Alma, Arkansas is a small town just outside of Fort Smith. It’s claim to fame is being the spinach capitol of Arkansas, and my favorites, the A to Z mega warehouses. I try to go several times a year and especially in April (to shop for Vacation Bible School decorations), and October (to shop for Christmas decorations.) Plan on staying for at least an hour to get through the gifts store…you have to be a real hunter to find the most unusual and bizarre items. I have often dropped my kids off at school and arrived at A to Z when they open at 8 am and meandered through the gifts store for hours…finishing up by noon with 2 buggies worth of treasures. The aerial shot…the gifts store is the bottom left! I always see license plates from Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas and beyond!
This place is huge…these pictures just don’t do it justice. You will find lots of quality crap and some unbelievable treasures. It’s all in the hunt and knowing what you are looking for. I have often debated wearing earplugs in this joint because the music they pipe in is that cheesy old time, Bransonesque, feel good show gospel tunes, but I figure it’s all a part of the ambiance of the place…along with mamas yelling out “Marco Polo” for their lost, barefoot children, or the sounds of motorized scooters zooming by. My husband would LOVE this place! But it’s worth it…come take a look…
Lots of premade floral arrangements for gravesites and the bride and grooms…rows and rows of stacked boxes of silk flowers.
Oodles of PDM for $5.95 (poly deco mesh netting and ribbon in tons of colors)
and the truly tragic.
Lots of white gloves…
and huge painted champagne flutes!
Huge 24” red heart…for $3.95!
2 1/2’ Martini glasses…’cause you just never know when company’s coming!
Last season’s Anna Griffin party invitations. 8 for $1.50. I bought them and will use the butterflies for VBS decorations…Pandamania!
Staked metal sunflowers…
loads of cache pots…5 bucks each!
All kinds of glassware and pottery, urns and planters.
Here’s my buggy after 30 minutes…loading up for VBS, graduation celebration and the metal flower is for the garden.
Makes you wonder who thought this would be in great demand??!!
cheap plastic vases…I bought the blue for $1.50 each for the graduation party
The flamingo department…and for the sophisticated shopper, a Tiffanyesque version for $69.95!
An electric guitar for $54.40
and more assorted treasures…
you never know…some women would go crazy for furry animal print Easter eggs!
Now for the real bargains…hold on to your hat…all for a buck!…
for the person with everything…designer toilet paper or Talladega 44 oz. drink cups…only .15 each!
Shopping for Christmas decorations is a real treat…unreal bargains on really nice things…here are some pictures of last year’s haul
glass ornaments for $2 each…jeweled pomegranates were gorgeous
designer ribbon…bad pictures but great selection!
They have a new website and a more updated Facebook page, so check them out…