Over the past year I have "containerized" our entire house. The Container Store has some neat, unique items and some highly specialized solutions that I have not found elsewhere. Particularly interesting to me were some of the mini containers for displaying / storing small fragile items.
That said I purchased nearly all of our containers at Wal-Mart. They simply had the best price and also surprisingly selection and even quality of containers. The crazy thing was different Wal-Mart stores had sharply different selections, so I had to visit a few stores to get all the sizes I wanted.
I bought nearly 100% clear containers to minimize the need for labeling and even with labels it makes it much easier to manage the contents without opening the bins.
For most containers I have found Sterilite to be the most cost effective and nice solid containers, Rubbermaid is a close second.
Target is MUCH more consistent from store to store, but I found them more useful for the smallest containers and a few specialty ones.
Good luck finding your containers, they have been a HUGE improvement to storing and managing our things, especially for the kids. They LOVE clear bins for their toys and crafts!Toys for 3 Year Old Boys