A while back I wrote a post ecstatically chronicling my purchase of 2 maroon Asian garden stools at Big Lots: with my 20% off coupon, they were $16.00 each.
Like big clip-on earrings and a few other things, these add chic to any--and every-- environment. It's rare that one can find a staple of shelter magazines at such a ridiculously low price: at Pottery Barn, they are $150 and they go up, up, up.
I was recently at the Big Lots near my place of employ. I noticed that they had 8 garden stools in blue. I hadn't seen any at my local Big Lots since I bought my two last spring. They were in the sale section, but had a tag saying "Special: $20," which was the price they were to begin with.
I decided to get two more anyway. I have a couple of spots for them, plus I can see the pair used as a coffee table in Miss Em's first apartment. When I got to the register, I said, "These were in the sale section. Are you sure they are not $10?" The cashier checked, and said "No. They are not $10; they are $5."
Yipes! I told the cashier the many ways you could use these in your home, and she said she would consider getting some. I must do what I can to spread the karma.
Here's a blogger who chronicles some of her Cheap Chic sources and mentions the Big Lots stools: Odi et Amo. (Very snazzy name: from Catullus).
Here is some more from the same blogger with many chic pics of the garden stools.
While I was there, I picked up some College Inn Thai broth for a mere 50 cents for a 32 oz. box.
How I love thee, Big Lots. When I fear the budget cuts beyond my control, I can at least look at my stylish Asian accents and prepare some luscious Asian curry.