Is there anything more hypnotizing than the dollar section of Target? It’s easy to leave the store with bags full of stuff, and if I’m being honest, future clutter. Over the last couple of years, I’ve been selective about what I bring into the house, especially if I end up throwing or donating it away later.
Today I’m going to share with you my list of things to buy and a list of things to avoid. If you pay attention throughout the year, it’s mostly seasonal stuff mixed in with everyday items. Right now, there are a bunch of Easter and spring-related items at our Target.
THINGS I BUY
Coloring books: If you compare coloring book prices at the craft or the book section, the dollar spot is the better choice. I usually buy a bunch of them at one time and gradually work our way through it. Last year, they had several Winnie-the-Pooh themed ones and I think I bought at least one of each.
Stickers: Sometimes you get a bad batch of stickers where either they stay attached to the backing and won’t come off, but for the most part, you can really stock up and keep the kids occupied, like in the car, or most recently for us, on their bedroom walls (Yea, it’s not fun peeling them off though!).
Hair accessories: These can be hit or miss. I’ve picked up barrettes, and a couple of headbands.
Imagine Ink coloring pages: These are mess-free, and easy distractions. These books are $3 each.
Stationary: It usually depends. I’ve bought scrapbook letter stickers and washi/decorative tape. I’ve seen a pack of thank you notes, and cards, and if I needed them, I would pick these up too. I would compare the prices in the stationary and card aisle to make sure that I’m getting the best deal.
Bouncy balls: I’ve bought a few balls from here, and they are pretty sturdy, and…well, there’s not much else to say!
Other items I’ve picked up are temporary tattoos (can be hit or miss), storage trays and tins, and glow sticks.
THINGS I AVOID
Food: You can get a better deal shopping in the grocery aisle.
Books: Most of it is twaddle, or the books are abridged. I also feel a lot of it is commercial/branding.
Crayons and Markers: The arts and crafts section has better prices, and I’ve had bad experiences with a few of them. I bought chalk pens a couple of seasons ago. Well, when I went to put it on our blackboard, it never wiped off, despite repeated attempts with water, soap, and ugh, now the blackboard is just sitting in our garage. Exception: glitter glue. My oldest loves glitter glue for “painting” and it’s the best price I’ve found.
Clothing: I generally try to avoid all the characters, and if we do, we pick it up in the clothing section anyway.
Toys: Most of the toys in this section are plastic and almost every toy I’ve ever bought from here has broken. The most recent was a pool toy that sprayed water and the handle snapped off before we really got a chance to use it. It’s just not worth it. (Except for bouncy balls.)
Other items I’ve avoided: picture frames, home decor items, and gift wrap.
How about you? Do you love the Target dollar spot? I’ve found I go through phases where I want to buy all things, and other times where I just avoid it completely.