8 of the Most Underrated Items You Should Be Getting at the Dollar Store

published Sep 17, 2019
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It’s always good to buy secondhand when you can, and it’s definitely nice to invest in certain pieces that you want to have around for a while. But there’s also a time and place for dollar store goods. Seriously. Here are some dollar store standbys you shouldn’t overlook. 

1. Plastic storage containers

Sure, wood and metal are pretty, but the plastic containers at dollar stores can be handier than you might imagine. They can serve well in pantries, offices, craft rooms, closet spaces, bathrooms, and anywhere else you might need to organize. 

2. LED candles

I love having real candles in my home — that’s why I have a fireplace hearth full of them. But LED candles can actually add a legitimate degree of ambience. I like to put them in places where I might not want to place a true flame, like on top of my guitar amp.

3. Colored glass

These days, dollar stores sell a lot of colored and textured glass. Stop by your local dollar store for a quick refresh on your home’s glassware, from votive holders to vases to stemware.

4. Children’s hangers

Although most adults eventually graduate past plastic hangers, plastic remains the obvious choice for children. Dollar stores often sell them, and in a few colors.

5. Picture frames

I’ll be the first one to tell you that these frames can fall apart easily — even a little more easily than what you might be used to from big box stores. The key is to keep these frames a bit out of reach — it will reduce the odds of them being messed with and falling apart. Plus, the finishes look richer from afar.

6. Small decor items

If you’d like to add colorful or textured little touches to your home, you might be surprised at how well certain dollar store items can stand up to the task. Think: seashells, sea glass, rope, and crafting supplies (including small foam wreath forms).

7. Holiday decorations

Speaking of wreaths: The thing about decorations for holidays like Christmas, Hannukah, and Halloween is that they usually only stay up for a month or so, max. Why not pay less for the things that get minimal usage?

8. Small garbage cans

Your nice stainless steel garbage might add a lot to your kitchen, but can a $1 garbage work in some of your other spaces?

This post originally ran on Apartment Therapy. See it there: 8 of the Most Underrated Items at the Dollar Store