According to recent data, the candle industry continues to wax, yielding $3.7 billion in sales in 2004. The average home contains several different types of candles: for decoration, for safety, or for celebrations. Dollar stores that carry a wide selection of discounted candles may soon find that they have a hard time keeping them in stock.

Major Types of Candles

One of the most popular types of candles is the votive. These small, short candles are used for a variety of purposes. They can be utilized singly as subtle accents, or they can be placed in holders as part of a larger display. They are also used to heat aroma lamps and oil burners. Votives are so useful and prevalent that they are typically sold in bulk in bags. While they are available in colors and scents, they are usually white and scentless, so they suit any décor.

Tapers are also popular. These thin, tall candles are tapered at both ends and are usually six to 12 inches long. They must be placed in candelabras or other holders to keep them upright. Tapers can be made of paraffin or beeswax and are available in a rainbow of colors and scents.

Pillars are also popular choices. They resemble tapers in terms of height, but they are thicker--two to eight inches in diameter or larger--and have flat ends. Pillars are convenient because they can stand on their own without holders, or they can be placed on small dishes or coasters. They are also available in many colors and scents.

Dollar Store Merchandise offers a full supply of discounted candles. To reach this company, call 1-877-549-5210 or email