Wire Shelving anyone?

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  1. Pencil Monkey

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    Does anyone use the wire shelving that comes in a set of six cubes and is multicolored?

    I'm thinking about purchasing some because it is so inexpensive, but i wonder if it will stand up to a year of first graders using it? I want to put books and small boxes of manipulative's in it.

    My classroom has no shelving of any kind! Any other inexpensive options?
     
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    I have the white cubbies and I love them. I think I got mine at Target for $12.00. I had the primary colored shelves and they didn't last as long. The white ones are going on 3 years. I have baskets of folders setting on the shelves. They work great! I just have to remind the students not to hang on them!
     
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    I forgot to tell you that I use milk crates for my library. I used the zip ties and connected 6 crates together. Those also hold up well. I have had the same crates for 10 years. I don't have to worry about the crates and kids!
     
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    I have used the wire "cubes" to house my classroom library for several years and they have stood up very well with my grade 4-8s.
     
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    I used the wire cubes once, and never will again! I walked into my room one day, and they had totally collapsed and stuff was all over the floor! It was a nightmare.
     
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    Someone just gave me some white wire cubes. I have been collecting milk crates for my library though. Thought I'd use the wire cubes for storing manipulatives.
     
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    I just purchased a couple sets from Target. I chose to get all blue and they've been great while I've been setting up because of the flexibility in arranging them and being able to build them to be different heights and lengths. Here's to hoping they hold up!
     
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    I have had mine for 5 years in second grade with no problems.
     
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    Are different brands more or less sturdy? Do they ever topple over?
     
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    I have used mine for 6-7 years now and I love them. I use them in my library.
     
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    I've built them 3 high and never had a problem; I just make really sure that they are locked together firmly when I am putting them together.
     
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    Where can you find these? I looked on the Walmart Website and they are $18 for 4...Have you seen anywhere cheaper? Thanks! :D
     
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    I have been using mine for a while and love them. I found that Target has the best price on them.
     
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    I use them. I picked up a few sets at Costco a few years ago and haven't had any problems with them. Here's a couple pictures of how I've used them in my room:

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    Wow, that's a lot of bins.
     
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    Calalilys: I love all your storage cubes! That's exactly what I'm looking for..but didn't see them at Costco :( Are your books divided into genres or book levels?
     
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    Lots and lots of bins Calailys...I wish I had that much space! Lucky you!
     
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    Miss Bradley: Could you maybe check costco.com to see if the bins are available there? I divide my books up into genres/authors/topics.

    Upsadaisy and Emma35: At least I know my students can never say, "there's nothing to read." :)
     
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    I use the wire shelving in my classroom, but in order to make it a little less prone to falling apart, I link the separate pieces together with those little 4" cable ties.
     
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    Wow, that's for sure. I have tons and tons of books, but for 5th didn't have to put them in bins.
     
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    I teach fifth, and put mine in bins. It makes them easier to sort (at least I think so).

    I bought a set of those cubes- hoping they can hold my teacher editions and my reading response journals. Anything else will be a bonus!
     
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    I have a set from Target, and one from Bed, Bath and Beyond. Both were bought on sale. I think the key is, as one poster said, make sure they are completely clicked into the plastic knob thingy (technical, I know). If you don't get it clicked all of the way in they are less stable.
     
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    An alternative is to watch Staples for their bookcase sales. $20 gets a nice 3-shelf bookcase, $15 a 2-shelf.
     

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