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Dollar Scores: Rhonda’s Haul

3 September 2010 4,333 views 10 Comments

by rhonda

bag o' skulls

I was having one of those antsy days, the kind of day where I have too much energy and not enough ambition.  So to keep myself from going stir crazy, I decided to take a walk to my local Dollar Tree.  (It’s about 4 blocks from my house - dangerously close!)  I find it impossible to walk out the door empty-handed.  Here is the collection of goodies I came home with. First stop:  Halloween aisle.  It’s still pretty sparse right now, but there were a couple of things I couldn’t resist.  I ended up shopping on a skull theme, grabbing one large plastic skull and a package of 9 smaller skulls (shown above).


bath net bands

Since there wasn’t much else that caught my attention in the Halloween supplies, I surfed around the store looking for other things in Halloween-appropriate colors.  Black items are easy to find, but orange can be tough.  These net bath bands were meant for scrubbing hard-to-reach places, but I have an alternative use in mind.  (For now I will have to leave you in suspense, but stay tuned next week to see what I’m up to with these!)

wicker wreath

Having satisfied my Halloween cravings, I took a look around for other supplies.  I think my best find of the day was an 18 inch straw wreath.  The holiday season is wreath season, and I always end up making at least one every year.  If you are a wreath lover, this is a great deal; my local craft shop sells very similar wreaths for $5 and up!

smart fit buttons

Second place for find-of-the-day goes to these faux snaps.  They are actually tack pins that look like the buttons or snaps on a pair of jeans.  They will make perfect fasteners for no-sew fashion projects.

photo frames

I’ve had a door curtain idea floating around in my head for a while now, but hadn’t found the right supplies for what I had in mind.  Until now!  I found these paper photo frames next to the regular picture frames.  They come 6 to a package and are suggested for use as place cards or party favors.  I think they would be great for all kinds of paper crafting projects, including scrapbooking and card making.  (They are not acid-free, so if you use them in your scrapbook, treat them with a pH neutralizing archival spray first to prevent fading and yellowing of your photos and other mementos.)

feather boa

File this feather boa in the I’m-not-sure-what-I’m-going-to-do-with-it-but-couldn’t-pass-it-up category.  Hmm, what can I trim in bright purple feathers?  Any ideas?

polka dot ribbon

And finally, one of the things I keep on hand at all times:  Wire-edged ribbon.  I already have a ton of it (possibly literally), but I was drawn to the fun shade of blue and I’m a sucker for polka dots.  Almost everything looks better with a big, structured bow on it, right?

Aside from keeping me sane, my trip to Dollar Tree infused me with the ambition my day was lacking.  I spent the rest of the afternoon with a pair of scissors in one hand and a bottle of glue in the other.  Retail therapy works every time!

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  • Chris said:

    I once made Christmas tree ornaments with boas like that. I don’t have any left (dog dragged the one I kept off of the tree and ate it.) I don’t have any pics either. Hmm maybe I’ll blog it for the winter season. Basically I made a mini feather wreath out of the boas.

    Oh and an FYI on those snap things. I got some and they don’t fit into the button holes my pants. I was really excited when I saw them too because I have a couple pairs of pants that are too big and I hate wearing a belt.

  • Sara said:

    I’m probably a little weird with this one, but somehow I’m looking at the bath bands and mini skulls as possibilities for a Halloween wreath….with a woven black ribbon in it.

    Same thing with the feather boa….add a pale pink and blue boa, wrap them around a wreath frame and add some mesh butterflies and it could be a really cute, floaty, spring wreath.

    Like I said….I get some weird ideas…

  • LizAnderson said:

    Not everything Halloween in Black & Orange — lots of Neon Green and Purple items show up in the marketplace. I think that boa is the beginning of a glamerous Witches’ Hat. Or a wreath!

  • sarita said:

    I like your ideas Sara. I was think the same thing about the bath bands but I was also thinking the feather boa might make a great Halloween wreath trimmed with glittery black spiders.

  • Cindy Sue said:

    OH MY GOSH I LOVE IT, WISH I WAS THERE WITH YOU TO PLAY! maybe you could start linky parties video craft days together… is there such a thing?

    OK, and idea for the purple boa, you could add some glitter all about the skull, attach the orange net bath bands for hair, then the purple boa around the bottom wrapped around in some fashion, all attached w/ glue gun of course, and there you have yourself one funky punked out Gothic fancy skull, HA!

  • Cindy Sue said:

    OH, and just thought of another one, this is fun! You could use the orange rags as a door pull w/ the smaller skulls attached in-between and painted blackish or spray w/ glow in the dark spray… depending on how long you want it, two, three of four for a great length to hang on the porch as people come up to your door… maybe hang a scary sign by it like ‘Ring if you Dare”… OK, I’ll stop now…

  • McKell said:

    you definitely scored!! i need to start posting my dollar store finds too! i always find some sweet stuff.
    i got the same purple boas and i’m making this wreath…
    but changing a few things. so cute for halloween! there are also glitter skulls at dollar tree that would be super cute on a wreath or for halloween decor too. :)

  • sosolitary said:

    I feel the feather boa could come in handy, come next week (wink, wink)! Maybe attach those little skulls to it for an extra special effect! So hot!

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