The Dollar Store Secret

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If you are like me and you are on a tight inventory budget, but need nice things for staging, consider the Dollar Store.  I have found many things that I can mix with my nicer items and noone would know any different.  Next time you need a few accessories, don't be afraid to look at the cheap places. 

I have found things like:

  • solid colored plates
  • silverware
  • cloth napkins
  • coffee cups
  • glass pitchers ( for lemonade)
  • glass jars
  • soaps (I put the soaps in the glass jars for a Pottery Barn look)
  • frames
  • grasses
  • greenery that doesn't look bad
  • pottery ( I put several grasses in the pottery and it looks like I got it from Target or HomeGoods)
  • plate stands
  • finger towels ( some of them actually look really nice) I like brown, white and blue
  • candles (I like white)
  • And many staging toolkit items like rubberbands, tape, wire...

Next time stop in and see what you can make look like a million bucks when it was only one buck!


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Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN
Letitia -  I purchased all of my plate stands from a dollar store.  I found a huge cache of black wrought iron stands and bought about 15 of them.  Usually you would pay that much for one.  I confess that was a fluke and I have not purchased anything for staging there since.  Maybe I should give it another try.
Feb 21, 2007 04:48 PM #1
Marci Toliver
438-4642 - Mauldin, SC
Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging
Letitia, we got some really nice vases and soaps as well.
Feb 21, 2007 05:00 PM #2
Maureen Maureen
Orangeburg, NY
You can also find stuff to put in bathroom baskets like sea sponges or puffs.  Thanks for sharing!
Feb 21, 2007 05:29 PM #3
Judy Heinrich
Judy Heinrich Home Staging - San Diego, CA
I love the dollar store, but it is hit or miss sometimes.  Once I found really good looking fake apples and lemons... a whole bag for a buck, can't beat that! I also get a lot of my note cards there.
Feb 21, 2007 06:03 PM #4
Home Staging
Reston, VA
Wow - that is a fantastic list. I never go into the dollar store but pass them ALL the time.  I will start checking them out.  I do need some more faux fruit and the soap is a definite addition to my list.
Feb 21, 2007 06:14 PM #5
Ann O'Connell
Real estate agent at Oak Real Estate - Boulder, CO
I've also found seasonal stuff for promotional items (e.g. candy bags, ribbons, etc.).
Feb 21, 2007 07:58 PM #6
Cheryl Reynen
Set The Stage - Comox Valley, BC
Set The Stage - Comox Valley, BC

I never thought about a Dollar Store - of course my training only talked about specialty designer showrooms and netowrking to get discounts there - but I bet even with a discount it wouldnt be as cost effective as the good old Dollar Store!

I was almost on the same page earlier - wondering if it was faux pas to shop at walmart for staging items! ;)

Feb 21, 2007 10:01 PM #7
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

I love the dollar stores and have a similar list as yours.

And you're right, Ann.  It's a great place for all the seasonal stuff.  Speaking of which, Hobby Lobby has their valentine decor on sale for 80% off.  I purchased a bouquet of red roses on twines tied with a ribbon for dirt cheap.



Feb 22, 2007 04:49 PM #8
Janice Sutton
1st Stage Property Transformations - Murrieta, CA
Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta
I love the soaps in a glass jar idea.  Thanks for sharing!
Feb 22, 2007 11:36 PM #9
Kimberly Uksik
Independent - Pickering, ON
Home Stager - Durham, Toronto, On.

The dollar store is terrific.  You would be suprised what you can find in there.


Feb 23, 2007 01:48 PM #10
Phyllis Mathouser
Re/Max By The Bay - Exeter, NH
Great idea.  They have quite a bit of little things that help.  You just have to look a little harder.
Feb 24, 2007 04:52 PM #11
I've purchased the bags of smooth river rocks to use in glass vases or plates with pillar candles.  They're only a dollar, where at Pier 1 - $6.00-8.00!
Feb 26, 2007 05:51 PM #12
Angel Walker
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners - Johns Creek, GA
I've only been in a dollar store a couple of times.  I never would of thought to shop there for inventory items. Thanks so much for these suggestions!
Feb 26, 2007 07:59 PM #13
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