FIND OF THE WEEK
Normally, these small
lampshades can cost $5 or more, depending on the style. These ones
aren't fancy, but if you need new chandelier lampshades, or just
want a change, these ones only cost $1.50 each at Dollarama. I saw
them in three shades, white, brown and black.
I found this tea light
holder at Dollar Tree. The layer between the outer and inner glass
pieces has been filled with a gel that holds bits of nature; in
this case leaves, berries and bits of twig, but there were two or
three different designs to choose from.
Here's a cute glass
pumpkin candle holder that I found at Dollarama for $3.50. It's a
fair size and should hold a short pillar candle.
This large glass cookie jar is
perfect for storing homemade cookies or other treats. Dollarama
sells them for $4 each but, if you fancy one, you better hurry;
they've been in stock before and quickly vanished.
This lovely white leaf-shaped
bowl is about 10 1/2-inches long and would be a lovely way to
serve the mashed potatoes this fall.
With autumn fast approaching,
I thought I'd showcase these lovely linen-look fabric tablecloths
in fall colours. They're 52 by 70-inches in size and have hemmed
seams, rather than the scalloped edges you see on other fabric
tablecloths from the dollar store. Dollarama sells these for $4
If you don't need a new fall
tablecloth, think about other things you could make using this
Everyone knows that the
Rubbermaid name stands for quality plastic products. I don't know
what these gallon pitchers cost in other stores, but you can get
one at Dollarama right now for four bucks.
If you're a knitter,
you'll appreciate being able to buy these 87-yard skeins of cable
knitting yarn in a variety of colours for only two bucks each at
Dollarama. Get a head start on Christmas gifts and other winter
This attractive set of small
serving bowls costs four bucks at Dollarama. You can buy sets that
are shaped like leaves or flowers. If you're really
ambitious, you could start your Christmas shopping early and put
away a couple of these boxed sets to give to the hosts of holiday
Found this plastic stool at
Dollarama for four bucks. You could use it for extra seating or a
side table either inside or outside. It come in dark brown as well
as this beige colour.
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.
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.
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.