Ok - I never really liked the Dollar Store because I thought it was for the "Wal-Mart" types. But today was a turning point. I my husband pointed out these mini-puzzles for our 6 year old daughter to do on the plane while we travel to Ecuador in a week, I thought awesome idea! When I looked at the price tag it said $11.95...hmm, that isn't "too" bad, I thought.
We left Barnes and Noble buying the mini puzzles. I thought let's stop at The Dollar Store so that I can pick up some dividers for my daughter's homeschooling alphabet letters so she can put together words (she is learning how to read). We stepped in and I thought of medicine tab dividers and yes, they had them. Yay...only for a $1 each...ok this is a lot cheaper than when I looked on ebay last night and they sold fancy ones for over $60 in wood but we are traveling I thought, it would be too heavy. Anyway...I was on cloud nine...but when we found the same mini puzzles that we just bought for $1, I just couldn't believe it..I thought these were "rare" for some reason. But they weren't and we promptly bought our stuff and headed back to Barnes and Noble to return the other mini-puzzles.
The morale is:
1. The Dollar Store has lots of quality items that you pay 3-10x more at a department store
2. Most misc stuff isn't worth retail
3. Toys and such are best bought discounted as kids grow out of stuff very quickly as skills and interests progress.