Married to the Empire

Friday, April 24, 2009

Martha! Martha! Martha!

Last Friday I went into Walmart for some boring things like cat litter and Swiffer dusters. I headed back to the craft section for a look-see. Walmart sells Martha Stewart craft products and I like to just look at them. I'm devoted like that. Just not necessarily devoted enough to buy because, well, they're a little pricey, and Walmart doesn't have coupons like Michaels for getting Martha's stuff 40% off.

But, oh my! Her stuff was on clearance! The glitter set that was normally $22.97 was on sale for only $12! I was finding it hard to believe it was so cheap, so I took it to the little self scanner they have available for price checking, and it rang up as being only $5! I snatched it up as a gift for a certain special sparkle-loving girl in my life.

Then I saw the craft punches. They were marked as being on clearance for $4, but the scanner said they were $2! The lettered stamps were only $6.

I couldn't believe it! Only $15 spent on all that Martha stuff!

I decided to check out other area Walmarts. I was thinking that the glitter would make for an awesome giveaway here since y'all know I love me some glitter, and quality counts! What I'd bought was the only one left. But, alas. All other Walmarts were selling Martha Stewart products for full-price.

Monday I had to go back to Walmart to make a return, so I decided to see if anything was left in the Martha section. Most of the other punches were gone, but I did find some. (I cleaned them out. Yeah, I'm that woman you want to hate for taking the last one on the shelf. Again.) Edge punches were $7. Pigment inks $2. Craft kits $3 and $5. I still can't believe it!

I'm such a Martha glutton.

Out of curiosity, I added everything up--both original price and sale price. If I'd paid the original full price for everything, my total would have been a whopping $107.63 before tax. Instead, I paid only $40 total (minus tax).

I think I have a lot of crafting to do.


Amanda said...

Wow what a wonderful deal. I am jealous. Esp the puches and glitter, love them. Well done Martha hunting;)

ann said...

Okay. This is so cute. Picturing you going from Wal Mart to Wal Mart looking for crafts stuff, reminds me of the days when I would go from Wal Mart to Wal Mart (or Target or Toys R Us) looking for action figures with my husband. Did you do that with Steven too? "Okay, you check there, I'll go here, we're looking for a (fill in the blank with a rare figure) let the hunt begin." Heehee!

Eliza28 said...

That is so cool! Don't you just love pricing errors in your favor :)

Rhonda in OK said...

I love that bird punch!

your were sure in the right place at the right time. have fun crafting.

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

Ann, we used to go figure hunting a lot! A typical Friday night would include making the rounds at various Walmarts and Targets. I kind of miss that. It was a lot of fun! Steven doesn't really collect much these days, other than the occasional vintage figure off Ebay, and he hasn't even done that in a long time.

I really do wish they'd had more glitter. It would have made the perfect blog giveaway. Instead, what I bought will go to my niece who LOVES sparkly things; her birthday is coming up. I'll simultaneously be Best Aunt and Worst Sister!

Thumperdd said...

How wonderful! I LOVE clearance items. My hubby gives me a hard time about browsing every little thing but, that's how the good deals are found. Glad you "struck it rich" at Wally World!


A. said...

Wow! Good job.

Jen said...

After reading your post, I grabbed my purse and left the house! I was hoping, hoping, hoping that my Wal-Mart would have Martha's stuff on sale...but NO, they have items that have been there for months listed a NEW!
Yeah, and if I didn't spend so much time there (my son works in the Subway Restaurant inside the store) I wouldn't know that they place clearance stickers on backpacks OVER the original price so that you can't tell they have jacked the price up by over $1, amongst other things. I love Wal-Mart but that's just wrong. Don't always believe clearance stickers!

elizabeth e said...

Wow! I like finding great deals on craft stuff too!

Just this week I found a whole set of alphabet stamps for only (prepare to fall off your chair)$2!!
(Let me remind you that they were originally selling for $15!)

There are 2 or 3 more sets if anyone is interested who lives in OKC. :-)

I like to scrapbook and make cards and stuff like that.

Sue said...

That's fabulous! I love it when you find something on clearance and then realize that it's actually on SUPER clearance!

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

Jen, I'm sorry you were disappointed. Because I went to other Walmarts in my area and found they did NOT have Martha's stuff on sale, I suspect this is just at my Walmart. I don't know if they're phasing out Martha's stuff or what, but I'm grateful I was there at the right time and found it before the weekend rush!

Now that I've spent a bunch of money on new craft stuff, I need to sit down and actually do something with it all!

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