Fine of the Week Archives


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

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.

It’s a little early
for summer but, if you like the looks of these wood 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

Dollarama has started stocking
these bath sheets for $4 each. They are labeled as bath towels but
they’re a generous size at 27 1/2 by 55 inches and are available
in a variety of colours. The towels are 80 percent cotton and 20
percent polyester; not terrifically absorbent, but they get the
job done and the price is right!

Found this string of
battery-operated pinecone lights at Dollarama for three bucks.
These and similar 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.)

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.

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

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

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
They also have smaller prints in the same style for the same

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.

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.