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Eco Shop, Main Place Mall USJ : Everything For RM2.10

Dollar stores, also known as variety shops, are places that sell inexpensive household products for cheap, usually from lesser known brands.

In Malaysia, we have RM2 shops, which have risen in popularity in recent years. Consumers today are much more budget-savvy, and don’t mind buying from these shops if it translates to more savings. There are even viral tutorial videos on how to spruce up your garden or living space with RM2 shop items.

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One of the biggest players on the market is Eco Shop, which has over 150 shops nationwide. I recently checked out their outlet at Main Place Mall USJ, and I can see why they’re so popular. The shop has all sorts of products — and the cheap prices mean that the place is a bargain hunter’s dream.

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The store is pretty big and is neatly divided according to category for easy browsing. There’s the food and snack aisle, which carries a mix of well known brands you see in hypermarkets (Marie biscuits, Mamee monster, Bika, etc.) and lesser known, local brands. Some of the packaging is different as well, like with the instant noodles which come in smaller packs of 3 instead of 5. You can also find gardening equipment, kitchenware, hardware, decorative plastic plants, belts and accessories, plastic containers, and much more. I even glimpsed condoms placed discreetly near the checkout counter — I mean, I’m not even sure how much those would cost on the regular, but RM2.10 sounds pretty affordable to me (?)

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I’m okay with buying most of the items in the store, but probably not cosmetics. These are made in China and at just RM2.10, I have to wonder what they put it them to keep the price low. Not going to put these on my face.

I won’t bore you with product pictures, so here’s a video walkthrough on the store:

This took a few hours to put together because I’m noob like that. Like and subscribe! #shamelessplug

If you’re not fussy about brands, and you love bargains, then Eco Shop might be something you want to check out for your household essentials. The quality isn’t bad for the price too. If you’re not keen to go out because of the pandemic (I find Main Place to be pretty quiet though, especially on weekdays), you can also buy their stuff online via Shopee.

ECO SHOP (MAIN PLACE MALL USJ)

2F-16 & 2F-17 Main Place Mall, Usj 21, 47640 Subang Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: 10AM – 10PM (daily)

Largest Pre-Loved Item Store in Malaysia @ Jalan Jalan Japan, One City USJ

The saying goes that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and at One City USJ, old stuff that’s still in good condition gets a second lease of life at Jalan Jalan Japan ! S and I were at the mall for a movie when we stumbled across this massive warehouse-like store, which carries everything from men’s/women’s clothing to shoes, bags, toys, books, sports equipment, strollers, and more. It’s heaven for bargain hunters!

 

They even have this ‘Tapau’ (takeaway) event where they give you a basket and you stuff as much as you can in it for just RM10 (USD2.30) ! 

On the ground floor is where there are racks upon racks of women’s clothing, which are sorted according to category such as T-shirts, hoodies, jackets, formal wear, skirts, etc. Most of the clothes are from no-name brands from Japan (hence the store’s name of Jalan Jalan Japan!). While most ARE still in good condition, some of the items do look rather old and faded. There are a few quirky-looking gems though (no chance of bumping into someone else wearing these on the street, I bet!) so spend time looking through them and I’m sure the hunt will be worth it. 🙂 If all else fails, the t-shirts are good and cheap for home wear. 😛 They have gowns, evening dresses and even kimonos that look brand new, since these items are rarely worn twice.

Three items for only RM5! (USD1.15)

LOADS of clothes.

Collectibles and toys are housed in glass cases, so if you’d like to look at them you have to ask a staff member to get it out for you. These weren’t as cheap, with some costing a few hundred ringgit! There was also another section with pre-loved branded items such as Gucci handbags, Hermes handkerchiefs, etc. But looking at the overall warehouse-like setting and the presentation, I wouldn’t bet on their authenticity (although they were really pricey).

Stuffed toy aisle.

Some cute and quirky-looking characters.

A section selling books/manga collections; most were in Chinese or Japanese.

On the mezzanine floor, loads of strollers. These were all still in good condition. Which makes sense, since people only use them for a few years anyway. If you’re looking to buy cheap strollers, this is a good place!

Shoe section, sorted according to shoe size. A lot of the shoes had their soles peeling and whatnot, but again, if you hunt long enough, you’d probably find a pair that suits you. That or you could take it to a cobblers and have them spruce it up as good as new. Shoes were all less than Rm20, averaging around RM5-15.

I rather liked this pair of high heels and thought to get them for work, but after tottering around in them I realised why the original owner wanted to get rid of it 😛 It wasn’t the best balance and fit – felt like I was pitching forward. That or I just suck at wearing heels.

Now these looked good. They were only RM15! But the downside of shopping at thrift stores like these? There’s only one size T-T 

I think I’d have a better chance getting something at the bag section. I mean, look at this gaudy gold bag – now that’s a fashion statement. And only RM3! 😀 

Diving gear and surfboards. They also sell sports gear (badminton/tennis racquets), golf bags/golf clubs, guitars (although some are missing strings), keyboards and various other paraphernalia.

I think it’s brilliant to have a pre-loved item store, saves money and gives perfectly usable old items a second lease of life. 🙂

JALAN JALAN JAPAN

Level 1A, Block A, Sky Park @ One City, Jalan USJ 25/1A, 47650, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Opening hours: 10AM – 10PM

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