Dollar stores have been sprawling all over the US and Canada for several decades. England has its own version as the Pound store and I am sure, the rest of the world too has them.
Here in Dubai, we’ve been spoiled for choices at the numerous 10 dhs – 20 dhs stores and Day to Day stores.
We even have a Japanese counterpart ‘Daiso’ providing most items at dhs 7.
Let me tell you 26 years back, when I landed in Dubai for the first time, these exact stores offered 1,2 and 5 dhs items. Infact you still might find a few of them in certain pockets of Sharjah and Ajman.
A “certain class” of people tend to have a biased view about their products, looking down upon them as cheap Chinese goods. However, I believe that is a blanket statement that just does NOT apply. Some of the items you find here, are really good quality and some are far from it. But I would not generalize it.
For the longest time, I used to pick bulk goods from these stores for filling “return gift bags” for my children’s birthday parties. (from Kindergarten to grade 5 !!)
Infact I remember, I used to add note pads, pencil cases, little stuffies or toy cars and some cupcakes or juice packets for valentines days for all my boys’ classmates till they completed Primary schooling, alternating the items with puzzles, popup books, coloring books, stickers, rubic cube, etc as they grew older.
When you have to pack, 70 – 80 bags, one has to be wiser with the penny and the pound ! For years, my sons’ friends looked forward to these bags. Once secondary school began, everybody had such tech-related needs !!
Finally a few years back, Dollar Plus opened its doors at Madina Mall.
Located in Al Qusais – closer to Al Muhaisnah
This is just a quick glimpse of what you’ll find at the store.
My next post will be more elaborate with a theme !
Click on the above photos to view them in detail.
These colors are so delightfully appealing !
I love their collection of earthen mugs, colorful pails, fancy candles, baskets and those lovely vintage pictured vanity/mirror cases ! Oh so chic !!
My next blog post will also be related to the Dollar store but it will be focused around the creative aspect of what appeals to a Crafter in a Dollar store.
I am very excited to share plenty of tips and ideas of how and what to make use of, at the store. Please be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my blog, lest you don’t miss that post.
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