Daily Treasures {Finds of the Day}

So, I might not be blogging as much as anticipated in the next couple of weeks.  There's nothing like thinking you're teaching a week of workshops in a couple of weeks only to find out that you're teaching them NEXT WEEK!  Yikes!  It's a good thing I work best under pressure! :) 

I will be popping in to show you my daily finds.  I really don't have much to make {that's a good thing because I have not hit my crafty stride yet this summer} or buy for my classroom this year.  I totally revamped it last year {and I did purchase that new sofa and chair this year}, but I do NEED new rugs for my classroom.

I have one large {8ftx12ft} rug that we LIVE on during instruction.  It's old.  It's gross.  I rescued it from being taken to the dumpster at my last school.  I've wanted a new one for years, but can't find any that size for under $300-$400!  But, now I HAVE to get a new one because that one will clash with my new furniture. :)  And, I have to purchase two new mid-sized rugs (5ft?) because I threw both of mine out last year.  Ugh!

Long story short, I *mentioned* this to my husband and he has been on a MISSION.  I swear we have went to every single store that would sell rugs in our city.  NO LUCK!  I am so bummed. :(

But, I did score a few little finds...

You know, I love my genre studies!  I have quite a collection of fairytales, but they're mostly versions from other countries or fractured tales....I actually don't have the "original" versions of many of them.  Well, I do now!  I found these high-quality hardcover books at Garden Ridge for $4.99 each.  I love that I now have a matching set of these originals!

I also got this cute little heavy-duty {rhino} stool that will match my room.  Love the polka dots, too!  It was $9.99 at Garden Ridge.  I LOVE the fact that it just folds in half with a ready-to-carry handle. :)
And, last but not least, I found these cute little broom/dustpan sets that match my room.  I have used these brooms with a matching long-handled dustpan in my room for years and they really come in handy to have around.  They also work great for a two-student classroom job opportunity! :)  I think the set was $12.99 and they had TONS of cute color/pattern options.

{Excuse the mess already piling up on my cute sofa in our garage!}

As you can tell from the pic above, I've also made several trips to Target.  I bought all of the plastic folders my students will need (yes, I'm THAT teacher that needs them to match so just buys them herself!).

But, while there I also found...
monster water bottles again!!!  I thought last year was a one-time find, so I was thrilled to see these little fellows back in the dollar bins!  They are PERFECT as part of the welcome pack for my new little Mon-STARS since I let them keep water bottles on their desks.  I use vinyl to add their names and voila! :)

I also picked up a set of these from the dollar bins.  I think I have a dry-erase board addiction, but I thought these would be PERFECT for cursive practice! :)

And, of course, I couldn't leave without these little non-fiction books that were 70% off in the dollar bin...that's right, books for 30 cents!!  That just might be the deal-of-the-day, folks!

Now, the search for rugs continues....while I stock up on everything else along the way! *sigh* Isn't that how it always works??

Before I leave, have you heard about this NEW BLOG?
It's a new collaboration blog for 2nd and 3rd grade!  I'm so excited to be a part of it and I know you will NOT want to miss the grand opening tomorrow....there *may* just be some goodies for the followers, so head on over and get a jumpstart by clicking the "follow" button!

Oh yeah! Hop on over for this fabulous JOINT giveaway that I'm helping out with today.

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  1. Hey Amanda! I was reading my email the other day and came across this site that has rugs.
    MPM School Supplies
    When I saw the monster rug I immediately thought of you! After reading this post, I thought I'd share with you. I know it's smaller than what you're looking for, but I figured it's worth a shot. Good luck on the rug search!

    A Tall Drink of Water

  2. Books are always a great find. I miss Garden Ridge; it didn't last long in my area. I love the monster water bottles! I'm hosting a Back-to-School Bargains linky (my first), I would love for you to check it out & link up if you find anyone more great deals.


  3. Hey Amanda! I got my huge rug by doing a DonorsChoose project. Mine is from Lakeshore and was over $300 but I got it funded. You should try that!

    Swimming into Second

  4. Can't wait for the new blog to launch! Thank you again for being a part of our giveaway, Amanda! We are so very appreciative of your support!

    Primarily Speaking

  5. Just a thought (as I too hunt for carpets) I have found nice quality rugs on Craigslist...usually a daycare/preschool that goes out of business or kids room outgrown; just gave a good cleaning and presto-new carpet. Also, I saw the cutest rug put together w/free rug sample squares, reminded me of your chair (can't remember who/where-maybe somebody will and let you know). Used duct tape on the back to put together. Might work until you find THE rug!

  6. I buy my own folders too! They have to all match and be plastic. I would love a new rug too! I hope you find one you like!


    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  7. Sounds like you had a great time shopping - lots of deals!
    Love your cute little person with your signature! Adorable!

  8. Hi Amanda...have you looked at Walmart.com? They have some pretty affordable rugs though they aren't really "school" type rugs. I love your new signature! Looks like a Melonheadz mini me?! So cute!

    A is for Apple B is for Blog

  9. Have you checked online at Walmart? I didn't buy a big rug, but I got a cute one for $39 last year. They had the bigger version for $69, but I didn't have space for it since I'm in a tiny room. It's worth checking out, and you can do site-to-store to avoid shipping charges!

    I need to go to Garden Ridge now!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late
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  10. I am a new follower! I love seeing pictures of what other people buying -- its like I am shopping, but not spending money! I just got those books from Target for 30 cents also! Such a good deal!

    I can't wait to read more of your posts!

    Bitty Bilinguals


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