I know a lot of people think that only junk can be purchased at the Dollar Tree or any all for a dollar store. Not necessarily true. There are several items that can be purchased that are truly good finds.
YES, there are things that are not deals as well. Some things I would never buy.
One just needs to pay attention!
My best buy items list!
Greeting cards - at most of the dollar stores here they are 2/$1.00!!! That is pretty darn cheap. Greeting cards can be extremely expensive. I have found many really cute cards there.
Reading glasses - all kinds of styles and the script is written on tag for $1. Most people I know that use readers have several pair (as they tend to lose them!). I have seen many cute styles there and for $1 - well. Why not?
Kitchen towels, placemats and hot pads - they have many really cute and pretty designs. Great for filling in a basket of goodies to add a bit of color and something useful.
Glasses, vases, dishware. It may not be the highest quality, but for someone just starting out or looking for an easy replacement - they are perfect.
Gift bags, ribbon, bows - for every occasion - no matter the size. Pretty fantastic
Some of the cleaning items, and health and beauty. Their Awesome cleaner is pretty darn good to have on hand. It does work well. (I still like my natural cleaners). Certain shampoos, conditioners, toothpaste, dish soap (some are full size), brand name bar soaps, peroxide, fabric softener sheets, dry bleach, deodorant, cleaning rags..................................even pregnancy tests!
Baskets and totes - there are lots of storage items of all types. No huge sizes, but many are great for storing and stacking items in closets and pantries. They make great containers for 'goodie bag' gifts at the holidays as well.
Our newer stores have a ton of crafting items. I recently saw lots and lots of yarn. There were paints and crafting items. Beads, glass bobbles, floral tape, silk flowers, markers............ tons of things to chose from.
Seasonal items - you name it you can find it for various holidays. Door decorations, table decorations, runners and table cloths, dish towels, tree decor, candies for the season, dishes and cups - just so much to chose from.
Candy & snacks - many a deal on various types of candy and even snacks. You have to pay attention - but many times you can find some brand names and even near normal size.
There are many, many practical items to find and use all for $1!!!!!!!!!!
Now there are some things that you really need to pay attention to as you may not really be getting a deal.
There are now lots of brand name canned goods - but if you pay attention to your ads, odds are you will find deals on the same thing for less than a $1. You really need to watch and know your prices.
Beans and rice bags are always $1. Most times they are one pound bags - but many times they are two pound. That is a deal. It depends on the deals you can get at other stores. But a 2 lb. bag for a $1 is a steal in my book.
Watch the foods in the frozen/frig section if your store has one. They are smaller sizes and you really need to read the ingredients (not always what you think).
Spices can be had - some brand name. Just read the ingredients.
Back to school supplies - sure $1 is cheap, but many stores have super great back to school sales. I have purchased folders for .10 each and notebooks for .25 each, crayons (brand name) for .50 at other stores. Just look around and pay attention. Wall calendars are usually quite pretty and only $1. I already have a new one for 2022!!!! (I don't ever get free ones any more)
Batteries - be careful. I have purchased brand name batteries in 4 or 6 packs for $1 and they have been fine. Their off name ones don't last very long at all. Packs of watch batteries are wonderful. I buy a 6/8 pack for $1 and it lasts for a couple years for 2 different watches. Worth it to me.
Color books and reading books - can often find some good ones. Some color books are very thin - but others are nice size (lots of pages) and I have found some interesting hard back books as well. Word and puzzle books are a pretty good deal and make nice gifts.
The little solar yard lights are not bad. They can be good to have on hand to use in case the power goes out. Place outdoors and bring in at night for extra lighting!
Things I generally won't buy!
Electronics - just don't trust them.
Be careful if buying holiday lights - many are not UL approved.
Toys - these can be iffy for sure. Not only are they extremely cheap in quality, but they may contain harmful coatings. A lot of stuff comes from other countries and they are aloud to add ingredients we are not! Like LEAD!!!!!!! Lot's of the toys have tiny and breakable pieces - that could end up in a littles mouth! (choking hazard).
****** Books, coloring books, colored pencils, puzzles, etc. seem fine!!!!
Just be careful!!!!
So if you have a chance to go to a Dollar Tree or someplace similar - give it a check. Yes, you can get a deal or two if you just take the time to look around.
I do like it for crates/containers and kitchen towels for use at holiday time. I like the calendars and pocket planners. I buy my shampoo and deodorant there. If I can find full size dish soap - I get that to add to stock.
Greeting cards and IF I need a new gift bag - that is my place to go. (I reuse many bags!)
Our newest stores are in college areas - which will be useful for students on a budget. There are also people who live in food deserts and this may be the only place available - at least they can get SOME good items. Many people just do not have access to other places - these stores are a good alternative. So don't turn your nose up at them - they do have their place and they do have some good options.
YES there are deals to find.
Have fun searching and see what you can find!