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best dollar stores
KW day two
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100919 the best dollar stores
I've been dragging my feet about writing. I was uncomfortable
sitting, uncomfortable standing, uncomfortable lying down. But
during the day I was entirely comfortable walking and shopping.
|Cambridge Surplus||This store is next to the river
in an interesting way. Yes, I should have taken a picture to show you.
It has exactly the same goods as KW Surplus. Food, Army, cookware, books,
electronics, clothes, tools - everything except refrigeraated and frozen
products. These goods are all a bit old. They were sold in job lots, and
found their way here. It is a good store to shop.
|Dollarama||We didn't actually go in to one of those this
particular weekend, but
do know that there are a few of them in town, and all of them are well stocked.
|EFADS||Everything for a dollar store. While these exist
in Toronto, I am sure the stores here in K-W-C are just better. Not just the dollarstore
junk, but you can also select from the dollarstore goodstuff. I bought
new underwear yesterday. Good quality stuff.
|Dollar Power||I've not seen this one before, but the
girl working there said that there are others. It looks like a chain, because
there is a lot identical signage. This store has 3 price levels. 75c for chocolate
bars, 1.00 for what I call 'junk' (party stuff, disposable toys), and 1.25 for
the better things (stainless cutlery, tools, art supplies, cosmetics, name brand
surplus). This was a big store with lots of interesting things.
|Dollar Mart||I have probably got the name wrong. This store
was next to a fish-n-chips place, and had a sign on the window 'we appreciate
your business.' In some way, that sign beckoned to us. This store had a very
good mix of value and junk, and the lady at the counter seemed to also own it.
She was just so kind.
|Giant Tiger||This is not really a dollar store, but is
more like the old BiWay and FW Woolworth. They sell dry goods. We met the store's
asst mgr in Galt, and he was proud of his store. He shared the history of Giant
Tiger, and comfirmed that stores really do have a hard job staying viable in these
|i forget||There is another big, big place just west of the
Giant Tiger. It was also run by a kind couple. Same kind of goods. J thought it
was just a party store because of the way they wrote things onto the glass.
|knitted bridge||That isn't a store at all, but there is a
bridge here covered in many assorted knitted things. Blankets, sweaters, scarves.
It's soft and beautiful.
|next day||I'm writing this during our lunch break the following
day. I rather like visiting here! And I found that Galt was just an amazing town
full of old buildings, good shopping and very friendly people.