Thursday, May 24, 2012

Everyone needs a little Daiso in their life!

update: Blurb about store locations further down the post :P Hard to miss!

Last weekend Penguin and I made the trip to Daiso in Chatswood, there were a few mishaps with our meeting time but we finally met up at 3pm and caught the train into Chatswood. As we planned to have dinner there we walked down the main road from the station to browse the restaurants and decided to head to Daiso as that was our main goal.

We walked in and to the right was some nail polishes, a few beauty things and bath bombs. While I was still looking, Penguin decided we'd definitely need a basket... no scratch that, a shopping trolley! Our first item was one of those purse hooks.

Trolley's already full and we just got there!
We slowly waltzed through the table ware and squealed over the super cute mugs, then when we reached the baking section (Penguin) and bento section (me); time seemed to slow down! We had a ball seeing all the cute items and throwing everything in the basket. Then we realised we'd only seen half the store, it's quite big!!

A funky spatula!

The second half had more make-up; hair accessroies, stationary, gift wrap etc, I tink I ended up walknig all the aisles twice here while Penguin went through a bit slower. We regrouped at the baking section (with another trolley and basket for sorting) in order to set our final budget and convince each other whether not we needed certain items!

I call it "double trolley + basket sorting"

funny looking pudding mould!

cute bento utensils

Here is my haul!

Bento soy sauce holders

Bow craft punch

Cute brads (almost bought two XD)

Tape for crafting



Plastic bags for baked goodies... and lunch...

handbag holder

Penguin chocolate moulds

Tea bag papers

I ended up buying two aprons accidentally, boo :( I should have realised but with all the counting and recounting I thought the number was right, it was only at home I realised I'd bought two! Ironic as it was the only item on my need list, haha. The pedometer is a bit over-sensitive as it seemed to overcount!

Just so you know, Daiso is a shop quite similar to the 100yen stores in Japan, every item costs $2.80, there is one in Chatswood and also Melbourne. Sydney also has similar stores, from my knowledge just behind Town Hall; Market City level 3 and Burwood Westfields!

Update 17/06/2012:
Daiso stores in Melbourne: Doncaster, Abbotsford and soon in the CBD
Daiso stores in Sydney: Chatswood's Mandarin Centre and there is a  grocery store in Town Hall (under HSBC) which I heard is partially converting into Daiso
***mini update 28/06/2012***
   I've been to the store under HSBC! :) It has less stock sicne it's a lot smaller but you might still find some goodies... I have also heard rumour from a good friend that there will be a Daiso opening on George St closer to Central Station!!

Similar shops:
Town Hall - Maruyu @ 283-285 Clarence St Sydney 2000
Items are still $2.50 each and you can get a stamp card for discounts + it's on top of a small grocery store - score! :)

Market City - level 3 near the food court, items are $2.80 but a different selection to Maruyu which is smaller

Burwood - (from the same person as my Town Hall Daiso source) hearsay says the store is gone - sadness! T_T

A conversation between Penguin and her colleagues: (which I probably embellished a bit)

Manager: So guys what are you doing on the weekend?
Colleagues: Blah blah blah + replies
Penguin: I'm going to Daiso! *excited face*
Colleagues: That's the most exciting thing you're doing over the weekend?
Penguin: er.. yeah...
Colleagues: *blank face*

It's ok, I had the same experience on my end ;)

 We had dinner at Grill'd and dessert at ZenQ!

Thanks Penguin for pushing the trolley and helping me decide on items! :)

uber panda cuties!


  1. I havent been to the daiso in chatswood yet but soon I'll be there!!!

    1. Yes, my visit was long overdue too! Otherwise, if you prefer the city, get out at Central station, head down Eddy Avenue towards George St and they will be opening a store there very soon, next month I believe, they have the shop banner up already :) (The small selection at HSBC just doesn't do it justice although I admit I've purcahsed items from there!)

      And I listed a few other places where you can purchase similar items ^^ Hope you have a great time when you do get the chance to visit and thanks for leaving a comment! :)