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My friend Sandra is the diva of dollar stores. The stuff this woman finds is amazing; gorgeous woven baskets, underwear, greeting cards, you name it. She shares some of her thoughts on dollar stores with us:
Looking for gift bags, wrapping paper, pens, shampoo, make-up, lotion, pencils, or small ceramic items? Your local dollar store is the place for you. I have used the dollar store to decorate my home, with flowers, vases and candles. I have used picture frames and photo albums to store my precious memories over the years. While living in New York City, I often shopped at Jack’s 99 Cent Stores for groceries, medicine, flatware, and dishes.
In 1955, the first company to advertise various items for no more than one dollar was established. Now dollar stores are franchised (Dollar Tree, Dollar General, etc.) and you can do dollar shopping on the internet. Dollar stores provide low-budget alternatives to the often over priced department and grocery store goods I’ve found that many of the items in a dollar store are as good as grocery stores and pharmacies. However, in the case of some dollar store items, what you get is what you pay for, so while your new hands-free cell phone cord may work just fine, your new ceramic figurine may be broken before you even get to the car.
Sure, the dollar store is a gimmick, and sometimes in your fervor to get 20 one dollar umbrellas for your car, purse, locker, desk, husband, and daughter, you may end up paying more for a item than you would at your local drug store. To avoid this trap, only shop for items at the dollar store you know are more expensive at other stores—like greeting cards, dishwashing soap, kitchen utensils, etc.
TBF Note: I refuse to purchase greetings cards from anywhere but a dollar store. $5.00 for a piece of paper that will be thrown in the trash within a week? I think not. It’s also the best place to purchase kitchen utensils.