Above photo taken from disney.com
Now that I'm starting to hear birds chirping in the morning (though I know it's just a false spring, and too early for that yet!) two things are on my mind! Gardening and YARD SALES! There is nothing quite so much fun and treasure hunting on a Saturday morning, which is why I try to stop in at least once every other week to my favorite Goodwill store. Why? And what does that have to do with the best prices on authentic Disney merchandise? I'm going to answer that question, with another question!
How many times have you gone on vacation and bought a shirt, or a mug, or some other thing that you or your kid wanted, and when you returned home, you didn't really want it anymore? Fast forward a year or so, and it's been sitting unloved, so you donate it, or set it out for a yard sale. Haven't you ever seen that? I know I have! All sorts of beach mementos, and, as crazy as some of those people are, Disney ones too!
Even though by car we are about 13 hours away from Disney World, In the last year I have found brand new with the tags on Disney Parks shirts in my size and my kids, brand new Disney Parks light up toys with the tags still on (okay, though one of them did start smoking in my hand and soon thereafter go thrown out!) and at least once a month I see Disney refillable mugs, coffee mugs and toys galore! I'm not a Tower of Terror kind of girl, but two weeks back at Goodwill I saw a brand new ToT mug, very classy looking that I'm sure made someone very happy! Every month it seems I run across some Disney Parks, or Disney store toys, clothes, or other neat collectibles.
While I will always, always buy my things in the park that catch my eye, sometimes I forget to buy something, (the 3 back of mini Disney Buses we each thought the other bought, which thankfully, we found at a yard sale a few months later and are still played with) or maybe I hesitate on buying something because I am not sure I want to spend that much. For example, those awesome looking Disney fans/misters just about everyone seems to have. Ahhh!! Just what you need on a hot day, right? On our first visit, though I thought it might be nice to have one, I wasn't wanting to carry it. Our second visit, I thought again, it might be nice to have, but at $17 each, and having two kids so I'd have to buy two, that was an awful lot to both spend, and carry because I wasn't convinced they were really wanted, and we all know mom turns into the pack mule). Our last trip, it was cloudy and with the exception of the last day, (in June!) it never got above 90, so we were all okay and didn't even think of needing them! But guess what we will have next time, at a fraction of the price?
I just love to shop around and see what others don't want anymore to add something new to my Disney collection! Keeping your eyes open can find you some awesome deals!
Here are my favorite finds from this past month! An almost new Disney Store Lightning McQueen suitcase ($5) 2 Yellow Rapid Refill Mugs (we had every color from 2014/2015 but yellow, they were out last visit) ($1 each) 2 Disney Parks fans/misters ($2 each) and the popcorn bucket, was actually a gift, but it was a $1 yard sale find! If you look in the photo of the Rapid Refill mugs, between two green mugs, you'll see a regular mug in there too. It was a 25th anniversary mug, (I think! Downstairs is sooo far away and I'm too lazy to look!) that I got last summer, still brand new in it's Disney Parks Box for a quarter. I'm hoping those people have a few more Disney things I can get this summer!
If you don't regularly look at yard sales or thrift stores you might be surprised as to what you can find! If you do already look, I'll bet you've run across some treasures, too! What did you find recently?
The finicky, but really great of an idea Xbox Kinect game Disneyland Adventures came out a few years ago, and much to my surprise, was released in October for the XBOX ONE. Just like the original, you are there, in Disneyland walking around, interacting with characters (no lines! Walk on up!) and riding rides.
The game is fantastic, and so much fun, because while some rides, like the teacups, you just ride in, others you control the ride! Help defeat Emperor Zurg! Launch the Fireworks above the castle! Go on missions to help out the different Cast Members and characters. It's fun for the whole family!
We've enjoyed playing, and it's it's nice to be able to use a controller, not have to deal with the kinect, though that is an option still if that is how you'd like to play. You can choose a boy, or girl, pick from different outfits and hairstyles, even "buy" with in game earned money, costumes and accessories! The second player can drop in, or out but can only follow, not explore on their own.
Enjoy a few screen shots! If you are interested in the game, it's ONLY $30! Can you believe that?! I like how they kept the original case art, too. We still have our 360 version, but it was near impossible to play! The change is fantastic, it was worth the preorder!
This year's Advent Calendars are a little different! They have regular ones, sent from their Grandmother in Texas, but we also stumbled across these Star Wars ones at Target. There were a few different designs, and they were $3.50 each, a little more than a regular advent calendar, but they were Star Wars!
Every day's chocolates are the same, it says Star Wars, though there are two different shapes, oval (shown below) and rectangular, more of the classic look, which at first made the boys sad, but I'm thinking after Christmas I'll save the candy mold, so that I can reuse them (maybe?) to make my own Star Wars chocolates, or mold candy melts for cupcakes in the future. Makes me want to find some Disney ones now, too!
We were out Black Friday-ing and happened across Lowes. I'm not sure what Mr. Disney Magic was looking for, it's all a blur when I get Disney on the brain but my head turned and out of the corner of my eye in the garden section I spotted these... And the rest is awesome. Yup. If I weren't on the committee giving away the prize for best decorated house (and thus, excluded) in our neighborhood, chances are good I'd be bringing home the prize!
The holiday season is approaching faster than the 7:30am double bus crowd dashing towards Magic Kingdom Security during Extra Magic Hours.
If you are hoping that Mickey Claus will put something special in your stocking, or maybe you'd like to share a little Disney magic, there are some AWESOME but CHEAP was to do that this year!
Both Target and Walmart had some awesome $1 and $3 items in their stores, so I snapped a few pictures to share some of my favorites with you. You can still have that Disney Magic this Christmas, without having to dip into your Disney fund to pay for it!
This year both Target and Walmart have cute Disney chapsticks! They are character shaped, and and also regular tube shaped, and all of them are adorable! They are also only $1. Walmart also has Disney Princess PERFUME for $1! The Snow White is a perfume.
These are actually packs of 4 candy filled ornaments at Walmart, for just $1. Give them all to one person, or split them up! As you can see, there are lots of other designs, not just Disney.
Everyone need's Yoda ears! Or Minnie, or Mickey! These are just $3 at Walmart!
Don't forget to stop by the gift wrap. There were sooo many Disney rolls, but these are the ones that came home with me! $3 at both Target and Walmart. These ones are from Target.
Princess bows for just $1! These are at Walmart.
Disney bathtime fun, also at Walmart! Turn the water colored, or play while you wash! Yep, also just a dollar!
The old Christmas standby... socks! $1 at Target!
Cool stationary sets for $3 at Target
Super awesome Star Wars mug for $3 at Target
There was so much more stuff! There's no reason why not to fill your stocking with Disney Cheer, and put a little Disney into your holidays!
Stop by, then tell me what Disney you ended up buying!
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