Brandy welcomes you to this post.
Earlier this year I stumbled upon the glory that is Michael's Grab Bags. Since then, I'm always on the look out for some. Unfortunately, they aren't put out with any regularity so finding them is rare. Which is why I turned into a glutton when I recently saw a cart full of them.
I got 7 of 'em. Some were double bagged and some singled. If they had all been doubled I probably would have purchased more. However, since a few were single bagged, I could see they had plates and napkins in them and I didn't want bunches of that. I did not buy that Premo clay sitting on top of the bags. I stumbled over it in the parking lot and kept it because finders keepers.
Plates and napkins were in every bag, but lots of other stuff too. Here's the run down:
Little flowers and ribbons.
Multiple embellishment packs.
Brandy's earrings came from these. ^__^
Tons of metal studs.
Betsey Johnson phone thingies and notepad.
Nail files. The lady one is so cute!
And then the freaking circus came to town:
Cup cake holders, wrappers, plates and napkins will all be thrifted.
Magnet frames, paper bags, bow tie and invitations.
I can always use magnets, so keeping those and thrifting the rest.
These are "Party Packs." The three different versions have banner letters that spell out; Celebrate, Big Top and Birthday Party.
They come with rope to string the banner and little flags that hang from skewers. Brandy shows that the little flags are a good 1:6 scale. The other things are bottle and straw wrappers. The wrappers aren't even adhesive (I licked one), you have to tape them into place. Pfft.
What a disappointment. I totally thought these were candy. I was all, "Ooh, lollipops!" I ripped it open, pulled away the big circle and it was just a stick inside. Then I was all, "What the blank is this bleep?!" The back of the packaging shows that you just poke them in the cake. These things are 3.5 inches in diameter! Unless your cake is the size of a desk, they are ridiculously huge.
This is my haul from the circus stuff. I'm keeping the rope, banner letters, little flags, magnets, non lollipop sticks, flag skewers and the backgrounds from the party packs.
Brandy demonstrates why I'm keeping the backgrounds. Pretty cool!
A lot of circus fail in this bunch, but I can craft the heck out of the rest of the stuff I got.