Fine of the Week Archives



If you’re one of those people who love the look of industrial elements in your home, this is for you. I found these table lamps at Dollarama. They are battery-operated (batteries are extra). I forgot to check the price on these, but you won’t pay any more than four bucks each.


Add elegance to your Christmas entertaining with these classy Christmas glasses available in two
styles at Dollarama. Besides the leaping reindeer silhouettes, there were some with gold snowflakes on them, as well.

If you’re tired of not being able to grab a tissue from the box without the box coming with it, this wood cover is the answer. I found it at Dollarama for four bucks. I like it because it’s not just a cover, it has a bottom piece that slides out for easy loading and keeps everything together if you want to move it from one place to another. It’s great for hiding ugly tissue boxes, too!

Because it’s made of wood, this box is ripe for painting and decorating. I’d love to see how you decorate yours. Send your pictures to me at

I don’t think you could find a better price than four bucks for 16 pieces of silverware. I only saw these with red handles in the Dollarama I was in; there may be different colours in different locations, but don’t quote me on that! I think the decorative pattern on the handles is a nice touch.

Found this decorative curtain rod at Dollarama for four bucks. It has a 5/8 – inch diameter and the length extends from 48-84 inches. That’s pretty darn cool. It came with three brackets and enough screws and anchors to mount it, but I already had some decorative brackets up so I just used them.

Found these brand name ear buds with mike and storage case at Dollar Tree. If you need new
ear buds, these would be worth a try for the price.

This storage “ottoman” was found at Dollarama for $4. It’s really just one of those fabric-covered, folding storage squares with a little extra support in the sides, a vinyl-like covering and a
padded lid. I’d use this as a footstool, but it couldn’t support more than a child’s weight, as a seat. Still, it’s an attractive way to keep files, photo albums or other odds and ends neat and
out of sight.

These storage boxes are packaged folded. They’re just under 12-inches square and come
in a few different travel-type patterns.

I love nature-themed pieces and this pretty serving bowl, found at Dollarama, can hold it’s
own even when it’s sitting empty. The bowl is generously sized at 17-inches long to the tip of the stem and would make a great gift. No one would ever guess it only cost $4.

Love these succulent picks! Dollar Tree has a wide assortment of them. Gather four or five of your favourites in different heights, the flower pot of your choice filled with small river rocks and just poke these picks into the rocks in an arrangement that pleases you.

If you like the looks of these wood-look lanterns, you might do well to grab a couple while you can. They cost four bucks each at Dollarama. Pick up some batteries, too, because they’re equipped with led candles.

This 11-inch metal birdcage costs four bucks at Dollarama. It has a latch that let’s you open
the top so you can insert a plant or whatever else takes your fancy and a loop for hanging. It’s never to early to start snatching up gems like this for the spring and summer season.

Found this string of battery-operated pine cone lights at Dollarama for three bucks. These unique mini lights come in sets of ten.

Wow! These faux leaves are at least twice as big as their previous dollar store incarnations. Go ahead and add a touch of the tropical to your home. Found at Dollarama.

Some dollar store tea towels are smaller than the tea towels you’ll find in other department
stores, but they can make great substitutes for more expensive cloth napkins. I folded this one in threes so that the embroidered message is front and center.

(See how to make the sleigh ornament here.)

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.

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 each.

If you don’t need a new fall tablecloth, think about other things you could make using this fabric.

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 parties.

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.

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 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 Dollarama.

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.

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.