Even in a place like Dallas, where you can’t throw a credit card without hitting a shop or boutique at which to max it out, shopping can get a little boring. Once you’ve established your favorite haunts, it’s easy to get stuck making the same old trip to NorthPark and buying the same old boring crap over and over.
You’re probably already in that rut, and your closet just won’t be able to bear it if you make yet another trip back to TJ Maxx. Dallas is home to so many excellent cultural markets, many of which offer a crazy selection of items – everything from toys to toilets – all under the same roof. These 9 shops from across the globe will get you started.
140 N. Main St., Grapevine
Expat Brits can find all the clotted cream and digestives their hearts desire, but this shop offers more than food. Find a fancy tea set, a crazy selection of British film and TV, and household sundries that are nigh impossible to find in American supermarkets or department stores.
2625 Old Denton Road, No. 438, Carrollton
Korean skincare is ridiculously trendy right now, and Tonymoly is a budget-friendly entrée into this often expensive world. The products are infused with unfamiliar ingredients like snail extract and placenta, but the adorable packaging (think banana-shaped tubes of hand cream and kiss-shaped lip gloss pots) will quiet your concerns. You also won’t feel bad about blowing $50 on sheet masks and lip gloss when you consider that Tonymoly products are significantly cheaper at the boutique than at Sephora or Ulta.
Harry Hines Bazaar
10788 Harry Hines Blvd.
Once you enter Harry Hines Bazaar, you really never need to leave again. In addition to the clothes, shoes, cowboy boots, hologram-style photos of the Last Supper and toys that you can purchase, you can also find a great seamstress, get a tattoo or have your hair cut. This is the kind of spot where you can spend an entire day inside without seeing even close to everything it has to offer.
1405 W. Davis St.
It’s probably wise to avoid fucking around with brujeria, aka Latin American witchcraft, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t check out Chango Botanica at least once. Chango is the city’s oldest botanica, and many of the offerings resemble what you’d find at your average metaphysical (read: new-age or hippie) shop, but this isn’t your average woo-woo emporium. The energy here is interesting, to say the least. Pick up a candle designed to bring money or grab special incense that wards away demons, and don’t steal anything or do anything that would otherwise end up getting your ass cursed.
2625 Old Denton Road, Carrollton
H-Mart is home to so much more than just groceries. Sure, you can pick up kimchi and durian, but you’ll also find appliances, fancy toilets and pretty much anything else you can think of within these walls. Around the perimeter of the store, individual boutiques sell skincare, jewelry, medicinal herbs and clothes, and you’ll find a surprising selection of kitchenware and home goods inside the actual grocery store. Stop into the stationery store near the registers on your way out for all your K-pop fan merchandise, toy, and adorable office supply needs.
Poshak Fashion & Style
100 S. Central Expressway, Richardson
This boutique features beautiful and ornate imported clothing, shoes and accessories from India and Pakistan. Browse the thousands and thousands of gorgeous bangles and earrings, bring in your too-long pants for alterations, and find a sari for your friend’s wedding all under one roof.
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7615 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving
The Japanese version of a dollar store, Daiso Japan is cheapskate heaven. Pick up a lucky cat for less than $5, then browse through Daiso’s expansive offerings, ranging from glittery nail polishes to vaguely dangerous kitchen appliances. You’ll also find plenty of tea cups, random home decor and surprisingly cheap knick-knacks.
Cali Saigon Mall
3212 N. Jupiter Road, Garland
This Vietnamese supermarket is sort of like a less-insidious version of Wal-Mart. In addition to the groceries and individual cafes, you can shop for pricey imported cosmetics, clothing, Hello Kitty toys and DVDs. Be sure to build time into your shopping trip to get a manicure at one of Cali Saigon’s upstairs nail salons.
Cosplay N Charm
240 Legacy Drive, No. 106, Plano
Should you find yourself in need of a Sailor Moon costume, plush Pokemon dolls, or other equally kawaii supplies, Cosplay N Charm in Richardson should have you covered. Here, it’s not ridiculous for pillows to be shaped like donuts and cats, it’s pretty much standard. Anime fans will also find plenty of housewares and clothing inspired by their favorite characters.