By Erin Huffstetler | 11/02/2016 | 27 Comments
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Head’s up: Michael’s has $2 grab bags again! Pictures of today’s haul are over on my Facebook page.
I popped in Michaels yesterday afternoon to pick up something I needed for a project, and my daughter spotted a bin of $2 grab bags by the door.
I had heard people talk about these online, but I’d never gotten in on the action. I just always seemed to be too busy for a trip to the store, when I heard the bags were out. Looks like luck was finally on my side.
If you haven’t heard about this bit of bargain-shopping fun yet, here’s the deal: Michaels takes all of their unsold holiday merchandise and clearance items, dumps them in shopping bags, and sells the bags for $2 each. You can’t open the bags in store, but you can see enough through the plastic (and peeking through the top of the bag), to get an idea of what you’re getting.
We poked around in the bin a bit, and picked out 10 bags to buy. So what did we get for our $20? Let me show you …
First, this is the contents of just one bag. As you can see, it contained a lot of stuff. 29 items in this case.
After we opened all the bags, we sorted everything into categories, and here’s what we ended up with:
61 wooden letters.
10 rhinestone purse mirrors. 1 cosmetic bag. 1 set of hair clips.
1 iPhone case. 3 fancy pens.
3 pairs of socks. 1 2015 planner.
We’ll mix and match all of the stuff that I’ve shown you so far to create gifts when my kids get invited to birthday parties. I’ve been needing to restock my gift closet, so this was excellent timing.
Here’s an example of what a finished gift might look like. Each gift baskets has $.50 worth of items. Now that’s an affordable gift!
But wait; we’re not done yet because I also got …
17 pairs of ear buds, 3 USB car chargers, and 2 USB wall chargers. My kids use ear buds at school, and they never seem to last long, so I’ll add some to our school supply stash, and we’ll gift the rest.
3 glittery bird’s nest decorations (I’ll use these as gift toppers). A set of soccer ornaments (these will be gifted to my daughter’s soccer-loving friend). 1 football ornament (destined for our next yard sale).
23 beaded letters. We’ll use these to top gifts.
6 packs of cupcake wrappers (one not shown). 1 mug with a “G” on it. Looks like a potential teacher’s gift to me.
Peanuts merchandise. 4 boxes of bandages. 5 packs of stickers. 1 pack of pencils. My youngest daughter called dibs on this stuff.
5 rubber stamps (I’ll use the “Thank You” stamp on my Etsy orders. 1 monogrammed notecard set. 2 lollipop erasers (the kids snagged these). 1 birthday gift tag set.
10 bags of cobwebs. We’ll keep a couple bags because my youngest daughter thought they were cool (we’ve never done the cobweb thing). The rest will be yard saled.
3 pairs of gloves. We’ll probably donate these.
A Christmas stamp set. 1 Halloween necklace kit (we’ll give it to a Trick or Treater next year). 1 bag of sequins. 1 metal tag.
3 bars of soap, with soap dishes. Looks like more teacher’s gifts to me.
All told, we came home with 199 items for $20, which averages out to $.10 an item. Not too shabby.
Have you ever snagged any of the Michaels grab bags. If so, I’d love to hear what you got.