Thursday, December 4, 2008

making a dollar stretch...sorta

soooo...I was per usual hunting down a good deal and ran into a Dollar Tree. OK, true confession, I had never been in a Dollar Tree before today. There are a zillion "dollar stores" around here and they're mostly weird, low quality stuff that I haven't needed or wanted in about 10 years. You know what I mean....stuff that all seems hazard-y.

Anywho, I came across a "Dollar Tree", which I had up until today, thought that it was just another generic expression of the aforementioned discount having a soda vs having a Coke. Or like going to the gas station could mean Exxon, Shell, Mobil. I dunno, does that even make sense?

So, there I am...not particularly needing anything but wandering the aisles for the better part of an hour. It was ENORMOUS. Aisle after aisle of holiday decor, ornaments, wrapping paper, cards, party supplies, stationary, scrap booking items, home goods, grocery, seemed endless!!! I went in circles, ran into my friend Ashley and had a solid 20 minute conversation, went out to my car and came back in...I really milked it. Totally made the most of it and spent....


Can you stand it? That means, yes my friends, I purchased 86 items. I scoff in the face of the recession!!

Here was the low down:

Organization baby.

I have a fantasy about the ultimate closet and the first step is organizing the shoe collection.

So 50 of these will run up the Dollar Store tab pretty quickly. However I am pretty excited. There's another store, I'm sure we've allllll been to, that sells exclusively containers...and these boxes are $ yes, saving half to get my little project done is a good thing!

These are also at the Dollar Tree. Clear little bins, they have lots of colors, to organize your desk space or where ever you do craft projects in your home! And yup, they are $5-10 at another store...which frankly seems frivolous to spend a lot on tiny little containers to separate my
large post-it notes from my small personalized post-its, ya know?

And what was also mildly amusing, I walked thru the whole store having to confirm that each and every item was in fact, one dollar. I felt CONVINCED that I was picking out the few secret items that were actually $3 or $5 because they were the best finds. My m.o. is to fixate on the most expensive item in a store everywhere why wouldn't THIS be any different?

But no!! The kind ladies that worked there, smiled, nodded and answered for the thousandth time, yes, just a dollar. Everything's a dollar.

God bless the USA. (and all the places that manufactured my new purchases too)

Here's to a more organized closet--pictures are sure to follow as well!!



The Mrs said...

Ah I may have to run there tomorrow. I use bins for my shoes but they have lids so you have to take them down to get them out.
I love the dollar store but last time I ran in to get a bag on the way to a party it took 20 minutes to check out.

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Elizabeth said...

Congrats on your finds! I felt the same about Dollar Tree's until recently, isn't it great?

Mojito Maven said...

NICE finds but every time I go there I seriously have to wait in line for an hour because it is so busy!!!!

AmberDenae said...

Whoo hoo!! Go you!

I love the dollar tree. Of course, I always end up buying frivolous things that I DON'T need. Such as more journals, cute stationary or numerous gift bags to have in store JUST BECAUSE they're ONLY a dollar! Haha.

Yay for your superb finds and I just may have to waltz down to our dollar tree and purchase some organizational bins...I'm in dire need!

Life at the White House said...

I might just have to run by there today! There are some random odds and ends that I need to make the holiday decor all come together.

Don't you just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE getting some good stuff for cheap! Pottery Barn {totally opposite of the Dollar Store and true thriftyness, but nonetheless} has all of their fall decor on sale. I got a TON of stuff for under $100 - it was all 70% off in the store!!!

Okay, enough rambling. Happy Saturday!

Kate said...

I can't wait to see your closet after the reorganization!

Treasure Ann said...

I love the dollar store. You can get plenty of gifts from there. Isn't it great?

Abbi said...

ok, i love a dollar store and i can't believe you've never been to one!!
great ideas!

hGb said...

lovin those shoe boxes! I am a dollar tree junkie!

Jennifer said...

I saw your "Diet Coke" avatar and knew I'd like you, lol!! :) First time I visit your blog. I have been to the Dollar store once or twice, it's hit or miss.

Kari Beth said...

can't wait to see pictures of the organized closet!!!! maybe you will inspire me to get my closet (and house) organized :)

Hollie said...

i can't wait to see the follow up pics! i love the clear shoe boxes!

Treasure Ann said...

Hey girls, I just wanted to let you know, I miss ya'll. I understand though that things get really busy in life from time to time.
Take care girls.

New Girl on Post said...

Dollar Tree is freaking amazing! They have the best holiday stuff!

Mrs. Buck said...

This totally makes me think that I need to run quickly to check out the dollar store nearest me!

The Fabulous Life of a Southern Belle said...

Love your blog! Dollar Tree is my favorite, and I'm in there at least once a week. I'm following your blog, come check me out too! Merry Christmas!

ALEXANDRA P. said...

i absolutely love those lucite show boxes!