Occasionally, I will check my blog stats to see which posts are being viewed most or which search engine keywords send the most people to my blog. Hands down, the most popular post on my blog is my commentary nearly 18 months ago about Miss Elizabeth's scrapbook products.
I continue to get questions and comments about that line. Let me take a minute to clear up some of the common questions - to the best of my knowledge and my knowledge about how products are manufactured in the industry.
Miss Elizabeth's is a line that is exclusive to the Dollar Tree. I believe it is distributed by Greenbrier International. As best as I can tell, they are a distributor exclusive to the Dollar Tree. They don't make the products - at least the scrapbook ones - but they source for products internationally and resell them to the Dollar Tree (and other similar stores). Some products at the Dollar Tree are overstocks or discontinued (like toothpaste, cereal, juice, books, etc) while others (like gift bags, toys, scrapbook products, etc) are exclusive to the Dollar Tree or other Dollar Stores. There are large Dollar Store conventions like CHA dedicated to JUST the dollar store industry that showcase products made or labeled JUST for dollar stores.
The Miss Elizabeth's line is representative of the types of very cheap knock-off products you see at Chinese stationary and office products manufacturers. If you go to a site that lists companies in China that make these types of products, you will see much of the Miss Elizabeth's line. These companies make products that are free of any branding and then a larger company, like Greenbrier, goes to them and picks products and has the Chinese manufacturer put a specific brand on the label. I often see similar or knock-off products on some of the Chinese sites. For a price and a minimum order (don't get excited, it's often a minimum of 1,000-5,000 PER ITEM), you can have any label printed and put on the package. That's what the Miss Elizabeth's line is - common stuff selected specifically for the line and then "Branded".
Therefore, you will not find it anywhere else - like through a normal scrapbook distributor unless someone else liked the quality and the product and had their own brand put on it. I've seen that before - stuff that shows up as "brand free" on a Chinese site but has shown up in the industry as a branded products. Quality can be non-existent at times with this type of operation, though. Rub-Ons and adhesives (like tape runners) come to mind - they can look so similar but the quality can be miles apart. Buyer Beware, I guess. I tossed every Miss Elizabeth's tape runner that my mom bought me at her local Dollar Tree store. A 1 dollar tape runner will hold for about 1 minute if you can even get the adhesive off the tape in the first place.
Hopefully this helps to clear up some of the questions about this line. There are some very good (much better quality) dollar lines within the scrapbook industry, too. I would suggest you look for those at your local scrapbook retailers.