Yesterday we looked at the benefits of hunting for supplies second hand—whether at a store, grandma’s attic, or your own forgotten stash. Today, let’s jump down another rabbit hole—the dollar store.
Once (and maybe still) considered a shop for only the down-and-out or low-income, the dollar store is a haven for crafters of all sorts. I find most of my card-making supplies there along with beads, bubble bath, and books. A nice (or nasty) thing about dollar stores is that their inventory turns over faster than many other stores and they often won’t get the exact same stock when it’s time to refill the shelves. And every store—even if they’re a part of the same chain—doesn’t carry the same variations of each item.
I’m a Dollar Tree fan. In Canada, the only price you need to know is $1.25. No matter what the item, the price is the same. It makes yarn shopping easy. If I go in with $10, I’ll come out with seven balls of yarn.
Are these the best quality yarns? Nope. But the colour selection as well as variety in size and texture is what draws me to these little bundles of joy. From the soft, fuzzy chenille to the shiny eyelash yarn to the wide, lacy, ribbon-y I-don’t-know-what-the-heck-to-call-it, little bits of this stuff can go a long way to adding visual interest and physical texture to any project.
The best part is that you don’t have to break the bank to get it! And while you’re there, pick up a few baskets (like the pink one shown) to store your stash.