One would think buying a plastic tote would be such a simple task. I suppose if I wasn't such a bargain shopper this process could and would be super easy.
Several days ago we went to a local farm store to purchase the totes as listed in their flyer. Asked three people about them -which all three (including the cashier) assured us they had them. Well, the transaction was rung up and paid for...now the fun began looking for them. The loading dept guys thought we wanted 20 gallon horse feeding water buckets and this was what they were getting ready to load....finally convinced them of what we were looking for. Well, after all this -none were available. Got my money back!
Next day went to Wal-Mart and bought 4 - just like we wanted...not on sale- but we could live with the price.
Early this morning looked at the Lowe's ad - what was on sale - you guessed it, right! Plastic totes - 30 gallon size---just like what we needed to pack away all this Christmas decorating stuff.
So my sweet husband took his second cup of coffee with him and proceeded to drive into town. Now keep in mind, we live in the country - yes, you do drive into town...when you live in town you are automatically there.
Husband buys what we need and several more - well, yes quite a few more - a total of 15. We thought we would have plenty for the inside and outside decorations....save the rest for other things that come along that needs to be packed.
Got the first one out and it had a crack near the handle...well, I thought no problem as the crack was only 1 inch long and did not hurt anything. Started packing things in it and when I got ready to put the lid on - it did not fit. Reason why - the lid only sits on top -does not snap down. If the tote is really full the sides might be some what out of line -so then the lid certainly does not even sit on the top. They are very very flimsy - I suppose because they were made from recycled plastic...so much for "going green".
Well, I used 5 of these terrible totes...had to tie each lid on before we stored them in the storage shed.
You can be quite sure I am returning the rest to Lowe's and getting my money back. I would have taken all of them back but I wanted to get the decorations down and put away.
I suppose the lesson learned is being cheap can be costly in the long run!