The other day I was a woman on a mission! I was on a mission to find plastic straws at my grocery store. Not just ANY plastic straws…but these very SPECIAL straws I had purchased there a long time ago and have never been able to find since! I can’t really explain WHY they are so special…except to say they are extra large, extra strength straws that are great for milkshakes (which we drink a lot of around here!) and they just happen to be great for cutting out Homemade Altoids! (see previous post HERE.)
Every time I go to the grocery store I look for these darn straws, but have never been able to find them since the first (and only) time I spotted them hanging on some random aisle. So a few days ago I decided to start at one end of the store and methodically go down each aisle until I found them, or at least settled in my mind once and for all that they just weren’t there anymore.
To amuse myself as I went about my task, I decided to photograph all the kooky, crazy, useful, ridiculous, funny, bizarre, kitschy, gimmicky STUFF that I found along the way. You know all those “impulse buy items” that are hanging at eye level along the shelves throughout the supermarket? Yeah…you know…all that stuff you try to ignore but sometimes catches your eye and you just can’t help yourself! That’s exactly what happened with the straws! I got sucked in and now I find myself on this desperate search! :-)
So here is what I found (in no particular order):
These little salad dressing cups are actually really handy! I have used them for taking salads to work! See My Top Ten Repurposed Household Containers.
Another surprisingly useful “gadget” I found right off the bat…these little mini party cups. I have used them before to make little frozen juice pops! See my Mini Orange Yogurt Pops.
A mini burger press! Now these could come in handy when grilling season rolls around again. “Molds perfectly round, thick sliders every time.” The hubster would like these. :-)
This one is kind of fascinating. It’s a portion control lid for your store-bought, bottled salad dressing. Just screw it on, tip and pour your dressing and it doles out what it deems to be a “sensible portion”. Hmmm….sensible according to whom? ;-)
Paper loaf pans. Not really sure about these. I’m thinking they are a more decorative than practical gadget? Come complete with little cellophane bags and “gold” twist ties! Fancy!
Here’s something clever! You can cut the crusts off your kids sandwiches and transform them into the shape of a butterfly at the same time! No doubt little girls would love this! Little boys would probably rather have theirs in the pre-butterfly CATERPILLAR form. :-)
I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I actually succumbed to the impulse buy pressure of this one. I actually have this very pan rattling around in my cupboards. It’s actually handy for making No. 3 son’s egg sandwich in the morning. But then so are just about any other pan I own.
And here is the companion to the small fry pan…the yolky egg separator! Because separating with a molded piece of plastic that looks like a little chick is ridiculous, but fun. :-)
Two silicone pinch bowls (nope, not PUNCH bowls, I double-checked!). Someone might have to explain the benefit of these to me.
Little treat boxes with “windows”. I actually like these. A cute variation on the paper plate for giving cookies to a friend or neighbor. Great for bake sales!
Because Pop-Tarts NEED their own containers????? *scratching head*
Another useful one….the Sacsoc (Designer Series no less!) A plastic grocery bag holder that hangs on the inside of your pantry door (or wherever) for convenient dispensing. Course my empty kleenex box works pretty good for this as well…and it didn’t cost $4.00! :-)
Once again, I must admit I have purchased this one as well. It actually is a great little gadget to have for a few very specific purposes. It makes little ice cubes that will fit in the opening of water bottles, and it makes Creamy Frozen Yogurt Chips! Check them out! I’m craving them now that I’ve looked at the picture again! :-)
Yikes! I’m beginning to realize I am a SUCKER for these grocery store gadgets! I have actually purchased this crazy thing in the past as well. But again, I love it! It’s one of those micro fiber thingies and it’s great for cleaning your keyboard and computer screen!
OK good. This is one I have NOT purchased before! BUT, I have made my own Homemade version of Boogie Wipes! lol! I really didn’t intend for this post to be a showcase for PAST posts….it just seems to be turning out that way. I guess I need to stop spending so much time in the grocery store! It’s obviously having WAY too much of an effect on me! ;-)
I guess I can see the usefulness in this one…a Utensil Pot Clip. For when you just really don’t want to use your spoon rest. :-)
The Chopstick Helper. Because everyone can use a little help with their CHOPSTICKS sometimes! Right?
Soda Fizz Keeper. LOOKS like an idea with some merit…however, for some reason I have my doubts whether it really makes fizz last longer. Anyone care to comment and risk the wrath of the soda drinker haters from yesterday’s post?? ;-)
A dolphin faucet fountain! Turns any home faucet into a drinking fountain. I love this idea. :-) Never tried it….but love it!
Slow cooker liners. Another legitimately useful gadget! I use these on occasion…but $4.59 for 6 liners?? Umm…I don’t think so.
Well….what’s not useful or practical about Drink Bling!??? :-)
The Gripstic. Slides on bags to keep the contents fresh after it’s been opened. I’m sorry, but you’re going to have a hard time convincing me the give up my wooden clothespins that have been serving this purpose for pretty much my whole life! :-)
When I spotted these near the end of my grocery store tour….I got very excited! But then I realized they were not the SPECIAL straws I was looking for! I was literally ready to give up and head home in defeat when I decided to take a stroll through the pharmacy section….just in case.
And wouldn’t you know it!?!? Right there, in the VERY LAST PLACE I looked….hanging next to the energy drinks (duh! why didn’t *I* think to look there!) were my SPECIAL straws! (Which I now know are called “Party Straws” or “Milkshake Straws”. No wonder we liked them so much!)
I might have bought every last package in the store. I just couldn’t risk going through this whole ordeal again. :-)
Point of this post? I’m really not sure. I just knew I didn’t feel much like posting ANYTHING today after yesterday’s avalanche of comments from the soda-drinker bashers. So I settled on this…and now I feel much better. :-)