I’ve been planning to start purchasing inexpensive and brightly colored dishes to use in “staging” food pictures for my blog for a while now. I put staging in parenthesis because we really do eat everything I make. My kids are usually standing right outside the camera range saying “Hurry up Mom, I’m starved.” My everyday plates are plain white and they look beautiful on my table — they just don’t look as pretty in blog pictures. And because I have plain white plates, we can have serving dishes in any color I want!
It all started when I bought this bowl on clearance at Target last week. It cost $12.75. I started thinking to myself that I could do better at Goodwill since I wasn’t really concerned about buying matching stuff. Just pretty and colorful stuff. Today, I went back to Target for more Pull-Ups and happened to find some plates and bowls from $1.75 to $2.75 on clearance. I liked them so much I went ahead and bought them. I also found a couple of cute little heart ramekins in the $1 section that I think will be perfect for
celebrating Valentine’s Day blog staging this month.
Since we had a little extra time, the kids and I stopped at Goodwill on the way home to see if they had any toys for the kids or pretty dishes for
me my blog. I was shocked to discover that a single plate at Goodwill costs $3.99 to $4.99 depending on the weight of the dish. That’s an awful lot compared to Target clearance, especially since it is not like you can ever buy a matching set at Goodwill! I picked up five or six things that I ended up putting right back on the shelf. I did walk out with this pretty candle jar for Valentines Day for $2, but that’s it. I guess I’ll just keep shopping the clearance sections at Target instead.
While in Goodwill, I kept wondering why so many people were in there. The store was packed. More packed then I have ever seen. I finally asked a sales associate. Guess what? Today and tomorrow (January 25 and 26th 2012), all clothing in Goodwill stores across the nation is only $2. This is a sale that only happens once a year. I found this gorgeous pair of shorts for my son, usually $4.99 at our Goodwill – $2. With all the kids in tow and so many people in the store I did not feel like spending any time looking for clothes. Guess where I am going tomorrow by myself though! Now Target clearance for clothing is pretty good, but it is very rare to find clothing for $2 at Target.