Following the Rules

>> 3.25.2010

I ran into a little issue earlier this week when I came across this Target tray:
I became instantly obsessed with the bright turquoise and girly curves. The not so thrifty part of me wanted to throw this sucker in the cart instantly, but thrifty me knew that I had to follow the shopping rules... I couldn't buy it unless I had a need or purpose for it. So, that's when I spent 15 minutes standing in the aisles of Target trying to come up with a way that I could use this tray.

Thanks to a little fabric talk earlier this week, I already had the upcoming office redo on my brain. Somehow I knew that it would fit in perfectly. I would just use a sticky wall mouting strip from my stash (free thanks to a race sponsored by 3M)...

...and hang it up on the wall.
The plastic of the tray might not be so perfect for food, but it's great for using as a dry erase board:

Maybe I'll decide to whip out my Sharpie and create a more permanent dry erase calendar...
I'll probably leave that decision until it's time to tackle the office.

PS You really can't beat this price tag! Now that you have a reason to buy it, go pick one up from the Dollar Spot today :).

Oh, and it wasn't very hard for me to come up with a reason why I needed this cute Liberty of London dress... and it's called "spring."
Hello $25 (after coupon) Easter dress... last in stock and in my size!

Anyone else instantly gravitate towards this tray? Did you get anything from the Liberty of London collection?

In case you're wondering, yes the dry erase marker comes off very easily from the plastic. I even left a test mark on it overnight to make sure that it would work as well as a dry erase board. If there's any haze or residue, Windex should pick it right up.

PS I'm linking this $2.50 Dollar Spot project up with Living With Lindsay's $5 Challenge.


Heather @ McKinney Living March 25, 2010 at 9:29 AM  

CUUUUTE idea!!!! Man, I love Target. Hitting it up on my lunch break today for a little splurge of my own - I've been waiting for a sale/coupon and finally found one!

I love the dress - the new Liberty of London line is completely to die for!

The Brick Cottage March 25, 2010 at 9:31 AM  

Brilliant! I love the look and the price and will be scouring the dollar spot to snag one as well.

Meg March 25, 2010 at 9:39 AM  

That is so smart, Kasey! I love it too! That shape is to die for!

Seriously, your office is going to be adorable!

And I love the dress too. The bachelorette I partied with this weekend was wearing that dress and EVERYONE was complimenting her! Prepare to make everyone jealous with your cute outfit. ;)

Katie March 25, 2010 at 10:01 AM  

It's so nice to see that I'm not the only one who spends 15 minutes staring at something in Target trying to justify its purchase! ;) I've had some similar struggles with nail polish lately!

L. Duncan March 25, 2010 at 10:10 AM  

Great idea! And for 2.50 I'm going to get one of these trays! Okay, maybe 2!

evitafjord March 25, 2010 at 10:24 AM  

Did they have it in pink? (tray, not dress) It really probably is a blessing that the nearest Target is 45 minutes away. But... I will be passing one tomorrow on my way to Dallas.

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog March 25, 2010 at 10:30 AM  

@evitafjord~ I can't remember all of the colors, but I do know that they had pink... it was my second choice :).

Mrs. Chic March 25, 2010 at 11:13 AM  

LOL, I just spotted that last night, we bought a few for platters of outdoor dining this spring and summer!

Designs by Jenean March 25, 2010 at 11:33 AM  

I have never shopped in the dollar sectin at Target. After seeing your project I will make sure I go to that section on my next Target visit.

janimal March 25, 2010 at 11:54 AM  

Thanks for stopping by my blog. LOVE your idea to use the plastic tray as a dry erase board. I'm going to be on the lookout for one. No Liberty of London for me yet. I really want the rainboots but alas they weren't available in my size last I checked.

Laura Ingalls Gunn March 25, 2010 at 12:24 PM  

What a great project! You are a clever and crafty girl. Happy Spring!
I too bought the tray.

I was so disappointed that the LOL clothing line was basically polyester. :(

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog March 25, 2010 at 12:31 PM  

@Laura~ I know, the polyester was a dissapointment and probably the reason why I didn't buy more. Still, this dress is lined and has a zipper so I'll live.

Sara @ Russet Street Reno March 25, 2010 at 12:51 PM  

Uh, it was only $1?? I would've thrown it in the cart without thinking twice! I guess that makes me a hoarder. At least Shaun thinks I am!

McCarthy Designs March 25, 2010 at 3:34 PM  

What a great idea! Your tray looks fantastic and the dress is so cute! Have a great weekend. xx

Carmie, the Single Nester March 25, 2010 at 4:06 PM  

I love that tray. I have started a Turquoise Tuesday party. Maybe you might want to link up with this find.

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish March 25, 2010 at 5:36 PM  

So cute!!! Love what you came up with to use it for!

Life in Rehab March 25, 2010 at 6:01 PM  

Did you say turquoise? I NEED this!

change is a good thing March 25, 2010 at 6:06 PM  

Very cute and what a clever idea!, love, love the dress! Adorable! :)

DOEHLER DAYS March 25, 2010 at 9:53 PM  

I did almost the same thing! Great minds think alike!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage March 26, 2010 at 2:40 PM  

I NEED that tray!!! :) The closest target is about 45 minutes away...hmmm...

evitafjord March 26, 2010 at 2:56 PM  

The one that I stopped at in Dallas today didn't have any in any color. :-( I did get Easter baskets for my kids though.

Carrie @ Two Poms and a House March 26, 2010 at 3:05 PM  

Very creative! I would've never thought of turing the tray into a dry erase board. Very fun! Love the color too! ps- thanks for checking out my blog! :)

Jess @ Just a Blink March 26, 2010 at 10:16 PM  

The white board idea is super rad!

Tina @ April 1, 2010 at 10:31 AM  

What a great idea. I never would have thought of that, now I'm hoping my Target still has some left...

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