They had several other colors, but I just bought the clear and blue. I’ve seen the exact same bottles at Ross and Marshall’s for $10.00! Not sure what (if anything!) I am going to DO to these; but I knew if I didn’t buy them the first time I saw them that they’s be gone.
I had actually stopped in to see if there was a new batch of birds in. Same ones as last year. sigh.
CUTE little gold (silver and metallic red were available too, but I just bought gold) metallic piggy banks. I’m trying to figure out a way to ‘cover’ the coin slot, the I will glitter them and add a crown. Doing a ‘woodland’ themed Christmas in my booth NEXT year.
I always have a big tool box in my car. Keep it stocked with anything I may need at a craft show or at the antique mall when I am working on my booth. Glue is one of those things that I need in my tool box, but I need it so seldom that it usually dries out by the time I need to use it for the second time.
So, I’ve always bought the smallest tubes I could find at Dollar Tree to stock in my tool box. I just hate throwing away a nearly full tube of adhesive, but it’s no good once it dries out.
Hallelujah!! My glue wishes have come true! Look what I just found at Dollar Tree!!! Tiny tubes of adhesive in a four pack!! Exactly what I needed for stocking my tool box!
These are FULL SIZE laundry baskets! I have never seen big ones like this at DT before. I’m not sure what I need them for, but for a buck, I bought five of them. Good for sorting and organizing things in, hauling stuff back and forth to Stars etc!
Happy DT Hunting!
Needed ONE thing at Michael’s craft store the other day, but did want to spend a little time ‘shopping for inspiration’ for a bulk ornament for a friend. Quite a bit of their Christmas stick is already out. EVERY YEAR it seems like people are looking for this one particular item, so I thought I’d give you a head’s up that you CAN find them at Michael’s NOW.
This is the cheapest I’ve EVER seen these! Still I was tempted to wait for a 20% off everything coupon and load up on them. But, was afraid that if I DID wait that they might all be gone by then; given their popularity!
HAPPY SHOPPING & CRAFTING!
Last Wednesday was one of those times for me. I had a local person buy something from my etsy shop, and instead of making her pay shipping to send it just across town, I told her I’d meet up with her and deliver it in person. Since I didn’t have any specific errands to run or places I needed to be on that particular day, I left the meeting time and location up to her.
Turns out our meeting place was just down the road from the big Goodwill Outlet Store. (Everyone I know calls it the BIN store, because they just pile stuff in those big sorting bins and you have to DIG through them. That place really gives me the willies! I couldn’t even bring myself to go there alone (without Michael!) for a LONG time. And usually I go straight back to the furniture and avoid the bins like the plague. (well except maybe the BOOK bins!)
Anyhoooooooooo . . . I hadn’t been there in a loooooooooooooooong time and since I was driving right by, why not?!? Just like the retail thrift stores lately, it seems like they are pricing things CRAZY HIGH! An old desk with drawers that are PAINTED SHUT for $50.00????? HUH?!?!?! It MAY be an antique, but it’s not VALUABLE unless it’s in perfect condition! But, this also works out GOOD in the end because they HAVE to move that furniture out of there FAST. And when it sits too long they start marking it down.
Well, it must have been a REALLY slow week for furniture, with the start of the school year and all; because they had a LOT of furniture marked down to A DOLLAR! Yep, one dollar. I got FOUR end tables for $4.00!
A matching pair of these for $1.00 each. They were each missing a few of the ‘buttons’ used to cover up the screw holes. Not a problem. You can buy those separately at the hardware store; and I had some on hand. I did GLUE them in place though! The rest kept popping out while I was sanding!
This one, $1.00 too. The top is a bit scratched up but the LEGS are perfect. Tops are easy to sand scratches out of. Legs are much harder to sand. THAT is one of my thrifting rules: CHECK THE LEGS! Bad legs? Pass it up. Bad TOP, but good legs; BUY it! They don’t really LOOK it in this picture because of the angle I took it at, but the legs are really BULKY. Heck, I’d have bought JUST the legs without a table attached!
In my excitement over the $1.00 price tag, I failed to notice the wrapping on the legs was coming off, and was completely GONE on two of the legs. No biggie. That stuff is really only there for looks. It’s still perfectly sturdy. I just cut ALL of it away from all the legs to make them match. I’ll be painting it anyhow.
SO, that’s my story of being in the right place at the right time! What’s the best bargain YOU’VE ever scored?!?!
Figure I can paint (and maybe glitter too!) and mount them in little frames or put them into small jars of sand and shells. I have plenty of REAL starfish that I’ve bought, but I’m sure I can think of something to use these for. The stingrays MAY go unused. Still not a bad deal for a BUCK. I bought 2, which is all they had.
Little zip top baggies! Four different sizes. I’ve been wanting to put together some ’embellishment kits’ with assorted little bits of this and that for crafting. These will be PERFECT for filling with small amounts of glitter, buttons, little shells, snippets of lace etc
Have YOU found anything great at DT lately???
If you sell on-line or do a fair amount of shipping packages via the USPS for any reason, I bet you have said to your self at one time or another, “I wish they had a BIGGER flat rate box!”. Well, guess what, they DO!
AND they have LEGAL size Flat rate envelopes and padded flat rate envelopes too! They just don’t ADVERTISE them OR even stock them in the Post Office. But you can order them FREE on-line via the above link.
I still wish there was ONE MORE bigger and THICKER box, but I’m grateful for this bigger ‘gameboard’ size box for now. It would have saved me $12.00 on an order that I just shipped to California yesterday!
Just remember, it is against FEDERAL LAW to use the FREE Priority Mail products for ANYTHING other than shipping via USPS.
While I was making the rounds to several of my local Dollar Tree stores in search of additional birds, I found a few other things ‘to play with’:
I took a LOT of reapplications to get full coverage! NEXT time I will paint them ‘sand color’ FIRST; then glue on the sand. That way, any parts that show through won’t be as noticeable. (as on this one!)
Will be searching for some SMALL fish bowls to put them in. Add some sand to the bottom and scatter some little shells; kind of like a little sand globe! (instead of SNOW globe!) DT used to sell the sand, but I haven’t seen it in ‘my’ DT’s for a while. I found some at the thrift store. Used tacky glue to apply the sand.
Metal seahorse was in the garden section. They called it a HOOK. (use the curled tail as a hook? Not sure WHAT you’d hang from it though??) I will spray paint them a flat black, (if this RAIN ever stops again!) then sponge paint them tan or turquoise. I bought 5 or 6 of them.
Little wood plaques with BUILT IN easel. Bought several of these too. Remember these? from a while back?
These new little plaques have the same designs on the front. I’ll be completely covering the fronts, so that doesn’t bother me. I just really like the built in stand! Will use them for some altered art collages.
Have YOU found anything cool to reinvent at Dollar Tree lately???