As an elementary school teacher , there is just something fun about redecorating your classroom! For years I have had mismatched tubs, bins, and containers in my classroom. So this year, I decided to invest some money in color coordinating my classroom storage bins, magazine files, caddies, trays, and book bins.
There are many places to shop including Dollar Tree, Walmart, Big Lots, and Target as well as many other box retail stores. Each store offers different items and colors so check out each to get an idea of what you would like and what you will use. That is KEY! If you will not use it, do NOT buy it.
Often times teachers get caught up in the frenzy of thinking they need everything. Now before you click OFF this page because I am saying you don’t need everything, just remember that you do what you are comfortable with doing and the amount of decorating you are comfortable with. That may differ from teacher to teacher depending on the amount of money you feel like investing (or can afford to invest) or whether or not you are reimbursed for purchases by your school or PTA.
If you love the book bins and different kinds of containers, check out these awesome supplies you can find at Target® in the Dollar Spot section.
How do you find enough of what you need at Target?
First, Target Dollar Spot items are not currently offered online. That means you are left to visit your local Target store to see what they have in stock. If you live in a rural area, or an area in which you do not have access to many Target stores, this could become a little frustrating and discouraging to visit your local store and not be able to find what you need.
The first step is to find the DPCI number on the UPC label. Since I know some of you may not have easy access to these items at your local Target, I have included the DPCI numbers here to help you search. The DPCI number is Target’s stock number. Some of the items will have the same number, even for different colors of the same item.
You will find the DPCI number on the barcode, usually on top of or under the UPC number. Most of the time it is marked by stating, “DPCI Number”, but sometimes there is just a number there and you have to look for it.
After you have the DPCI number, go to the website www.BrickSeek.com and select Target as the store. Then enter the DPCI number there. Enter your zip code and click on the search button. You can opt to have the list sorted in different ways, but I always have it sorted by distance so I can see what stock my local Targets have.
For instance, for these Book Bins with labels that Target refers to as “Connectable Holders” I would enter in 234-24-0163 for the DPCI number on Brick Seek. Again, the color is irrelevant as these items are shipped with multiple colors in one box and each color has the same DPCI number.
Then, Brick Seek will create a list for you like this:
By looking at this list I can see that two of the three Target stores closest to me do not have any of these book bins in stock, but one has 20 available. I usually go by the Saleable Quantity and not the On Hand Quantity.
Here are a few specific tips to find what you need:
1. The best time to check is in the morning before the store opens. They typically receive shipments in the early morning and the inventory will usually change dramatically overnight.
2. Stock can change throughout the day and may not be updated immediately online. The best time to shop is right when they open.
3. If you get to your local Target and you do not see what you want, ASK! Go to the customer service desk and have them run a scan with their zebra (that’s the machine they use to find where stock is). Sometimes they will say there isn’t any, but ask to have them find someone in the stockroom to look for the box. Sometimes, they will have stock in the back that has not been put out yet. Many people overlook this handy customer service feature so this is very helpful. Yesterday I was able to get eight book bins from a local shop in this teal green color. The customer service rep was SO helpful and I thanked him profusely.
4. I have included a list of DPCI numbers for the items I have pictured in my post. You can easily find them at the bottom of this post. Just copy and paste the DPCI numbers onto the Brick Seek site to help in your search.
Book Bins (Connectable Holder): 234240163
Plastic Caddy: 234240161
Dry Erase Pocket: 234240148
Plastic Tray (fits the dry erase pockets perfectly): 234240239
Metal Magazine Holder: 234070811
Plastic Bin: 234240162
First Day of Board: 234240171
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Target or Brick Seek at all. I am not responsible for inventory tracking which may or may not be accurate when you visit any store.