAN YOU READ THIS??? — While I love the basics of this blog template, with the brown and the flowers, I am concerned that it might be hard to read.  I can’t figure out how to keep this basic design while enlarging and darkening the fonts, though.  I might be playing with the design a bit, so don’t be surprised if you pop in one day and the look is TOTALLY different.  And aof course, suggestions will be welcome!

I guess we’re all caught up.  Oh, except I need to say that I went to the special “Half Off/Half Off” sale last night and got 4 pair of shoes, 3 shirts, a pair of wool pants, a set of queen sheets, and a new featherbed for just over $60.  Beat THAT with a really cheap stick ….