Dollar Store Style

Free Decorating Ideas and Tips by Marlene Alexander

Kitchen and Bath







A salad spinner is a handy thing to have in the kitchen but there's no need to spend more than four bucks for one, as my recent purchase from Dollarama proves. It's dishwasher safe and you can choose from different-coloured lids. The inner basket may be a bit flimsier than a more expensive spinner but, on the whole, it works great.


Keep things neat and hidden while adding a little class to your front closet shelves with fabric storage baskets. These were three bucks each at Dollarama and are generously sized at 13 by 10 by 7 - inches. 


These double oven mitts are four bucks at Dollarama. I expect the piece in between is meant to help protect your arms from coming in contact with hot pans. Neat idea.


Here's a neat idea for extending your charging cable when you have to use your tablet while it's plugged in. Adding six feet of cord to the three foot length that came with your device gives you plenty of wiggle room for moving around without fear of yanking the charging cable from your device. Do be sure that this cable is suitable for use with your device. 


This small pot of flocked poinsettias is about six inches tall. It only cost $1.25 at Dollarama and would make a bright and traditional decoration for any place in your home that needs a little Christmas cheer.



This is the time of year when more glassware might come in handy. Dollarama has a couple of different types packaged as sets for three bucks. These whiskey glasses would make a great gift for a fella on your Christmas list too, perhaps paired with his favourite libation.


I found these fill-able ornaments at Dollar Tree. They're made of plastic and come in sets of two smaller ones or one large one. Dollar Tree also has an assortment of clear stickers that would be great for decorating the outside of these ornaments.



Dollarama has some really lovely Christmas luncheon napkins this year and they're well-made, too. They're 3-ply, come in a package of 18, and cost only $1.50.


This large handled basket is both decorative and useful. It's 13-inches wide, 18-inches long and 8 1/2-inches deep. You can find it at Dollarama for four bucks.


Since Dollarama started stocking $4 items, bigger and better vases have become available to dollar store decor enthusiasts that still won't break the decorating budget. This one is about 18-inches tall with a metal accent. It's meant for use with artificial flowers only but you can add a liner, not included, if you want to display fresh flowers in it.

You may want to check out the great new glass vases in the same price range, as well.


Just in time for carving the Thanksgiving turkey, here's a handsome carving set from Sunbeam for only three bucks. Find it at Dollarama.


It's not likely you're going to find a large package of fall vase filler like this for four bucks anywhere but Dollarama. This natural vase filler would look nice displayed in a large wooden bowl.


You're not reading that price wrong. Dollarama has started stocking items priced up to $4. For that price you get this Golla Bag laptop sleeve that will fit electronics up to 16-inches wide. 


Just in time for back-to-school, Dollarama has these Rubbermaid Take Alongs in three different sizes to help you pack lunches for school and work . There are three 3-piece containers in the first  package, two 3-piece containers in the second one and four containers with lids in the third one. 


The selection of Betty Crocker kitchen products keeps expanding at Dollarama. For example, if you need a couple of extra everyday serving spoons, this package of two for $3 could be just what your looking for.  


Hooray! Finally, a garden nozzle from the dollar store that you can count on! Dollarama has been stocking sturdier metal hose nozzles that won't start shooting water out of every opening after the first couple of times you use them. This one is made by Melnor and cost a whole three bucks. It has an adjustable spray and a comfortable rubberized grip. 


If it's time to replace your old pruners, you can't do better than Black & Decker. We found these at Dollarama for three bucks, but they probably won't last long at this price. This pruner is 8-inches long and comes with a ten-year limited warranty.


Sometimes a set of wall decals is the answer to a bare space on your walls. I found these branch decals at Dollarama for $2. The set comes with two sheets of branch stickers and one sheet of mirrored leaves.

Decals such as these can be a bit tedious to work with, as there are so many parts, but if you've got the patience, (I'm working up to it), the completed effect is lovely. 


These cushions are 15-inches square and 9 by 12-inches oblong and come in a variety of bright colours with contrasting piping. Find them at Dollarama for three bucks each. If you don't want to use them as they are, they'd make great inserts for cushion covers.


If you're in the market for some new hanging baskets, these 12-inch wire hanging baskets with liners are only three bucks each at Dollarama. Dollar Tree has 10-inch hanging wire baskets for $1.25 and liners for $1.25, making the total for the set $2.50. 



This cute metal garden ornament is almost 14-inches long and can accommodate a four-inch flower pot. It cost three bucks at Dollarama. The plant pot and plant are sold separately.


I found this cute little fellow in the gardening aisle at Dollarama but there's no reason you can't bring him inside to help you decorate for spring and Easter, too. This figurine is about five-inches long and about eight inches tall to the tip of its ear. It's a  decent size and only costs three bucks.


Okay, this is rather a ho-hum kind of item but I have never seen this type of light bulb in a dollar store before. For those of us who have the kind of light fixture in our bathrooms that use these round bulbs, it's good to know that you can get 40w replacements at Dollar Tree. They come in clear, as well as white. For $1.25 each, they're an exceptional value.


If, like me, you have a brown thumb and houseplants don't stand a snowball's chance at your house, you can still brighten up your space with some greenery. These 3-inch pots of faux succulents don't need to be watered, although you may want to dust them on occasion. Group three on a kitchen window sill or anywhere else you want to give the appearance of natural growth.

You have a variety of types to choose from and they look quite life-like. Dollarama has them for $3 per pot.



You can find these character mugs at Dollar Tree while supplies last. Use them as stocking stuffers, fill them with treats to give as a stand-alone gift or use them in your decorating by adding candles or other Christmas-y elements.  


Dollarama has metal Christmas cookie cutters in a variety of shapes and they only cost $1.25 for three. I don't generally bake a lot of cookies but I have other ideas for these fun shapes. Stay tuned!


Dollarama now has Betty Crocker kitchen utensils in metal for $3 each. Besides the slotted spatula and ladle, I also saw a potato masher.


I bought this metal wreath form at Dollar Tree for $1.25. It's a generous 15-inches round and a perfect starting point for making a fall or Christmas wreath.



I found these three dimensional shower curtain hooks at Dollarama for $3  for a set of twelve. They fit in nicely with my nature-themed master bath. These shower curtain hooks also come in floral and nautical shapes.













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