FIND OF THE WEEK
Stencils are always handy
items to have on hand if you're a crafter. I found these two-inch
ones at Dollar Tree. There are four 5 by 7-inch plastic sheets
that include the numbers 0-1 and seven common symbols. The package
says that you can use them with any kind of paint, stains, chalks
and inks, clean them up and reuse them over and over.
Dollarama has a
variety of these cement-look planters that cost from $2 to $4,
depending on the size. Fill a grouping of these with
colourful flowers and put them on a table near your front door to
make an attractive display throughout the summer.
This pretty cut glass canister
cost $2.50 at Dollarama and lends itself to a variety of uses.
It's about 5 1/2-inches tall overall, with the base about 3
1/2-inches deep; just the right size for a short pillar candle,
storing sweets or adding a touch of elegance to bathroom storage
of cotton balls or cotton swabs.
Filled with a candle or candy,
this lovely canister would make a stylish gift.
I've been using a mug
warmer to keep my drinks hot for years, but I'm quite sure I paid
more than twice as much, even way back then, than the four bucks I
paid for this mug warmer at Dollarama. Granted, it remains to be
seen if this one will last as long.
The thing I didn't
realize about mug warmers is that you can use them to heat candles
in glass jars to release the scent, rather than lighting them. I
thought that was a really neat idea so I tried it and it works
great. There are more ideas for using a mug warmer listed on the
back label of this Betty Crocker product.
I love the antique vibe of this
13-inch tall metal pitcher. It reminds me of the kind of thing my
grandmother would have used to water her flowers. You could use it
for that too, but it would also make a great place for a bouquet
of wild flowers. It comes in different colours and cost $4 at
These rock-like solar
garden lights are 3 1/2-inches wide and boast a weight that mimics
real stone. They also have an on/off switch. Each one costs three
bucks at Dollarama. There's a wide array of garden lighting at the
dollar store this year.
If you're interested in
miniature/fairy gardens, Dollarama has these mushroom houses in
two different styles. They're about 8-inches high and cost $4.
For eight bucks you can add
some new artwork to your home decor. I choose these floral pieces
but you can also buy street scenes and architectural prints that
put you in mind of a bygone era. These large frames measure
approximately 16 by 14 inches and cost four bucks each at Dollarama.
They also have smaller prints in the same style for the same
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 -
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
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.
Just in time for
carving the Thanksgiving turkey, here's a handsome carving set
from Sunbeam for only three bucks. Find it at Dollarama.
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.
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
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.