Walmart Scavenger Hunt

My latest Walmart list was very eclectic, so I knew it would take a lot of time to fill. I decided to wait until I had both the time in an afternoon to go and wander and the need to get out of the rig. This afternoon was the day; the pantry was very bare!

I spent over an hour wandering the aisles trying to figure out where things might be. Hardware? Toys? Electronics? Cleaning Supplies? I found all but two things, a little cabinet for the office and matches, which were not in the camping supplies. So I’m stumped and wonder if Walmart carries any. I don’t mean the flimsy cardboard kind smokers use, but sturdy wooden ones for lighting fires.

One thing I did find surprised me, a three-drawer cabinet that was almost exactly the right size to put in an overhead cabinet in the study to hold paper supplies:

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I wish it was just a little wider to hold the legal sized file folders, but this was a nice find, and was just $12.

I decided to head to ACE Hardware to see if they might have a hardware cabinet for my office. Office desktop drawers are not the right dimensions for what I had in mind and crazy pricy, hence my thought to look at a hardware store. I’ve been storing my supplies like pens, Post-It notes, and highlighters in my desk drawers, which is a really poor use of space. I never know what I have, so I tend to overbuy.

I had a vision of a desktop shallow, long, and low cabinet with tons and tons of drawers exactly the right size for all my supplies.

Kind of like this:

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The drawers are about an inch too short for writing implements, but I can store those things diagonally. Everything else fits perfectly. There wasn’t a single thing I wanted to store in it that doesn’t fit and I even have room for things that I didn’t think would fit (like my stapler). I screwed it to the wall. On a less windy day (ha ha ha ha) I am going to remove all the drawers, take the casing outside, and give it a couple of coats of dark brown paint.

(Thank you Mr. ACE Hardware guy who got the dang thing off a very high shelf and provided a variety of office supplies to test the dimensions while making me feel like a valued customer.)

Now, I have room in my desk drawers for my headset, label maker, scanner, and a bunch of other stuff. This little cabinet was $20 very well spent and is a good use of desktop real estate space!

While at ACE, I remembered to have the truck key copied so that I have a spare… but I forgot the matches. Dang!

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11 Comments

  • Matches are usually on the paper plate aisle.

    You do know you can ask an associate, right?

    In other stores, they often keep them in the same place… Near picnic supplies.

  • Ace is where we saw a bunch of wire by the foot and supplies for making cables. That is where I got my square screw driver and some other RV supplies. A man there told hubby they were going to remodel and put in a propane fill place. Maybe there is a need since the place you went to fill the other day told you he didn’t know any other place to get propane.

  • You “ACE’ed” it on the storage! :O)

  • Nice pun, cozygirl!

  • Caroline, I forgot to look at the wiring! I was all intent to do so, but got so excited at the thought of filling up my new drawers. :) Another propane fill place would be very good. The one just out of town is actually quite good, but a backup would be even better.

  • Bast, do you know Walmart by heart?!

    I tried twice before to get help from associates at the Port Lavaca store and they were useless, so I don’t bother asking anymore. You’d think someone would know where the batteries are, no?

    I’m used to buying matches at Canadian Tire and the ones I like are with the camping stuff. In my mind, picnic stuff should go with camping stuff, but what do I know?

  • I love the 3 drawer unit. I have a one under each sink in the master bath to hold various small items. They come in very handy.

  • I am just thrilled to find something that fits so well into my cabinet! There is a small lip on the bottom and the first drawer just clears it!

  • I have found most Walmart associates to be very helpful. When I finally asked about toothpicks they said paper goods aisle so I’m not surprised to learn matches are probably there, too.

  • Depends on the Walmart. I’ve been to some where an associate will see I have a list and personally make sure I get everything even if it means traipsing all over the store with me. And then there’s ones like Port Lavaca where no one knows where anything else.

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