Daiso is the largest franchise of 100-yen shops in Japan owned by Daiso Sangyo Corp. With its establishment in Singapore, everything is priced at only $2 - ranging from lots of household items, toys, daily necessities to fashion accessories that are sure to fit within your budget.
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Two Dollar 'Ho
Every time I walk into Daiso with the intention of purchasing some household necessity, I walk out with a shopping bag (no, not the disposable Daiso shopping bag, I carry my own ecologically friendly tote and I wish more people in Singapore would do the same - you people just don't seem to care, and it hurts me so it does) full of Hello Kitty innovations. There is something about pink glittery plastic objects that scream "BUY ME!". Yes, it is not very ecological to buy pink glittery plastic items of dubious usefulness but I am, after all, only human.
It is very auntie to shop at Daiso but I just can't seem to help myself! Daiso the two dollar shop is to retail what instant noodles is to food - oh so tasty empty calories.
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Daiso’s DIY V-shape Face Roller
While the Japanese are well-known for their wacky inventions, many still swear by their beauty products. Growing up, I never liked my round face so the idea of a DIY face lift seemed very appealing.The rationale is that the rolling motion of the face roller promotes blood circulation, which helps to lose fat in that area. While I was initially skeptical, I diligently used Daiso’s $2 face roller every day at my chin area and jawline.
After two months, I didn’t see a significant difference in terms of the sharpness of my jawline, but my cheeks appeared to be less chubby. Placebo effect or not, the face roller did help to reduce the stress and tension of my face muscles. In the long run, it can also help to reduce wrinkles by lifting my laugh lines and chin.
The effects of the face roller may not be visible during the early stages, but if there’s a chance to save my face, I’m definitely taking it.
yummy japanese snacks
Daiso started out as a street vending shop formerly known as “Yano Shouten” in the 1970s. There is now a broad franchise of 100 yen shops in Japan and internationally. They house an extensive variety of household goods, with 40% of them imported from China.
Singapore’s first Daiso store opened in March 2002 at IMM. It caught the eyes and curiosity of Singaporeans and have been popular ever since. Gone are the value shop days, even though some of them seem to be surviving even now. With everything priced at $2, Daiso is a shopping haven not just for aunties, but the young and old. You can literally find anything you need here, from makeup to household items and even food!
It’s always a fun time when you step into Daiso. I’m always surprised with their products and end up buying a basket full of things I probably don’t need, only because it’s cheap. The best part of Daiso is definitely the food section because I LOVE Japanese snacks. My favorite snack has got to be the Corn Potage snack. It’s light, crispy and so flavorful, you won’t ever stop at one... packet. I usually buy 5 packets at one go because it’s just that good. Another favorite of mine would be the Black Pepper Pretzel. It’s a little hard so I wouldn’t recommend young kids and older people to eat it.
Daiso is definitely one of my go-to stores whenever I’m in need of any household or personal care items.
Everything You Need
Walking into Daiso, you'll find yourself leaving with things you never knew you needed. From cosmetic products to clothing hangers and even Christmas decorations, you can pretty much find anything and everything you need at Daiso. For $2, Daiso really stretches your cash! If you're looking for cheap decorations or nice boxes to put your special birthday gifts in for your friends, Daiso is where you'll find it.
The snacks at Daiso are pretty decent too! There's a whole range of chips, sweets, biscuits and drinks for you to choose from and the packagings are adorable!
The downside of a store that has everything is that the quality isn't fantastic. I mean come on, you're paying $2 so you can't expect it to last more than a month. You might wanna keep that in mind the next time you decide to grab all you can from Daiso!
A $2 world
Each time I walk into daiso to get something I need, I end up with more items of want than need. I guess this is because of all the eye-catching Japanese wares, which are pretty and really utilitarian. The respective sections of items are big, clear, and jump out at patrons – they make finding minuscule items in the humongous all-in-one store hiccup-free.
What made the shopping experience less perfect was the customer service. I wasn't sure if the pencil I bought counted as 1 item, or was to be sold in threes for $2. I approached the customer service staff and enquired, but was greeted back with a short and insincere "no". This put me off as I asked politely but did not get a courteous reply back.
Overall, Daiso is a fantastic place to get (nearly) anything you need for $2. Just don't expect very good customer service.
Cheap and good!
I first went to Diaso years and years ago and it always seemed like a wonderland filled with goodies and this hasnt changed! Love shopping there for all the cheapo stuff, because like why buy a $7.90 corkboard at other bookstores when you can get it at Daiso?
Cheap and good but don't anyhow buy
It's always nice to walk into Daiso. The things are cheap and they have very interesting variety. I say some of their things that seem wacky are actually quite useful. Also, some things that are sold elsewhere for a much higher price are only $2 at Daiso. So don't think just because they're cheap means their stuff are lousy. Some items are of good quality.
But because their stuff are all $2 each, you may end up buying things you don't need. I suggest you shortlist the items in your shopping basket before paying. Really many things that look nice or cute may not be useful to you. Don't forget that 5 items is $10 and 10 items is $20.
Also, don't anyhow buy their skin care stuff just because they're cheap. Some things may cause more problem so just be careful.
All those things you never knew you needed
Daiso is the to-go place for everything weird and wonderful. It's like walking into someone's kooky collection of things you never knew you needed.
I once bought a pair of knee-high fluffy socks with teddy bears printed on them - just because they were cute and "$2 only!".
I've also found my fair share of gift packaging and useful winter gear in Daiso. If you have a specific item you're searching for, go in single-minded and resolute. Chances are you'll end up with 5 other items you didn't need but just decided to buy anyway.
Some self-discipline required when you visit Daiso
Daiso is my go-to place whenever I need a small, miscellaneous item. If you need gift boxes, wrapping paper or baking items, I highly recommend this place! It's also a good place to visit if you need some Halloween/Christmas decorations.
Sometimes I lose focus and get distracted by the cute, random, interesting items that I have absolutely no use for. A common monologue line that appears when I am in Daiso is: "Just buy, $2 only!!!" I do not recommend anyone with zero self-discipline to visit Daiso, even if it's just for fun or to take a look.
By the way, has anyone tried the make-up products at Daiso?
There's something for everyone!
Every time I walk into Daiso and tell myself to only buy the things I need, I always end up getting distracted by all the pretty things and end up buying more than I need to. But it doesn't matter, because everything is so visually appealing, useful and affordable!
Daiso has everything. I'm not even kidding. From daily necessities to gifts and food, there'll always be something for everyone. I love visiting the food section, because there's a wide array of delicious Japanese snacks being sold at prices cheaper than the other imported goods supermarkets.
I love Daiso's gift boxes too. They come in so many colours and patterns, and are perfect to use for storing gifts to give to others. The boxes can be reused as pretty storage boxes after that, so it's definitely value for money. There only section I wouldn't touch would probably be the skincare/cosmetics section, since the quality of $2 cosmetics isn't very reassuring. But other than that, everything's good!
Better than what you can bargain for
Daiso is my favorite neighborhood store. Whenever I am looking for something, from paperweights and file holders to gift boxes and baking needs, Daiso is the place to go! The best things about Daiso is how affordable everything is! It's only $2.
Compared with Muji, which another one of my favorite stores to frequent, Daiso offers a range of products that are cheap and easy to find. Don't be misled by the prices though! All the products that I have bought from Daiso are of good quality, and they have served me extremely well up till now!
However, one word of caution I would advise to bakers who shop in Daiso. Although cheap, Daiso's baking utensils are not the best of quality. If you're looking to go into professional or more advanced baking, I would recommend other places like Phoon Huat. On the bright side, if you're always looking for a beautiful gift box or flower pot, Daiso's definitely a wonderful place to visit, especially with their wide selection to choose from!