07 July 2006

Recent dollar store scores

  • Nine inflatable beach balls as birthday party entertainment (my daughter's turning 3, and the big "entertainment" is going to be a bunch of beach balls on the back lawn that the kids can kick, throw, and roll, and then take home)
  • Nine mylar balloons
  • A 20-piece box of sidewalk chalk
  • Kid toothbrushes
  • A microfiber dusting cloth for my laptop
  • Two losable umbrellas (thinking ahead to Fall)

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Dollar stores really are great for party stuff! My son is turning one on Monday and that's where I'm heading for streamers and mylar balloons, too. Our Dollar Tree also has great craft stuff, coloring books, and summer beach toys.

For my son's birthday we got these spikey inflatable balls from the dollar store and the kids loved them.

paranoid alert: I try to be careful with sidewalk chalk, spending perhaps more than is necessary to get a recognized brand. Some chalk sold by Target and by TRU got recalled in 2003 because of lead contamination:

Manufactured by Agglo Corporation, Hong Kong (China), and imported by Toys "R" Us, Inc., Paramus, NJ.

http://www.leadfreefuture.org/newswire.php?story_id=27

Just to be on the safe side, check the manufacturer...

Thanks, Betsy! I'd never heard about that recall. I just checked, and it's not that manufacturer (but is made in China), and the package says "non-toxic."

Great finds! My wife and I just spend $4 at a garage sale tonight (at 9pm!). We picked up a writing manual, two cookbooks, and three screens for drying fruit...

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