Discovery No.1 - Hello Kitty Re-ment
Re-ment stands for Reform The Entertainment. Basically, the way I understand it is that these are miniature plastic toys and there are numerous series of them. When I came across the Hello Kitty series I was practically drooling. Within each series, there are different "sets." These sets consist of eight different boxes and you buy them "blindbox", which means you don't know exactly what you're getting when you buy each box. You can buy complete sets on ebay but they're pretty pricey that way. Anyway, my cool sis gave me an Urban Outfitters gift card where they were actually selling some of these boxes. So here's what I got:
These were on sale for three dollars each, so I went ahead and picked up eight boxes to try my luck at getting a complete set "blindly." This is the Hello Kitty "food dishes" series or something like that. I think I did get pretty lucky because out of the eight boxes I only got two duplicates. This then, is almost a complete set:
It's so cute I can hardly stand it! Moving on...
Discovery No.2 - Daiso
As a result of my Internet researches, I came across Daiso. This is pretty much a Japanese dollar store so not only is everything cheap, it's also super cute and colorful. The best part of all? There's a location in San Diego! The name here actually changed a little while ago to Marukai Value, but the store is the same as a Daiso. Most items in the store are only two dollars, with a few things costing a bit more. My favorite aisle was the Bento box aisle:
And of course, the Bento accessories:
Here's what I ended up getting - Bento boxes, accessories, baby wipes and soap, outlet plugs and a train and paint set for Bean.
I have to go back and get some cute stationery and origami paper next time!