I will offer the public service announcement that sometimes you can find good books at Dollar Tree. Don't assume they are all crap.
Today, I found Sunset's Essential Western Cookbook, which looks to be a Costco remainder. I've never subscribed to Sunset, and I think the magazine recently ended its run, but I know it was like Southern Living but for the West Coast. The tacos on the front look delicious, and I think I'll enjoy looking through the cookbook and maybe even trying a recipe. If not? I'm only out a dollar, and I can put the book in my Amvets box or pass it on to a friend.
I also got a cute, fat paperback that includes two novels about Spy Mom. I had never heard of Spy Mom, but the reviews on GoodReads and Amazon are strong. Of course, it hasn't been reviewed by thousands or anything, and I guess there's always a chance all the positive reviews are from friends of the author. But again, maybe I'll really like it. If not, I can always pass it along.
The little bunch of roses was not from Dollar Tree, but from Mariano's -- a $5 bright spot on a gloomy January Monday. The adorable chevron burlap ribbon on my vase/pitcher? You guessed it. Dollar Tree, baby!