The Dollar Diva


Pictures of new Dollar Tree ornaments

Posted in Christmas,Dollar Tree by trash2treasure on October 30, 2012
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Finally got pictures of the newest DT ornaments!

This one was sold singly.  Thinking it will make a FABULOUS adornment for a crown!

Another single one, ear marked for crown adornment.

LOVE the scroll work on these pretty red glitter hearts that come 5 to a pack.  Just not sure I want to use them for Christmas.  Might save them for Valentines day??

I used these same JOY ornaments in gold and silver last year for adding to vintage sheet music paper rosettes.  I’m not terribly fond of the ‘traditional red & green’ Christmas colors.  But a friend asked me to make some for her in these colors.

Here’s what I did with the DT ornaments last year.  (in case you forgot or weren’t reading my blog back then!)

These ‘Merry Christmas’ ornaments are new this year; 5/pk.  What can I do with these BESIDES mount them on a vintage sheet music rosette?!?!/

And HOW CUTE are these little FAERIES ?!?!?  Also new this year.  Not necessarily Christmas-ish . . . but I HAD to buy some.  Now I just have to figure out how to USE them?!?!?

Have YOU started any Christmas crafting yet??? Any ideas to share???

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Price mark down guidelines for Costco and Target

Michael forwarded this information to me last week from a newsletter he gets.  I HAD already read the info “somewhere on-line” in the previous week; but I couldn’t tell you WHERE I had read it, OR how to find it again!  So, for my own benefit as well as yours, I’ve decided to copy and paste it into my blog.  This way it will be easy to find again when I want a reminder; you can just enter ‘mark down guidelines’ in the search box here on my blog:

Retailers love to pull this trick with their prices. They hide deals and codes in plain sight of their customers.  Costco and Target are two of my favorites.

You can tell when you are getting a good deal at Costco by paying attention to the last number in the price. For the most part, regularly priced items end in $0.99. So if you see an item for $24.99 or $7.99 you can be pretty sure that price is the original one.

When you see a price sign at Costco that ends with $0.97, you have found a deal. Any time an item ends in $.97 it means it’s been marked down.  When you see an item with this price you usually won’t find the original price marked on the signs with a slash through it like you do in most other stores. Costco doesn’t want you to figure out their pricing strategy so they leave off the original price in these instances. But rest assured if you see an item that ends with $0.97 the price has been slashed and you are getting a deal! Stock up if you are in need of that item.

You may also see prices at Costco that do not end in $0.99 or $0.97. Odd prices that end in $0.89, $0.79, and $0.49 mean the merchandise has been marked down too. Items that are priced like these signal that Costco got a special deal from the manufacturer and they are passing the savings on to you. Usually items priced like these are good deals, especially compared to other retailers, but they are not as good of a deal as one that ends in $0.97.

Another pricing trick Costco hides right in front of your face is when an item is being discontinued. If the shelf tag has an asterisk (*) in the upper right hand corner, you know the item won’t be reordered. Whatever Costco has in stock is it and will not be replaced. Probably the item will be marked down if it’s been on the shelves for a few months, but not always. So if there are only a few of an item left but the price ends in a $0.99, you know the item has not been marked down and will not be seen again—at least not until next season. If you need an item and the shelf tag has an asterisk in the upper right corner, then buy what you need then and there; don’t wait for a price reduction that may not come in time.

The good news is that Costco has a 30 day price guarantee. So if you buy an item and see it at a lower price anytime in the following 30 days, you can bring back your receipt and be credited for the difference in price. This way you never get left out of a good deal!

Target has similar pricing secrets that they love to hide in plain sight. There is a lot of information that can be found on their clearance stickers that can help you determine if you are getting the best deal.

Next time you go to Target look at their clearance tags. The price in the bottom left hand corner is the item’s original price. The price in the upper right hand corner is the percentage the item is marked down by.

In the picture you can see it reads 50. Most of the time you will see a 15, 30, 50, 70, 75 or 90 listed in the upper right hand corner. These are Target’s standard percentages off. Although I should note that food, furniture and electronics usually don’t get marked down by more than 15 percent ever.

Target doesn’t just hide their pricing secrets on clearance stickers; you can tell if you are getting a deal on regular price tags too. Regular prices at Target always end in a 9, like $7.99 or $12.89 or $24.79. If you see a price tag like this you know that an item has not been marked down, it is at its original price.

If you see a price that ends in something other than a 9, you know an item’s price has been reduced. Prices that end in an 8 have been marked down, but are slated to be reduced again in the future.

Prices that end in a 4 are the best deals though. If you see a price ending like $19.54, $7.44 or $54.54, then you know that’s the lowest it will go. Stock up on an item if you see a price ending in a 4 because it won’t get any cheaper!

What happens though when you see a price that ends in an 8? You don’t necessarily want to buy that item because you know the price will be reduced sometime in the future. Well don’t worry because Target has a mark down schedule they stick to! About every two weeks, Target marks down an item. Now you know when you should go back to buy that item. No more wasting time checking back on random days to see if an item you want is at its lowest price!

Target’s Mark Down Schedule

Monday: Children’s clothing, baby items, electronics, office supplies, wrapping paper and stationery 
Tuesday:
 Women’s clothing, home decor and domestic items
Wednesday: Men’s clothing, toys, food, health and beauty, garden items
Thursday: Housewares, lingerie, shoes, sporting goods, luggage
Friday: Cosmetics, jewelry, hardware, automotive, and home improvement

The more you know, the more you save. You just have to be able to decipher the information retailers like Target and Costco are hiding in plain sight. Knowing the codes and clues to look for will help you get the best deal possible.

Pinterest inspiration for thrifted baby shoes

I have a BOX-FULL of old baby shoes.  I cannot resist them!  I COLLECT vintage baby and child size saddle oxfords, and display those amongst my other treasures in the living room.

But the other baby shoes are just sitting in a box.  sigh.  I needed some inspiration!  Off to Pinterest I went and found THIS PAGE.

This is just one of the precious little treasures I found there.  This is the type of baby shoe I tend to buy.  But I LOVE the things they did with the little Mary Jane shoes with the angel wings!

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh . . . .  I feel a baby shoe crafting marathon coming on!!!

Christmas stuff is now in at Dollar Tree

Posted in Announcements / Alerts by trash2treasure on October 25, 2012

They usually don’t put any of the new Christmas stock out until after Halloween.  I stopped in today to look for the little plastic containers that I ship the tiny crowns I sell on etsy in; and there was a LOT of new Christmas stock out!  Had to go to the grocery store too and stopped at a second DT near there and they too had a lot of new Christmas stock out.  Get in there SOON before all the good stuffs picked over!

Cute re-use for light bulbs

I’m sure you’ve all seen a bazillion different kinds of painted light bulbs, turned into Christmas ornaments.  I love a good re-use idea as much as (MORE than?!?!) the next person, but that idea for burnt out light bulbs NEEDS to be put to rest!

LOVE this new idea I just saw on this other blog:

I wasn’t actually able to find the exact post for this idea on the originating blog, but wanted to give proper credit.  Looks relatively easy enough to me.  I’ve covered glass bottles and even lamp bases with jute.  And the ONE best tip I have for you is to start at your most NARROW point.  So for these light bulb pears, start gluing your jute at the TOP.

I only use hot glue for getting my jute started.  You can do the rest with good old TACKY glue.  Just apply the glue to about an inch wide strip of the item, and wrap your jute into place; being sure it is tightly pressed up against the previous row.   You might want to use hot glue for the very end too.  Tacky glue WILL work (and is what I use) but you will have to hold your jute in place for a minute or so.

And if you can’t wait for you light bulbs to burn out to try this, buy new ones at Dollar Tree; 4 for $1.00!

Enter to win a $100.00 Stars gift certificate!

Posted in Freebies by trash2treasure on October 16, 2012
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Stars is having another fun contest via their Facebook page.  Just ‘like’  Stars on Facebook to leave your ‘story’ about what you think this thing is:

” We had so much fun last time–we decided to have another big Facebook Giveaway! We see SO many strange things from the past pass through our shops. Making silly guesses as to what these curious objects might have been used for is heaps of fun and usually end up much more colorful than the correct answer!”

GIVE IT A WHIRL!! Leave a your own silly guess on ourFacebook page. We’ll pick our favorite response and the winner gets a $100 Stars gift certificate!
HINT: We’re looking for a giggle, a rib tickler, a tall tale–a vintage lover who is full of baloney.

TINY glitter skulls

I have NO IDEA what the intended use for these was.  Such a big package of them make me think they are for something specific though.  Forgot to take a picture before I started crafting with them.  Sorry!

I removed and used all the black skulls first.    These are small.  Trying to think of the best way to describe them so you ‘get’ how small they are.  They would easily fit inside a plastic Easter egg size.

All I did was give them a crown and a paper rosette collar.

Would be cute used at individual place settings for a Halloween dinner party.

I had just made a batch of small cloches, and these fit perfectly under them.

Seems I can NEVER have too may small cloches in my booth.  They always sell well!

This cloche had a pretty silver rim, so I matched the knob to the rim.

Ready to sell at Stars.

Almost free upcycled glass canisters

I’ve recently bought some jar candles that have metal lids, instead of the typical glass lids.

Not only are the lids metal, they have rubber inserts that make them SNAP ON really tight; AIR tight I’d venture to say.  So I’m thinking that these would be great to re-use for food storage.

I could just glue on a decorative knob (using e6000 of course!) to really give it the look of a canister.

Then I spray painted the lids flat black.  But of course you could paint them ANY color you like.  I just selected black because I had some bigger, thrifted jars that I had already painted the lids black, and I wanted them to coordinate.  SO, for the price of a couple of knobs (bagful for a buck at a garage sale)  a little bit of adhesive and some black spray paint (99 cents a can for the cheap flat back stuff!) you’ve got some very fashionable and functional canisters!

They are actually also quite attractive jars withOUT the lids too.   Because the lids SNAP on, they don’t have the ridges along the rim for lids to screw on.  Pretty storage and/or display jars.

Here’s the bigger jar lid.  It was originally the same color as the candle lids.  I’ve found this exact same jar several times at thrift stores, so I’m guessing it was some kind of food gift container.  The lids to these fit nice and tight too.

These bigger ones with the handle lid are actually were actually the inspiration for the candle jars.

Not yet decided if I will embellish this new batch the same as I did this former set.

One large and two of the candle jars makes a nice little set, doesn’t it?

So what do YOU think?  Embellish them a bit, or sell them plain, as is?

Simple pumpkin and gourd WELCOME.

Posted in Fall / Halloween by trash2treasure on October 14, 2012
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Not MY idea, but from NOTHING BUT BLUE SKIES blog, and worth sharing:

Click on the link to go to her blog for complete instructions.    Looks like she got her gourds at the craft store, but Dollar Tree has them too.

COPPER colored pumpkins

Posted in Uncategorized by trash2treasure on October 13, 2012

Metallic colors are the ‘in’ decorating items for fall this year.  Check out these sweet little copper pumpkins made from

pot scrubbers!

There is also a cute handcrafted BURLAP acorn idea:

CLICK HERE  for the tutorial on those.  (They used plastic eggs for the acorn; which DID work just fine, but involved a bit of work with sanding and painting first.  I think I’d be inclined to use billed up newspaper wrapped with rubber bands to give it the oval shape instead)

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