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Old 07-19-2011, 07:03 AM
 
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Is Really Good Stuff the only place to buy book baskets that will last? I'm trying to decide whether to take the plunge and buy or not. I would need 50 and that adds to up $200.00. I want to make sure it's really worth it or not. I'm up for suggestions.


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Old 07-19-2011, 07:08 AM
 
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I tried buying them at the dollar store last year and most were broke by the end of the year. So I wouldn't suggest buying them from there.
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Are you talking about individual book boxes for students to self select books or baskets for your own books? I've always purchased my baskets from the Dollar Tree. They hold up fine and they are cheap. I replace them as needed but because I don't mind because they are only a buck!!!!
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:20 AM
 
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Target has a lot of teacher stuff for $1 and $2.50 (including baskets). Dollar Tree, Walmart, Big Lots ... they are everywhere!
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:23 AM
 
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Mine held up from RGS and none of them broke. I started with their library set and will probably add morethis year. I loved how neat and organized it looked when it was all set up. Im one of those people who likes to have things matched.


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Take the plunge...I went the cheap route my first year with book boxes (waste of money). Many of those broke the first week or so using them - now they are gone. I bought my boxes from RGS three years ago, not one of them has broke! I am an avid user of the boxes too...kids use them all the time in my class. They keep their books, journal and binder within it for all of our D5 activities.

I know if it is a lot of money - I didn't have to by 50 (WOW!)...but I think in the end you will be glad you did.
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I use the ice buckets from WalMart. They're anywhere from $1.50-$1.75. They held up great thus far!!
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Old 07-19-2011, 09:06 AM
 
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I'm going to use the clear plastic shoeboxes this year. They're only about $1, so it's not a big deal if one breaks. That way I won't have to worry about getting the right color every time I need to add a bin. Just make cute labels for them!!
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1stgrade128- does the shoeboxes fit the larger library books? I thought about using them, but was afraid that some of the taller/longer books wouldn't fit...

What do you guys do about the bigger books that won't fit in the book bin/box, etc.???

I saw another PT person posted that they were going to use the Wal-Mart reusable bags that were on sale for 50 cents...anyone have any thoughts of bags vs. boxes etc????
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I'm going to use the shoeboxes for my library, not for the kids' individual bins. I haven't decided what to do about those, yet. All of my books fit into the boxes if I put them sideways.


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Old 07-19-2011, 01:47 PM
 
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Rectangular baskets that come in sets of 2 for $1 or $1.50 at Dollar General. Most books fit, and if they choose an oversized book, they put it under their basket on the shelf. They have held up great....they've only broken when they were accidentally stepped on right on the side. Journals also are stored under the baskets.
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Old 07-19-2011, 02:54 PM
 
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I decided on the baskets from Dollar Tree for my class library. You can buy them in bulk online and pick them up at the store. 36 per case = $36. Not bad! I'm thinking Rubbermaid dish tubs from Walmart for the really big books.
I did see msdurning on blogspot use the shoe boxes...that looks like it might work too! Look under "organization" and scroll down until you see the pics of her library. Her site is really fun. Enjoy exploring it!
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:12 PM
 
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I haven't used the wal-mart bags, but I used small tote bags last year (from dollar tree) and they were WONDERFUL. They just put their bag over the shoulder and went to a spot. The bags were hung on the back of their chair. VERY convenient! Some got pretty beat up by the end of the year so I sent them home. Right now I'm working on getting some new ones from Oriental Trading (I ordered 3 different kinds so I can pick the ones that will fit our itty bitty kindergarten chairs best!).
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:55 PM
 
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are great!! If you have an Ikea store near you; they have great red and blue bins in the kids section for $2.50. They are a great size and can hold a lot of books, big and small. I have had mine for 4 years now and have not had to replace any yet. Ikea has an online site, so you might want to try there! Good Luck finding what you need...
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Those are what I'm using but I bought mine at the dollar spot at Target.
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Question for Soprano01's Regarding book bags
Old 07-22-2011, 01:34 PM
 
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Wondering if you got your bags yet and which ones you liked the best? I was going to order from Oriental Trader too.
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Great book boxes
Old 07-23-2011, 08:05 AM
 
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Hi L8 for school,
I bought those last year for students personal book boxes and they held up wonderfully, all size books fit in them perfectly. They are made well considering they come from the DT. I attached a label/card using a notebook ring with the students number on the handle. I don't think you will be unhappy with these.
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Old 07-23-2011, 04:43 PM
 
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I bought a few at Pier One. They are wooden baskets (almost like veggie or fruit stand baskets) in two sizes with handles. I only bought 10 (1.25-2 each) since I am a beginning teacher and my library has room for growth. I plan on using the baskets to divide books into reading levels.
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Old 07-23-2011, 06:08 PM
 
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I got mine from Target for my library baskets. They are white with gray handles. I love them. They are very sturdy and cost about 2.99 each. I did buy the Really Good Stuff student book boxes. I have had them for 6 years now. About one or two breaks a year.
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