If you're considering starting out with your own dollar store, chances are you're a little intimidated by the process of selecting an entire retail store's worth of products.

You don't have to be. Abundant market research is available, and we have a great understanding of what the typical dollar store shopper is looking for.

Here are some surefire suggestions to get you started off right.

Party Supplies

Party supplies are a huge seller at dollar stores. There are always people in the market for them, and ideally they want to find supplies at a low price and all under one roof. That sounds like a perfect chance for your store to shine. Things like mylar balloons, tissue paper, wrapping paper, tape, and plastic table cloths are just the staples. You can get creative with all kinds of party favors and paper goods like invitations and thank-you cards.

Storage Containers

When shoppers are looking for storage items, a dollar store is near top of the list. Star with the simple necessities of disposable food containers and sandwich bags, and take it all the way to baskets, and organization containers. A good wall of household organizing bins will be sure to catch a shopper's eye.

Glassware

Many frequent clients of dollar stores are on the lookout for simple, low cost glassware. Things like decorative bowls, basic plates, and an assortment of glasses and mugs are sure to be great sellers.

Office Supplies

This one can be a little trickier, since there's lots of just plain junk that no one wants. Stick to universal essentials. Things like notepads, sharpies, and envelopes are always winners. You can take it farther and start thinking about the types of things that teachers use for school projects. They're always looking for supplies on a budget, and your dollar store can be their top destination.

Household Supplies

People always need them! Cleaners, trash bags, batteries and light bulbs. A dollar store can provide great value on these types of items, and there is constant customer demand. Don't overlook the basics.

Craft Supplies

Your dollar store could be a crafter's dream! Many craft supplies can be overly expensive at a retail craft store. Often, people want to try cheaper, more experimental craft projects without breaking the bank. Your line up can start simple with colorful cotton balls, foam blocks, and decorative vases. From there you can expand into paints and glues, even picture frames and little figurines. You'll find amble demand for low cost crafting items.

Toys and Candy

Plenty of your shoppers are going to be bringing children. If there's one thing kids like, it's toys. If there's another thing, it's candy. Parents grow weary of the "can I have this?" routine, and have an easy time justifying a toy purchase when it's only a dollar. Besides, who doesn't leave the dollar store without a few packs of their favorite movie theater treats?

Bring It Together

It might seem daunting at first, but bringing together a competitive portfolio of dollar store products isn't too hard of a task. Imagine how your range flows from one area to another.

Office supplies transition into paper and stationary products then on through to crafts. From there, we move to the household goods, with cleaners and dishes, not to mention a light spattering of toys and candy. Then just knock them out with an impressive display of storage containers and party supplies.

And just like that, you've got a full store!

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