Grabbers or Grippers are my newest favorite item. You know, those long handled things that you can use to pick stuff up with. The past year or so, I've had my back going out more times than I liked. Not that I liked it even once. So I started finding ways to pick stuff up off the floor. I started with a long handled bbq tong. It does work, but a little longer would be better. But it does come in handy to get the clothes out of the dryer.
Last year I decided to buy one of those grabbers that you can buy at Walgreens. It said "as seen on tv" and it was over $10. I was excited to have a normal grabber, but what a disappointment that was. It was so flimsy that it would hardly pick anything up without bending the aluminum tong part. So back to Walgreens that went.
Not long afterwards I was in the Dollar Tree store and saw some of them hanging on a endcap. They were plastic and sturdy and only a DOLLAR! I bought one and took it home. It worked so good that I went back the next day and bought a few more. It will actually pick a dime up off the floor. Amazingly it picked up the tiniest things. Than the little grandsons found them and they became swords, ninja sticks, rifles and pokers. And a few of them broke from all that Ninja use. I went back to the store and they were all out. The dollar store doesn't always have a certain item all the time. But than at Christmas time, they had some more in the store and they were a half foot longer. I bought 4-5 more because I wasn't sure if they would have them in again. I was so excited that I had found them again. I put a few of them away for when the ones I have get broken, lost or just stop working. I think I had like 2-3 put away.
A few days ago, I saw them again at the dollar store. I just couldn't walk away from them. I had to buy some more. So instead of buying 5 of them, which would only be $5, I bought 4 of them. I didn't want to look like a hoarder. I put them in different rooms of my house. That way I can always have one nearby to pick up whatever I dropped. I guess some people would think it odd of me to be so excited over these Grabbers, but it is the simple things that make me happy. Hey, you never know, but you might see a picture of me one day soon doing the Ninja stick karate chops.
So is there something you buy and keep buying, that you just have to have?