The Dollar Store. A hidden gem of, well, crap. But good crap. Sometimes I just can’t see paying regular store prices for things that aren’t meant to have longevity. Like birthday cards. Who is paying $3-$5 for a card for a 3-year-old? And if you get into grade school, and invited to each child’s party, that’s a lot of cards! They have very cute cards, 2 for $1. More my speed. And if you want to get all fancy, they have an “upscale” section where cards are $1 each. Still a bargain.
We also hit the dollar store for holiday decorations, holiday classroom donations (we always volunteer to bring in the table cloths, napkins and plates), and holiday gifts for classmates. And their glow in the dark wands, masks, bracelets, necklaces, etc. are perfect for Fourth of July, Halloween, New Year’s Eve.
Art supplies are another great item to stock up on. When they are little, they go through crayons (breakage) and colored paper (1 mark per sheet) like crazy. We also get our safety scissors, tape, glue, glitter glue, paper, stickers, and much more there. It’s also a great source for playing school. There is a section of bulletin board items, pens, pencils, post its, certificates, stars and a variety of other things that would make any budding teacher happy.
According to Growing a Jeweled Rose, the dollar store is more of a treasure than even I knew. She can find hundreds of uses (literally) for dollar stores and breaks it down for you section by section. Such creativity! Such great ideas. I will never underestimate my Dollar Tree again.
What things do you rely on your local dollar store for? What have been your best finds?
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