Monday, 18 August 2014

Why you should never shun your local pound shop / dollar store

Some people turn their noses up at the idea of visiting a pound shop / dollar store. Often with misconceptions about stock and quality. Here in the UK, the two that immediately spring to mind are Poundland and the 99p store. The beauty of places like these are that two stores are never the same. Different branches will stock different things. Most stock is only temporary, so if you see something you like, grab it! Chances are it won't be there next week. Last weekend I visited my local 99p store and here's what I came home with:

I have seen tea cup planters before, but they've been massively big things that I would struggle home with. This one is perfectly sized and when it doesn't contain flowers, I can always use it to store rings etc. As luck may have it, they also had plants in that day. I chose out this pretty red plant (no idea what it is... does anyone know??) as I loved the fanned out leaves. It could die tomorrow... but hey, it was 99p! I never expected miracles!

Long time readers know how much I love to bake. I always struggle on the London Underground with once filled tins of Quality Street / biscuits, inside which the cakes get crushed en route. When I saw this cupcake holder it was a revelation.

Other exciting discoveries included Galaxy filled with honeycomb, and mini Cornetto cones which don't actually contain any ice cream! All that less for less than a tenner... not bad!

Have you found any bargains lately?
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