Ladies and gents, I have found my match. Internets, meet The Container Store. Yes, I know it's not a new store, but I have only ever been in there once before and it was for some boring office supplies. I had never taken the time to actually browse around because if all you do is look through the windows, all you see are neatly arranged stacking boxes and colorful hangers. It seemed like an Office Depot for closets. Oh, how mistaken I was!
This place is a mecca for Type A personalities, anal Annie's or really anyone who needs a little organization in their lives. I qualify as all three! I decided to stop in there last night because I was on a quest for a portable vegetable and dip tray. I actually used to own one (brand new, I might add), but gave it away in a harried fit of spring cleaning. I usually bring baked goods to parties so I never thought I would use it. Isn't that always the way? You never need something until you get rid of it. Well, it turns out that I had the burning desire to bring a vegetable tray for our friend's birthday celebration this weekend. It gave me a good excuse to go shopping last night, so I guess I can't complain!
I made trips to The Container Store, Crate and Barrel and Bed, Bath & Beyond and while I never did find a portable vegetable tray (I'm convinced I owned the only one in existence), I, of course, found several other things that I never knew I needed until I saw them.
Like this Cup-a-Cake portable cupcake holder:
I make cupcakes several times a month, but always manage to smoosh them when bringing one along to work. I do own a cupcake carrier that carries all two dozen cupcakes, but this little single carrier is perfect to pack one as a snack. And it's only $2.99! I bought a pink one, of course. Jon saw mine and now he wants one!
My next find actually ended up being what I was looking for...just on a much smaller scale. Say hello to the Snack and Dip Carrier:
One of my favorite snacks to eat is carrots with ranch dressing, but I never had a good way to transport it to work. I usually throw the carrots in a baggie and my dressing in a small Tupperware container, but think of all the baggies I've wasted! I think I'll use it for chips and salsa too. And at $3.99, you can't beat the price. I got mine in lime and purple.
I'm sad to report that my next find was out of stock, both online and instore. I actually scouted it out online while at work yesterday, but was informed by the salesperson that ever since it was featured on Oprah during the holidays, it has been flying out the doors ever since. It's the Pet Travel Tainer:
We travel with Lola a lot and she is always panting by the end of our usual hour long drives. Who knew that DC stop-and-go traffic worked dogs up too?! Our normal solution is to give her drinks of water out of our water bottles. Not only is this gross when you think about it, but it usually results in one of us having wet pants. This container not only carries the pet food, but it also snaps apart leaving you with two separate bowls for food and water. How perfect! I plan to get one of these for Lola as soon as they're back in stock because at only $14.99, it's an easy price to pay for dry pants!