Shirley’s Attic – Mason City, IA –

Every time I’m in Mason City I have to stop at Shirley’s Attic. It’s usually because I need a warm sweater or jacket– I live in California now so my sweater collection has dwindled over the years. And sometimes 20 degrees BELOW zero can sneak up on a person!! (like it did for me last year)

Shirley’s Attic

1619 South Federal Avenue

Mason City, IA 50401

(641) 424-3537

I love browsing thru the racks in Shirley’s Attic. Everything is colorized and organized by item type. I found some fantastic leather jackets when I was there over the holidays. I also spotted a few cute jeans and tops. My all time favorite is the awesome sweater I scored for a mere $5. Cold weather is not so bad when you have a fashionable sweater to wear!

Here is a photo of me wearing my $5 sweater.


Bath & Body Works – Southbridge Mall- Mason City

Bath & Body Works

Southbridge Mall – Mason City, Iowa

Post Christmas bargain shopping– it’s always a scavenger hunt for deals and interesting items.  While strolling thru Southbridge Mall in Mason City, Iowa I couldn’t help but stop into the Bath & Body Works store located there. I was drawn in by the twinkling lights and numerous tables of 50% and 75% off sale merchandise.

I was ecstatic to find my fave Apple Blossom Citrus Body Scrub was on sale! Score for me!  I also found a yummy Balsam Pine candle for way less than full retail.

By the way– Bath & Body Works included a 20% off your entire purchase 1/16/2012 to 2/26/2012 coupon in my shopping bag at the cash wrap.  I’m a big fan of this store and this brand– so it goes without say– I’ll be back– coupons in hand!!

Affordables – Mason City, Iowa


315 N. Delaware Ave.

Mason City, Iowa

Phone# 641-423-7071

You gotta love Affordables in Mason City! I stop by this place every time I’m in town.  Affordables does restock over 300 different items daily and serves an average of 150 to 200 customers each day. For me during this trip, I saw some older style sweaters, holiday stuff (after all I was there during Christmas break), and there was some odd kitchen items. This trip I didn’t walk out with any purchases. But that’s okay since the fun of thrift shopping is the thrill of the hunt!

However, last year I walked out of Affordables with a fabulous jean jacket that I scored for a mere $5.00- how cool is that!!  That’s me wearing the $5 jacket. It’s so cute and I wear it all the time!


This shop sits near the North End in Mason City and all proceeds benefit the North Iowa Vocational Center.  Affordables is a resale shop that provides training and employment for people with disabilities.  The people working there are friendly and it’s just good karma to support their cause.  Last year the store contributed donations to 25 families and 2 agencies to help people who suffered losses from fires and natural disasters.

Bravo! I’ll be back the next time I’m in North Iowa!

Hy-Vee East Floral Shop – Mason City, Iowa –

Hy-Vee East Floral Shop – Mason City, Iowa

551 S. Illinois – Regency Square Mall

Mason City, Iowa

Looking for some cool plants? Or maybe a last minute gift? Need flowers for a special event like a wedding? I have just the place for you– the floral shop in Hy-Vee East in Mason City, Iowa.

I was pleasantly surprised to find this hidden treasure in a local grocery store of all places. When I was there late in the afternoon last Thursday I met the energetic floral manager Randy who personally assisted me in finding a lovely plant for my mom. A small thank-you gift as I stayed for a week and a half! (I know parents like their kids to visit but sometimes a small gift is never a bad idea.)


I chose small pink begonia for $8.99.  Pictured above you can also see the Douglas Fir tree that was purchased in Hy-Vee Floral two years ago. It doubled in size and looks amazing.  All the plants here are healthy and well-cared for.  I was also excited to learn that Hy-Vee Floral is able to deliver and handle events like weddings and funerals.

Bravo!  I will definitely be back next time I’m in Iowa.