Are you inexplicably drawn to value shops? Well if you are, you should check out Mijyi, which has a third store now open for business in City Square Mall. Watch out Daiso – Mijyi boasts some pretty cool sections to check out.
Unsure of where to get cheap party decorations? Items like wooden symbol blocks, metallic balloons and alphabet flag garlands are perfect as props for customised photo booths at events like birthday parties.
While buying an empty lightbulb may not seem very practical, it can actually be used for many purposes. You could brighten (haha) your guests’ day by serving your drinks in light bulbs. After the event, you could even turn them into terrariums, spice containers or vases for small flowers.
Tired of tacky wrapping paper? There are lovely designs available, such as the minimalist grid, that are suitable for all ages.
There are many plain brown notebooks for the minimalist soul that are perfect for penning down your notes for school or work.
If you’re looking for a simple and thin pencil case, the clear plastic ones with round edges at Mijyi’s stationery section can be an alternative to the popular cases available in Muji that are matte with square edges.
Scrapbooking enthusiasts can stock up on art and craft supplies at Mijyi. A value-for-money deal that I found are these origami papers, with 48 pieces in each set. You can use them to wrap small gifts or to write handwritten notes.
In need of clear cases and screen protectors for your smart phones? Get them here instead of at a phone accessories shop at a third of the usual prices.
Makeup & Grooming
Eyelid tapes usually range from S$4 to a hefty S$20, so you can consider getting your supplies here to achieve the same desirable double eyelid effect.
We all know how expensive makeup brushes can be. If you are in need of some but you’re unwilling to burn a hole in your wallet, you can invest in some here.
There are wellness shops that are selling these nail files at S$30, so I thought it would be great to put the quality of Mijyi’s products to the test. I purchased the magical nail file (on the right) and I found it to be of a reasonable quality.
The shine on my nails was on par with the effect created by the more expensive nail files.
You can check out a wide variety of plain crockery for the minimalist soul in the homeware section. The clear mason jars available are perfect for storing biscuits and candy. It can even be used for DIY projects—you can make your own candle or even store your fairy lights in it.
These trays are perfect for taking flat lay shots of your home-cooked meals. My favourite picks would be the rustic wooden tray and the black tray which are super elegant with the cherry blossoms detail.
Kumamoto Kumamon is a beloved Japanese character and the store has many items featuring this cuddly black bear, such as cutlery, serviettes and crockery. These bowls are adorable and highly suitable for the young (at heart)!
What is a dollar mart store without food? You can make Mijyi your one-stop location for your favourite Asian snacks that are suitable for binge-eating during activities like all-nighters or watching soccer matches.
The items are imported not only from Japan but also from other countries like Taiwan, Korea and Thailand.
Intriguing flavours like tom yam kung, pizza and larb are rarely found in your typical convenience store in Singapore.
If you prefer the sweet over the savoury, you may be enticed by these unique fruity flavours like mango and choco-banana.
Although the food products may be from other countries with the information on the packaging in Korean, Thai or Japanese, Mijyi puts our minds at ease by pasting nutrition labels in English on them. Shop without fuss even if you have limitations to your diet!
There are entire walls of shelves filled with cup noodles – every lazy eater’s fantasy. From Japanese ramen to spicy Thai tom yam noodles, you will be spoilt for choice while deciding on the type of cup noodles to try. Vegetarians will not feel left out with the meatless options available.
I truly enjoyed the shopping experience at Mijyi, with such a wide variety of items available for my perusal and something for everybody. Head to Mijyi and prepare to splurge on products that you never knew you wanted or needed until you laid your eyes on them.
Prices: Everything for S$2, unless stated otherwise. (Exceptions cost S$1 and others at two for S$1.)