What girl doesn’t like a pretty work space? And saving money? Add chocolate, and that’s a killer trifecta for creativity in my world!
The Dollar Tree is like a game of Where’s Waldo with constantly changing inventory. It’s similar to thrifting in that
- ) You need to visit regularly to find the best stuff.
- ) When you find it – buy it. Don’t wait, because good stuff sells fast.
- ) Matching things often arrive together but aren’t all grouped together.
I’m a self-proclaimed Dollar Tree connoisseur. I’m high-brow like that. I have this habit of stopping by for a thrifty beverage, and I’m thirsty several times a week. That’s given me the opportunity to discover plenty of new stock. Let’s not get hung up on the beverage cooler’s convenient location by the registers. Sometimes I need a little “exercise”. A couple of laps at a stop-and-shop pace is good for…well, any walking is good, right? If you don’t have a cart, there’s lifting, too.
I can’t guarantee you’ll find these exact items at your store. I can pretty much promise you won’t, but I can take you on a little tour of my favorite hot spots in the store to help you get your Dollar Tree glam on.
First Stop is the gift boxes. I find them displayed with the bows as well as in seasonal that isn’t holiday-specific. That is an olive drab ribbon with gold dots.
These look sleek and modern after I removed the flimsy bows (which look oddly less offensive in the photos). They now look like they were made to match this notebook I found in the office supplies. If you don’t like the selection of boxes, head over to the gift wrap for paper in up-to-date patterns you could use to cover shoe boxes.
Second Stop is the Pen Wall. That’s the place you desperately run through to fill in the school supplies, hoping not to pay so much for red pens you’re calling other parents to split the package. If you take a deep breath (I hear xanex helps) and slowly look over the wall, you will find a package or 2 of adult cute pens – pens that don’t look like you raided your 3rd grader’s backpack. Skip anything neon. All the pens in this post are from The Wall.
Third Stop is probably on the same aisle. All office supplies (obvious, right?) are worth checking, but I particularly look for cute notebooks, notepads, push pins, binder clips, and decorative tape (knock off washi tape). I pay attention to the wall where push pins hang, because new fun things magically appear here briefly.
Other goodies on my desk include colored cords (clothesline) that come from the tool section. A repurposed bottle with washi tape stripes corrals twine. I use it for wrapping gifts, hanging plants, crafting, etc. It checks all the boxes – pretty, free, easy, and as a bonus – environmentally friendly.
Candle in a jar is from the home decor aisle, candle and incense section. Another good aisle, but I don’t find as many new offerings in this area.
Jar/mug is found with glassware, but mine came with jam in it. Score! I’m a sucker for dishes, and Dollar Tree gets some stylish pieces that have blended into our sets at home seamlessly.
Small glass bowl used to hold push pins is found in kitchenware in packages of 3 for $1. They’re great for cat food, salsa, queso, ranch dressing, marinara, melting a little butter, etc. Ours get a lot of use, so we have 2 sets.
When I put all my Dollar Tree finds together to brighten my desk area, this is what I got. Let’s be real, here. I’m not an everything meticulously in its place gal, but rather a bit of creative chaos on the verge of taking over the planet.
The grand total, including 2 rolls of washi-like tape and 2 rolls of synthetic twine was $16 plus an empty bottle and minus anything that has a hard drive.
I draw the line at dollar staplers and will either spray paint mine like Doodlebugcrafts did or ignore it until gold staplers go out of style. I like a gold and acrylic stapler as much as the next girl and have put it in my Amazon cart. And then deleted it, because I don’t need another stapler. (This isn’t Spend Around the Clock for a reason.)
Cute staplers need cute tape dispensers. Here’s the bargain acrylic and gold version at half the price of the one with polkadots. I’m pretty sure for a $10 savings you can get a friend with a Silhouette to cut out dots, hand paint some on, or cut washi tape triangles for a similar and unique look. This may be the only time rose gold is less. It’s barely more than $5 if combined with other items.
So what have you done to beautify your work space? Were you thrifty, or did you splurge? I’d love to hear your feedback!