Living the Good Life at Dollar Tree
Olives, pickles… no caviar, though. Gnocchi, balsamic-style vinegar…. A dozen soft oatmeal cookies the size of your hand, little pecan pinwheels perfect for afternoon tea or a languid brunch….
Turns out that the dollar store is no longer just for the necessities of life. If you arrive first-thing in the morning, you can grab a still-warm loaf of white bread, hot off the truck. Should you have a carful of unhappy campers later in the day, they have a frozen goods section with three creamy vanilla ice creams on a stick coated in caramel/toffee/chocolate crunch for a dollar. Traditional movie snacks from Milk Duds, to popcorn, to chips, to Baby Ruths are not $3-$4 per package, but yes… just a buck each. We love some of their jams that could easily be passed off in gourmet shops for many times the cost.
I am amazed at the seemingly-higher end goods from small, silver-like picture frames, perfect for calligraphy namecard settings at your next holiday gathering, or if you choose to order online from Dollar Tree, buy 100 or so for that upcoming wedding. There are red, gold, or silver chargers to put under your place settings, and faux silver serving trays that give an upgraded look to a simple party. Colored napkins, plates and cups come in coordinated colors, along with heavy, clear plastic cutlery.
Mason jars, plastic storage bins and anti-bacterial wipes. Nail polish remover and cheap nail polish in hues ranging from glittery to electric blue, lime green and pale pink. How would summer pedicures resist such stuff? Lipstick, powder, blush, mascara, eyeshadow palettes. Hey, I’ve been in places where something breaks or is lost and you need a quick fix on the face. Speaking of which, they also have anti-acne facial wipes, as well.
Dollar Tree has clothing ranging from t-shirts, to some fairly snazzy socks upon occasion, to fuzzy slipper socks with anti-skid grips. Sunglasses and baseballs caps and even straw hats in the summer round out the fare. Warm knitted caps and gloves are on tap in the winter.
Should you be renting a beach condo or mountain cabin, stop by for extra dishtowels, paper towels, coffee mugs or trash bags. My latest snag of choice came in the form of silicone pot holders (some of their quilted cloth ones are on the thin side)— big squares that may be wrapped around a hot handle, and also small grabbers shaped like duck bills or puppet mouths that you pop on your hand.
“Those will never work,” Benedetto shook his head when I presented my latest find in industrial black, having passed over the riot of other colors offered.
He still admitted the pot holders looked cool in a Euro-chic way. When we tried them just for brief oven-to-counter maneuvers they were not bad at all. Most of all, I was right and that in itself was worth far more than $1.
(I must add the disclaimer that Dollar Tree does not know me, apart from being one of their better customers. I am not paid in any way for this positive review. But you knew that.)
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