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vending machine change

vending machine change

Never use exact change in a vending machine. You never know what coins will come your way when getting change from a vending machine. (Side note: I have never received a buffalo nickel from a vending machine, but it’d sure be sweet.)

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beautiful stamp

beautiful stamp

I just purchased 110 two-cent Washington cancel-marked stamps (1894-1898) for $4.04 (shipping included) on ebay. It’s a wonderfully classic stamp. A stamp that surely today’s 2-cent stamp could learn from. I’m not sure what I’ll do with all them. They’ll find their way into a piece of art somehow. The obvious approach is to use […]

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ugly and uglier stamps

ugly and uglier stamps

How did a stodgy old dumpy lamp and the world’s ugliest necklace become subjects for the ONLY one and two cent stamps available for purchase from the United States Post Office? One and two cent stamps are so important because the Post Office is constantly raising prices and everyone is forced to use these incredibly […]

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atoyot wrigley sign

atoyot wrigley sign

The giant Toyota advertisement is now a fixture of Wrigley Field. The intent to build this ad was announced back in March and I blogged how it would look like a giant alien invading the park. Yes, the ad will look strange from inside the park, and it will also look very strange from the […]

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a non-bargain at the dollar store

a non-bargain at the dollar store

Some items at dollar stores are great bargains as mentioned in my two previous posts for fake Optimus Prime toys, and foam brushes. And then there are items that don’t save you any more money and you just end up with a crappier product. Such is the case with painters masking tape. Home Depot sells […]

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dollar store find: ninja figures

dollar store find: ninja figures

ninjas. About 18 per pack for $1 at Dollar Tree, Villa Park, IL about three or four years ago. I couldn’t believe it and bought three packs and should have cleaned out the store of all their ninja figures. one of my greatest dollar store finds. higher-res photo over at flickr.

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most affordable foam brushes

most affordable foam brushes

Here’s the biggest deal I could find at any dollar store. You can pay $6 for a 9-Piece Foam Brush Set at Home Depot. That’s $0.67 per brush. Or you can pay $1 for a 9-Piece Foam Brush Set at the Dollar Tree in Villa Park, IL. That’s $0.11 per brush. The Depot brushes have […]

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fake Optimus Prime

fake Optimus Prime

A few years ago I was able to score this fake Optimus Prime toy at the Dollar Tree. It was made in China and goes by the “brand” name Transformatrix. Where else can you get an Optimus Prime toy, fake or real, for only a buck? Only at Dollar Tree. More photos of this toy […]

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