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.