Thursday, February 24, 2011

Unconventional Shopping: Part Two

I love to shop in unconvential places for parties!
I think you come up with the best decor and ideas when you are out of Party City, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby.
Though, Hobby Lobby, you are my best friend. Don't ever leave me.

For instance, for my son's upcoming Hamburger and French Fries themed party, I knew that there was one place I HAD to go!  Lit Restaurant Supply in downtown Memphis. I knew about this jewel because I had been many times for my prior career, which mostly involved catering. We had a blast in there, looking for restaurant style accessories for the party!
This is a great resource (and I would put money on there being a restaurant supply store in your town, or any major town near you) for bulk supplies like these plastic baskets. They were all of fifty-six cents a piece!
All this fun stuff for under $70!  There is even a super nice glass straw dispenser in this picture, though it is hard to see.
 Another place that I love are antique malls. We just happen to live all of 5 minutes from one of the best antique malls in the world--Sheffield Antiques. The place is literally the size of a WalMart. I actually think it used to be one. They have hundreds of booths from collectors of all kinds and I knew that I could find a vintage Coca-Cola crate in there. And yup, $16 later and this baby was MINE!
Can't wait to show you what else I'm working on for the burger party!
It's coming up soon!


  1. Oh a burger party, can't wait! Totally agree, I get inspired in non "crafty" places to...looks like you found some fun finds!!!!


  2. I love looking for party items in random places as well. Especially when I can paint something to make it fit my party! I'm addicted to Rust-O-leum spray paint! :) Those are some great bargains. Love that Coca Cola crate!

  3. I love finding party goodies in random places...but you got some great stuff for your party.
    Can't wait to see all the fun details!

  4. Love this post, I'm currently planning a construction party for my son and my go to store right now is The Home Depot to give it that real construction site feeling. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

  5. Can't wait for the Hamburger and Fries Party!!

  6. I know, the restaurant supply stores are the best! We have Cash & Carry, and I'm finding so many great containers for super cheap!

  7. What a great idea!! I am tucking that one away for future use.

  8. Garden supply stores also have some great finds for party decor. You are so lucky to live near a Walmart-sized antique outlet!

  9. Oh I would love to live near an antique outlet - soooo jealous of your Coca-Cola crate (it would look perfect in my Ice Cream Social coming up in June!)

  10. Thanks so much for your comment on my family blog! Your site is beautiful and full of so many amazing ideas. I know what I'll be reading the rest of the afternoon! ;)

  11. For some reason I cannot post through your email button. This is Stephe responding to your email about posting our Mermaid party! We'd love for you to post it. More photos are here at Let me know if you cannot get the photos off and I will send you whatever you need!!! Thanks. Stephe


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