I'm an interior designer. Here are 4 items I'd get at Dollar Tree, and 5 things I'd skip.

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I'm an interior designer. Here are 4 items I'd get at Dollar Tree, and 5 things I'd skip.
  • As a Gen Z interior designer, there are plenty of things I'd buy and skip at Dollar Tree.
  • I recommend grabbing a simple glass vase and filling it with fresh flowers to liven up a space.

I'm a Gen Z interior designer who loves shopping at Dollar Tree for bargains on items I use to decorate my space. However, there are also some things I wouldn't buy at the store.

Here are four items I'd get and five things I'd skip at Dollar Tree.

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Ribbons are essential for my DIY projects.

Ribbons are essential for my DIY projects.
Dollar Tree offers a wide variety of ribbons.Bri Macdonald

I use ribbons for DIY projects like hand-decorated lampshades.

Dollar Tree's ribbon collection is extensive, so you might need to rummage through a few boxes to find the roll you want.

After some digging, I usually find ribbon in the perfect color and size for my next project.

Sleek, clear vases are staples when I'm designing a space.

Sleek, clear vases are staples when I'm designing a space.
A sleek vase with fresh flowers can easily liven up a home.Bri Macdonald

You can't beat a simple, clear-glass vase that makes almost any space look sleek, elegant, and timeless.

Dollar Tree has many clear-glass vases that can complement most decor styles and instantly elevate a space. Throw in some fresh flowers, and you have a great new piece.

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I grab notebooks and other office supplies that fit my aesthetic.

I grab notebooks and other office supplies that fit my aesthetic.
I buy notebooks in colors that match my space.Bri Macdonald

Dollar Tree carries a huge selection of notebooks, planners, and pens in several colors, finishes, and styles. I keep a couple of empty notebooks around my house, so I always have one nearby.

I prefer the solid-colored notebooks because they look timeless and easily coordinate with other belongings.

Command strips are necessary for hanging wall art without making a permanent change.

Command strips are necessary for hanging wall art without making a permanent change.
Dollar Tree carries a wide variety of Command strips.Bri Macdonald

I recommend using Command strips if you rent your place or want to make a non-permanent change on your walls. They're great for hanging various-sized picture frames or art pieces.

My location sells a few options, including classic adhesive strips and hooks.

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On the other hand, I typically skip the faux flowers.

On the other hand, I typically skip the faux flowers.
The faux flowers at Dollar Tree can look a bit cheap.Bri Macdonald

As exciting as the faux-flower display seems, I think they look tacky and can really cheapen a home.

Instead, I'd choose affordable alternatives like plants or dried flowers.

Cheap-looking plastic organizers don't elevate a space.

Cheap-looking plastic organizers don't elevate a space.
I'm not a fan of plastic bins.Bri Macdonald

Instead of opting for flimsy, brightly colored plastic containers, I'd recommend going with clear or natural-wood bins.

The bright colors can look tacky, which is the last thing I want when I'm organizing a space.

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I don't trust the quality of the picture frames at Dollar Tree.

I don't trust the quality of the picture frames at Dollar Tree.
The picture frames at Dollar Tree don't seem like they're worth buying.Bri Macdonald

There are plenty of places to get high-quality picture frames, but Dollar Tree doesn't seem to be one of them. The frames I find here feel cheap and would probably downgrade a space.

For budget-friendly options, I recommend finding frames at antique markets or on Facebook Marketplace instead.

I won't give into flimsy decor with quotes.

I won't give into flimsy decor with quotes.
I find that decor with quotes can look tacky.Bri Macdonald

I highly encourage skipping over decor items with sayings like "home sweet home" or "live laugh love." I find they look cheap and can create a cluttered feeling.

Instead, decorate your space to feel like "home sweet home" by investing in timeless decor.

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I won't buy anything from the towel section.

I won't buy anything from the towel section.
The towels at Dollar Tree don't seem durable.Bri Macdonald

The low price tag of the towels at Dollar Tree may be enticing, but I don't think they'd stand the test of time. The ones at my location felt hard and scratchy, as if they'd start to fall apart after a few washes.

I've found good-quality towels at Ikea and HomeSense, proving that they don't have to come with a hefty price tag.

I recommend looking for towels with stitching and high-quality materials.