Bins, bins bins!

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  1. mandijyn

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    Phew- I have never spent so much time (not to mention $$) gathering bins to outfit my first classroom. I was wondering what some of your favorite shapes, sizes, places to purchase containers and bins were- as I have more to get- and also favorite helpful items every new teacher should have?
     
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    I never buy bins or boxes that I can't get at the dollar store. Dollar Tree has a great selection, but I have found that their selection changes. So now, if I find a shape that I want to use for a specific purpose (i.e. classroom library), I buy a bunch, and just return the ones I don't use.
     
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    Yes, places like Dollar Store are the way to go for bins. Stay away from places like Lakeshore unless you want to spend major dollars.

    I've been using lots of regular cardboard boxes lately that I cover with contact paper. I found some black and white contact paper that looks like cows (I am very fond of cows), so I have lots of "cow boxes" in my room.
     
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    When your school receives complimentary materials for a textbook adoption, find out what happens to the materials when you are finished examining them. I have managed to obtain quite a few bins, rolling crates, and heavy-duty cardboard book-holders and containers for files or magazines. Recycle/reuse/reduce by repurposing these items for classroom use.
     
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    Target also has many bins in their dollar section. I use a combination of target and the dollar store, but my bins never match. So I use one type of bin for a different kind of book in my library or area in my classroom.

    LakeShore is nice if you have money and want everything to match.
     
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    I'm a new teacher as well, so I'm running into this. I have pulled baskets, old magazine holders, etc...from every nook and cranny in the school. I went out yesterday and bought dishpans from Walmart to use for Literacy Workstations. They aren't super cheap though--I think $2.50/ea, but they are the perfect size.
     
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    I was just at Target and found these small baskets for pencils. They are $1 for a pack of 2. I bought collapsible bins for my chapter books at the dollar store. I wouldn't pay more than a $1 for bins.
     
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    I think I'm addicted to plastic bins. I've even bought some while we were on vacation, lol! You can never have too many, and you never know the size/shape you'll need!
     
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    Target has a pack of 5 shoebox containers for $4.50; Walmart has a 6 pack for $5. I got a couple of sets to store math manipulatives.
     
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    while I prefer see-through shoe boxes and plastic "basket" bins, I have also taken advantage of empty school supply boxes from Target and Walmart - I just covered them with contact paper, and no one was the wiser! The ones for binders are great!
     
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    Organizing my books: really good stuff for the baskets, and yet you could still find the exact thing at Target or Walmart for almost the same price (including shipping).

    Tubs for organizing manipulatives: I bought plastic dollar tree shoe boxes and the white holy ones from Walmart (not that they're sanctified or anything...LOL Any ways...)

    Plastic tubs with lids, the larger kind that you might see at Christmas time...or maybe the medium size ones: store seasonal holiday stuff.
     
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    Crunchytxmama yeah $2.50 for dishpans are expensive. The Dollar Tree has dishpans.
     
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    Great ideas- I think I will go to target/wal-mart to see if they will give me their empty school supply boxes!
     
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    I've been buying the clear shoe boxes as well. That way, they'll always match, even if I change color schemes. And I just put a lot of color into the labels on them.
     
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    I'm the opposite of most people...All of my dollar store bins crack easily, so now I spend the money. I like buying bins from Really Good Stuff. They hold up well! I also shop at Walmart and Target for bins. Sterilite is a great brand.
     
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    Agreed, I love the Sterilite bins I have.
     
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    OK, I am also a new teacher and I'm wondering what do you need all of these bins for? Do I need bins too?
     

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