It’s only August but I’ve already scored some cool Day of the Dead items!
I’m always on the lookout for interesting items to add to my growing Dia de los Muertos collection and I’ve found that when you least expect to find them…there they are!
For the first item, I was in the Von Maur Department Store at the Galleria and noticed they had already put their Halloween items out. I admit…I walked by thinking it’s the beginning of August and WAY too early for Halloween decorations to be out. But then I rounded a corner and spotted the Lolita wine glasses. In particular, the sugar skull Lolita wine glass REALLY caught my eye! Now, I have a soft spot for these quirky wine glasses. They have different fun designs reflecting holidays and events and at the bottom they include a cute drink recipe. A lot of Hallmark stores carry them, which is where I first learned about them but they ARE a bit pricey. I’ve managed to find quite a few at thrift stores in the area for a $1-$2 vs. the retail prices of $25-$30! Love it when that happens… However, in this case I paid full retail price because had to have this wine glass! I can’t wait to use it during my Day of the Dead celebration this year!
Next, I was at the Karen’s Hallmark Store in Vestavia Hills two weeks ago buying cards and I stopped to check out the Hallmark Christmas ornaments. I have an extensive collection of Christmas ornaments that date all the way back to 1973 when Hallmark first came out with their ornaments! I was checking to see which ones I might buy this year when I spotted something unusual…a Day of the Dead Sugar Skull CAT ornament! It wasn’t in the usual Christmas packaging but it was definitely an ornament and once again I decided I needed to have it. In doing a little research online, I discovered that in addition to the Cat design, there is also a Sugar Skull ornament this year and there was one in 2014. Why didn’t I see this last year? Naturally, there are 2014 ornaments available online but at double the price. Well, that ain’t gonna happen…maybe I’ll get lucky and find one at the thrift store…
This weekend I scored two items! My husby and I are helping our newly married daughter and her husband move to Atlanta this weekend and next. After unloading a U-Haul and two SUVs, we headed to Bed, Bath and Beyond to pick up some storage/organizing items. That’s where I spotted a Tervis 20 oz. water bottle with Sugar Skulls and flowers all over it! I LOVE IT and quickly put it in our buggy! I mean, everyone I know has a Tervis water bottles and now I’ve joined the ranks. Of course, I think mine is the most awesome!
Today, I was at the new Sprouts Farmers Market in Hoover picking up some fruits and veggies. I was walking out with my purchases when I spotted a Sugar Skull bag by Blue Q on a turn-style at the entrance. Well, I quickly put my items in the car and headed back into the store to check them out! There were two bags and a small cosmetic type bag made of recycled materials among the items on the rack. I decided on the Sugar Skull bag in blue with a zipper because the bottom of the bag was sturdier than the pink bag that I also liked. Who knows…if I’m back in Sprouts next week I might break down and get pink one too! They are just that cute!
At this rate, and with another week left in August, I may luck up on a few more Day of the Dead items! Whatever the case, I will definitely make use of them all beginning with the Tervis water bottle tomorrow on my way to work. I also love that I found these items at places I never thought would carry DOD. Go figure!