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By : Leslie Eskildsen    99 or more times read
Here are 10 of the funkiest, but useful bargains and products for your home, that shouldn't be missed.

1. Imagine a cutting board with little mess; where the scraps magically disappear and the cuttings find their way into individual containers for easy distribution to your salad or culinary creation. Well, it's not quite magic, but actually the new Workbench Cutting Board, designed by Curtis Stone, star of TLC's "Take Home Chef."

Begin with a 14 by 21.5 inch bamboo cutting board that rests on a square wooden box. Three holes are cut on one side with stainless steel bowls underneath, waiting to catch your freshly cut veggies. Another hole is cut on the opposite side with a stainless steel drawer underneath, to catch the scraps for easy disposal. Include a handy silicone grip chef's scoop and there you have it, the ultimate cutting board for the low price of $299.95.

2. Ever dreamt of owning a work of art by one of the masters? has the next best thing with their poster sized versions of Van Gogh's "Almond Blossom" or Picasso's "The Old Guitarist," for only $6.98 unframed. They have a huge selection of movie and art posters drastically reduced in price, and available framed or unframed. They have a handy feature on their site that allows you to view a print not only with various types of framing styles, but hung on a wall, to give you an idea of how it looks in an actual room.

3. With the whole trend toward developing outdoor living spaces, we're adding kitchens, living rooms, fireplaces all that's missing is the television. Now Frontgate is offering the Epson MovieMate 72 Backyard Outdoor Theater System, complete with 12-foot-wide screen, projector and two 80-watt speakers. All that's missing is the popcorn, and your set for a night at the movies in your own backyard. The best part, when you're done, everything folds up into wheeled storage bags. The unit can be yours for $2,999 (on sale from $3,499).

4. If you're the type to plaster memos and children's artwork on your fridge, Amana's Jot refrigerator may be of interest to you. It comes with a dry-erase door panel perfect for leaving notes, shopping lists or impromptu works of art. The only downside, the Jot is only 28 inches wide and comes only in white. Note to mom: only supply the kids with dry erase markers.

5. Save your old forks and spoons because the latest trend in kitchen art is recycled silverware. Visit the trendy Kitchen 24 in Hollywood to see lamp shades custom designed with flatware, or visit for a stainless flatware wall clock (temporarily out of stock at the time of this writing). It's not just fashionable, it's an eco-friendly accessory.

6. If you're a regular shopper at the "99 Cent Only Stores" in Southern California, you may have already seen this gem of a bargain. Pick up a 4-quart bag of Agromin Organic Potting Soil for just .99 cents. It's the ideal size for a container or window box and won't break your back getting it home.

7. For those of us who love fine bedding, but can only dream of owning a set of $2000 Frette sheets, we may be in luck. is advertising sales on a number of their lines, and although still expensive, they may now be affordable.

The Hotel Bed Set in queen size is only $420.00. The king size Baia Verde Bed Set is available for $350.00 (down from $500.00). In the Antonella line, a top and bottom sheet and two pillowcases are on sale for $750.00 (down from $1,250.00). Unfortunately the coordinating Moonstone Gem embroidered cushion is still priced at $2,000 (maybe next year).
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