Every fall I look forward to discovering new Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos items to add to my growing collection. This year it seems stores had their items out even earlier than usual.
The first place I always hit is World Market. Usually, they have quite a huge spread of items but this year the collection wasn’t as large. Mind you, this is always my “go-to” place for DOD items so in fairness, it could be that I’ve collected most of their items already! At any rate, over the course of 3 visits, I picked up some cute things including a Mariachi skeleton pillow, sugar skull measuring cups, sugar skull measuring spoons, 2 sugar skull nutcrackers and two ornaments – one sugar skull and one hot sauce bottle! I haven’t checked other stores in my area to see if they have a more robust collection in their stores…there is still time and I may do that, but I really do love the things I’ve picked up so far.
Target is another place to pick up cute DOD items. This year, their selection was also a little limited. Again, I think I bought everything they had last year, including a door wreath which will go up on my front door the last weekend in October. I bought a sugar skull vinyl tablecloth along with a DOD banner and a sugar skull dog statue. The tablecloth reminds me of the beautiful colorful Mexican vinyl tablecloths that my cousins always use in their decorating. On another trip, I found a sugar skull cup and a kit to make sugar skull pumpkins. I bought two pumpkins over the weekend for Halloween decorating so I’ll convert those using the kits this weekend.
Finally, last week I was in Michaels and saw an adorable DOD door wreath. I considered buying it as I walked through the store and then I turned down an aisle and found an entire display of DOD items! It would have been easy to go nuts and add everything to my cart but I took a deep breath and selected just a few things – a DOD “coffin”, 6 small sugar skull plates and a Catrina statue – an iconic DOD item that is seen every year at the local DOD Festival in downtown Birmingham!
Honestly…it seems as though you can find DOD and Sugar Skull items all over the place these days. I always look forward to pulling out all my stored items as I prepare to make my annual altars and decorate my house. I think this year I’ll need to add another storage container for all my new items!
Do you have any favorite DOD items? If so, please share them with me. I would love to see them and know what you do to celebrate Day of the Dead!