Photo Fridays: The $7 Target Dollar Spot Find

by Shawnda on June 7, 2013

in DIY,Photography & Props

DIY Beer Paddle and Monogram Beer Flight Glasses

I can’t walk into Target without taking a stroll through the Dollar Spot. Usually, I’m looking for a pack of stickers, a rubber ducky, a sparkly pencil… something cheap with which to bribe The Little into riding in the cart without going full mushroom cloud mode on me.

More than once, we’ve had to turn right around and leave. ‘Cause there ain’t no meltdown like a crowded-Target meltdown.

This week, on a stock-up-for-a-road-trip trip, I took a solo detour through the aisles and left with the greatest Dollar Spot find ever: a beer paddle and beer flight glasses.

For $7.

DIY Beer Paddle and Monogram Beer Flight Glasses

I fashioned a DIY monogram stencil out of painting tape, clear packing tape, and an Exacto blade and used a jar of Armour Etch that I’ve owned since… well, I was planning to monogram the vases for our wedding reception. Back in 2006.

The original finish on the beer paddle was awful. The polyurethane coating was uneven and most boards had dried drip marks down the sides. (What did I expect for $3?) I sanded it away (down to a matte finish) and brushed on some leftover stain I found in the garage.

DIY Beer Paddle and Monogram Beer Flight Glasses

The best part wasn’t that it only cost $7. The best part was I completed the whole project during a rare-these-days naptime. To celebrate? Yep, I had a beer. But only a small one!


{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats June 7, 2013 at 6:08 am

oh my goodness! I saw this in our dollar section the last couple times I went in, but it was so blah I didn’t pick it up! You did an amazing job! You made it look like such an expensive set! Gorgeous! To bad I didn’t pick it up, mu hubs would LOVE this!


2 saVUryandsweet June 7, 2013 at 6:18 am

that’s a sweet little set you’ve got yourself there and i love the personalization. how can you not peruse the dollar spot when hitting up target?? they have the randomest things that you didn’t know you need but really you do! have a good weekend :)


3 Laura June 7, 2013 at 6:32 am

Been wanting one of these for sampling forever – but they’re like $30. Heading to Target this weekend, hopefully my location here in the Boonies will have them. What a great DIY Father’s Day gift!


4 Josie June 7, 2013 at 7:37 am

Oh I am SO making this for Joey for Father’s Day. Now to wrangle the kids to Target and Home Depot for supplies…


5 Eva @ Eva Bakes June 7, 2013 at 7:42 am

What a great $7 find! I love how you refinished the paddle and the glasses!


6 Marie @ Little Kitchie June 7, 2013 at 7:56 am

Great find, and I love what you did to make it special!


7 Mr. & Mrs. P June 7, 2013 at 9:37 am

Super cute!!!! What a great idea and for only 7 dollars!!! Get out of here!!!


8 Jamie @lifelovelemons June 7, 2013 at 10:29 am

target is my jam.


9 Krystal R {Mrs. Regueiro's Plate} June 7, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Genius! I’m itching to get to Target…this fuels my desire even more and I love the dollar bin!!!


10 Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor June 7, 2013 at 6:54 pm

What a great find! I love what you did to the paddle and glasses.


11 Alley @ Alley's Recipe Book June 7, 2013 at 7:39 pm

These would be perfect for the beer tasting get togethers we want to do!


12 Joanne June 8, 2013 at 7:21 am

That is such an awesome find! I wish the only target near me wasn’t in HARLEM so that I could go more often…but alas I always feel uncomfortable and like I need a bodyguard when I go so my trips are rare.


13 Shawnda June 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I need a chaperone at my Target… but mostly so I don’t spend too much money :)


14 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking June 10, 2013 at 8:33 am

What the heck! Awesome find, and I love how you customized them to be your own!


15 Amanda Clark June 11, 2013 at 5:01 pm

THANK YOU! I was looking for these for a Father’s Day present for my husband, an avid home brewer. I had not been to Target in a few weeks, and I had NO IDEA they would have these or such a great deal on them. :) I agree that the finish on them is horrible, so I will be following suit and sanding/staining them!!


16 Brandy Logan June 17, 2013 at 10:33 am

Thanks so much for posting this! I ran to Target immediately after seeing your post. My husband is a homebrewer and we host beer brewing parties every now and then. The guys will get a kick out of sampling beers with these. I plan to paint the paddles and etch the glasses.


17 Lauren B. January 10, 2014 at 12:14 pm

I love your blog and all of the helpful tips you provide! You have such a warm and inviting “tone,” and you offer such helpful tutorials. Thanks a bunch for sharing your experiences with us fellow foodies!


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