Monday, February 14, 2011

And it's not even Christmas!

So, I have mentioned before that I have an obsession with a store called Christmas Tree Shops.  But, don't let that name fool you.  Unless it's Christmastime, this store has nothing to do with Christmas.  It houses tons of stuff on the cheap.  If there is one in your area, go there.  You will thank me.

If you need more convincing, let me just show you some of the fun things you can find there. 

{Btw, this photo shoot comes to you courtesy of me not wanting to be in my house on Saturday night.  One word: dust.}

This is a whole wall of pastel dishware.  For under 5 bucks.  Even those precious cake stands on the bottom.

I love this egg crate.  For $1.69.  I bought this one to put my earring in.  Loves. 

I'm pretty sure I this picture because I was hungry.  Though the sugar-free variety does not really appeal to me.  

Oh my.  A whole wall of white dishes.  Even better than pastels. 

I love "o" wine glasses.  I should add this to my "teacher's must-haves" because we all need the occasional glass of pinot after a rough day in the classroom.  

And this glass pitcher (I'm sure there is a prettier name.  Help me out Dr. B!) is totally asking me to buy her and fill her full of fruity red sangria in a few short months.  Maybe when I have a let's-christen-the-new-kitchen party, I will invite y'all over for a glass or two.  

And coffee.  Served in this monogrammed mug.  Straight from the cabinets of my new kitchen.  


Okay, for reasons unbeknownst to me, they sell a lot of foreign foods.  Like Boland's Digestive Biscuits.  Which I have no intention of buying, but sound like they might be helpful in the event of, um, digestive issues?  For $1.99, they might be an interesting alternative to Tums.

Also, there's the Pump2Fit.  Also known as the generic version of the Shake Weight.  If you have never seen Ellen advertise this hilarious product, please go YouTube it.  You will thank me.  And, if you're interested, I can pick you up this knock-off for $4.49.  Must be a big seller. 

Of course, I can't escape without a few teacher buys.  Like egg cartons for $3.99.  That I had to jump really high to get.  See the empty space on the 4th shelf.  I totally jumped high enough to knock it off.  Twice.   


Here's an insta-center... 

 Math tools...

And art supplies...


Have you been to Christmas Tree Shops before?  Do you love it?! 

45 comments:

According to Ashley said...

I need one of these in my area ASAP! I've never even heard of it! Looks super fun, though! Kind of a mix of Homegoods and Michael's....?

Miss Megan said...

Love the finds! Wish they had one of those store by me... reminds me of a Hobby Lobby- but turned up about 10 dials of classy! Im a student teacher in kinder right now- just started a blog! Check it out :) Love yours!

internteachertales.blogspot.com

kool kindergarten kids said...

Oh my I want to go shopping there! I have never been to one of these stores.

Ladybug Teacher said...

I LOVE Christmas Tree Shops! I haven't been in forever. But now I have to go, because I saw some blue storage in your picture that I really need for my classroom!!!

:)

Shannon said...

I have one 30 seconds from my house and I don't go there nearly enough. But I'm thinking of heading tomorrow to grab a bunch of those purty cake plates. You can never have too many. And I'll definitely take you up on your sangria offer. All though with a guest like me, we'd need 3 or 4 pitchers. We'll need it to wash down all of our digestives. Ha, gross!

Rachel said...

As far as I know, there are no Christmas tree shops in my neck of the woods...I'm beginning to wish there were though! Look at all this cute stuff!

Sarah said...

Oh my goodness!! I have been wanting one of those white egg crates for ever!! I just can't justify paying almost $20 at Anthropologie. We do not have these stores in Tennessee....boo!!

Michelle said...

Where is it Abby? I think I must make a trip!!!

Amber said...

That store looks amazing!! I wish we had one in Houston!!

Amber
http://fabulousfirstgrader.blogspot.com/

Lindsay said...

I need to go and I need to go now! that store looks amazing, thanks for sharing!

Susannah said...

Shut up! That is insane! And awesome!!

Conchy said...

Where do you live? There's nothing like that in my neck of the woods! Maybe I can come visit...though I don't think my hubby would like me to. He says I already spend too much on school stuff without any help! LOL!!!

Morgan said...

I've never been, but it sounds incredible! And I looked it up, there is ONE in the Dallas area. Can't wait to check it out!

leslie said...

love Christmas tree shops. Your photos have me ready for some retail therapy. Thanks for sharing. Leslie

Stacey said...

oh.my.goodness!!! I have fallen in LOVE with that store!! The name is a total misnomer!!! I am so glad I met Christmas Tree Shops! :)

Lyr said...

I do love that store! What finds!

Brandi said...

Oh my goodness, I'm soooo going to that store!! We have one in Austin!!Thanks!

Mrs. Ruby said...

We had Christmas Tree Shops when we lived in Rhode Island. They're just like Target: you can NEVER leave without buying at least 10 new things. It's like a rule.

Gia said...

have never even heard of a christmas tree shop until now! I will have to find one in my area... I love the pastel coffee mugs! :)
happy vday!

Kinderpond said...

I am sad that we don't have one, but I am sure my husband isn't lol

Jennifer

Littlest Learners said...

I have a Christmas Tree Shop tradition. I go on a Saturday when it's good and crowded. Then I spend a large chunk of time slowly walking up and down every aisle and filling a cart with cheap goodness. Finally I get into an insanely long line. As I wait...and wait...and wait..I have time to think about my cart of cheap goodness and come to the realization that I don't need any of it and then abandon my cart.

I'm due for a trip soon. :)
Jodi www.LittlestLearners.com

Miss Chelsea said...

So, when I moved into my house I got a little "welcome to the neighborhood" packet of coupons... and there was one for this place in there. I tossed it in my junk drawer because, well, I didn't need a Christmas tree in January.

Little did I know... I may be in trouble!! (They sell egg crates like that at Anthropologie for WAY more than $1.99... nice steal!)

Hollie said...

i don't think we have this store in my area! i totally wish we did! I'm 'bout to google it and find the closest one. :)

Dr. B said...

Carafe... just because you asked:) And let's talk about Sangria after August. Can we go there next weekend?

Elisabeth said...

Wow! That store looks wonderful!! I've never heard of it before.. but dying to go now that I know about it!!! Where are they located at?

Elisabeth
www.missdelk.blogspot.com

Katherine said...

I am glad I am not the only person out therewho is obsessed with Christmas tree shops as well :) I often go in just to look and come out with three bags and the best thing is I generally spend no more than 25 bucks :) SCORE!
Love your blog and all your posts!

MJ said...

I must find one!! Love these goodies!!

Jennifer said...

Just wanted to say that I'm SUPER jealous right now....it makes moving away from TN look like gold at the end of a rainbow!!

mikey said...

Wow, I thought that was an East Coast store, maybe it's making it's way across the country. Love that place! And I agree with "Mrs. Ruby" it is like Target~you can never leave without buying tons of stuff.

G. said...

I love the idea of using the egg crate for your earrings! I think they call it Christmas tree shops because it's like Christmas all year when you go in. That place is a dream. :)

Beth Dunn said...

NO! But I'll be checking it out this week
xoxo
SC

Mommy Webb said...

I've never heard of it before - any close to Shelby?:)

Kinderglynn said...

Way too funny. I just went this weekend and have been meaning to post pix of all the cool stuff I got from there. Bags for games and things. Now you inspired me to hurry up and take those pix, LOL
Donna

http://kinderglynn.blogspot.com/

MSink said...

Since reading your blog, I had never been to one. But with all your cute teacher-ish finds I went to our new one in Augusta, GA.

I got some cute St. Patrick Gel Clings, the "fake" wixi sticks, a comprehension homework book, a magic tree house book, to name a few :)

Love me some Christmas Tree Shops!

christie said...

So excited! Just saw that we had one open here in Greensboro, NC! Can't wait! Thanks for sharing :)

Ms. Thomas said...

I NEED this store...it looks more impulsive than the dollar store! Also, digestive cookies are good with tea! The chocolate ones are the best...:)

Chelsea said...

Omygahh. I have never heard of this place but just googled it & the closest one to me is 2 hours away. Boo. This week's flyer + your pictures are insanely hard to look at without plotting the 2 hour trip.

Mama Suz said...

Ahhhh...the infamous Christmastree Shop in the NKY! My mom told me about this place. Guess I need to swing by there on my next visit and check it out. I love your wonderful findings!

mama faith said...

I need to go here ASAP. How far away is one from TN?!?!

Tracy said...

your trip to my fav store ( and I only CAN go their 2 times a year) inspired me to go early!!!
$300 later...but I go SO much! My cart was overloaded and people were lookin gat me like I was
nuts-o!
Shake weight was classic and got it for my friends 40th party! Recieved MANY laughs!!!
I LOVE both this and your teacher BLOG! How you fiond time to do it all blows me away! Thanks for all the laughs and great ideas!

Pirate Teacher said...

I need a store like that by my house. What great buys. :)

Chrissy said...

I want the Play-Do letters!!! The chocolate-scented play-do that I made last week is crying out for them!

Jill said...

Please (pretty please!) tell me where this is located! I'm guessing NKY or Southern Ohio? When I lived in Connecticut, these stores were everywhere! You could always find random little bargain gems at the Christmas Tree Shops (their tv commercials get me..."don't you just...looove a bargain?!")

Gail said...

I don't know what's better. This store or your description of it.

Cracking up. I will ignore that it's after midnight (when things tend to get funnier for no apparent reason) and assume this IS in fact as funny as I think it is. ;)

Yeah. Think so.

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to add that I'm British a digestive is a biscuit (cookie) and they taste amazing with a warm drink! Nothing to do with your digestive system! ha