About a year has passed since I last wrote about 100 yen shops. Since then, 100 yen shops have changed a lot. Yes I think so. First of all, they have more items. Gardening stuff, self-assemble furniture, nursing care goods, books and DVDs, and the usual lines like plastic boxes, baskets in more colour variations and size. Regarding foods, not only seasonings, sweets, juice andcanned food, now they have started to sell vegetables, meat and other fresh foods too. I don't know how they can get it, but Character items have increased more and more. And along with the big changes, the shops are starting to care more about their displays and designs. Look at this shop, they seem to be a nice variety store. And the design of things is getting better. This bag will be nice for beach? You don't need to worry about damage. This site shows how simple items looks fine and can match with your room without any problems. Recentlly 100 yen shops sell items for 210 yen, 315 yen as well, althought they are not only one coin, but quality, design, strength are much better. So I welcome such a trend too.
Fortunately Big (maybe the biggest in Japan) 100 shop; "Daiso Giga shop" in Machida is close to my home. They have 80,000 items on 5 floors of the building and all products are 100 yen. They have magic kits for parties, suppliment, bras and panties, fitted briefs etc,. etc,. Recently they released their best selling item list.
1. Sun glasses :105yen
2. Assembling shelf :105yen/part. That site said the shelf on site was cost 2835yen.
3. Japanese sensu :105yen
4. Suppliments :105yen
5. Forieng movie DVD :315yen
6. 5 fingers socks :105yen
7. Crosswords puzzle book :105yen
8. Magic goods :105yen
9. Funny Magnet :105yen
10. Healthy sandles :210yen
Except for assembling parts, I couldn't suppose they are such popular. Hmm interesting. I know assembling parts; like wire net and bar would be popular because they are very useful to make a small shelf for your closet. I have paper self-assembly drawers in my closets because they are easy to destroy and dispose of.
You have plans to come to Tokyo? Machida is not in the center of Tokyo. It takes 40minutes from Shinjuku by Odakyu line (on a one way train ticket). But still I recommend looking around the shop. Here is the map from Machida St. If you can't go there, here is an Internet 100yen shop site.