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Monday, November 29, 2004

  Monday Morning Mirth  


ONE-Stop Shopping! A lovely selection of framed Wall Art available at the Dollar City Plus, 17xx W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL. Everything you need to freshen the Kidz Room then spark up the Den…

It wouldn’t seem possible that by moving 100 feet to the East of where I stand every morning would open up for me a brand new horizon. Yet when the Chicago Transit Authority changed my Bus Stop to the corner across the street, they perched me in front of a WONDERLAND of Pennies from Heaven.

One Hundred Pennies, that is. One Dollar.

Now, I spend my 10 minutes or so waiting in front of the finest East Village has to offer. Some of these joints actually have the word DOLLAR in the name – like the Dollar General, where the lovely pictures above are found. Others are just named after the Proprietor or have a name that no matter how it’s spelled sounds like *Save-a-Lot*.

Now, these are not the Super Franchise Dollar stores you see all across the highways of MidAmerica. No, my friend, no BIG LOTS, Family Dollar, etc. for us in the East Village of Chicago. These are home-grown palaces of spend, each tinkered to delight the neighbors who might shop there. I love them! (My personal favorite is the D&S Yo-Yo shop over on Milwaukee Ave.)

Here I have found:
Dish Drainers
Scrub Brushes
Plastic Bags
the very best Bleach Gel to clean the Kitchen Counter free of Dye Spillage
Picture Frames for Parties
Party Decorations
Small Wicker Baskets for projects
Fig Bars to die for
X-brand Potato Chips from a famous Chicago Maker
Oh and don’t forget for the Holidays –
that famous Picture of Al Pacino

5 responses to “Monday, November 29, 2004”

  1. Becky says:

    I love this entry! My mother’s favorite hobby is browsing dollar stores. One can find some cool and kitschy things there. My favorite: A set of ceramic rice bowls that I use to hold candies.

  2. Amy says:

    We’ve had “Dollar Store Wars” in San Diego in past years … one $$ store owner firebombing a $$ store rival to run him out of business and rule the $$ store empire here in SD. Crazy stuff.

  3. Sarah says:

    Pretty please, what IS the very best bleach gel to clean the kitchen counter free of dye spillage?

  4. Libby says:

    When I lived in NY, my favorite local dollar store was called Happy 99Cents! Great bargains there!!

  5. Katie says:

    I LOVE the dollar stores in Chicago. Whenever I do get a chance to venture into the city from my far far burbs location, I always hit up the mom ‘n pop stores in the city. Can’t beat ’em!

    You just can’t bean gallons of nasty designer knock off perfumes for a dollar!

    (you don’t know me…this is my first comment. Hi! I’m Katie)

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