ETA I just noticed that I recently went over 10,000 posts. :omg
Woohoo on the big 10K, Unk! :up You always have very worthy things to say, so I know there weren't any that were wasted. :)
:hahaup Unk, I believe it was my love for Clay that brought me out of hiding, although you've obviously had more to say than me. :)
The Dollar Store is great. We have a Big Lots out here...but it use to be called Pick and Save. I love Ross Dress for Less for clothes shopping and stuff like that.
Do any of my FORT palllies have any feedback about buying furniture from either IKEA or Crate & Barrel? I'm looking for a new couch, sofa, whataever you want to call it, and have seen a couple of nice ones at both places. IKEA is a bit more inexpensive but does that means it's not that good? Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
Big Lots is ok, but you have to be there on the "right" day, which I think it is Tuesday to get the good stuff otherwise the one by me gets picked over fast. I like Tuesday morning, you can find some lovely things there but it's always a hunt at the one near me, it's all a jumble.
I pick up a few things at the dollar store but not much. I bought an umbralla there once that broke the first time using it. Bought tongs another time, same thing. So, get wrapping paper there and a few odd and ends but little else.
Our Tuesday Morning is a jumble too, but that is half the fun poking around in there.
I am currently using a can opener that I have had at least 5 years that I bought for a buck at The Dollar Tree. I know some of the stuff is cheap and breaks, but sometimes you can get a good deal.
And you can't beat it for wrapping paper. Our Dollar Tree also does helium balloons and mylar ones too. Great savings if you need them for a party or something.
Gabriel, I have a friend who got her bedroom furniture from Ikea. It looks nice and she likes it, but I have not "inspected" it up close to see if its good quality or not.
I would LOVE to buy some stuff I have seen in Crate and Barrel, but can't justify that expense right now.
I know the next time we do buy furniture, I am going to do a lot of research because we want good quality that will last. I have a set of 60 year old dressers that belonged to a great-aunt. They are wood. Everything is wood and the drawers are put together very well. We bought my daughter a dresser when she was very small that was mostly press board and it fell apart within 5 years. Same with the sofas. So I will not shop at Rooms to Go or any of those kinds of furniture stores anymore.
If I'm going to buy furniture, I want it to last longer than a few years.
So I'd look at workmanship, quality, reputation, etc. over price I think. If its definetly good quality, I wouldn't mind paying for it (well, within reason).
I also watch a lot of HGTV and a lot of those shows tell you what to look for when buying furniture especially dressers, etc.
I guess I wasn't much help. But how fun to get new furniture. I am definetly looking forward to replacing some of what we have in the next year.
We have a Dollar Tree right next to our movie theater and everyone gets their candy and drinks (2/$1) there and sneaks them in. We got busted once and had to take them back to the car, but really... what do they expect? We were there yesterday and they had silverware with clear lucite handles with hot pink design elements. A knife/spoon/fork set for $1. I may have to go back for those.