Friends, with the decline in the economy the various dollar stores are seeing a shift in their clientele. They seem to be gaining in their quest to grab new shoppers. Consumers desire value and conveniences. Not only are the thrifty bargain hunters visiting them but the more affluent clients are shopping there as well. When the economy takes a downward shift everyone across the board begins to hold onto their money. There are so many gems to be found at the dollar stores. On occasions I have purchase kalamata olives, jars of sun dried tomatoes, jars of roasted red peppers, spices and extracts etc. At the holiday time they have a great selection of holiday items that look more expensive than they are. We all want to stretch a buck and the dollar stores appeal to the bargain hunter in all of us, even the wealthy. For now happy shopping!

Laurie, TheBag Lady