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Old birdbath makes dandy flower planter

I'm So Clever
What a smart stocking stuffer! More than 450 thrifty tips from readers are compiled in our 'I'm So Clever' book that is on sale now.

I'm So Clever
I'm So Clever is compiled by Observer assistant features editor Roland Wilkerson. Send your tip, name, address and phone by email or mail to Home Section, Charlotte Observer, P.O Box 30308, Charlotte, N.C. 28230.

The winner: I changed this old birdbath into a beautiful flower container. I drilled holes for drainage, planted flowers – and look at it now. I plant different flowers each year.

Pat Thompson, Charlotte

Store bath toys in onion bags

You can use large onion bags for bath toys and/or beach toys. The holes in the bags allow water to drip off the toys, and the drawstring allows you to close the bag and hang to dry. Connie Shinn, Charlotte

Number multiple luggage pieces

When traveling with more than one piece of luggage, assign numbers to each and place them in the front top zippered pouch on the outside. Make a list of things in each piece of luggage and when you need something, refer to the list. And if a piece gets lost, you know what things are gone.

Jayshree Patel, Charlotte

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