Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Make Your Own Little Golden Books

I wish Dollar General would hire me to blog.

Whenever I stop by for generic children's Tylenol, I find another deal worth stockpiling.

These Make Your Own Little Golden Book kits cost only $1. Our Dora version came with stickers, crayons, markers and, of course, a blank book with the signature gold spine.

Now that's a party favor worth giving.

36 comments:

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

I love it. I will be searching for a DG near me to get these. My gift closet wants them desperately!

:)

Meredith@MerchantShips said...

A word of caution:

Dollar General stores are not like Target, particularly in the book section. What you see in one store may not necessarily be in another store, and not everything in the store itself is a great deal.

But I check on Amazon, and these book kits are priced there at $5, so it is worthing taking a look if you happen to be in a DG nearby.

Nancy said...

Excellent! I'd love to give as gifts.

Workin' MAMA! said...

ONE IMPORTANT THING THAT II MISS ABOUT THE SOUTH IS DOLLAR GENERAL!

They had the best deals for a struggling college student who wanted to show parents/friends/siblings they were appreciated at Christmas - I made the 'dollar' holler -

On trips to my aunts home in Vicksburg, MISSISSIPPI once, There must've been 20 dollar general stores along the way - and as a young mom, I bought my daughter some of the most precious outfits that the 'northerners' thought came from the GAP/OLD NAVY and the like - They were amazed that the most I'd paid was $5 bucks for the whole outfit -
I miss that place - different DGs carry different items - that's what makes it great and unique!

Charlotte (Matilda) said...

My daughter had a Dora themed birthday once and those would have been perfect. Did they have other characters or (preferably) non-character versions?

Vintagesquirrel said...

I recently picked up one of these ...there was only one :(
at our supermarket, Stop & Shop, of all places.
-Michelle

Keeling said...

my daughter got one of these for her birthday. I thought it was the cutest thing I've ever seen. I had no idea it was only $1! Wow!

FishMama said...

Now THAT is very cool. Thanks for the head's up!

Joan said...

That was a real bargain! Are you giving these as party favors for Elise's birthday (that is coming up soon, I believe)? Is she having a Dora-themed party or did you get various characters? How exciting to be able to plan a little girl's birthday party! I think I would enjoy that as much as Melissa at A Little Loveliness does! She always gives the sweetest parties for her children.

Hope your little ones are feeling better.

Julie said...

I love this idea. I'm going to have to find a Dollar General and see if they have any boy-themed book kits.

Jana (sidetrack'd) said...

Very neat! I'll have to look for some of these. They would make great rainy day activities for the girl.

Workin' MAMA! said...

I know what I'm about to say is 'not' on topic -
but had to tell you, meredith -

I went to the local THRIFT bread store on Friday that the 'fresh' bread arrives on Thursday and at a 'steal' - when I arrived on Friday, needless to say, I was stuck with the slim pickings of zero desireables - I found an inside edge on when the 'good' stuff arrives -

Secondly, I scored tupperware - new and old - at the Goodwill - just tucked to the back - Isn't that amazing? Ran them through the diswasher and they are working like 'charms' - Total paid for 7 containers - $3.50 - I was so very happy - Thanks for all your inspiration in shopping smart and picking up food for less -

I love to live pretty - and now realize that it does not take much money to accomoplish the best in this life - You've helped me in that endeavor!

latrice

Sandy Toes said...

My girls received these for Christmas..they are so fun!!!I wanted to make one!
sandy toe

Michelle said...

What a great find! Perfect for a party favor...great idea!

Honey said...

I saw these 5 years ago at walmart for 3.99-so you did find a good deal!

MommySecrets said...

I just bought these books last week & my kids LOVED them!!

Soon, Then said...

Oh now that is really cool!

Amy @ Finer Things said...

I just finished stuffing my daughter's treat bags for school tomorrow. Those books would have been much more useful and a lot less work!

Jenny's Vegcafe said...

Good one for the present box! I love Dollar General too.
Thanks.

Christi said...

Thanks for the head's up - hope our DG has these. We've got 3 birthday parties coming up this month that these would be perfect for.

amanda said...

That is so cool! I'll have to run into the DG near me to see if I can find them. My kid's a little young now but for $1, I would store these for awhile!

Country Girl said...

Very cool. I really like your Mother's Day idea and I plan to do that with the kids for their grandmothers, thanks! I posted something that may be of interest to you (2 posts back) titled, community treasure chests. Something I just started after being inspired by an article. It is frugal, fun thing to do. Check it out. ~Kim

Mrs. Darling said...

Love this. Is Dollar General a store? Ive nver heard of it unless you mean Dollar Tree or something like the Dollar store. I suggest you apply for the job! LOL

Michele said...

Those are so cute. Thanks for sharing your find. I will be on the lookout for those adorable books.

Melissa Lester said...

What a cute idea! I loved my Little Golden Books as a child. I can see lots of fun ideas with those nostalgic kits!

Sandy said...

That was what I usually spent on a party favor (when I did them, I'm not a big believer of party favors) ... $1.

You're brilliant!

laurel said...

Now THAT is cool. There is a stop at Dollar General in my very near future. Thank you!!

Amy said...

What a great deal! Our family collects Little Golden Books. In fact, I have a basket of them between the kiddos in the car to keep them entertained. I will have to check our store because that is a wonderful gift!

Michelle Smiles said...

What a great find! And yes, that is a party favor worth giving - I think my general objection to them is that they usually aren't worth giving.

Biteofpunkinpie said...

great!!!! I'll have to stop by tomorrow during my lunch break. Thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful find!

Gabrielle Krake said...

Great idea! We do something similar by altering thrift store books and turning them into scrapbooks! It's really fun!

Sonya-Dime Store Thrift said...

YOU ARE JOKING! I haven't ever seen these before and seem to be tripping out a bit about them and feeling like I need to go and look RIGHT NOW to see if our store has them. Breathe, breathe, breathe...OK, now I have to go!

Erica said...

I have never seen those, very neat. No Dollar Generals up here, too bad. Great deal and great idea for kids, both big and small :)

Erin said...

Off to the Dollar General, thanks for the tip. Summer is a coming and I'm stocking up on fun activities (sudenly my "snow day box" becomes the "summer vacation box".)

thelittlehouseinthebigyard said...

what a cute idea!! i will forever love golden books.

Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom said...

What a fantastic find! I wish the selection at ours was a little more predictable. We do have a dollar store near where I work - a quick stop for a $1 umbrella during a rain storm landed me some adorable $1 fairy wings and a Dora kite as well! :)