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

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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