The thrill of finding a bargain has not left me; although I now prefer to hunt more in Nordstrom and less in garage sales. :)
Which brings me to why I am writing today. I have discovered a store called DownEast Home. There is a store up in North Phoenix that carries furniture (their line), clothing and hundreds of personalized Pottery Barn Kids items at incredibly rock bottom prices (ie - PBK lunch box/bag for $5.99!).
I spent over an hour digging through piles and stacks and baskets full of personalized backpacks, pencil bags, towels, suitcases, etc looking for my little girl's names as well as the names of friends. If your child has a trendy or classic name you have to check this place out. There were so many to look through and I was able to find a few items that had our names or initials. They have grown up brands too so I found one goodie for myself.
I ended up with a PBK lunch bag ($5.99), PBK pencil pouch ($5.99), PBK pillow case ($1.99), PBK canvas tote and a personalized leather zip bag (not sure of the brand) for only $23 total!
So if you live in my area or have a DownEast Home near you check them out.