Seriously. I get that question all the time!
But I haven’t always been a die-hard fan of Dollar Tree. In fact when they first started opening in our area I had NO DESIRE to go to one. “What on earth could they have that only costs a dollar that I could possibly want or need?” I thought. Then I started hearing my crafting friends on the internet talking about some of the craft supplies they had found at Dollar Tree. . . .
hmmmmmm . . . . might be worth investigating. So I ventured in for the first time with much trepidation. Went straight to the craft supply aisle, grabbed a few things to buy and hurried to check out, lest anyone I knew saw me shopping there!
I continued to hear about the good crafting stuff other crafters were finding at the Dollar Tree, and continued to go buy the stuff as advised. Yet, I still only went straight to the craft stuff aisle, and hurriedly made my purchases; never even THINKING to look around the rest of the store.
This went on for several years until I finally worked up the courage to actually ‘browse the whole store’. I was amazed! There was some pretty cool stuff here. If you could train your eye to look past the cluttered shelves crammed full of stuff and seek out certain items, there were some real GEMS to be found. You just had to take the time to LOOK, and THINK outside the box a little for new and different ways to use the stuff.
In this blog I will share with you my ‘eye’ for finding the ‘good stuff’ at Dollar Tree, and how I re-make a lot of the things I get there.
Keep in mind that not ALL Dollar Tree stores always have the very same product. In my area there are six different stores that I frequent, and while MOST of the general product is the same, the seasonal and specialty items can vary amongst them.
Also keep in ind that the ‘good stuff’ goes FAST! If you see something you want to use for a crafting project, buy it all NOW. Because it’ll be gone tomorrow! Trust me on this. Been there, done that WAY too many times! I see something . . . think it has ‘possibilities’ . . . buy one to tinker with . . . come up with a GREAT idea for it . . . go back to buy more and there are no more!
My other tip for finding the ‘good stuff’ at Dollar Tree is to go OFTEN. Like at least once a week! AND remember that if you see something that you need in large quantity, they will order it for you, just ask!
One GOOD THING about the currently crappy economy is that more and more stores are adding ‘dollar sections’. Target has their ‘Dollar Spot’ at the front of the store. Although lately they have raised SOME of the prices and not everything is just a dollar; they are still great bargains. Be sure to check EARLY in the season (ie look for Valentines stuff right after Christmas. Look for spring/Easter the day after Valentines day. You get the idea.) And again, buy it when you see it. If you wait, thinking you’ll come back another day and get it, it will most likely be GONE.
Michael’s craft stores have some pretty cool dollar stuff now too. Some stores stock MORE of it than others, and it’s primarily stationary stuff; notecards, journals,stickers and embellishments etc. But they make GREAT gifts. And they have some very ‘trendy’ designs. Be sure to take a peek next time you go. I’ve noticed that the dollar stuff at Michael’s ‘comes and goes QUICKLY'; so again, if you see stuff you like, BUY IT! It will be gone and there will be totally different stuff there in a couple of weeks. AND when the new designs come in, oftentimes the old designs are marked down, LOWER THAN A DOLLAR! But it can be hit or miss as to what you’ll find at that point.
Click on the categories to the right to see my ideas for taking inexpensive dollar purchases to the ‘designer’ level. I’d love to hear (and see!) YOUR dollar ideas too! Please feel free to comment and show off your creativity!