Monday, August 31, 2015

Dirham Store Challenge

I'm always up for a good challenge and this post is inspired by the Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge by YHL. Since the thrift shop situation in Dubai is slim pickins, I decided to hit up the next best alternative for thrifty finds - Dubai's version of dollar stores a.k.a the 1 - 10 DIRHAM STORES! (dum dum dum).

It looks a little something like this, a familiar sight to those living in Old Dubai:


Armed with AED 20 ($5.45), I ventured out into the wild wild world of dirham and discount stores. While I was prepared for items that would possibly just serve comedic value, SPOILER ALERT/PLOT TWIST: I was pleasantly surprised!

So, boys & girls, presenting my whopping 20 Dirham haul:

1. Starting off with a classic (and my most expensive purchase), I scored a small notebook and bonus, it has a doggie on it - need I say more?

2. Up next is an ultra-cute camera pouch which is perfect for smaller cameras and can also be used store other items such as stationery etc.


3. My favourite find - the oh-so-popular mason jar which is surprisingly expensive in the UAE. I found this for a mere AED 3! I am now living my hipster life vicariously through this jar.

4. Keeping in line with the hipster theme, I also found me some mustache suction hooks for hanging some of my jewelry and so on. Fun right?


5. And last but but not the least, a find to trump all finds, this glorious popcorn tub! I'm always eating popcorn out of the bag and this has given my popcorn its rightful place (until I inhale it) + I feel like I'm at the movies!


Ringing up all my purchases, it brings us to the grand total of AED 20! I think I scored myself some pretty sweet deals, what do you think? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @MonaGir.

If you'd like to take up this challenge (do it), the rules are pretty simple: your budget is AED 20 or its equivalent in your currency and that's it. Do tag me or comment below with what you find!

Also, The Monalogues is turning 1 very soon (eek!) and I have some surprises coming up in celebration - watch this space!

Mona xo

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    1. Haha, yes! I just have to make it to NYC soon :)

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  2. Fun article! Where is the popcorn bucket from? :)

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    1. It's from this gem of a dirham store in Bur Dubai called Edo!

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  3. This is such an interesting idea! Love the camera pouch! Im almost aching to take the challenge myself!

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    1. Do it! Would love to see your edition of the Dirham Store Challenge :)

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  4. Awh I wish there was something like this down towards the Marina end of the city. Perhaps I'll see if I can go on a dirham spending spree in Daiso instead? Love your finds!

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    1. Yes, totally! I got the dog notebook from Daiso, so definitely give it a go :)

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  5. Mons! Love the mason jar, have been looking for something similar for ages. Where did you buy that from?

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    1. Shri! It's from Bollywood, believe it or not!

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