I'm a sucker for packaging. Give me an artsy, creative receptacle... doesn't really matter whether I need what's inside... just make it catch my eye and you've got my money. Take this retro look Chinese takeout-style cardboard box with a handle no less... Did I need the dishcloths so neatly folded inside the box? I do love the colors but, no, I didn't need them. Just a few days ago I received two cheery yellow ones that a guest knit for me... my fav dishcloth type... to replace ones that had thinned out beyond usefulness. No, my dishes would have gotten washed with my present dishcloths, but look how adorable.
As I browsed the products a couple aisles away from where the dishcloths were displayed at The Wedge Co-op in Minneapolis, I spied this package of granola. The leaf-shaped cutout windows, that allow a peek at the mix of grains, dried fruit, seeds, and nuts inside, subconsciously ever-so-subtly and gently says "nature, wholesome, good-for-me"... the autumn colors didn't hurt either.