The Craziest and Coolest Things Sold At Daiso Japan, The New Japanese $1.50 Store In Carrollton.

Earlier this month, Daiso Japan, the Japanese equivalent to the American dollar store concept, opened to much fanfare in Carrollton.

Deservedly so, too: This spot, located in Carrollton Town Center on Old Denton Road, is also the “first of many” Daiso Japan locations set to soon come to Texas.

I was among the many to brave Daiso's long lines during opening week, eager to see just what the store — what with its 2,500+ locations in Japan, 975 locations in South Korea, 522 more overseas locations and more plans to expand — had to offer its stateside customers.

Somewhat amazingly, the store's offerings — most of which cost $1.50 a pop — lived up to all the hype, too. In addition to such standard dollar-store fare as tupperware and laundry detergent, Daiso also offers a wide variety of items you won't find anywhere else, including bento kits and bonsai wire. Also? So many items shaped like animals! Ever wanted a microfiber brush shaped like a sheep? How about an elephant watersprout? Maybe you'd like some portable tissue paper with puppies on the packaging?

If so, you need to break open your piggy bank and plan a trip to the Carrollton ASAP. Just be sure to keep a close watch on your cart before you check out: Erasers that look like miniature food items may only cost $1.50 individually, but buying a couple of them at a time can add up fast.

Below, we take a look at some of the crazier things we found on our most recent trip to Daiso Japan — things we didn't know we needed until we saw them.

Now, we're pretty sure, you'll need them, too.

Bento Box Kits.

Pet Clothes and Bird Things.

Insect Breeding Containers.

Chair Socks.

Dog Clothes.

Pet Toys and Erasers.

Earphone Reels.

Glasses Stands.

Hair-Drying Gloves.

Hair Cutters.

Microfiber Brushes and Hair Coloring Sticks.

Microfiber Towels.

Shirt Locks.

Snacks.

Socks and Placemats.

Tissues.

Totes Bags.

Watering Toys.

Elephant-Shaped Waterspouts.

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