11 Things You Can Always Find At Excelsior Springs’ It’s $5

I still have folks asking me about the store that opened last November called It’s $5, located on North Jesse James Road in the old Excelsior Trade Fair building. Yesterday, I spoke with Felecia Cole, the owner of the business, and she said she still has people coming in the store who say they had no idea it was here! So I thought I would put together a compilation of some of the things that I often see that are available, in case you haven’t yet been in to visit!

1. Rock Salt Lamps

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You may have to get a light to go under so it glows, but for $5 or less, the Rock Salt lamp makes a cool addition to your house or workspace!

2. Cell Phone Accessories

There are literally thousands of phone accessories in these two bins, something for every cell phone owner.

3. Cell Phone Bracket Holder for Vehicle

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These just suction onto your windshield and you can clip your phone in. I find it handy when I don’t know where I’m going and am following directions, making it easy to glance over and still keep two hands on the wheel.

4. Sofa, Loveseat, and Chair Covers

If you need a new look for your sofa, loveseat, or chair, this is your place! All different kinds of colors, styles, and sizes. There are also window curtains and shower curtains, too! My friend found rugs for all her bathrooms for $2.50 each one day!

5. Party Supplies

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When it comes to throwing a party, It’s $5 has all you would need! You can usually find balloons, fairy lights, and holiday novelty items of all kinds. There are also photo backdrops, invitation/thank you cards, and kids themed birthday goodie bag accessories.

6. Backpacks

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If you could use a new backpack, for $5 you can usually find some nice, high quality backpacks and bags. My husband found me a great work bag for only $2.50 and I use it everyday.

7. Baby Items

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You can find all kinds of cute towels, kids clothes, and baby items. There are changing pads, accessories for mothers that are breast feeding, and diaper bags. Good stuff for a lot less! Great for baby showers!

8. Picture Frames

Lots of nice picture frames in all sizes can be found there, too!

9. Office Supplies

For teachers and office workers, there are all kinds of office supplies that can be found at the It’s $5! A great time to go would be on Wednesday or Thursday when items are as low as fifty cents!

10. Lamps and Lightbulbs

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Add some light to your office or home space with lamps of all kinds! There are also tons of LED lightbulbs that will last a long time!

11. Man Gifts

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I saw almost every guy in the store carrying around one of these cap brackets to clean your hats in your dishwasher! If you’re looking for something for a man, you can find all kinds of things. There are also footballs, playing card shufflers, exercise equipment, and tools!

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Hours according to their Facebook Page:

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Saturday and Sunday all items are just $5 each.

Monday all items in store are 2 for $5.
Tuesday all items in store are 3 for $5.
Wednesday all items in store are 5 for $5.
Thursday all items in the store are 10 for $5!
Closed Friday for restock

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People of Excelsior: Gerry Lemmons

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Today was the weekly Rotary meeting where Gerry Lemmons was the speaker. I first met Gerry when he was working with the Main Spring Art Gallery group. He was instrumental in bringing the group of artists together to create the co-op that is now the gallery. What I didn’t know about Gerry until today, though, is that he works with Private Pullman Railcar Management. His presentation today was in regard to the changes that the railroad has gone through over the years to remain a major mode of transportation for the country.

At the turn of the century, train travel was at its highest, carrying both passengers and goods across the country. The train was instrumental in servicing the rural communities throughout the country, connecting them and providing passengers with an opportunity to visit many small towns (including Excelsior!). The Pullman Company was a business founded by George Pullman, who invented the Pullman sleeper car, that advertised themselves as the largest hotel in the world. Every night, there were over 45,000 beds occupied and 150,000 that would ride in coach.

During WWI the government took over the railroads, transferring both men and material. Doing this almost ran the railroads into the ground, though, so when WWII came around, the railroads didn’t turn over management to the railroads, but continued the operation themselves. The railroads were at their greatest demand, transporting troops off to war and bringing them back home. When the war ended, many of the troops returned home to good jobs restoring the infrastructure of the rail lines.

In the 1930s, diesel electric engines were introduced, proven to be much cheaper to operate than steam had been. When the railroads began ordering the sleeker, streamlined diesels, this added a lot to the economy during the Great Depression. When World War II happened, everything was put on hold and all engines, freight and passenger cars were put into a pool of equipment controlled by the consortium of railroad companies.

After the war, troops returned home wanting their own mode of transportation. As automobiles and buses became the main mode of transportation, the railroads no longer had the demand they once did for passenger travel. At the same time, airlines started booming, allowing safer and faster travel. The railroads began to lose a lot of money, but still had their government contracts to deliver mail to communities throughout the country. They then began a fight to be let out of their contracts. Cities, fearing they would lose such a valuable service, began lawyering up. Finally the railroads realized that if they made the train ride uncomfortable and inconvenient, people would stop riding them.

It wasn’t until the 1970s when Congress enacted the National Railway Passenger Corporation, also known as Amtrak, insisting that the passenger train operation works. The act forced railroads to allow Amtrak to operate on their private lines, which they still do today. During that time, Amtrak replaced equipment and built new equipment receiving appropriations from Congress. Lobbyists work to keep the act in place but the funding has been in jeopardy in recent years, with the threat of cuts. Each time the American people have risen up to stand up for train travel, and that’s why it continues today.

My family and I had the pleasure of riding Amtrak to Chicago last year in March. We highly suggest it to all families to travel via train. It’s a great experience and is definitely something we will remember forever. Here are some fun pictures from our Amtrak trip:

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Homes for Rent in Excelsior Springs

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The following are home rental listings found in the Town & Country Leader for Thursday, January 3, 2019

House for Rent: 2 bedroom, 900 sq ft with large deck. Newly remodeled with hardwood type floors throughout, new counter-tops, dishwasher, glass top stove, fridge, and washer dryer hookup and lots of closet space. House located near Excelsior Springs. 816-248-3028

Apartment for Rent: $504, 2 bedroom apartment in Richmond; Income restrictions apply; Call Mike at 816-776-3958

Apartment for Rent: Apartment Unit available. 3 bedroom, 2 full baths, washer/dryer hookup, newly remodeled. $750 per month. Call 816-332-1219

Apartment for Rent: Nice apartment units available. New flooring, counter tops, fresh paint, quiet area, washer/dryer hookup, 2 full baths. Call Ken at 816-332-1219

House for Rent: 2-3 bedroom house in Hardin. $480 plus deposit. References, large yard, no pets. 660-229-1052.

Commercial Property for Rent: One space is 950 sq. ft. and one space 475 sq. ft. 2001 W Jesse James Rd., Excelsior Springs. Call 816-630-2520.

House for Rent: 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath in the country. Rent is $700 per month, Richmond school district. No pets. Call 816-776-2628 to apply and get further details.

Apartment for Rent: Excelsior Springs West side location. 1 bedroom – $435, 2 bedroom – $535, 3 bedroom – $575. Call 816-985-1749. No dogs.

Apartment for Rent: 2 bedroom apartment for rent. Excelsior Springs West Side location. 816-838-2981

House for Rent: 4 bedroom, 1 bath home in Richmond. Call 816-776-2628 to apply and get further details.

 

 

Episode 1 – Courtney & Sam – A Podcast of Ramblings

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Courtney and her friend Samantha Kilgore team up to record ramblings as they rumble along to Kansas City each week. In this first edition’s podcast, Sam and Courtney reflect on why working at Job Corps is so great.

 

Have a topic that you want to hear us discuss? Contact Courtney or Samantha on Facebook and check back here weekly for links to our next episode!

5 Christmas Things To Do in Excelsior Springs Area

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While in Excelsior Springs there are ongoing events such as the Lane of Lights, Hall of Trees, and seasonal sales in all of the stores, there are plenty of other things happening just outside the area that folks might want to partake in!

1. World’s of Fun – Winterfest

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World’s of Fun isn’t just for summertime happenings! With Winterfest, the park is transformed into a winter wonderland of fun for you to enjoy! Here are some of the details from their promotions:

Come for the sights, sounds and festive fun of the holiday season during WinterFest. This event is packed with holiday spirit and unique experiences for friends and families to enjoy. Experience Worlds of Fun like never before and become immersed in the season’s spirit with a grand display of holiday lighting, festive décor, live entertainment and fanciful experiences, including a selection of your favorite rides.

What’s the holiday season without the food? The Worlds of Fun culinary team has you covered. Our executive chef thoughtfully crafts a holiday-style menu with special dining locations and food offerings throughout the park. Treat yourself to a hearty helping of smoked turkey, glazed hams and traditional fixings; or, try our homemade holiday breads and desserts that leave you with dreams of sugar plum fairies.

From millions of shimmering lights and hands-on activities to exceptional shopping and live shows, WinterFest is the grandest holiday event in Kansas City!

Click here for more details about Winterfest!

 

2. Olde World Christmas Weekend Tours – Kansas City, Kansas

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The Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center (720 N 4th St., Kansas City, KS 66101) has decorated for the holidays and will be giving weekend tours! You purchase tickets ($10 each) at the door with either cash or check only.

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Click here for more details about Strawberry Hill

 

3. Santa Dives at Kansas City Zoo

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What’s red and white and swimming with the penguins at Helzberg Penguin Plaza? Santa! Get a one-of-a-kind photo of Santa as penguins torpedo around him. Watch the penguin bubbles trail the man in the red suit and hear the children giggle. Dives are at 2 p.m. December 22nd and 23rd.

Click here for more info on the Santa Dives at the KC Zoo

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Also, watch for Santa Dives at the Sea Life Aquarium in Kansas City December 18, 19, and 20 at 11:00am. Santa will join the deep sea fun as he dives into the Ocean Tank to see all of the good little fishies this holiday season! They’ve decked the halls of Stingray Bay where you can write a letter to your favorite sea creature!

Please note, all activities are included with the regular price of admission to SEA LIFE Aquarium. Purchase tickets online in-advance to save on individual admission! Tickets available online at:https://www.visitsealife.com/kansas-city/tickets/

Click here for more details

4. Local Choirs at Crown Center

Click here for more details and for a list of choirs performing

 

5. Christmas Day Blanket Handout to Homeless

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The UAW 249 Local’s Motorcycle Committee is preparing to hand out blankets on Christmas Day to our area’s homeless. They are looking for help in handing out items, but also collecting blankets, for those who may have some to donate.

Click here for more information on getting involved in this effort

For related posts made on this subject, visit:

Excelsior Springs Lane of Lights Schedule

12 Christmas Events in Excelsior Springs

7 Activities in Excelsior Springs This Week

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There’s a lot going on in Excelsior Springs every day that you won’t want to miss out on, but here are seven activities coming up this week that you won’t want to miss!

• Wednesday, December 5 at 9:00am – Mid-Continent Public Library Opening Celebration
Our citizens have eagerly been awaiting the new construction that has been underway at our beloved library! Join them this Wednesday morning for a formal opening, with entertainment and treats, too!

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• Wednesday, December 5 – 9:30am – MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) Monthly Meeting
There’s a new Mom’s group in Excelsior Springs through the First United Methodist Church. Be sure to join other area pre-school aged moms with their children for some fun and fellowship each month! Click here for more details!

• Thursday, December 6 – 11:30am-1:00pm – SAFE Meeting
The Substance Abuse Free Environments (SAFE) committee will be holding its monthly meeting at the Excelsior Springs Hospital. There will be a special presentation given by ES Hospital CEO Kristen DeHart regarding access to opioid addiction treatment that will be offered through our hospital. For more details, see the Friday, Nov. 30th edition of the Excelsior Springs Standard.

• Friday, December 7 – 12:30pm – Chamber Meet & Eat
This Friday the Excelsior Springs Chamber will be having a Meet & Eat gathering at Price Chopper for lunch. Join in on this networking event and get more details by clicking here!

• Friday, December 7 – 7:00pm – Atlas Saloon
Every Friday evening, the Atlas Saloon downtown on Broadway will have Karaoke Friday’s! Swing in for a beer from their new brewery at the location and get your sing on!

Saturday, December 8 – 5:45pm and 7:45pm – Holly Jolly Trolley Tours & Taste of Christmas
This Saturday, the Excelsior Springs Chamber will be offering Holly Jolly Trolley Tours throughout town to see the houses competing in this season’s Lighted Displays! Click here for more info!

Get tickets to the Taste of Christmas and you’ll have access to visit 15 Excelsior Springs businesses to enjoy tasty treats and shopping on December 8th from 1:00-4:30pm! Click here for details!

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• Lane of Lights – Lover’s Lane and 10 Hwy – Donations for Entry
The Lane of Lights is open 5:30pm-10:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 5:30pm-9:00pm on Sundays through Thursdays. Proceeds go to the group that is sponsoring the Lane for that night and the Christmas Committee! Here’s the list for this week’s hosts:

Monday – Excelsior Springs Optimists
Tuesday – ESHS Band Boosters
Wednesday – Ice Crushers Baseball
Thursday – Boy Scout Troop 309
Friday – Westview PAWS
Saturday – Cyclones Softball
Sunday – Good Samaritan Center

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Looking for more information regarding Excelsior Springs? Be sure to check out these recent blog posts:

12 Christmas Events in Excelsior Springs

Excelsior Springs Lane of Lights Schedule

5 Things Excelsiorites Want the Community to Know

12 Christmas Events in Excelsior Springs

Christmas in Excelsior Springs
One of the things that Excelsior does best is Christmas! This season, there is a whole list of upcoming Christmas events taking place here in town. See below for a list and click on each for more info!

1. Hall of Trees

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The Hall of Trees inside the historic Hall of Waters, 201 E. Broadway, will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:45pm. Open throughout the holiday season with beautifully and uniquely decorated Christmas trees on display surrounding the world’s longest mineral water bar.

Click here for more information.

2. Lane of Lights

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The Lane of Lights is located along Lovers Lane in East Valley Park and is open through December 31. The Christmas Committee has created this lighted drive-through holiday display to give families and friends a destination on cold winter evenings. It’s a great way to top off or start an evening out to dinner or the movies, the school holiday performance or your family get-together. Admission by donation. The Christmas Committee partners with local organizations for this fundraising event.

HOURS OF LANE:
November 30-December 31 – Open daily 5:30pm-10:00pm (Fridays and Saturdays) and 5:30pm-9:00pm (Sundays through Thursdays)

Click here for more information.

3. Holiday Homes Tour

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Visit 5 beautifully decorated homes on December 1 from noon to 6:00pm. Regular tickets are $10 in advance and are available here. Tickets that include trolley transportation are $15 in advance and are available here: Noon Tour,  2pm Tour3pm Tour

Click here for more information.

4. Taste of Christmas

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Visit 15 Excelsior Springs businesses to enjoy tasty treats and shopping on December 8 from 1:00-4:30pm! Tickets are $15 in advance and are available here. Tickets that include trolley transportation are $20 and are available here.

Click here for more information.

5. Holly Jolly Lights Tour

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See the lights of Excelsior Springs from the comfort of the Chamber Trolley!

TICKETS FOR HOLLY JOLLY LIGHTS TOURS:
December 8, early tour 6:00pm
December 8, late tour 7:45pm
December 15, early tour 6:00pm
December 15, late tour 7:45pm
December 22, early tour 6:00pm
December 22, late tour 7:45pm
December 24, early tour 6:00pm
December 24, late tour 7:45pm

Click here for more information.

6. Christmastime Tour of Churches

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Get tickets now for the Museum’s 2nd annual Christmastime Tour of Churches — by trolley ($15) or you drive ($10) online at www.exsmo.com/museum. Or call 630-0101 to reserve a spot on the trolley — limited seating!

Click here for more information.

7. Christmas on the Farm

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Please join us for Christmas on the Farm at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park! Admission is free for the event and there will be an open house at the Watkins family home for the duration of the event. Activities at the home will include holiday caroling, reading of family letters, free samples of traditional holiday treats, flaming of the plum pudding demonstrations, and an opportunity for children to visit with Father Christmas. Activities at the visitor center will include kids crafts and live traditional holiday music.

Click here for more information.

8. Mingle and Jingle – Chamber After Hours at Broadway Bar & Grill

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Click here for more information.

9. December Sketchout at Hall of Waters – Hall of Trees

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Saturday, December 1st Sketch Crawl will be at the Hall of Waters, Hall of Trees exhibit in historic downtown Excelsior Springs, MO.

Theme: Holiday Trees at Hall of Trees
Location: Hall of Waters, 201 E Broadway St, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

*10:00 am meet & check-in at Main Spring Arts Gallery & Studios
*10:15-12:15 pm sketch the Hall of Trees exhibit at Hall of Waters
*Around 12:15 pm return to the check-in area to share your work and take a group photo
*Stick around afterwards and eat lunch with the group at Willow Spring Mercantile before heading out to shop or tour other locations, like the Elms Hotel

USkKC collaborated with partner location, Main Spring Arts Gallery & Studios (110 S Main Street, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024) nestled between theaters, antique shops, and boutiques that keep this town bustling.

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10. Candy Cane Hunt – Excelsior Springs Parks and Recreation

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Click here for more information.

11. Free Pictures with Santa and Ride on the Polar Express

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12. ReeceNichols Santa Event

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Click here for more information!

 

Excelsior Springs Lane of Lights Schedule

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Our Christmas Committee here in Excelsior Springs does such a fabulous job of making things nice throughout the holiday season! Something that has become quite a tradition for those living here is participating in the Lane of Lights held in Lover’s Lane Park each year. This year, the committee was even able to purchase a lighted tunnel that has been a big hit among locals!

Hours for the Lane
November 30-December 31 – Open daily 5:30pm-10:00pm (Fridays and Saturdays) and 5:30pm-9:00pm (Sundays through Thursdays)

Each night is sponsored by a local club or organization, raising money through donations to go back to their cause. Following is a list of those that we know are participating!

November 30 – Re/Max (ES School District – lunch accounts)
December 1 – 4-H2O
December 2 – Main Spring Art Gallery
December 3 – Excelsior Springs Optimists
December 4 – ESHS Band Boosters
December 5 – Ice Crushers Baseball
December 6 – Boy Scouts Troop 309
December 7 – Westview PAWS
December 8 – Cyclones Softball
December 9 – Good Samaritan Center
December 10 – VCU Youth Group – Missions to Haiti
December 11 – Cub Scout Pack 4313
December 12 – After Prom Committee
December 13 – Girl Scout Troop 3653
December 14 – Girl Scout Troop – Scarbrough
December 15 – Excelsior Springs Chamber of Commerce
December 16 – Lewis PALS
December 17 – Elkhorn SOS
December 18 – ReeceNichols – Claypool Team
December 19 – ReeceNichols – Halberstadt Team (proceeds to Reno Ranch Pet Rescue)
December 20 – SkillsUSA – Excelsior Springs Area Career Center
December 21 – ReeceNichols – Hightower Team (proceeds to Rebuilding Together – Clay County)
December 22 – Advance America (hosting on behalf of the ES Christmas Committee)
December 23 – Excelsior Springs Rotary Club
December 24 – ES Christmas Committee
December 26 – Stealth Baseball
December 27 – MOPS of Excelsior Springs Methodist
December 28 – Small Town Sidekicks
December 29 – Cancerkickers – Relay for Life Team
December 30 – ES Knuckleheadz Baseball

If you have others to add, please message me on Facebook or post details into our community group!