Bargain shops also known as $2 shops still do exist and they are better than ever. The variety you can get is truly remarkable and the prices are always amazing. You may not get great customer service at these places but you also won't have staff following you around the shop commenting on the weather and their own stock. We all know how irritating that can be.
There are so many to look at such as the Reject Shop, Hot dollor, Dollar King, Top Bargain, KM Best Bargain, Choice Homewares, Go-Lo, The Lifestyle Warehouse, Pricemart and Tao's just to name a few. I go to some great ones located at Bella Vista, Wentworthville, Northmead, Rouse Hill, Kings Langley, Hornsby, Stanhope Gardens, Baulkham Hills, North Rocks and Blacktown. Hot dollor, Top Bargain and Dollar King are all affiliated.
Discount stores have a huge variety of low cost items to buy including homewares, stationary, hardware, toiletries, cleaning tools, gifts, cards, storage and crafts. This is a photo of the front view of a Dollar King store, you will be amazed at what you can find.
At these places you can get storage and baskets, gifts, toiletries, (sometimes even make up) cleaning products, pet products, containers, knick knacks, gardening supplies ,cards, gift bags and gift wraps. Stationary, colouring in books, scrap books, sports equipment, hardware, batteries, lamps, mirrors, craft materials, dress up clothing, party goods, children's story books, homewares such as hand towels, cushions,torches, bags and statues. Some of these places will even have brand named items at very discounted prices. Yesterday I found Nivea 24hr spray deodorant for $1.99. The Reject Shop often has very popular brands particularly in their food and toiletries aisles. I have even got my favourite brands of shampoos and conditioners here.
These bargain stores have a huge range of storage buckets, boxes, bins and baskets. A cheap and easy way to get organised.
These discount stores normally have toys, I would not recommend buying toys from these places!! This is because they may not be tested enough in regards to safety and durability. For example whether they are BPA free or not! What they are made out of and what small parts they have that could be chocking hazards? I have bought things such as balls there and haven't had any problems but for a baby I wouldn't risk it.
If you are having a function these places are perfect. You can get little gifts, decorations, balloons, ribbons, wrap, cards, gift bags, lollies, plastic plates, bowls and cups, party hats, party bags, dress up clothing, bubble blowers, party poppers and invitations, sometimes even piñatas. All at really cheap prices much cheaper than a Newsagency or craft/ art store.
I have in the past brought a Thomas piñata for my sons Birthday party at Pricemart and great dress up outfits for Halloween parties at places like Dollar King. These outfits are really cheap and you get to keep them. You can even get children's costumes.
If you or the kids like to do a bit of craft then these places have some great finds much cheaper than craft shops. You can get canvas's, paints, wooden or cardboard things to paint, pom poms, pipe cleaners, paddle pop sticks, cute embellishments and buttons, stickers, coloured paper in different shapes and sizes, coloured cardboard, brushes, crafty hole punches, art pencils and heaps of scrapbooking or card making items.
If you want to store and organise your home these places have a large range of storage containers, lovely boxes, baskets, shoe hangers, pretty hangers, over the door hooks and suit bags.
Great for cleaning supplies also such as mops, buckets, microfibres cloths, dusters, wipes, sponges and brooms. Your house will be spotless in no time for a very cheap price.
You can find all sorts of cleaning items like dusters, sponges, brooms, mops and dustpans.
Want to update your decor without spending a fortune? You may find a unique treasure for a bargain. With photo frames, wall plaques, statues, cushions, knick knacks, candles, posters, artworks even clocks and lamps you will find something to brighten up your home at a small price.
Tao's has a huge range of all sorts of things. The place doesn't look like much but it is full of bargain homewares and a large craft section.
These places may appear messy, over stocked and full of junk but don't be put off by any of this. You will be surprised at what you find inside, the quality (of most things), the variety and the bargains to be found really is fantastic. So instead of walking past next time give them a go, you might be pleasantly surprised.
Daiso in Chatswood Mandarin Centre and on George St, Haymarket next to The Great Southern Cross Hotel. These are known as 100 yen shops in Japan and are awesome. Much better quality stuff than most $2 and discount shops :)