Every true miniature gamer knows that some of the most useful items can be found at their local dollar store. However, too few of us (in my opinion anyway) actually share our finds when others can take advantage of them. If your Dollar Stores are like mine most of the items are very seasonal or even one time inventories only; meaning when they are gone the chain can’t get them anymore.
As a result I am taking a break from my usual solo postings and sharing some of my local Dollar Store finds with you all including why I like the item and what I believe it can be used for:
First up is this floral decoration. These are small flocked segments that would obviously be perfect as hedges or even trees if you press a stick or small branch into them and base them. I have a set I intend to create a small stand of trees with and will post pictures when finished. As I have not seen this at many dollar stores before I believe this may be a limited inventory so I will definitely be picking up more.
These beads would make great damage or condition markers for unit based games where the miniatures are based on and fight on stands. About $5.000 worth of these should give you enough of all the colors to show various conditions.
These are styrofoam discs that can be cut, stacked and flocked to form small hills or you can use the floral decorations shown earlier and stick a number of them into these discs to form a stand of trees.
What I liked about this wood shop set was the fact that it had “round” wooden wheels. Four of these would work great to form the platform for a home made siege engine or trebuchet.
This is literally a sheet of moss. Laid flat it can form a section of field for a game like SAGA or even a large field for a Civil War game. The moss pieces are bit large but you might even be able to apply a little paint over these and make it appear as a trodden grass field. I will definitely be going back for these as this also appears to be a new item that may be limited.
This make up brush is made of the exact same material that flock brushes are made of that sell in the hobby store for $4.00 to $6.00. Brush aside loose flock and basing materials.
This is crazy glue. Nuff said.
Nice set of aquarium rocks for lining a river bed scene or hilly approach.
Not sure about this one. But I was thinking there must be a way to use these to represent water effects. I do know these are made of polymer and are non-toxic, biodegradable and environmentally safe. What I don’t know is can you melt the stuff!
If you have ever used Woodland Scenics one of the techniques they suggest is stuffing paper under plaster sheets to form hills. This type of paper I think would be ideal for that in that it is shredded fine enough to shape as you want it. Of course, if you got a shredder at your office you can save $1.00.
These are mardi gras coins which in a pinch can obviously be used as currency in a pirate game or some other affair that involves spoils. However what I got a pack for was using them as proxy bases. The only problem is that the coins have crowns embossed on both sides of them so that would have to be sanded down or covered with green stuff or maybe just flock. I wouldn’t base any miniatures with this but for other scenery like objective markers or small trees it would definitely be a money saver over using standard miniature bases which can run $6.00 for twelve or so.
Playing cards. Another no brainer if you have a miniature game that uses cards for activations.
And finally the tried and true D6 dice. Yeah, nuff said!!
I hope some of you got something out of this. But what I would enjoy more is if you could share your Dollar Store Finds in the comments!!!