December can be an expensive month, with the addition of holiday food, decorations and gifts lengthening the usual family shopping list.
But Berkeley shoppers are getting thrifty this year, according to the Contra Costa Times, and hitting up the dollar stores for their holiday needs.
In fact, the trend is nationwide. A tough economy over the last few years has meant a boom for dollar variety stores like Berkeley's , and . These types of discount stores are expected to be among the star retail performers this holiday season, according to a Nielsen survey.
And it isn't just discount wrapping paper and cheap holiday decorations that are drawing a crowd either. A whole do-it-yourself-for-a-dollar culture has spawned online, with crafty creations like this cotton swab tree ornament and these personalized wine glasses.
Check out these dollar-store crafts blogs for ideas on how to turn your spare change into a piece of art or a special gift for the holidays:
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