10 Garden Decorations to Bring Life to Your Lawn this Spring

Getting the garden in shape for spring requires hard work, patience and persistence. For gardeners, there’s no better feeling than sculpting our little landscapes, nourishing nature or making a meal out of food that we grow in our own backyards. We work with a specific vision in mind. But sometimes, even after the flowers are planted, the lawn neatly mowed and the hedges trimmed, it can still feel like something is missing. Complete your garden vision, add the finishing touch, and bring life to your lawn with these garden decorations!

10 Garden Decorations to Bring Life to Your Lawn this Spring


Mason Bee House

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Pollinate your garden with this Mason Bee House. The non-aggressive and non-stinging Mason bees are named for their tendency to build nests in hollow reeds and holes. Give these gentle, hardworking bees a nice home in your garden and watch them get to work.

Fly-Through Bird Feeder

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Perfect for birdwatchers, this Fly-Through Bird Feeder features eight entryways for birds to come and go as they please. Its mesh exterior holds up to 2 lbs. and makes it easy for birds to feed from the outside. The roof helps keep seeds dry and safe from spring rain.

The Humm™ Hummingbird Feeder

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Did you know that a dirty hummingbird feeder is dangerous? Nectar can grow poisonous if left in the sunlight for more than five days. This handy Hummingbird Feeder solves that problem by preventing bacteria and mold buildup, and making it easier to change nectar.

Set of 4 Sunflower Planters

Garden Decorations - Set of 4 Sunflower Planters

Spread your garden all around your yard, deck or patio with Set of 4 Sunflower Planters. Each colorful planter in the set has a rustic sunflower design, as well as handles for easy carrying. And the deep design is perfect for adding plenty of soil to help the plants thrive.

Stacked Animal Planters

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Add a cute accent piece to your outdoor space with the Stacked Animal Planter. Fun and full of personality, the planter features a trio of animals stacked on top of one another, with a small opening on each of them that’s perfect for planting flowers or setting out birdseed.

Vintage Railing Planters

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This charming planter is designed to look like a vintage truck, bicycle or sailboat. The no-tool assembly makes it easy to fix the planter on railings up to 2-1/2″W. Feature it on your porch or deck railing with your favorite flowers, and enjoy the look all the way through fall.

Solar Lit Village Planters

Garden Decorations - Solar Lit Village Planters

Use your favorite plants or flowers to create a little village in the Solar Lit Village Planter. It features a miniature scene with plenty of openings for plants to poke through. It also has a solar panel that lights up the house with an amber glow for up to 8 hours on a full charge.

Set of 6 Diamond Solar Stakes

Garden Decorations - Set of 6 Diamond Solar Stakes

Design a beautiful path to your front door or light up your garden with this sparkling Set of 6 Diamond Solar Stakes. The solar panels charge throughout the day and illuminate with brilliant white light at night, adding safety to a walkway or putting your garden on display.

Outdoor Triple Lantern with Timer

Garden Decorations - Outdoor Triple Candle Lantern with Timer

The Outdoor Triple Candle Lantern brings the realistic look of candlelight to your deck or patio without the safety hazard. The 3 flameless, battery-operated LED candles add long-lasting light, and the timer function switches the lights on for 6 hours and off for 18 hours.

Sets of 4 Solar Tube Lights

Garden Decorations - Sets of 4 Solar Tube Lights

Tiny bubbles inside each tube in this Set of 4 Solar Tube Lights catch and reflect light, creating a nightly light show for your yard. The lights turn on automatically at dusk and offer your yard or garden a constant, colorful glow for up to 8 hours when fully charged.


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Fall Gardening: Veggies You Can Still Plant Right Now

Gardeners have been working hard all summer, sweating in the sun, toiling in the dirt. Depending on what you’ve been planting, it’s about time to start reaping what you sowed all those months ago. But many of us don’t want to give up on our gardens just yet. There’s still plenty of fall gardening maintenance to complete before the first fall frost, but there are also a few types of vegetables that gardeners can still plant while the ground is warm. The first fall frost is only a couple weeks away for most of us in the northern states, but it’s still just far enough away in most southern regions (and some parts of the north–check out this easy guide for estimated dates for 2016) to give quick-yielding veggies a fighting chance to beat the fall frost deadline.

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Nurturing in the North
Lettuce is one of the few veggies that grows particularly well when the soil drops to a cooler temperature. The resilient leafy green can also continue to thrive when the daylight hours decrease and the air gets a little more crisp. It’s a great solution for anyone in northern regions with fall frost dates earlier in the year, including the Midwest, Pacific Northwest as well as the Northeast, growing just in time for Thanksgiving.

Avid gardeners may have already switched to planting spinach in the fall rather than the spring in order to yield better results through the winter season, but planting spinach early enough before fall starts has also been known to produce results before the first frost starts to wreak havoc. Leafy greens like spinach and lettuce, as well as mustard or collard greens, do well in the cool season when the temps are lower.

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As long as you’re taking a chance on growing leafy greens in the cooler months, you can also throw in a steady supply of radishes to fill out your fall gardening. They’ll grow well along with the leafy greens, and because they’re some of the quickest-growing vegetables, you can get away with planting a couple rows now–at the end of summer–and expect them to reach full maturity in most regions in around four weeks.

Savoring in the South
Most regions in the south don’t experience their first fall frost until November, and in some places, early December. This gives you a little more time to plant some of your favorite veggies. In addition to greens such as lettuce and spinach, kale can stand up to the cooler temperatures as well. However, it requires more sunlight and nutrient-rich soil. It’s suggested to enrich with fertilizer or composting before planting.

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Like many types of veggies you plant in the fall, peas are susceptible to irreparable damage when frost starts to blanket your garden and freeze the soil. However, peas are also an example of a fall crop that’s capable of thriving in cooler conditions, producing sweeter and more satisfying results as the days start getting shorter. Mild winters make it easy to plant varieties like snow peas later into the autumn season.

The first thing you want to do before you think about planting seeds in your garden this fall is to make sure you have enough time before the first frost as well as the right soil conditions to produce a quick yield.

The Fall Transition: Wearing White After Labor Day & More

The summer-to-fall transition usually happens slowly. Cold weather starts to sneak up on us, but we ignore it for as long as we can, along with the strange fashion advice that sticks in our minds after Labor Day. The good news is that winter is still a few months away. Start thinking about the fall transition for your wardrobe and your home with advice on wearing white after Labor Day and tips on bringing your garden indoors.

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White After Labor Day and Other Fashion Rules You Can Break
Wearing white after Labor Day has been a no-no in the fashion world for decades, but if asked why, many people wouldn’t know the reason behind the strange end-of-summer rule. Get the skinny on the Labor Day debate origins and tips on other fashion rules you can break as you start assembling your fall wardrobe.

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Acceptable Ways to Dress Your Home In White After Labor Day
We’ve all heard the famous warning: don’t wear white after Labor Day. But interior design standards are a little different than strict fashion tips. Learn about the most acceptable ways to dress your home with white after Labor Day, from shades to textures to interesting autumn accents with this home decorating advice.

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Indoor Potted Plant Caretaking Tips
One day your houseplants are in bloom, and the next they’re wilting and dropping leaves. The trick to keeping indoor plants happy and healthy is to pay attention to their basic needs. Get to know these five indoor potted plant caretaking tips to help indoor flowers and greenery thrive in your home this season.

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Dangerous Indoor Plants to Keep Pets Away From
Many owners pay close attention to what they feed their pets to make sure they aren’t eating anything dangerous, but the food you put in their bowl isn’t always the only thing they’re consuming. There are several common plants pets shouldn’t eat. Before bringing your garden inside, review these plants.

Spring Spirit: Garden DIY Walkway Ideas

Working with wheelbarrow in the gardenWith spring heading our way, we’re looking for different ideas to help make our gardens one-of-a-kind. The plants and flowers are easy, but creating a garden experience is what we’re after now. A DIY garden walkway is one way we can make our garden more user-friendly. Here are 5 garden DIY walkway ideas we think you might like.

Wooden Walkway Wooden pallets can be upcycled into many useful items around the house. In the garden, a dismantled pallet gives you the slabs to lay down for a flat and sturdy path. You don’t have to be a master woodworker, but you should know how to use a saw at the very least. The wood can be cut so it’s all a uniform length or you can get creative and stagger planks at different lengths to give it a unique style.
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Timber Traipsing 
Laying down little slices of wood can turn an unused bit of land into an adorable path. Celebration Generation takes you through each step of the process — clearing out the space, lining it properly and then placing each of the slices of wood along the path. It actually looks nice as a regular dirt path, but the wood makes it look classy.

Uncommon Concrete DIY stepping stones are surprisingly easy to make. You can use just about anything as a mold for your ready-to-mix concrete. A cake pan, pizza box, shoe box — you can make it any shape you want and you can make it as fancy as you want, too! Break old dishes to make a mosaic or use glass craft beads to add color and character. The hardest part about making the stones yourself is waiting for the concrete to dry.
wine-bottle-wayWine Bottle Way
Upcycling wine bottles to make a path is one of the more popular ways to add character to your garden. VertAustin does a quick tutorial on using wine bottles as garden edging, but the idea could easily be expanded to line a garden path. If you’re good at cutting glass, the bottoms of wine bottles can also be transformed into tiles to smoothe out a dirt path.

Passage of Pop Bottle Caps A more labor-intensive way to give your garden walkway character is to apply bottle caps (plastic or metal work) to the tiling idea. It would take quite a while to collect them and lay them all out, but if bottle caps are something you happen to set aside for no good reason, this may be a way to put them to good use.

However you decide to build your garden, LTD Commodities has more products and ideas to make your garden just right. From garden stakes to bird feeders, we have what you need to make your garden brighter.

Countdown to Spring: Garden Gadgets You Didn’t Know You Needed

We are less than a week away from spring and we are eager to start digging in the garden! That means we have loads of fun new things to make your garden more beautiful. Here are 5 garden gadgets you didn’t know you needed.

pocket-planterGrow a vertical garden on a wall, fence or balcony with this Pocket Planter! The 6-pocket hanging planter provides the perfect base for a stunning outdoor display. No assembly or back-breaking work needed. Two metal grommets on the sewn-in hanging strip allow you to attach it to masonry, wood, metal or drywall. Simply fill the pockets with soil, add seeds or seedlings, water and enjoy. Durable and weather resistant. 22″W x 27″L. Plastic.

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Grow your own garden-fresh veggies with this Mobile Vegetable Patch. This mobile, self-watering planter with trellis makes home growing easy. Two wheels and a handle allow you to find the perfect sunny patch in your yard. It holds up to 10 gallons of potting soil and includes an extra-large 3-gallon water storage zone with a self-watering pot. Sectional trellis panels can be added as plants grow, and it will support growth up to 3 feet high. Durable polypropylene planter measures 51″ x 29-1/4″ x 13-5/8″ with trellis attached.

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With Gardeners’ Grow Bags, you don’t have to dig to have a beautiful, healthy garden. Their durable, compact design is ideal for balconies, patios, decks, apartments and condos, and they fold for storage. Drainage holes allow excess water to escape. An incredible value, the Set of 100 Grow Bags (2-1/4″W x 2-1/2″D x 5-1/8″H, each) features fluted sides that stand upright when filled. Use them for bedding plants, tree seedlings, veggies and more. The Potato Planter (14″ dia. x 18″H) is designed to grow your own fresh produce. Simply fill the bag with soil and add 3-5 seed potato plants. When the potatoes are ready to harvest, pull the flap down in the front and pick your own homegrown potatoes. The bag has carry handles, so you can move it even when it’s full. Polyethylene.

garden-scooterSit comfortably while tending to your garden on a Garden Scooter. Wheels allow you to easily move it from one area of your yard to another. Store your tools below the seat for quick access. 18-1/2″W x 19-1/4″D x 12-3/4″H. Weight capacity, 300 lbs. Plastic and steel. Some assembly required; assembly hardware included.

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Make planting quick and easy with a Set of 2 Plantongs Hand Tools. This innovative garden tool is actually 2 tools in 1. One end is a spade for digging the hole and preparing the soil for a bedding plant. On the other end are tongs, specially designed for removing the plant from most standard plastic trays and dropping it into the hole. It reduces transplant shock by not damaging the plant or the root ball. 3-3/4″W x 3-1/2″D x 10-1/2″H, each. Plastic.

Upcycled Garden: Ideas to Get You Excited to Dig

container-gardenSpring is almost here and that means it’s almost time to start digging in your garden! Gardening is an uber-hobby. That means it can combine elements of other hobbies: art, DIY, decor, cooking, and upcycling. While we know lots of ways to make our lives easier and less expensive by upcycling and repurposing unwanted items, upcycling in the garden makes your yard one-of-a-kind. Here are 5 garden upcycling ideas to get you excited to dig.

Dangling Delight Bring your garden up to eye-level with hanging container gardens! An old birdcage or a hat that’s too pretty to pitch in the garbage can be hung with a simple hook to suspend draping flowers like geraniums or fuchsia. On your porch or deck it gives your outdoor decor a little color and a lot of character. While hanging plants look great, you may want to keep your watering can at the ready — they tend to dry out a bit quicker than plants in regular containers because they’re more exposed to air.

terrariumTerrarium Training Curating a terrarium is a good starter container garden. Glass containers are easy to come by to create cute terrariums if you’re not quite ready to build a full container garden. Indoors or outdoors, old vases, pickle jars or pitchers can hold the layers of charcoal, sand and soil as a base for tiny trees, ferns and grass. Terrariums require minimal maintenance, it’s just a matter or trimming and watering to keep them green.

Tried & True Tomatoes The container garden-friendly tomato makes a practical plant for the decorative garden. They work best in larger containers — hanging from an old bucket or watering can, they can draw eyes up rather than to the ground to keep your outdoor decor lively and interesting. Just remember tomato plants require soil with a lot of nutrients to make your tomatoes flavorful and juicy. They also need full sun for a majority of the day, so a hanging container that you can move with the sun is an excellent way to add fresh ingredients to your summer salads.

Flower Flow Flowers can dress up just about any kind of container — even an ugly old shoe! Take inventory of the containers that are still useful but might be too worn to be used for their aesthetic value. An old suitcase that might be too heavy to travel with, an old desk drawer (or an old desk!), or a child’s wagon can be quite beautiful with the right flowers flowing from their openings. Look for colorful flowers that tend to sprawl like calibrachoa to bring your old but cherished items back to life with elegant overgrowth.

herb-gardenSimple Seasonings Herb gardens are probably the easiest gardens to build using repurposed items around the house. They can be big displays using wooden pallets or they can be small enough to fit inside your kitchen. They’re good for small containers because their roots don’t spread the way the roots for tomato plants or carrots do. Use mason jars, tea tins, mismatched coffee cups, or coffee cans. With a good combination of potting soil, compost, and sand (or perlite) and your herbs should thrive indoors. For an outdoor herb garden, think a little bigger. You can use wooden wine boxes carefully stacked at different angles to create a small vertical herb garden or you can use an over-the-door organizers to cover a blank wall and give it a little color and a lot of life!

LTD Commodities has hundreds of items to get your home ready for spring — indoors and outdoors! Whether you’re curating and indoor container garden for your kitchen window or you’re dressing up your walkway, look to LTD for a happy garden!

April’s Pinteresting Picks

May is here and there is a lot happening in the weeks to come! Memorial day, weddings and summer! Our Pinterest followers are getting ready for quality outdoor time and spectacular life events. Here are April’s Pinteresting Picks. wedding-photo-frames

Wedding Wishes Cherish a memory of your special day with an elegant Wedding Photo Frame. The silver-gilded and beveled frame comes with a decorative mat. The Now and Then frames create a 2-photo collage with a childhood photo and either a current photo or one from your wedding. Holds two 4″ x 6″ pictures. Happily Ever After features a heartwarming sentiment and a place for a 5″ x 7″ photo of the happy couple. Each frame has a clear acetate panel to protect the pictures.

nfl-garden-mosaicGardening Goals Let everyone know which NFL team you root for with this Mosaic Garden Stone. Use this garden stone as part of a pathway, or as an accent in your landscaping to demonstrate your team pride. Makes a great gift for a true fan!

rail-planterDecor Desire Add some color to your yard and porch with a Rail Planter. The weatherproof plastic planter fits over round or square railings and wood or chain-link fences, up to 2-1/4″ wide. It’s built with a reservoir to hold water for less frequent tending. Two plastic spacers fit into the bottom opening to stabilize and secure the planter onto the railing or fence.

solar-garden-postsElegant Enhancements Put an elegant finishing touch on your home with a Solar Garden Post. This classic accent features a teardrop shape enhanced with scrollwork. The lantern at the top is solar-powered, so it needs no time-consuming installation. Glows with constant white light for up to 8 hours on a full charge. On/off switch. A metal ring near the bottom of the Solar Post with Planter holds a 6″ pot.

extension-cord-sealPractical Gadgets Protect outdoor electrical connections for a holiday display or at a job site with a Set of 2 Extension Cord Safety Seals. The case snaps around the point where the cords come together, and a rubber seal keeps out rain, snow and mud. An internal locking safety mechanism holds cords securely together. These cases are a simple solution that will prevent shorting out and eliminate the chore of reconnecting cords that have been accidentally pulled apart.

Items We Adore: Product Picks for Mother’s Day

We have exactly one month until Mother’s Day — that seems like a lot of time, but when the sun is shining, time can get away from us! We thought we’d help you out with a little gift planning, so we’ve picked out a few items we think mom would like. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: Product Picks for Mother’s Day.heart-handprint-charms

Charm Mom Give mom a little something sparkly to carry thoughts of her little ones on a Birthstone Heart Handprint Charm. Heart-shaped charm has an embossed handprint and a sparkling crystal in their month’s birthstone color. It comes with a touching message printed on a card that accompanies the charm. Charm attaches to her own bracelet with a strong, lobster-claw closure. Add a few charms to the Silver Link Bracelet to start a collection of her loved one’s birthstones and her own. The more charms you add, the more meaningful her bracelet becomes.Chopped-cookbook

Feed Mom For the mom who likes to cook, this is a gift for mom and you! With The Chopped Cookbook, the question, “What’s for dinner?” will never stump you again. The cookbook shows you how to shake up weeknight dinners with 188 appetizing possibilities created with the contents of your fridge. It will guide you in making salad dressings, creating pan sauces, reinventing pastas and more.sports-mom

Equip Mom Help mom out by giving her the gift of stylish practicality with this Sports Mom Rhinestone Tote by Lyn Dorf. On each bag, crystal-clear rhinestones spell out either “Baseball”, “Football”, “Basketball” or “Soccer”. Each “M” in “Mom” is formed by clear rhinestones, with colored rhinestones creating a sports ball for the “O”. tower-planter

Grace Mom This is the gift that keeps on giving all summer long for the mom who loves her flowers. She can add her own plants to this freestanding flower tower planter to grow a tower of beautiful flowers. It has room for 30 nursery plants to grow into lush greenery. The internal watering tube distributes water and fertilizer so plants grow evenly in the display. Tower has finger-hole handles on top to easily move it around the deck or patio. Craft-Organizer

Arm Mom These Owl Print Craft Organizers take the clutter out of mom’s creative spaces! Multiple pockets make it easy for her to sort supplies and handles make them easy for mom to carry. The Tote is surrounded by 9 pockets for markers, paintbrushes, scissors and more. The Bin has 6 pockets on each side. Put needles or pens in the 4 thin pockets and scissors or rulers in the 8 wide pockets. Versatile organizers can also be used to tidy up around the house.

LTD Commodities has hundreds more ideas for Mother’s Day and holidays to come. Whether you’re looking for gifts or decor to make your celebration bright, shop LTD for products priced for fun.

Gardening Gadgets You Didn’t Know You Needed

It may not feel like it yet, but it’s spring and we’re moving forward as if it’s warm out! Our gardens are almost ready to go, but they’re going to need upkeep all summer long. To maintain the lush green leaves and violet and pink flower petals, we need a few gadgets — some you might not know about! Here are 5 gardening gadgets you didn’t know you needed.Gardening-stool

Wonder Wheels Wheels make the garden green! Maybe not all wheels, but the ones on the Garden Scooter do! Sit comfortably while tending to your flowers and glide along to weed around your vegetables and say goodbye to the aches and pains from kneeling and squatting!

watering-stakesWorry-Free Watering Save your two-liter soda bottles to keep the soil around your plants moist even when you’re not around to water! The Set of 8 Sunflower Watering Stakes adds a little color and a lot of ease to keeping your plants healthy in the summer heat. Fill a plastic bottle with water, and screw it into the flower on the stake’s top. Then, push the spike into the soil to slowly release water into the ground to keep your flowers and veggies green and thriving. Fun and functional to keep your plants looking good.

Squirrel-FeederFun Feedings Need a little backyard entertainment while improving the lives of your furry friends? This Squirrel-A-Whirl Feeder spins with the squirrels’ weight, letting the little acrobats have some fun while grabbing a bite to eat. Attach corncobs, fruit or peanut butter to the 3 dowels. Keep a snack on hand with the Bag of Corn, which includes 12 ears.

Hose-guidesGarden Guidance Garden guidance comes in the shape of frogs, owls or birds at LTD! These little guys protect delicate plants in your yard as Solar Lighted Hose Guides. Drag your hose through the lawn without worrying about damaging your flowers and veggies. That’s just during the day — at night these charming critters sit atop the stake to guard your lawn with a little light powered by the sun! Light shines through cutouts on the creature’s tummy.

Garden-matEffortless Flowers Need an instant flower garden? Here’s your answer to bringing a garden to life with just the roll of a mat with the 3-Pk. Roll-Out Flower Gardens! Each flower mat is pre-seeded with over 1,000 premium wildflower seeds of many varieties. The mat is 100% biodegradable and can be cut to fit window boxes, pots and various-sized flower beds. Blooms germinate in 10-20 days and grow to be 6″-24″ high.

March Pinteresting Picks

March is coming to an end, which means spring is in full swing — and you can tell by what our Pinterest followers are pinning! With snow still on the ground, we’re getting plenty of extra time to finish up our spring cleaning and get our gardens in order — both themes dominated our pins this month! Here are March’s Pinteresting Picks.

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Protect your phone as it charges with this Deluxe Smartphone Charging Station. Designed for versatility, it has 3 standard outlets, so you can keep other appliances plugged in along with your charger, or charge up to 3 additional devices at once. Plus, there are 2 USB ports built into the station for phones and devices that require a USB adapter. The sides of the station pull out to cradle 2 phones or devices charging at the same time. Surge-protected charger means your phones and devices won’t be damaged by sudden power surges or outages. 

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Set the Adjustable Wall Lamp at the height you need to fit your space or reduce eye strain. The curved arm holds out the light with a simple white shade. Knobs allow you to adjust the height and angle for the right amount of light for reading or crafting. 

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The Set of 2 Wrought Iron Garden Trellises displays your climbing plants in an especially attractive way. The freestanding trellises, topped with a decorative finial, add a dramatic accent to your yard. Encourage climbing roses, ivy or other flowers and shrubs to cover the heavy-gauge, rustic-finished bars. When not in use, they nest for easy storage.

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Honor the graduate with a Graduation Keepsake Frame. The Then and Now Frame holds two photos: for example, a baby picture and a graduation photo. An inscription reads, “Our Graduate Then & Now…Wherever you go…go with all your heart.” The Tassel Frame holds a photo and the graduate’s tassel. Through the Years Frame has a 2″ sq. opening for each year’s school picture from K through 11th grade and a 4″ sq. opening for 12th grade. Polystyrene frames with acetate protectors. Ready to hang.

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This wooden Ready-to-Go Vanity Shelf adds attractive storage and organization. Perfect for makeup, styling tools, accessories and more. The large, open middle compartment has a faux drawer side. Underneath it is a functional drawer perfect for smaller supplies. Three surface holes are sized for curling irons, a hair dryer or other appliances.