Friday, January 18, 2013

Starbucks, Keurig and Mr. Coffee at a low, low price!

Not long ago, I blogged about a lady who picked up a Keurig coffee maker for next to nothing at a garage sale.  What bugged me most is she intended to use the machine to only brew hot tea, claiming she was not a coffee drinker. I couldn't help but be aghast and a little jealous that a perfectly good Keurig machine would be wasted this way! Maybe my deep seated resentment had something to do with the fact that I hadn't scored a Keurig machine of my own? If so, I can now stop complaining because I finally scored a Keurig!

About a month ago, I happened upon this sweet Mr. Coffee machine at the local Goodwill store.  Although it says Mr. Coffee, it's actually made by Keurig. The machine looked like it was never used and included the original box with the instruction manual. There's no multi-cup tank reservoir in this model. Instead, it brews one cup at a time-not a big deal. I am guessing the machine was probably a Target store return. Target donates a huge portion of their unsold inventory and returns to Goodwill Industries. This coffee maker clearly seemed to be one of those donation/returns.

Mr. Coffee Keurig
I definitely didn't pay Target prices though. This machine cost me only $8 dollars!  A pretty good deal, considering they retail for $80 or more at many stores! Once I got Mr. Coffee home, I plugged it in for a test run. Pouring a full cup in the upper tank, the water heats up after just a few minutes. A light signals when it's ready to brew. At the push of a button-boom....out pours a fresh cup of coffee! Any residual water in the tank quickly evaporates from the heat and you can start brewing all over again.

Current models like this sell on eBay for around $70 big ones! As a guy who makes some nice bucks flipping thrift store finds, I was faced with a difficult dilemma. Do I keep this awesome coffee maker and enjoy it, or sell it on eBay? Oh the agony! It's a tough call but I think I am keeping it..it's just too nice!

Mmmm, can't you just smell the coffee?
Further reinforcing my decision to keep the coffee maker is this great little Starbucks coffee cup. This smallish cup holds 7.8 ounces of  caffeine happiness! I found a set of two at Goodwill, each marked 49 cents a piece. Naturally, I looked them up on eBay. They list for about ten dollars a piece on the auction site. But like the Mr. Coffee find, I decided to keep these little guys. They're just the right size for my morning cup of Joe. Not to mention a little change in kitchen dishware is a good thing. I've grown tired of using our collection of big heavy mugs. Those monsters take up a huge piece of real estate in the kitchen cabinet and give your biceps a workout just hoisting them! The decision to keep the cups wasn't automatic though. When I brought them home, Mrs. Dude gave me the push I needed to resist the natural inclination to sell them on eBay. She voted to keep the cups, adding she tried to find something similar to give me as a Christmas gift. With that green light, I proudly placed the cups into the dishwasher. Once purged of any Goodwill dust and dirt, these guys were going right next to the new coffee maker!

I think I made the right decision to keep them. What do you think?















      



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15 comments:

  1. Right decision indeed -- enjoy them! A well deserved find for yourself. Now when find the K Cups at a bargain price please share...the K Cups can be pricey!! Coupons to Bed Bath and Beyond help, but I'm looking for a good source.
    Have a great weekend!

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  2. jilldoubt - Thanks, I will! The k-cups are pricey! We get them through Amazon, I think it works out to be about 50 cents per k-cup. Bed Bath and Beyond with that coupon they always send out in the mail is another good one. How about Cosco? ....Dude!

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  3. You can buy those refillable reusable cups and just use your favorite coffee.

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  4. Spymay-Yeah, I've seen those around. I would think they work okay, right? Just have to clean them out after each use.

    ...Dude!

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  5. The refillable cup or My K Cup as they are called do work fine, but yes, you do have to clean them out after each use. Kind of takes the fun out of using the machine for me, but my husband swears by them. We do have 6 of them though so I guess that helps! 50 cents a cup isn't bad and I will have to check out Amazon. Thanks!!

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    1. No problem! Yes, the cleaning would kind of be a bummer. Although, I am already half-way there myself. I often stockpile the used k-cups, opening them up to collect the grounds for my vegetable garden-free fertilizer! You'd be amazed how much coffee grounds you can accumulate for a garden. The tomato plants love it....Dude!

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  6. Definitely made the wrong choice in keeping it. Then again, I don't drink coffee. LOL! Nah, you gotta keep the stuff when you love it and can really use it regardless of selling price. It's not always just about the re-sale (well, 99.5% of the time, it IS). Enjoy the coffee.

    Meanwhile, I discovered this weekend that house sales in January not only actually do exist, but they can contain quite the number of treasures. But that's a comment for another blog.

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    2. Sean - HA! I did break in the new Mr. Coffee machine this weekend and it works great!

      Nice to know you still have some sales to go to. Around my part of the country, it's pretty much shut down until late March. Sort of like the "off season" for a baseball player-gives me a chance to re-charge my batteries....Dude!

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    3. I'm in Jersey and I too thought that there were basically no options for sales. This past weekend, I only found three nearby, but the one was a great score. Probably more lucky than anything else. However, I will most certainly be checking Craigslist every week from here on out to see if my luck continues. The thing I won't see until Spring, however, is the sale you come upon while driving from the ones of which you are aware. That type of sale won't spring back up until March at the earliest for me as well, but more likely, April/May time period.

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    4. You're right, you do see a stray sale here or there. As far as the season starting up again, it depends on the weather. If it gets mild sooner, we can see them as early as late March. Last year, I remember it started to take off around mid-April. If you find a few this weekend make sure you bundle up - Ha!

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  7. That's what I call a SCORE!
    I've bought two Keurig's at GW. Costing about $30 each. Best money I ever spent. Kept one for myself and gifted one to my daughter.

    ella

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    1. Ella-I know, right? Tried it this past weekend and it worked like a charm - fun to use too! You found two Keurigs and one went to your daughter? She has a super nice mom !

      Thanks for checking in....Dude!

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  8. I would have kept the coffee maker as well. Good find. I'll have to keep my eyes open for one. Sometimes they pop up on my garage sale site but most people want $50 or more and I am too cheap for that. My son makes it hard on me when I find toys that I know will be a good seller on Ebay. He cries so much for them and I feel bad but I know he will destroy them so I don't give in. yeah I'm a bad mommy

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    1. beckyp - Ha! I am right there with you on the kids. I was never thrilled with taking them to the sales. It seemed like they wanted me to buy them something from EVERY single house we'd stop at! How you gonna make any money that way? (And you know they always play with the toy, then ignore it after just a few days!)

      Thanks for the thumbs up on the coffee maker. It's definitely a keeper....Dude!



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