The Daiso store had a grand opening recently in Oceanside. I stopped in for a look because my grand nieces and nephews like the stores in Orange County and they've purchased for me a number of unique items: toe socks, tiny sauce bottles, a face roller/massager, a fan decorated with cute Japanese cats.
It's a fun shopping experience. I was looking for nothing and spent a grand total of $15.00 on 5 plastic storage boxes, a birthday card, a package of tomato salt candies (?) and three packages of the hard-to-find and excellent Lee Kum Kee Sauce for Black Pepper Chicken priced at $1.00 in Daiso and over $2.00 per package elsewhere.
The items that intrigued me were the fancy tapes of various kinds, art supplies, tiny fancy envelopes, pretty note paper and envelopes.
Daiso is not new to the U.S. having had a store in Seattle since 2004 and one in San Francisco since 2008. Daiso now has 29 stores in the U.S., most in Orange County. They have over 2,860 stores in Japan and 37 stores in the middle east. The founder, Mr. Hirotake Yama, has an interesting attitude to business, which can be read in detail on their website...some of it is here: