We just came back from a spaghetti dinner at Cheesecake Factory tonight, the result of John’s claim that our kitchen smells like a glue factory and he didn’t want to cook there. I am working on some book covers with a Valentine’s Day theme, and didn’t really notice the odor, but if it resulted in the chance to eat out, why complain?


On the way home, I convinced John to stop at Archiver’s. If you recall, I mentioned in a previous post that the national chain store is going out of business.  Everything is on sale, currently at 40 to 50 percent off regular price. The stores are supposed to close in mid-February, but as I strolled through the aisles, I did not see enough merchandise to justify staying open that long. Most of the fixtures have pre-sold, and the shelves look like a swarm of locusts went through them. During one of my last trips, I picked up stacking paper trays, which I am happy to report I have completely filled . . . and then some.


Today’s visit to Archiver’s yielded some lovely wooden buttons from the Lucille line of Basic Grey. I imagine these will get used in my crochet projects. I especially like the button that looks like the top of a wooden spool of thread. That one may be saved for a sewing journal.


John discovered some sticky note pads in the back of the store with the Staples brand name on them. All 24 pads cost less than four dollars. Why do we need so many? Well, we don’t, but this year Students for a Creative Iowa is celebrating its 25th anniversary of creative problem-solving, and intends to put up a memory wall at one of the tournaments, where Iowa’s Destination Imagination teams can post notes telling everyone what they especially appreciate, remember or have learned from the program. These sticky note pads will do the trick, I think.


Besides the wooden buttons, I found some Tim Holtz dies I can use to cut out decorative shapes. These were all half-price, what you’d consider “nice to have” at full price, but “gotta have” at half-price.

Tim Holtz Dies

Did you know that if you have an iPhone or Android phone, there’s an app for Tim Holtz products that helps you keep track of the ones you already have, as well as the ones you wish you had? I hear some of you laughing in the background as I describe this thing, and let me assure you that I’m laughing with you. But . . . I have the app, and it’s great!

John tells me that he’s pretty sure I have gotten everything I need or want from Archiver’s by now. He is probably right, but I always hedge my bets with “we’ll see.” And we will!

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3 thoughts on “More bargains!”

  1. Wow!! What great bargains!! And I love your book covers. Those acrylic stackable shelves have certainly been put to good use.

  2. Splendid Little Stars

    I wanted to go to Archiver’s this week but I haven’t felt well enough. It’s probably not worth it now. I am totally jealous of the stacking paper holders!

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