Dollar Store Madness: Where’s Miss Vivian?

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I took the day off from work today.

I had several vacation days left that needed to be used before May 22.

I thought about turning over and going back to sleep, but then I would feel that I had “wasted” the day.

One of the most important things on my to-do list was to get over to one of our local dollars store to grab some stuff for the upcoming Rocky Mountain PBS Kids Fun Fest on June 11.

The dollar stores are a take-off on the old discount stores like Woolworth’s 5 & 10 and John’s Bargain Stores.  I remember fondly many afternoons spent combing the aisles in John’s Bargain Stores in New York City as a young girl…colorful scarves, pencils with fancy erasers, costume jewelry and more! 

A plastic tablecloth and items for the bag of craft supplies giveaway were on the top of the list.  After walking up and down the aisles several times and asking one of the women who worked there, I came away with 3 bags of stuff, most of which wasn’t on my list.  Dollar stores are like that.  Unfortunately, they didn’t have a lime green tablecloth, so I settled for red…but now that I think about it, I should have chosen the yellow.  And they didn’t have the glue sticks or safety scissors they had last time.  So I will probably have to go back tomorrow or head over to a different dollar store location to see if their shelves have what I need.

Do you shop at dollar stores?  Are we really getting a bargain or does it just feel that way because everything is a dollar?  I don’t know…maybe the same item is 50 cents at a regular store. 🙂

I wanted to pass along a wonderful post by blogger Kathryn of Kid Culture.  She writes about a topic near and dear to my heart: Self-Esteem and Respecting Others and gives parents some great tips.

We all want our children to grow up with a positive self-image.  There are many things we can do to ensure that…one of the most important is to spend positive time with them.  Open Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking to any page and you will find a summary of a great picture book to read to your preschooler, a gentle parenting tip to help you use the story to build self-esteem, an easy eco-friendly craft and a simple healthful cooking activity.  This great resource can definitely be a life-saver for busy parents.  Grab a copy during our half-price sale and you will be ready for the long hot summer days!

6 thoughts on “Dollar Store Madness: Where’s Miss Vivian?

  1. Some of the bargains are really bargains . . . as long as you buy only what you need and can use.

    For example, the books. If they have a book that you really want to read . . . BARGAIN! If you buy books that you think you want to read but never get around to reading . . . NOT A BARGAIN!

    For cards, gift wrap, gift bags, some of the food, lots of the toiletries, many of the paper and craft items . . . BARGAIN!

    Glad you had fun.

    As Forest Gump once said, “Dollar stores are like a box of chocolates . . . you never know what you’re going to find.” 😀


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