Saturday, February 18, 2012

Shoportunity

Marshall's just so happens to be on my way home from the gym, next to Dollar Tree, and in the same shopping center as The LOFT.  So I know I am bad, but just about every Saturday, after my 9 am gym class, I stop there.  Today I found some great goodies for the classroom and for myself.  I knew that you, my blogging buddies, would appreciate the finds, so I had to share!!

First up is this lovely polka dot outdoor tub for $7.99.  I plan on using this for buddy reading materials, as my lime green box is fading in the sun.

Next up, are these awesome dominoes from the children's department.  They were on clearance, too.  I do so much fact family work with dominoes and my old ones were looking gross.  I love that they have different colored dots for each number!  The deluxe bingo set is for a sweet colleague of mine who loves to borrow mine.  I think it is great for number recognition and a favorite game of my students.

My favorite thing about Marshall's is the shoe department!  I picked up these blue wedge sandals, because I love to wear wedges in the spring/summer.  They are so comfortable and yet they still give me some height.  The problem with the blue shoes was that I had nothing to match them.  They are a cobalt blue. Sorry, the pictures are not so hot, I need to replace my broken camera ASAP.  I promise to put it on my "To Do" list for this week off.  
The problem was easily solved!  Marshall's had these three cute dresses in the same color and this Steve Madden tote.  I am not sure if all the dresses fit or if I will keep them all.  At least, that is how I justified to myself buying three dresses at once.

Stay tuned as I plan on making another St. Patrick's Day unit and use these finds from Dollar Tree and Party City.



41 comments:

  1. Awesome finds!! Love the polka dots! Have fun with all of them!

    Melanie
    First Grade Brain Sprinkles

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  2. LOVE your finds!!!! I love Marshalls/TJ Maxx/Home Goods!! You never know what treasures you'll find! I have a Polka Dot theme and would LOVE that tub! I also have a Silhouette Cameo and would love to slap some vinyl on it! The dresses and shoes make me wish spring was here now!

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    1. Is a Silhouette Cameo one of those cutting machines? I have to look into those. I know, it feels like spring is coming soon! We have not had one real snow storm here in NY. Last year we had a few snow days.

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    2. Erica ~DeeDee posted on a teacher discount for the Cameo here.....http://www.mrswillskindergarten.com/2012/02/so-cool.html

      I love mine just too busy to make things....Now were the buckets at Dollar Tree or Party City as I have a thing for buckets in the classroom (ok fine I hoard them) and I have run out of green ones to match :) Thanks for sharing :)

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    3. The small buckets were from Dollar Tree and the coins and St. Pat's erasers were from Party City.

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  3. I love it all! You get a week off? We dont even get presidents day off! The shoes are really pretty! Jealous!

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    1. Where do you teach, Reagan? I can't believe you don't get presidents day off....what a shame! (although, I chose not to teach this year...so I really can't have that much of an opinion...but the tragedy!!!)

      Hope you get a long spring break

      Michelle

      The 3AM Teacher

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    2. Yes, all week off! We only get one week for Christmas so I think that is why we also get off now.

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  4. Hoping for fast sling weather for all of you! Sending one AZ heat and sunshine your way!

    Melanie

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  5. Love! Love! All of it! I think if you spend money on the classroom, then you must balance by spending money on yourself! Happy Weekend!

    Laura
    llmartin305@gmail.com
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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  6. TJ Maxx and Marshalls are the best....but so dangerous!! They are always my first stop for retail therapy :) The housewares department is my downfall...

    Sarah
    The Eager Teacher

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  7. I have to stop reading your blog because every time i see your good deals i have to go out get them too! (which is especially dangerous for a student teacher with ZERO income!)
    I love Marshal's too and that bag is soooo cute. I may have to go check if my Marshal's has it. Hope you don't mind:) I love the dresses too, wish I had your figure!
    Also, I am going to have to go get the St. Patrick's Day stuff before it is all sold out from the dollar store. Apparently we pretend that Leprechauns come to our classroom each year and we celebrate the holiday with fun games and activities. So I'm gonna have to get creative over here(that, or start pinteresting like crazy looking for the perfect craft!)
    Have a great weekend!
    Miss S
    Just Teaching...Kindergarten

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  8. LOVE the shoes (and dresses!). One lucky shopping day for you, Erica!

    Ѽ Alessia
    Mrs. Albanese’s Kindergarten Class

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  9. Gosh, I so wish I didn't have to drive 2-4 hours to get to stores like Dollar Tree, Big Lots, Hobby Lobby, etc. Although I feel like I would spend so much more money if I had all those stores right where I live. Love all the cute new things.

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    1. We don't have a Hobby Lobby. Is that like a craft store?

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  10. Cute finds! Did you happen to make it to Loft? I have avoided it since Christmas but everyday I have to fight the urge to check out their site :-(

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    1. I went to the LOFT two weekends ago and cleaned out their clearance section. I got all this stuff on final sale. One of the perks of being tiny is that there is always an xs left. For the LOFT, I don't believe in buying anything until it is marked down. I saw an adorable navy striped dress at the LOFT, but even at 40% off new arrivals, it was not worth it for something I could not wear now. The Marshall's dresses were all around $20. So I thought it best to scoop them up and save them till the weather gets warmer.

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  11. I love the green dress you got at Marshall's!!! I never shop at Marshall's TJ max or Ross...I really need to start looking there! I just can't stand the clutter and chaos of those stores...I feel overwhelmed and I end up wanting everything and buying nothing... My fav. store is Express (when they have their awesome sale) and I love - love -love shoes. I have a bit of an obsession with the Jessica Simpson line...I haven't got to buy shoes in a while...mostly because I am not teaching this year & I really don't need anymore shoes, but I have quite a collection...hehehe...love those blue shoes...too cute!

    Thanks for sharing the bargains we can drool over (-;

    Michelle

    The 3AM Teacher

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    1. I used to work at Express when I was in college. I spent more than I made! I don't really shop there anymore. I try to avoid the mall. I like the hunt of Marshall's and feeling like I found some good deal. My friend Karen feels the same way as you about Marshall's and won't even go.

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    2. I have to post my shoe closet photo sometime! I have them in clear bins with photos on the outside. I love, love, shoes! When I find boots I like, I buy them in brown and black. I got a great comfy pair in brown and in black from the Kenneth Cole outlet. They were $50 each, so I justified that the two pairs added up to the cost of one. I have a problem...shopping makes me way too happy.

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  12. I am obsessing over that black and white polka dot tub. We don't have Marshall's where I live :( I would be rushing out to get one! Great finds! :)

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  13. Oh, I totally understand! When I find something that I like, and it looks great on me, I buy it in multiple colors. I have the same issues with shoes, I've got to have it in black and brown. I love the polka dot tub! That's how my room is decorated, and it would fit perfectly!

    Angela
    The Daily Alphabet

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  14. O.K. so it won't let me reply up above. You don't have a Hobby Lobby????? What??? Yes, it is a huge craft store with pretty much everything you can think of. I love it. You need to get on line and google Hobby Lobby. I believe now you can actually order on line now.

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  15. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the shoes!! Did you buy the purse today too? It's adorable! I bought the coins from the dollar tree too! Need to stay out of Party City though- the last time I went in there I spent $230 on decorations and goodies for my students.

    Have a super vacation!
    :)

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  16. Your excuse to buy the dresses is perfectly reasonable! :D

    I LOVE that polka dotted bucket.

    I'm so jealous of your week off.
    Dragonflies in First

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  17. I am so glad you blogged the photo of the bingo set. I have one too - and my husband always gives me such a hard time about it - he thought I was nuts when I purchased it!

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  18. The peacock-ish dress is fabulous...and will look amazing with those shoes!!


    ❤Jodi from...
    ★★The Clutter-Free Classroom★★
    Helping Teachers Get Organized

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  19. Loving your shopping spree/opportunity;) Cracks me up how one thing led to the next...shoes need a dress...gotta have a bag...lol! That bag is too die for!!! I love purses! It's alllll too cute!! Love the classroom stuff too!

    4th Grade Frolics

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  20. You hit the jackpot...on many fronts! Can you believe I only recently discovered Dollar Tree? Great deals!

    Must
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    Marshalls!

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  21. love the classroom items and LOVE the shoes/clothes! I need to go shopping now! Happy weekend Erica!
    Kristen

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  22. Don't you just love finding good deals. Such a feeling of accomplishment.

    Tricia

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  23. I love that tub! Too cute!! And, the shoes and dresses and bag!! How come I can never find fun and adorable stuff like that?? I wish we had a Marshall's!

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  24. Love it all! Can we please go shopping together??!!

    ❀Jodi
    Fun In First

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  25. I LOVE that polka dot bucket!! I want to steal it from you! ;) And great shopping finds, I'm inspired to go spring shopping on my week off, too!
    ❤Teri

    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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  26. I love your bargains, I was at Marshall's on Saturday, I should have gone to the back of the store!!! lol..., I never made it past the swimsuits or the workout gear, I will now have to go back for the polka dot bucket...that is the theme in my classroom! I love reading your posts & seeing your bargains, your a girl after my own heart! Enjoy your break, I guess I'm not the only one sitting at home! Enjoy your vacation!
    Katy
    http://growingreadersandwritersinkinder.blogspot.com

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  27. I love all of your bargains. Both of my kids always tell me that I am the best bargain shopper there is around. Gotta let you know that I bought some buckets similar to yours from Family Tree and used my Cricut to cut out different circles. Just shared them on my blog and they look adorable. Now gotta plan what I want to do with them in March. Your Seuss stuff looks great, too.
    Robynn
    BusyBees

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  28. I love the shoes and dresses. I can never find anything at Marshalls that fits! =(

    I love a good bargain too and actually buy things off ebay. I LOVE Anthropologie but their stuff is so expensive...but not on ebay and they have tiny sizes too! =)

    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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