Have I told you lately how much I love the dollar store? My favorite one is the Dollarama here in Canada. I could walk around in there for hours. Seriously it’s that fun and you never know what you’ll find because their stock changes all the time. Unfortunately I don’t have a Dollarama in the small town I live in and have to drive two hours to get to the closest one. We do have a different dollar store in town but gosh does it ever pale in comparison. So sad really. In the last month or so though we’ve had to go to the city on a number of occasions for appointments (my daughter got her braces off, whoot!) and so each time I try to sneak in a little visit to whichever Dollarama happens to be near where we are going. And boy did I ever score on one of those visits. I can’t wait to show you.
Look at these lovely bags I found.
Yep beautiful right? But there is a story here. Do you see that polka dot bag on the bottom? I already owned this exact same bag. Mine is a Thirty-One bag, a home party company in the US (just branching out into Canada) that sells AWESOME bags and totes. I’m in love with that company and will totally be a consultant if they ever decide to come to Western Canada. Anyway so imagine my surprise when I’m sauntering around the Dollarama and see the EXACT same bag that I already own in the gardening section for $3.00!
So I bought two:
I initially thought they were a complete knock-off to the Thirty-One bag until I got all the way home and discovered a Thirty-One tag on the inside.
Ummm, wow! This organizing utility tote normally sells for $30.00 on the Thirty-One site! I have no idea why they are being sold this way…..I’m wondering if it’s some kind of overstock or old pattern type of thing. I tried googling but didn’t find anything.
These bags are so handy because of the pockets all the way around. I currently sit on the Executive of two parent councils here so I use this bag for that and just leave it packed and ready to go to meetings with my binders, etc. Now that I have these two new bags I am thinking one will be a beach or picnic bag and I’m still thinking about the third one. The possibilities are endless really!
Here’s a picture of my original. They are exactly the same!
I’ve since tried to go back and pick up some more but can’t find them any more. Blah. I’d love to pick some up for gifts for teachers and friends. Oh well.
The next thing I was excited to find (although not nearly as exciting as the totes) are these adorable cardboard magazine holders. I believe they were two for $1.50.
These are silly crazy expensive at office supply stores. Like ridiculously expensive plus they aren’t even cute half of the time. Anyway I know you can make these out of cereal boxes but when they are this cheap why not save yourself some work and go this route. There were other fun designs and colors as well. I’ll definitely be buying more of these. In addition to magazines, these also work really well for corralling kid’s coloring books and workbooks too.
So there you have it. My two super sweet scores at the Dollarama dollar store. The only way to catch these type of deals is to go often and scope out the entire store. I literally will go up and down every single aisle, every single time I go, checking out the new stuff. But of course I’m a junkie so that shouldn’t surprise you in the least :)
Have you picked up any terrific dollar store finds lately?
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