In the mid 80's, on a vacation to Virginia Beach, we happened upon a dollar store..Well....we were amazed, could EVERYTHING, really and truly be a buck?
There were signs on the wall, saying, YES, everthing really is a dollar...Don't ask me again stupid!
Now they are everywhere, and not a novelty anymore..I saw on tv the other day, even in Beverly Hills has a dollar store, and they compared the same items purcheased from there, to a super market..savings were half!
I just came back from one, spending $25.00, and having a ball...readers for a buck, such a deal!! Superglue, cleaner stuff, batteries, even a spare remote to tuck away, for emergency!! I was a happy whirlwind, doesn't take much, does it?
Do you have one near you, do you love them?
Trip, with her book & tea!
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Ahhh, the Dollar Store - one of the best kept secrets of our time...
We have several here in central Connecticut. We use them for gift bags, wrapping paper, plastic bins, table cloths (or should I say coverings), platics eating utensils, and other things I've forgotten.
Love to browse in the one in our mall when the Mrs. is in the card store for what seems like hours......
Not only do we have the Dollar Stores and Dollar Tree Stores, we have 99¢ Only Stores and 98¢ Stores here. I don't like taking my good eye shadows up on my trips so I buy the $1 multi-color, good brand and it works great. I also found our ponchos there. Love to look around too.
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A company where I did some part time work was collecting items for the hurricane victims on the Gulf Coast. I spent $25 at a dollar store (I think it was Dollar Tree) and filled huge bags with lotion, soap, toothpaste, etc.
I felt good about helping and hopefully the items got to the people who needed them.
Dollar stores are the only place I would ever buy gift bags or wrapping paper.
Hi Trip, Yes we have them up here. RD forgot to mention that ours are often called Loonie Stores(our C$1 coin has a loon on it). Although sometimes ours are called Loonie & more(with other stuff costing well over $1). I like the strictly only $1 stores best. And they certainly have a huge variety of things in them!!
Trip-I also scooped up some after Xmas bargains(at WalMart, Michaels, Sears-went down to Bellingham, WA with my girls). You would have been proud!!
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A "Dollar Store" in my neighbourhood recently went bankrupt, and for the last few weeks it was the "50 cent store". I bought batteries, scotch tape, plastic spatulas, headphones, tupperware etc etc for the next 10 years..... spent about 300 bucks.
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Brenda, they're never called Loonie stores here in Quebec, in fact they're not even called Dollar Stores, but inventive names like Empire du Dollar, Dollar-Rama, and any other name you can attach to the French pronunciation of "Dollar".
I love the $ store! I work right next door to one.I especially like the reading glasses too! Same glasses that you buy from walmart for $20...I buy lots of things for my cruises there.Travel size goodies and those 2 for a dollar rain ponchos! But,they are not to be confused with the "other" dollar store which was first to open..that store attracted ppl that though they were getting things for less,but actually,you were paying more! I believe the good ones are called Every things a dollar or 99cent store.Dot
One of the best bargains in the $ stores we frequent are greeting cards. With my large family and extended family, I figure I send out around 40 cards a year (not including Xmas or other holidays) just for birthdays & anniversaries. I used to spend about $5 or so per card, until Kim steered me to her favorite $ store.
Now I buy them 2 for $1 (yep, 50 cents each), and they're every bit as good as the Hallmarks, American Greetings, etc. IMO, though a bit less fancy. The company is Tender Thoughts Greetings, with a Toronto address on The Queensway, although the cards indicate that they're "made in the U.S.A." But you can't beat the price!
Gotta love em!!!! The dollar stores are everywhere here. A few summers ago I worked part time in a concert venue, outdoor concerts in summer. I bought a bunch of those ponchos for a $1.00 each. I sold d them for $5.00 each on the rainy nights. I worked in the parking lots directing the cars to parking spaces. Concert goers would see the bag of ponchos and I would sell out fast.
When I was in Coz a few years ago,it came a flash flood! Everyone ran for cover,and I pulled out my $ store poncho and e1 wanted to know where I got it..as I was walking around,I came upon some just like the ones I had purchased and they were selling them for $6 each! I could have sold them for $3 and e1 would have gotten a good deal..unless they hauled me off to the pokie...