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Friday, October 15, 2010

9 Green Big Lots Finds

Shopping thrift stores, consignment shops, eBay, etc. are all ways to shop green. However, sometimes when I’m looking for something specific, or I don’t see it in those stores, or I don’t have time to wait for it to show up in those places because I need/want it NOW, I buy it new.

This is probably doesn’t happen to you because you are all more awesome and more patient that I am.

Well, as I was looking, OK, obsessed, with finding silicone skull ice cube trays for Blitzkrieg I walked into a nearby Big/Odd Lots. Well, guess what? I hit the mother load of inexpensive green items! I had my camera with me and snuck a few photos of my finds for you.

Let’s take a look.


Glass bakeware. Some have lids!



There were all sorts of glass bake ware and storage containers, many with snap on BPA free lids (yes, I checked it out for you.) I already have a square and a rectangle baking pan with snap on lids, and use them often. They help me avoid using disposable plastic wrap. This is a timely find because my aluminum baking pans rusted and I had to recycle them.

For those of you who don’t want storage containers with plastic lids at all, I found glass storage jars with metal lids. The large size makes them perfect for organizing and keeping bulk items fresh.




I wish my pantry were big enough to organize it these big containers. *sigh*



They had new canning jars (not pictured) and canning rings and lids. This is the reason I went to Big Lots in the first place. I bought both because after making blackberry freezer jam I have the itch to try canning something for real.


Canning rings and lids, and look, more glass storage containers!


I saw many Anchor Hocking glass storage items. Anchor Hocking  makes most of its products in Lancaster, Ohio. I’m buying local! That’s right folks buying local isn’t just for food. It can apply to anything you buy.



I was tempted to buy these sweet Anchor Hocking glass storage jars even though I don't have room for them.

As soon as I was hooked on Method’s soy candles, they discontinued the line because I'm lucky like that. I picked up a few of their candles because I like to burn a scented soy candle after dinner to clear cooking smells from the kitchen. I’ll give my mom the empty candle holder so she can make me one of her microwave soy candles.

Oh how I've missed you!

These stainless steel and glass storage containers could come in handy in the pantry, laundry room, or help organize a craft room.


Think of the possibilities!


These wood serving bowls would look great serving food on your dining room table or for doling out Halloween candy. Just remember: hand wash only!


I like the bowl with the straight sides.

They had a slew of inexpensive silverware too. Husband and I gave his parents several boxes of silverware to keep on hand for big parties and get togethers on their farm because we were always buying disposable cutlery for those gatherings. This might not work for you if you do not have access to a dishwasher, don’t host a lot of events, or have the extra storage space (Sadly I’m all three.).


Cheap reusable silverware!

They also had dish sets of four place settings for $15. The same thing applies to buying extra dishes for parties instead of buying disposable paper plates for large gatherings if you have them often enough to justify the purchase (I don’t but maybe you do.)



Hmm... those red dishes would look nice in my newly painted kitchen.

I didn’t succumb to the extra temptation which is ever so easy to do at Odd Lots, at least for me anyway. I  just bought the canning jars and rings I planned on buying. And some V8 juice.

Whew - dodged that bullet!

Well, mostly :)

What about you? Have you found some good green shopping score lately?

Update 10/15/10 3:55 PM: You guys are right. Odd Lots officially changed their name to Big Lots. I changed it in my post. I guess I was too dazzled by the bargains to pay much attention to the official name change. My bad.

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Disclaimer: None of the companies paid me to mention them in this post. Oh and Husband drank all of the V8 juice. I didn't get any of it.