Japanese bargain store Daiso stocks infinite amounts of items you never knew you needed – much like K-Mart.
So, what makes them any more special than K-Mart? Well, for starters, almost everything at Daiso costs $2.80.
You know when you need a random item, like say, a delicates bag for your laundry? That’s usually the kind of thing I’d quickly pop into K-Mart for. Luckily, dear Mum threw the suggestion out there that I should check Daiso out first.
Not only did they sell laundry bags, they had at least 10 different shapes and sizes to choose from. And the quality of the bags was nothing short of top notch.
Taking a look around
Naturally, while I was there, I spent another 45 minutes getting lost in the labyrinth of Daiso. I thought K-Mart sold a multitude of nifty gadgets that I suddenly couldn’t live without, but Daiso managed to blow me away with their plethora of incredible must-haves – all in a store a fraction of K-Mart’s size!
Since practically every item costs a measly $2.80, I became drunk on the fumes of a good bargain. I found storage solutions for my pantry, bathrooms and toy room. I totally Konmari-ed most of my house with Daiso supplies.
Then I found a few items I never knew existed, but knew I could not go on in life without.
While I was at it, I was able to stock up on so many household staples and general office supplies for work. I came across staplers, scissors and all the stationary I’ve ever dreamed of. Again, all for the bargain price of (you guessed it, $2.80 each).
I didn’t know I needed cute Mickey Mouse kids’ chairs for my sons to use at their craft table. Nor did I know that I suddenly needed new kitchen utensils and crockery. But there I was and Daiso had big plans for me.
Where did this superstar store come from?
Daiso has been around in Japan since the late ’70s and now has over 2,500 stores across the country. While they’ve got over 90,000 lifestyle items and novelty gifts, they also introduce an additional 1000 new products monthly!
In short, Daiso is massive in Japan.
“Innovation, Real savings, Quality and Variety” – the promise and focus of Daiso’s founder and president, Hirotake Yano
With around 550 international stores, Daiso has made its way to 24 countries, including Australia. Whether you’re looking for obscure fake lashes, Japanese mayo, household staples, gifts or dried mango, Daiso will always have you covered. I’ve been to Daiso too many times to count, and have always found exactly what I need (and obviously many, many things I don’t need).
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