Drying mats: Even with all our modern kitchen appliances, sometimes you need to wash a few dishes. These colorful drying mats are made of microfiber and very absorbent-- just right for setting on the counter next to the sink. You'll find a variety of patterns at Big Lots in Fairview Heights, where each is $4.
Salt and pepper shakers: Sometimes, table decorations also serve a practical purpose. Pier 1 Imports in Fairview Heights offers plenty of choices in clever and creative salt and pepper shakers, including elephants, owls and other animals, fruits and veggies. Prices start at $7 and go up to $12.95.
Ice buckets: These colorful ice buckets will add some pizzazz to your next party on the deck or patio. You'll find them for $9 at the Schnucks store on Carlyle Avenue in Belleville. (Check other locations as well.)