In the States, there are Dollar Stores, but here, we have the 100 fils stores.
100 fils is about .30 cents. When I was teaching kindergarten, I used to shop at these stores all the time because I could find little gifts for the kids, stickers and all sorts of things. The price was certainly right. Granted, some things might cost 150 fils now, but at still less than .50 cents, you just can't beat it. I got rocks and shells and pretty colored decorative glass pieces.
Beach inspired candleholders.
Plastic containers with red lids and little cups with hearts that I've started to fill with candy and gingham hearts for Valentine's Day.
And these great little camels.
The main reason I went to the 100 fils store was to purchase 40 coffee mugs. The same person who coordinates the Trash to Treasures program at one of the embassy shelters, is now going to hold a 6-week course for some of these ladies based on Steven Covey's book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Other ladies have donated baked goods for the evening, and I helped to provide mugs that can be used each week, pretty napkins and sweet-smelling candles to set a lovely mood. I was able to purchase the last of the palm trees made by the ladies at the shelter and donated more magazines and fliers for their cause.
While out shopping, I also bought these magazines from a bookstore.
Look at the title of one of the articles.
This used to be a rice box, and now it is a lovely little gift box.
And this is another shoebox makeover. It's not complete yet as I still need to get some crocheted lace for a trim around the lid.