The Dollar Diva

I spent over $150.00 at Dollar Tree last week!!!

Not even kidding!  I used to spend like that all the time when I had multiple selling venues.  Of late there have even been times when I’ve left empty handed, not finding that one thing I was searching for.  Not last week though!  I had a cart FULL at one store!

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 001I FINALLY found some plain white Christmas stockings!  I have been searching for them for YEARS!!  Only found one at the first DT I went to; so I had to hit another to look for more.

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 002And check THIS out!!!  They even have a pretty tassel!  I didn’t even see the tassel until I got it home.  They were tucked inside and wrapped up so they don’t get tangled.  The second store I went to had more of the white ones; so I bought ALL they had.  Will be working on shabby chic-ing these up for next Christmas; adding lace and buttons and stitching . . .

11.21.12 stars etsy 071Was looking to see if I could find more of this kind too.  Got 2 of these last year, added the JOY ornament to this one.

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 003And this is the same stocking, tea stained.  I thought I’d like it better, but the cuff just looks DIRTY with the stain!

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 006Not at all sure what I will do with these yet, but they looked kinda ‘beachy’ to me (minus the butterfly bling!)  So I only got three of them.  I took the butterflies off to use elsewhere; and will figure out how to use these after Christmas and Valentine crafts are done.

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 The second DT I went to had these same vases out, but without the butterflies???  That seemed odd.  Maybe the butterflies were packed separately, and needed to be put on after they were unpacked and got overlooked???  It was too busy for me to say anything to the manager though.

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 008These are ‘table scatter’ decorations, but I will use them on some paper rosette ornaments.

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 009Aren’t the pretty.  Got a couple of packs of these.

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 020I think I ended up with 42 of these!  Yep, I cleared the entire shelf!!  And I will buy more at another store if/when I find them.  Seemed kind of early to have these out, so they might not be out in all the stores just yet.  But I KNOW they will go fast.  And last year I bought EMPTY nests and paid more than a dollar for them WHOLESALE!

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 028I also bought one bag of reindeer moss as I probably already had some at home, but just to be safe!  Will be glittering some of the eggs, then tucking in a little bit of moss around them and packaging them to sell for Christmas.  will save the rest for spring.  ***PACKAGING TIP:  On items like this,  that you are going to be re-packaging to sell, save the cello bag they come in to re-use.  Just very carefully remove the header card they are attached to and add your own when you re-pack them!

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 021A few ‘silly things’ for Michael’s young nieces.  Clip in hair pieces and bows.

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 023Neon shoe laces. . . .

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 024And some re-usable bags to package their gifts in.  (I also got them bubble bath, lotion, scarves and mittens)

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 025Some smaller of the same bags to ‘dress up’ and sell.  4 packs of these.

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 027This little Piglet just because  he is so cute and I love him!  And an angle from the Nativity figurines they had.  didn’t like the faces on any of the others.  Not yet sure what I will do with her.  Just got the one to experiment with.

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 026Some gift boxes to alter per ideas I got from Pinterest.  99% of the Dollar Store ideas I see on Pinterest are ones I’ve already seen or done.  But the occasional NEW IDEAS I see are really good!  Here’s my Dollar Store album on Pinterest; a LOT of which are my own items, but a few NEW ideas.

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 029Only found ONE package of the white trees; because I painted all the white ones I had.  Saw a cute idea on Pinterest for these too!

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 010Was looking for more of these to glitter up and sue with the white trees.  These had a battery tea light inside, but I removed it.  This one is left over from a couple of years ago, but I think I’ve still seen a few in some of the DTs I shop at.

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 018This is an old one that I’ve obviously USED!  Was looking for new ones to make into wire cloches, per a Pinterest idea!  Have only looked at ONE store, but didn’t find any.  Maybe they will get more closer to spring??

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 030A couple of these for treats for Michael’s family Christmas party.

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 031NEW cupcake candles!!!!  There was actually one additional design in red, but it looked like a RED CARROT on top?!?!?  Was probably supposed to be a strawberry, but it was as long as a carrot!  So I passed on those!  these will be perfect for Valentines day.

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 032And some new chocolate candles.  These are much ‘whiter’ than the last style they had, which were more of a creamy vanilla color; more realistic looking.  But they still smell wonderful!!  I got 12 of each of the red and chocolate on these.

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 034MORE owls!  Cleared the shelf of all the white ones at this DT too!

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The pink and green are the other colors they had, and I just got these 2 just for the heck of it.  Note to self:  DO NOT put other color glittered items nest to your white glittered items.

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 035Just got one of these, to bling up.

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 036These are the BIG ornaments.  Usually they just have the round ones.  These came glittered too.  I bought the UN glittered ones thinking I can use them as tops on finials.  Got bout 8 of these (all I could find not glittered)

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 037Some doves to tea stain and out on top of little tea stained gift boxes or maybe on some heart shaped Valentine boxes?!?!  Grabbed 5 pairs of these.   (the PINK beaks have got to go though!)

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Some glittery ornaments to use for bling on some paper crowns.  Got maybe 8 or 9 of these.

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 039Just got a couple of these mistletoe glitter ornaments.  Will tie on some pretty ribbon and sell individually.

And some how all of that added up to $150.00!!!  122 of it at ONE store!

I’ll have my nose buried in craft projects for some time now!!!



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  1. shoppedezilu said,

    You inspired me to check out Dollar Tree! I went there fo the first time today, and found a ton of goodies for my Christmas crafting. Also picked up a couple of those adorable glitter owls – too cute! I told the checker all about you and your blog. She ot a kick out of that. Thanks again for all the great tips and creative inspiration!

  2. wowza!!

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