The other day my husband and I took a trip to Michaels to browse around now that we’ve both got our placements and are starting the process of preparing for the upcoming school year. Now, ordinarily I don’t spend much time in Michaels because my brain goes on “crafty overload” and somehow I lose all sense of “do I really need to spend an hour in the scrapbook paper aisle?” So imagine my sheer glee when there’s an approved trip to literally spend an hour slowly walking around the store (and taking pictures of anything and everything)!
Without further commentary about how much-anticipated this outing was, the photographic evidence (that will almost certainly compel you to print a coupon and run to your nearest Michaels!):
These great stamps were only a $1! I’m planning on using both of these as peer-feedback mechanisms, with me stealing the “great idea” stamp once and a while as I’m looking through their interactive notebooks!
I thought of several of my favorite bloggers when I passed by this display! While I’m not a football fan (I know, I know), there are so many of you that have utilized football as your theme and these — especially once clearanced — could be put to use in a variety of ways in your classrooms!
Let’s have a moment of silence. Printed craft sticks, y’all! Forget Mod Podge-ing your own and spending your time and money on that (the paper you’d use alone would be more!) — these suckers are $4.99/100 pack!!!
Oh, the bargain bins. The bins on the left are filled with National Geographic merchandise; pens, sticker books, notepads, mousepads, etc. These were all very reasonably priced (most about $2), and would be great for animal-themed units or classrooms. The bins on the right were filled with environmental-print alphabet items. I tried to convince Mr. Plum that we needed matching “P” mugs for the teacher’s lounge, but it was a no-go.
Raise your hand if you’ve pinned the salt & pepper shakers as glitter-distribution devices. Only me? Well, imagine my excitement when I stumbled on these! I didn’t end up purchasing any this trip (priorities!), but now that I know where to find them, I’m good to go! Just you wait, I will earn the title of glitter queen.
I loved both of these setups, and it didn’t hurt that they were clearanced-priced either (though none of it made it into the basket this time). I can see the watering cans being used for a great discussion on how we grow as individuals, as authors, as a class, etc. and I can certainly see the stones as being used to anchor some character education.
Origami paper. There is an origami aisle, y’all. There is an origami aisle and I purchased nothing from it. Personal triumph, ahoy!
Chevrons! Bright colors! I started to walk past this display and then I did a double-take. I didn’t end up purchasing either of these, but I definitely wanted to snap a picture to post for y’all. There are 25 sheets in each of these stacks and they were heavy-weight cardstock — for only $3!
This one I did purchase. I can’t wait to create some activities for the first week of school surrounding this book to refresh on sequencing skills, etc. I’m toying with the idea of writing my own parody to surprise the kiddos with, featuring me. Does anyone know where I could get some custom clipart made?
I picked up a few other (small) things I’m going to feature in other posts, and then headed next door to Home Goods to check it out for the first time. I was a little underwhelmed — I’m not sure what I was expecting. Certainly not this randomness! Behold:
|What in the world? Also — $500?!|
Thank you for accompanying me on my trip to a little slice of crafty-heaven! I’ll be back tomorrow with (hopefully) some ‘before’ pictures of my very first classroom! I took a sneak-peek yesterday and oh my word. That’s all I’ve got to describe the feeling!
Lisa R. says
Your post is hilarious!! Oh my gosh, those are some deals!! I was trying to stay away from shopping for a few more weeks, but I don't think I can do it. Boredom + cute stuff= Goodbye $$!
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Awww I wish I lived in America. My crafty shops have nothing like this 🙁
Little Miss says
WOW! Look at all of these great finds you got! Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower. Can't wait to read about your adventures in your first year of teaching.
OMGosh!!! LOVE the football stuff. It's official – I'm getting out of my pj's and down to Michael's ASAP!
Fun Games 4 Learning says
I love the name of your blog and the gorgeous red shoes. 🙂 Am so glad that I found it. Wish we had am store like this in Australia! I am giving you the One Lovely Blog Award. 🙂 Come by and see.
Mrs. Plum says
Aw, thank you!
I love the salt and pepper shaker idea. I have not seen that on pinterest yet. I will definitely have to look for those when I am at Micheal's again. Great Idea!
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