There are these tiny plastic containers that I adore that I have only ever found at the local Dollar Tree. They are perfect for dips for the kids or for carrying sea salt in my purse (yep, I do that). So I went to the Dollar Tree the other day to get some more, and since I had time to kill I just perused for a while.
Which got me thinking- there are quite a few things I am totally okay with buying at the Dollar Tree, even though I would normally avoid such a store because most of the products are low quality disposable items.
What did I find?
- Glass food storage (with plastic lids, and not leak proof, but still...) very similar to a set of pricier pyrex I already have, pictured above.
- The aforementioned tiny dip containers, which are even BPA free- that whole package in the picture is $1. And these are leak proof- I have used them in the past to send homemade cough syrup to school with Izzy (don't tell- I include it in her lunch and I just told her that, if anyone questions her, just tell them it's syrup... which is not at all a lie).
- Office Supplies. I got a HUGE pack of note cards (about twice the size other stores carry) and pens. I'm a total pen snob- the pens I usually use are about $5 for a pack of two. I found the same kind (not brand, but kind) of pen, $1 for two. I only bought one package for now, because I wanted to make sure they work as well as what I normally buy, but so far so good.
- Art supplies for the kids. I bought the kids a package of heart shaped doilies this particular trip, but they have a decent selection of stuff.
- Basic games, toys, and puzzles. Oliver has been bugging me lately to teach him checkers. I have a chess set that I THOUGH had checkers as well, but it turns out I was mistaken. So I bought a $1 checkers set at the Dollar Tree. It was partially dissapointing, because the board was utter crap (thin, warped cardboard that would be a pain to play on, because the checkers would never stay in place) but I only wanted the checkers anyway, which were acceptable. So we just used the checkers with my existing chess board. So your mileage may vary.
- Emergency Supplies. A lot of the supplies in my "bug out" box come from the Dollar Tree- candlesticks, matches, twine, extra things like can openers and the like.