FABULOUS Dollar Tree Finds!

Hi guys! Have I got some stuff for YOU! I found some incredible things at my local dollar tree this week and I can’t help but share. First, be aware that the SPRING COLORS are out! Yes!!! So all those gorgeous greens, terrific teals and awesome oranges are out! Not to mention the hot pink. So if you have favorite organization staples, go check out your Dollar Tree.

Ok, here’s what I’ve been finding that just amazed me.

1. Portable File boxes!!! YESSSSS! I’ve been looking for something like this forever. I got rid of my big desk in my office, which means I got rid of my storage (wonk wonk). But Dollar Tree came to my rescue! Here’s what these bad boys look like.

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Awesome, right?  And even though I thought it wouldn’t be that big, this box is spacious!  It measures approximately 10¼x12¼x6″ and has a flip top lid.

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I am currently housing 19 file folders in here.  About half are empty, but STILL!  19 folders and only about HALF are empty!  The box is still only half full!!  This is a steal at $1.  Now, I will say this:  they go a bit far in the description when they say the box is so sturdy that it makes hauling a load of files around easy.  Ummm….NO.  I tore mine when I was trying it out.  So I would not suggest using the holes provided.  It’s just not THAT sturdy.  Or maybe I had too much in mine (I was doing taxes  :-/  ).

So, you guys know how I cam.  I’m not going to leave this box like it is.  My office is black, white & gold.  So cardboard will never do.  I found this lovely black & white floral contact paper (that on anything else I would have hated) and covered the box.  Voila!

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I am in love!  I can put all my stuff in it and still have a ton of space.  I had to make one last upgrade.  I went all Pinterest on my box…BAM!  The attached calendar!

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I bought 2, so I may just use the other for tax storage.  I may or may not cover the box.  It depends on where I’ll put it.  Anyway, on to the next fabulous find!

2.   I don’t know about you, but growing up, there was always one of these163096.jpg foot tubs around.  That’s not what they call them at Dollar Tree, though.  They call them dish tubs.  You’ll find them by the kitchen utensils.  We use them to soak our feet!  We each have our own chair in the sitting area of our bedroom.  After a long day, nothing’s better than pulling out that foot tub for a 30 minute soak!  It’s also great for those DIY pedicures or when you have a cut on the bottom of your foot that you want to sanitize.  Alas, they only come in white.  But they fit wonderfully under a wing back chair!  With just enough space for a pair of slippers and a rolled up towel for your next tootsie soak.

3.  Dollar Tree has really stepped it up with their towels.  187208.jpgThese microfiber towels have burst on the scene in different patterns and colors.  We started upgrading our kitchen and I jumped all over these windowpane microfiber bar towels.  We only needed about 6 to have enough.  Then we found out they had dish cloths too!  Be still my heart!!

120899.jpgOh, they also have striped towels in vibrant colors for spring and summer.  I took two green ones (remember my bathroom makeover? Part I & Part II) and sewed them along the edge.  I put it in the bathroom as a guest towel.  Why?  Well, let’s just say that a regular hand towel would take a beating in the guest bath.  The kids refused to put it back the way they found it!  So instead of banishing them, I made the towel so they can’t take it off, but it’s long enough for them to reach.  I swear, it looked like they were shooting hoops with the thing.  And missing.  Horribly.

3.  Now check this out.  Dollar Tree has come out with dishcloths with scrubbies on one side!!!  187163.jpgMy husband fell head over heels.  I didn’t.  I hate washing dishes.  I mean I’d cry even if you paid me to do dishes.  Ah, the scars of being an only child!  Anyway, on to #4.

Bonus tip:  You can make it a complete set!  But I’d steer clear of the pot holders.  Get the silicone kind instead.  I burnt the ham sandwich out of myself one day with the pot holders.  But if you want to use them, they’re great as trivets.

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4.   Bandaids.  I’m usually not wowed by bandages, but these 217338were a pleasant surprise!  I’d been looking for those hospital grade bandaids for the little wiggly people who live in this house (husband included) and I’ve found them at a reasonable price!  I really like these because they’re fabric.  The adhesive is ridiculous!  They’re like the ones the nurses give you.  You know!  The ones that take 2 or 3 days for the glue to come off.  But that wound was covered and safe!  So if you need some, give these a try.  They have a ton of different ones in varying sizes and counts.

Ok, well, that’s all for this installment.  I have 2 other Dollar Tree reviews coming up.  My favorite is how to start your own business using Dollar Tree items.  Man, for about $20-$25 you could be fully stocked with office supplies, for a fraction of what you’d pay at an office supply store or Wally World!  So stay tuned.  Oh, let me know if there’s something you’re wondering about that I haven’t mentioned in my posts.  I want to be sure the info I share is helpful and relates to YOUR life!  Until next time, try not to kill your kids!

Tonya

My New Coffee Bar

Hi guys!  I’m here to share again.  Today it’s my coffe/tea bar.  But before I get started, I must apologize.  I know I’ve been M.I.A. for a while.  I’ll chalk it up to a new semester (yep, I’m still teaching math, y’all!), tax season, a few illnesses in the family, my oldest’s basketball schedule and other stuff.  Ugh……anyway, on to happier topics.

Introducing my newest favorite thing in my house:  My coffee/tea bar!  Isn’t she cute??

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This is my BABY!!!  I just adore it!  I got i all for under $50. Yep!  You know how I roll! So here’s what’s on it:

My rolling cart that I bought from a friend for $25.  It’s one of those primary colored rolling carts that school teachers use.  Well it has 12 drawers for papers and a couple of drawers for my cutie poo napkins & such.

On top you’ll notice a black tray.  I found this tray at Goodwill for about $3.  It originally looked like this.

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Well after about an hour of spray paint and a damask-esque placemat from Dollar Tree I got this!image

Also on this tray (besides my chamomile & green tea steeping) is my tea caddy ($3 from Target), a jar of sugar (an old salsa jar that had a cute shape & matched my color scheme), another not as cute salsa jar for spoons (it’ll be replaced later cuz I’m not feeling it) and my biggest score…my teeny tiny coffee pot from Goodwill!  I only paid FIVE dollars for this little beauty!  Yes!!!!! $5.  Don’t underestimate Goodwill, y’all!  You will find top notch stuff that people just give away.  Oh well.  Thank God!  So the reason this coffee pot is so high on my “love it” list is because of the size.  That tray is less than 2 ft wide, ya’ll.  That little pot sits there and makes me 5 steaming cups of water which is perfect for my movie time, work time, hair time or whatever.  It’s the best!  So I encourage you to give this a try in your little section of the world.  You’ll love it!

Here’s my recap with prices:

$3 tea caddy.  I got it at Target from their Dollar Spot.  It rotates when you spin it by the container (not the little knob at the top).  It has little foam feet that keep it from sliding all over the place.  They only had white (bummer), but it’ll do for now.

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Coffee pot from Goodwill for $5.  Did I mention that ALL their coffee pots are $5?  From tiny to gargantuan!  Just check the cleanliness first.  This one was like new and barely needed anything besides a basic vinegar cycle.

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The sugar and spoon jars were free since I already had them on hand.  I’ll probably add a little ribbon or a bow to the sugar jar to glam it up.  Or maybe a rhinestone strip!  That would be fun…

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Oh, I forgot to mention this little gem!  it’s my heater I found at Walmart for only $9.88!!!!  And it really kicks out heat!  It’s perfect for my office.  It works so well that we got 3 more for when the rooms get that little chill.  It also doubles as a fan in the summer, so win-win!

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I hope you enjoyed my little coffee/tea bar and I hope it inspires you to make one of your own.

Until next time!

Tonya

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