Yes, the LA Times was able to get Philippe Starck inside a Big Lots for 20 minutes to see what he could dig up. And admit it, we're all a little trigger happy for a bargain right now, right? His tips (after leaving with 2 shopping carts full of stuff) are to look at quality over quantity, go with the simplest design you can find (or the bowl that looks most like a bowl), and make sure that your kids' creativity doesn't get stifled in the process of penny pinching.
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Image via Al Seib / Los Angeles Times