Oh, Dollar Store, Oh, Dollar Store!

Sharing Stories

Dollar store things cost just one of these!

Evolution of a Poem

Barbara Ruby’s original version , printed in Northwest Prime Time’s April 2013 issue

“Oh, Dollar Store”

(to the tune of “Oh Christmas Tree.”)

Oh, Dollar Store, Oh, Dollar Store,

how I love your stuff galore!

From China’s shops and places far,

from laden shelves out to my car,

thence to my house to cupboards fill,

all shelves piled high; oh what a thrill.

Oh, Dollar Store, Oh, Dollar Store,

Your trinkets cheap I so adore.

— Barbara Ruby

“Oh, Dollar Store—latest version—2016”

Oh, Dollar Store, Oh, Dollar Store,

how I love your junk galore!

Sailing from China to our great wide shore,

filling our houses with stuff evermore.

Bright-colored trinkets, shiny, inviting,

catching my eye, all senses exciting.

Knickknacks, house wares, only one dollar.

Anyone smart will take home a carful.

I’ll load my shelves with cheap lovely treasures,

providing me joy in very great measure,

and fill each cupboard, nook, and crannies.

for hoarding’s allowed to very old grannies.

Barbara Ruby is a long time Puyallup resident whose poems have appeared for the last four years in Northwest Prime Times Poetry Corner.

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