I remember them doing this ‘Customer Appreciation Sale’ several years ago, but then it seems like they stopped it for quite some time. I was pleasantly surprised the other day when the cashier handed me a coupon after I paid for my purchase!
They also sent out the coupons via their email list. I hope THIS LINK works for you to print up a coupon for yourself.
Spread the word to your thrifty friends! And while you’re there, sign up for the email list so you don’t miss the next one!
I’ll be buying some Christmas crafting supplies for NEXT year, some brown wrapping paper that I use to package signs that I sell on etsy (that don’t fit in flat rate boxes) Goodies for a big ‘treat basket’ we do every year for our post office (small rural office with only about 10 employees) some gift bags (always nice to have a few spares on hand), the low watt light bulbs that I use in the lamps that I sell in my booths, refills for my tape dispenser . . . .
I could easily spend $100.00!
I am SO excited to actually see a BRAND NEW idea in Pinterest!!! Seems like lately I can only last about five minutes before I am bored with seeing the ‘same-ole-same-old’ stuff yet AGAIN!!
Do you LOVE this fabulously fluffy white wreath as much as I do?!?!? I JUST saw it on Pinterest and HAD to post it here in my DD blog; because YES indeed it was made using stuff from the Dollar Store!
I don’t even think that “I” could have ever come up with this idea!!! Pop on over to the Craftberry Bush Blog for the complete step by step tutorial.
I have bought and used these big plastic ball ornaments ‘as is’ here and there in the past when we had our brick and mortar store. They are great to add to color theme decorated trees for added interest, in moderation. I’d say no more than three of them on an average size Christmas tree.
Or tie some curly ribbon to a few and scatter them about your Christmas dinner table as decorations. OR tie on little name tags and use them as place cards. We used them for outdoor decorations at our store, hanging them from the Dollar Tree pine rope garland (the single strand kind w/o any branches). I don’t have any pictures, but they looked quite nice hanging along the ENTIRE front of the building. It was in a strip mall, and we were in about the center of a 7 store strip. Thought it would look cheesy to ONLY decorate our tiny store front, so we bought enough to do the entire strip.
They packed away and kept well for several years of use. Now that we don’t have the store, what to do with the leftover decorations?!?! Most of them we donated. I saves a few of the balls and prettied them up:
I also found a few smaller balls. I think they were from a set of assorted blues/aquas and I just didn’t care for this particular color. Not that it’s a BAD color, it was just more ‘ice blue’ than aqua and didn’t work with my color scheme. So I covered them with the sheet music strips and mica flakes also.
I know it USED to be a real ‘no-no’ in the decorating and fashion worlds. And I don’t think I’d ever put just ONE big silver adornment with an otherwise gold room (or outfit!). But I really am liking this particular mixture of a little of each! Maybe it’s because the mica flakes on everything helps tie it all together visually?
What do you think about decorating with gold and silver like this?
This is about the time of year that I try to frequent my local Dollar Tree stores more often, looking for Christmas supplies. The good stuff goes REALLY fast, so if you snooze, you LOSE! White and gold are ‘the’ colors for Christmas this year, at DT at least!
They USED to wait until the day after Halloween to put the Christmas stuff out, but it has been appearing earlier the last few years. As soon as some of the Halloween stocked shelves empty, they start putting out MARKED DOWN Christmas stuff left from last year. I’ve found some really great deals on mark down!
I was just ‘running in real quick’ to buy some new hair clips on the way home from the movies (Gravity in 3D! It was amazing!) and spotted these little guys on one of the front displays:
How cute are they?!?!? And I’d been into other DT stores in my area recently and NOT seen these in any of those others?!?! They also had a witch and a mummy, but they were not as cute as the punkin heads!
The paint was a little sloppy in a few places; the orange from the base was on the boots in a few places, so I painted over that to neaten it up. Then I glittered the heads!
Since I showed you this base for another wire cloche that I was working on:
I thought you might like to see it after I finished it:
I just painted the little wood oval (you can buy these at the craft store) black at the same time that I was painting the wood knob. Pre-drilled a hole in the oval so the wood wouldn’t split when I added the screw. Then I was actually able to drive the screw into the knob with a hand-held driver. (BECAUSE the hole in the wood ‘washer’ was pre-drilled)
This looks SO much better than seeing the ‘screw stem’ of the knob hanging down on the inside!
I have to admit that this was NOT my own original idea. I saw this picture on Pinterest:
And BAM!!! My wheels started turning! Dashed out to Dollar Tree the first chance I got and looked for the wire trash cans (which is what the biggest one is made from) There were NONE! Rats!
But I seem to recall seeing them there ALL the time. Maybe more were coming in soon. I checked at different DT later in the week and found them. I opted for BLACK.
I had made these, using old lamp shades in the past; but the ‘right’ lamp shade can be hard to find. You need the ones that were attached to the lamp with a screw on finial at the top.Here’s my version using the DT trash can. The only thing I didn’t really care for in the Pinterest samples was that you could SEE the rest of the knob screw coming through the inside.
I brainstormed a bit with Michael and opted for a big wood finial (I grab the whenever I see them at thrift stores!) Made a small round wood ‘washer’ and screwed it in from underneath. NO screw stem showing!
I wanted mine on a taller pedestal base. Just happened to have this vintage heavy resin cherub statue in my stash; and the top of it was FLAT. I had bought a pile of the plastic charger plates at DT when they were half price after Christmas; not knowing WHAT I would use them for. They were the perfect size for this project. I glued the plate to the statue with e6000. Let the adhesive set for a day; then spray painted!
This pretty urn (plastic painted gold!) was found at a thrift store. It has some very ugly fake flowers in it, and was half price. I bought it specifically for the urn only. Originally intending to put a little Christmas tree in it. That didn’t happen. So it was just ‘sitting around’ when I made the previous pedestal; and was a perfect size to fit the DT charger plates!
Here’s another lamp shade one; sitting atop a little upcycled table. Cast iron base and round metal tray glued together, then spray painted black. These are also in my booth at Curiosities, but the table and cloche are priced individually. The cherub one is priced as a set; top and base together.
Trying to decide if I want to try some white ones now; or the smaller ones from the Pinterest picture. Although I’ve only seen those smaller baskets in OVAL; which would be hard to find a base for.
These plain oval gift boxes are from YEARS ago! Not sure what I was saving them for; but I am still ‘on a mission’ to use up what I have on hand and only buy what new supplies I absolutely NEED. (like more birds!)
These paper mache birds and chicks were from Michael’s last year. Bought the chicks on close out, specifically to save and paint up for this year. The birds were a ‘panic purchase’ last year when I was worried that I wasn’t going to be able to find any more ceramic or resin birds.
The boxes actually cane with matching lids and bases, I just decided to mix them up a bit for more interest. The chicks were painted then varnished with ‘pixie dust’ varnish. You can buy the pixie dust varnish already made; or make your own. Just be sure you use the most super fine opalescent glitter you can find and add it to GLOSS varnish. If you use flat or mat varnish you’ll lose some of the glitters glitz. Just mix together in your varnish bottle and brush on like any other varnish.
Chopped up some green crimped paper that I had into smaller pieces. Applied a good layer of tacky glue to the entire box top them ‘poured’ my grass on and smushed it into place. Let dry. Trimmed away what hung over the edges.
Then glued on the eggs with hot glue.
Didn’t have as many boxes for the birds as I did for the ducks. At least not ones that were the right colors. Was a bit ‘stumped’ when it can to what to do with the bird boxes after I glued the birds on?!?! So, on this yellow one I simply tied on a pretty ribbon.