From top left: colored pencils with sharpener lid, 3 minute timer, flat folding straw hat, French pencil case, Japanese eraser and capped wood pencils, neutral folding reusable bag (recycled). Pictured below: toy trumpet, library bookends, clear plastic umbrella.
I am not really a dollar store kind of person. I am however, a Japanese dollar store kind of person. Here in the Bay Area we have a local chain called Ichiban Kan. It was recommended to me a few years ago by a couple of girls in the know, so I gave it a shot. Over time I've picked up some great things like brightly colored plastic elephant watering cans for the bathtub, fun notebooks, art supplies and adorable chopsticks. I took Wylie on little adventure today which included a trip to Ichiban Kan in El Cerrito. He got a toy trumpet. I got a clear plastic umbrella and some teal library style bookends as well as all the fabulous loot above for under $25. My favorite find was the hour glass for a stylish "time out". http://www.ichibankanusa.com/