After passing by the Purple Cow home laminator at Costco for many months, I finally decided to buy one. So far I have laminated some calendar pieces for the classroom, a spring bingo game and color flash cards. I am waiting for some more pockets to arrive in the mail, because as it turns out Joann's no longer stocks them (my one and only complaint- I love laminating things!).
For only $19 the machine seems like a steal. Each 8.5 x 11" pocket at a copy center would be $1 and the machine came with 90 assorted pockets. Of course it would be fun to have a gigantic table top laminator some day, but this is really sufficient. I am just happy not to use packing tape for little projects (seriously!).