Despite the lingering coronavirus pandemic, more people are vaccinated and eager to celebrate with family and friends this Thanksgiving and to resume treasured holiday traditions.
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You want your home to look warm and inviting this season, but perhaps you’re on a budget. Dollar stores offer affordable yet stylish holiday home decor and decorations — everything from pumpkin decorations to scented candles to tableware.
Most items really do cost $1 at retailers, such as 99¢ Only Stores, Dollar General and Family Dollar, but some products online are sold in bulk. At Daiso, the Japanese dollar store, most goods cost $1.50 or $1.99. And Dollar Tree recently began adding products priced above $1 at some locations.
“It’s economical, and sometimes when I’m done with the items I put them out for free for others to use,” in keeping with the season’s giving spirit, said Katherine Colombo, 63, of Petaluma, California, as she shopped at a Dollar Tree store with her daughter.
Low prices and fresh, fashionable home decor are what attract shoppers, says Katie Ellison, a spokeswoman for Dollar General. Decorating for the holidays “is made easy ... without a huge cost,” she says.
Here are 10 items perfect for Thanksgiving that you can find at dollar stores.
1. Rustic plaids
Home decor items from plates to throw blankets in plaids, especially black-and-white plaid, are popular this year. The timeless patterns are perfect for Thanksgiving or any time of year and bring a more modern look to a home.
For $1, Dollar General is selling mini plaid pumpkins and Dollar Tree is offering a variety of black-and-white checkered tableware, including a rectangular serving platter and 8-inch ceramic plates with sayings like “Blessed” and “Gather Together.”
2. Comfort items
Indulge yourself with thankful-themed pillow or throw blankets even if they cost more than $1.
Dollar General stores sell plush pillows with phrases like “Take me to the Pumpkin Patch” and “Grateful & Blessed” inscribed on a pumpkin against a plaid background for $8 (rectangular pillows) to $10 (square pillows). Those stores also offer plaid throw blankets with fringe in various colors for $15. The throws and pillows come in trendy black-and-white plaid options.
Adding festive lights is a simple way to raise the warmth and brightness of any indoor or outdoor setting. Dollar General stores offer string lights decorated with faux leaves, berries and pine cones for $5. They also have various LED-lit pumpkins — some in a gold or silver metallic finish for $5 and ceramic ones in three colors for $3.