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Dollar Store Decor: 100 Projects for Lush Living That Won't Break the Bank Paperback – August 9, 2005

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The most enthusiastic designer on TLC’s hit show, “While You Were Out,” Mark Montano is also a contributing editor to several hit teen magazines, including CosmoGirl, where his hit column “Cool Room” is published every month. He also has a syndicated column with Knight Ridder called “Make Your Mark,” which runs in roughly 75 newspapers worldwide. The longtime owner of a fashion and home decor boutique in New York’s East Village, Mark is the youngest member ever to be inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (August 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789313030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789313034
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Chelsea on February 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
I absolutely LOVE the idea of this book, but it left me a bit disappointed. Out of 101 ideas, I only found four or five that I might want to try, which also may just be my personal taste. A couple things bothered me about the book. Some of the stuff just looked cheap and icky. Also, some of the ideas were repeated over and OVER throughout the book but on different items, like a tray a lamp a box, etc. It's all really the same idea, so why does it count for more than one? Just something that disappointed me.
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This book is a complete and utter waste of money. The projects are completely recycled... for example, how many different cheap items can you hot-glue to a picture frame? Apparently all of them. Most of the designs are not only lame, ugly and done-to-death... they are the type of thing that will end up being ready for the garbage after a week. For example, covering a garbage can with tissue paper. As a matter of fact, Mark Montano seems to think that everything in your house would be bettered by adding a coat of tissue paper. Forget that the colours fade almost immediately, it is just a stupid idea. My sister and I agree that anyone with $20 and 5 minutes to spend at the buck store could come up with hundreds of better ideas. Do not waste your money! Even if you see this dog at the dollar store, it would still be a rip-off.... The positive reviews given this book were obviously written by either Mark Montano's minions or denizens of the Land of Bad Taste. Check their other reviews... only books by Mark Montano... coincidence? I think not.
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I had added this book to my wishlist and subsequently received it for my birthday a few days ago. I was really disappointed as I flipped through this book. It was page after page of cheap looking crafts. I could see making a few of these with my kids just for fun, but to spruce up the look of my home, I don't think so. As another reviewer mentioned, most of these projects are all about gluing cheap, dollar store, items to things like frames, trash cans, magnets, etc. Want to find several ways to repurpose a dollar store rag rug? This is your book! Besides the fact that the projects are cheap looking, they also require tools that most people don't have sitting around their house. So good luck spending just a few dollars on these projects!
Seriously though, I'm bummed that this book was bought for me. I feel bad for the one who spent the money. Save your money and go to [...] where you'll find fun dollar store crafts with lots of creativity!
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I bought The Big Ass Book of Crafts and was incredibly impressed with it. This was before Big Ass Book of Home Decor came out, and I wanted more ideas from Mark! Unfortunately, it turns out I could've just as easily not purchased this, as the best ideas were recycled for Book of Crafts. What wasn't put in Book of Crafts are just some awful, trashy looking ideas, just like the other 2 and 1 star reviews said. Book of Crafts has many more good ideas that are actually worth having in your home, so save your money here because even though it's cheaper, money down the toilet is a waste if it's a dollar or a hundred dollars.
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I bought this and his Big-A** Book of Crafts 2 together, and I like both of them. People who leave negative reviews don't seem to understand what crafting books are about - you don't have to follow his 'orders' step by step or anything like that, the *ideas* are there to help you with your own ideas. In this, as with the BABoC, I found a lot of things of which I didn't like the exact execution, but that opened my mind to things I could do with the same structure, different patterns, on a different item, etc. Specifically, I cringed when I read a negative review citing the ice-cube tray lamp craft, but upon seeing it, it's surprisingly nifty! The word "tacky" has no place in crafting for fun or personal expression. There's no definition of 'good taste', or 'fun', for that matter obviously. I love found objects and art made with them, and I'll never look at a dollar store the same way again! (Also, I just don't sew well or often, and can't see myself buying a sewing machine. Since all his fabric crafts require sewing, I bought some super strong fabric glue that can go through the washer, and that solved that!)
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I love the dollar store and this book is filled with tons of great ideas to make with items from my favorite place. There are 4 dollar stores in my home town and everything in this book is carried in at least one of them. Okay, some of the ideas I wouldn't do, but they made me use my brain and come up with alternatives. Mark is great on a budget (I have seen him on While You Were Out for years now) and some of these projects are pure magic. I would recommend this book to anyone who is in to making things.
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I had this book on my Amazon wish list and my sister in law purchased it for me for Christmas. I was super excited to pick out some new projects. Unfortunately, as my sister in law and I went through the book, I became more and more mortified that this made it to my wishlist. At one point she asked me "You really wanted this?? Why??"

There was not a single thing in this book that seemed worth making.
Two upturned trash cans glued together with a glass on top is somehow a table? Nails driven into a block of wood makes a nice candle holder? My sister in law's personal favorite was the pantyhose organizer used as a picture frame.

A lot of this stuff was common sense projects any 8 year old might come up with. And not one item would last more than 30 minutes in my house. Tacky and borderline criminal. My recommendation is that you skip this book and go somewhere else.

I'm sure Mark Montano is a nice guy, but it's clear that he's out to make a buck and really didn't put any thought into the contents of this book. It's truly embarrassing.
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