If you are out shopping at a yard/tag sale, consignment shopping or thrifting and don't have a tape measure with you, just take out a dollar bill. I keep a little list going of the items I am looking for, like furniture, side tables, baskets, frames etc. I also keep the size of the items I need on the list. If I forget a tape measure, all I need to do is take out a bill and measure it!!!
For other countries, just measure your paper bill and you'll have a handy ruler too!!
Have fun shopping and now you won't come home with the "perfect" basket for your closet that sticks out 5 inches too much!!
Have a great day,