So if you haven’t figured out the theme I’ve been building with these Dollar Store posts let me spell it out for you. A-T-T-R-A-C-T-I-V-E. Otherwise known as fetching, enchanting, good-lookin’, handsome, or my particular favourite swish.
Just because you paid $1 for something doesn’t mean it has to look like you paid $1 for it. I mean everyone wants what they’re sitting on, wearing, displaying or giving to appear much more expensive than it actually is.
Why else would we wrap up some crappy pair of socks at present giving time like we’re giving a trip around the world, where you get to only stay in palaces that are currently occupied by actual royalty. Who will twice nightly put on puppet shows especially for you.
I’ve wrapped presents where the wrapping, bows, and flowers on the gift totalled twice as much as the present itself. And then I get unreasonably angry when the receiver of the gift doesn’t ooo and ahhhh to a degree that I think is directly proportionate to the effort it took to prepare the present. I never said I wasn’t crazy so don’t go start judging me now.
So! Back to the point of all of this. Stuff from dollar stores doesn’t have to look like stuff from dollar stores. So for today’s project, a Dollarama table setting, I could have gone in a completely different direction. The obvious choice would be to do a table setting out of their cheap n’ cheerful plastic cups, bowls and trays. They’re really nice. Green and white polka dots with lime green salad bowls. Really nice.
Instead I have for you the Dollarama table setting that looks high end. Dare I say, it exudes the same casual chic the garbage bag table runner has. So now I present to you, the Dollarama table setting.
Literally every single thing on this table is from Dollarama. OOp! I’m a stinky old liar! They did sell buns at Dollarama, but I decided to splurge and buy day olds from a bakery. Sometimes I go spending crazy like that.
The final thing I wanted to tell you about is the rectangular plate the candles are sitting on. I bought those plates at Dollarama 3 years ago. I looked at them and then for some (probably mental health related) reason walked away. As I was passing the aisle again I saw a couple leaving with a Dollarama cart FULL of the dishes! That snapped me right back to my senses and I ran, RAN to get a cart. I bought every plate they had left. I was actually in the store to buy paper plates for my Christmas Eve gathering and decided it made more sense to buy 15 of these beautiful plates rather than spend $3 on a bunch of ugly crap paper ones that I was going to throw out at the end of the night. It was easily the smartest decision I’ve ever made in my life. Even smarter than when I decided to buy mousetraps. (more on THAT little story another day)
There’s only one more dollar store post to come. Hope you’ve enjoyed ‘em so far. I have to go take a gander at my very expensive looking plates now. And maybe eat a bun.