The 11 Best Things We Spotted in Target's Dollar Playground This Week

The 11 Best Things We Spotted in Target's Dollar Playground This Week

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Lisa Freedman
Aug 5, 2018
(Image credit: Lisa Freedman)

Back in April, I wrote about what I found at the Bullseye's Playground, which I still affectionately call the Dollar Spot. (See: Here's How Target Almost Tricked Me into Spending $44 This Weekend.) The products in this section — brilliantly located right by the entrance, where customers are sure to stop and shop — are all so cute, colorful, fun, and inexpensive. Usually, nothing there costs more than $5 and most items are priced at $3 or $1. A dollar here, a dollar there — what could go wrong?

If I had bought everything I picked up, I would have spent at least $25. Luckily, I was able to show some restraint and only left with some new gingham cloth napkins.

Here's what I was eyeing when I stopped in earlier this week.

  1. Magnetic Numbers, $1: These colorful numbers would certainly punch up any refrigerator door. Plus, they can help little ones with their math skills while you make dinner.
  2. Magnetic Clips, $1 for two: Bag clips are always good to have on hand. These can stick to the fridge when not in use, and then seal up a bag of chips or pretzels after you've done some snacking.
  3. Indoor String Lights, $3 for string of six: The Playground had lots of teacher-themed gifts (school will be starting again before you know it!). This battery-powered set looks like it was made of neon-hued rubber bands.
  4. Insulated Tumblers, $3 each: These colors and patterns all looked so cute together! Luckily, they're just $3 each, so you could get more than one if you have a hard time deciding.
  5. Framed Dry Erase Board, $3: Use this dry erase board to work out your meal plan or leave directions for guests during a potluck.
  6. Reusable Plastic Cups, $3 for four: If you've managed to lose or break a bunch of your outdoor cups so far this summer, now would be a good time to stock back up. Each set is brightly colored and some have cute sayings like "Cloud nine feeling fine," and "Oh, hello."
  7. Dining Plates, $1 each: These reusable plates are sturdier than the average plastic plate and thinner than melamine. Use them for backyard picnics or for meals with toddlers.
  8. Decorative Containers, $3 each: Because once school starts, it'll be soup weather again. The text on this lidded, shallow mug made me giggle.
  9. Glass Jar Set, $3 for two: Cuter than the basic Mason jar, these containers would be great for leftovers or packing salads for work.
  10. Flatware, $1 for three-piece set: So bright and fun, these flatware sets totally match any of the other tabletop gear in the Playground. There was also a light-blue set buried in this bin.
  11. Ceramic Strainer, $3 each: I fully expected this strainer to be more expensive (maybe someone put these here by accident, I thought). But they really were just $3 each.

Have you uncovered any good finds at Target's Dollar Playground lately? Tell us in the comments below!

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