Just in case some of you are waiting up until midnight....I thought I'd get this going.
Keep in mind I don't spend more than $5 or $6 (if that much) and I look at Walmart, Kmart, Big Lots, $ store, drug stores anywhere that might have the item I'm looking for - which are: DISHTOWELS!!!!! Yes, that's right! I buy new dishtowels every February! Not just any dishtowels, but they have to jump right out at me! There are many pretty dishtowels, but the rule is that a bundle of 5 should almost jump right into my shopping cart! It might even take a couple of weeks, but that's ok, I just keep looking. Then, when I get home, the ones I bought last year get moved up and used for wiping out the sink and a little heavier duty...I very rarely use them to actually dry dishes as I have a dishwasher, but I still like to have them out so I can see them! And the ones I bought the year before usually end up out in the garage! Each year is a different color....last year was browns (with espresso, caffe latte, cafe au lait, mocho, cappaccino written all over them), the year before was blue tea cups, and I think the year before that was green leaves. Once in a blue moon there will be 2 towels and a potholder.
This may be a silly thing to you, but it makes me happy. I started this when I lived up north and by February I was usually tired of the snow and cold, so it was something that cheered me up and brightened up the kitchen.