Anyone from the States knows about the Dollar Tree.. that place you go when you need like 50 straws for some fund raising event. You are going to someone's birthday and don't want to buy a super expensive Hallmark card. You need to clean your house but Mr. Clean is simply out of the budget... well I recently discovered the European.. or more the "French" equivalent to the Dollar Tree... the 2 Euro Shop.
Located on 17 rue Victor Hugo, in Paris, down the stretch of over-priced shopping paradise.. situated between the Brioche Doré and SFR store, lies the little shop called, "C 2 Euros"... or in translated real french, c'est deux euros. It's a store that is easily missed, we keep walking or talking and one second passes. It's a blink and walk store, if you blink while you are walking by, well you missed your chance.
Now there are some true differences between this little jewel mine and the Dollar Tree, first off: not everything is off brand. That's right, there are some name-brand items in this shop. They are sold often because they weren't sold in another store or the demand wasn't high enough.
For example, the treasures I managed to buy yesterday for only 6 euros:
-Oil bottle (for pouring my oil in style)
-Little tray for my coffee in the morning
-Pantene Pro-V Conditioner (which I could NOT find in the normal super marché!)
They also have a selection of cookware, serving ware (high quality) and little amuse-bouches serving items. There are Lyon themed items, so great for those of us who want to bring a gift home.. but are low on cash. And as a note: everything is 2 euros... even if the price marked says '4' or '5.95' it's just an old listed price from the old magasin.
As a warning, it is a very small little shop.. it takes some shoving and shuffling to get around and buy things- but it is definitely worth it for poor students like myself to look like we are living fancy!
Happy cheap shopping!