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#1 of 15 Old 10-27-2010, 04:35 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Ever been there? The closest one to me is about 50 mintues away, I am trying to decide if I should make the trip. I love organizing stuff and I think the options around here (target, staples etc.) aren't cutting it for me. Has anyone ever been there? Is it worth the trip?

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Some of the stuff can be a little overpriced, but if you love looking at containers, it is the place to be. I can actually spend hours just browsing
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I went once and found it to be overwhelming and overpriced.
I guess it all depends how much money you are planning to spend and how detailed you want to get with containers, racks, etc.

You can easily drop $500 and still not have a closet done.

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I love to look and can also spend a lot of time just browsing the shelves--I often get ideas and inspiration from just looking at the products that are out there--but I don't like to buy as I, too, find it to be pretty expensive.
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Another one that thinks they are overpriced.
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I can find it at target cheaper

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It is like crack for organizers.

Some very cool stuff but way way way overpriced. I have bought a few things there when I needed something very specific but for general baskets and bins it is super pricey. Super cute but pricey.

They have a lot of their items online so you could explore first to see if it is in the ballpark of what you are looking for.
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Crack for organizers

I guess they don't have anything "out of the ordinary" for my love of organizing. I may go anyway, I'm interested to see what they have. A whole store dedicated to containers sounds inspiring.

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We don't have TCS where I live, but we do have an equivalent, "Howard's Storage World". I like to go there and browse, as well as read their catalogue for inspiration, and then go to Target or similar to actually buy what I need for a much better price.

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I say go check it out! Some stuff is reasonably priced and you will be inspired just by walking through the store!

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Why not check out their website to preview their items/prices before making the drive?

I would like to get to a container store sometime because they're the only place I know of for sure that has a FlipFOLD Laundry Folder.

http://www.containerstore.com/shop/l...uctId=10009850

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The only time I've ever gone if it I had a coupon with me. Target, Wal*Mart, and stores like Marshall's and TJ Maxx are MUCH cheaper.

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Some of the stuff can be a little overpriced, but if you love looking at containers, it is the place to be. I can actually spend hours just browsing
I love going to the store... but can't afford a thing there. I'd look online to see if the prices are worth the drive.

I also type in 'elfa' on cl a lot and see what comes up.

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overwhelming and overpriced. I go there when I want something specific that I know they will have and/or I haven't been able to find easily elsewhere.

If I don't have something specific in mind (and even when I do), I can spend $80-100 very quickly.

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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!

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