by the specs these are one quart capacity.. decent for branded shoe box size but always generic for a buck at dollar stores.
I have not seen dollar store generics, or any other brand for $1 that feels as well made as these Sterilites. Worse, some dollar store generics don't stack as stably or close as well, so they have more limited uses. I dunno if Sterilite changed their quality, but the ones I bought were from before 2008 when 99-Cent Only Stores still carried them before going w/ the lower quality ones they stock now. Most of the other brands of shoeboxes just have a gravity lid (they easily slide on/off vertically); these Sterilites don't lock like food containers, but they do snap a bit and take a couple pounds of prying to open (lift one side just by the edge of the cover w/ weight in the box).
BTW, you're aware 1 quart = 4 cups? These are definitely more than 3 quarts/12 cups just by eyeballing.
I wish I had been able to get into the 6 for $1 clearance deals last year.
$1 at the Dollar Store or $.96 at Wal Mart. Not a good deal imo.
Too bad the wm model is more rounded, not as neat and compact to stash a bunch together. But it's true, even the squared Sterilites like the HD model frequently comes up at $1 in different places. If that wasn't the case, I'd rather wait for $1 or better deals on Sterilites than buy generics, too disappointing for me.
(And a 36-pack is a bit much for my needs.)
36 seems like a lot until you actually get used to using them. They're nice for organizing drawers if you don't mind the wasted space in between containers, and they're small enough to tuck/slide underneath tables and beds. I also keep 6 in each cube of the common metal wire cube shelf units, or stack them on regular bookshelves. Keep socks and underwear sorted, or in my case, have 1 or 2 per activity/chore/project: shoe shine kit, desktop home toolbox, computer cables/troubleshoot kit, game controllers, battery/charger stash, stick your going out pocket contents in there (gadgets and all), art supply box, office supply box, workout kit (mp3 player, heart rate monitor, other loose bits). I put smaller containers like bags of bits and bobs or spices/pantry stuff in there. Another gets to be LEGO brick storage, and other ones get to stash built or in-progress models. Bike repair/maintenance kit, spare PC parts box (RAM, PCI cards, old CPU/heat sinks). Hard drive box (but I only keep that on the floor and take care moving it). I use one or two occasionally for washing when buckets are too big. They're also just long enough to fit letter size papers the long way, as long as I'm okay rolling them on the short dimension. I have a couple for decades of 4x6 photo prints and index cards, and use one to stash random loose discs in sleeves. Could hack them into little planters for herbs or something, and they can be used as cheap model display cases. Oddly enough, I don't use any of them to keep shoes. The closeable lids also make cleaning pretty easy and keeps the dust off. I just print off some activity/chore labels and a list of specific items that belong in them if I feel like it, and stick that in each container since they're see-through. Or just scribble something on an index card for one-off projects.
Last edited by mangodrink; 09-01-2013 at 03:50 PM..
Regular price at Target is $.99. These were on sale for $.87 two weeks ago, plus you could get an extra 10 or 15% off with the Cartwheel app. So definitely not the "best" price for these, but still decent. Would be better at Target with the Red Card even when they're not on sale.
I've bought these at Fred's for $1 as well, this is a regular price for this item. The lids don't fit that tightly either, so they are no good for food storage. Great for craft or garage item use though.
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