Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Decor

There is so much great stuff at the Dollar Store to deck the halls with, it is hard to choose one, or even a few . . .

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Vintage Slide Whistle from the Dollar Tree

As I mentioned earlier there are so many wonderful stocking stuffers at the Dollar Store, and this one is a dandy . . . a Vintage Slide Whistle from the Dollar Tree.

It has handy instructions with pictures on the back for the intuitively impaired, or if you hate to read instructions, you can always just watch the Lauren Bacall video below:

And if you really get good, and are in a funky mood on Christmas, you can even jam a little in the break like Vernon Burch . . .

Dollar Store Stocking Stuffers

There are so many wonderful things to buy for a buck and stuff someone's stocking with . . .

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Best Dollar Store Christmas Card EVER !!!

Okay, I admit it . . . I save Christmas cards. I'm not a hoarder really - well, maybe a borderline hoarder (if there is such a thing) . . . actually, I like to think of myself more as a collector. Call me sentimental, but like Jim Reeves, I have boxes full of stuff people have given me, and cards fall into that category.

And then you see, sometimes I buy stuff that is meant to share (like Christmas cards), and end of keeping them for myself - because they are so lovely, or kitschy, or whatever, I just can't bear to part with them. I'm greedy that way, or I just think that no one will appreciate them the way I do. My intentions are honorable, I always buy them thinking of this person or that person, but in the end, it is really me who ends up staring at them, dazzled by their beauty.

So that is why this amazing card is from the 99 Cent Plus Super Store is gracing my abode this Holiday Season.

It is pink, it is sparkly, it is die cut and 3-dimensional, and it features Santa playing a pink fiddle - and if there are two things I'm crazy about it is pink, and fiddles. Okay I like Santa, and sparkly and die cut dimensions too . . . but if that wasn't enough, when you open of the card a red heart lights up, says "Merry Christmas" and plays "Jingle Bells" and "I Wish You a Merry Christmas" in that retro "beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep" mechanical musical cadence that used to delight us before everything became so . . . technological and sophisticated, and stuff.

Naturally, something this unabashedly Christmas-y is made in China. I try to buy American, really I do, but sometimes, I just can't resist the Eastern approach (or encroach) on Western culture.

I did go back today, to see if they had any of these cards left, but to no avail. For some odd reason, I only bought one, I can't remember if it was the only one, or subconsciously I knew that this wouldn't leave my collection.

So for all my fiddle playing friends, I'm sorry, you won't be seeing this awesome card in your mail box, but then, it is the thought that counts, right?