Field Trip: Daiso Union City

by Wendy on January 21, 2009

Friday afternoon, Augie and I took a field trip down to the Daiso store in Union City. The first time I visited this Daiso I forgot my camera, so this time I was sure to bring it along. I wasn’t actually after bento supplies on this trip (I needed containers to organize our freezer) but I thought I’d take a few photos of the bento shelves to share with all my bento buddies. Daiso is truly a fantasy for the bento obsessed. It’s so cheap (unlike eBay) and the quantity of bento stuff is remarkable.

OK, so here is the front of the store to give you a little context. Just an unassuming store front in a strip mall. “Oh look! There are pink flowers on this building,” you think. “There might be something interesting in there.”

Daiso Union City

Then, you go inside and spot the large poster board sign with the word “BENTO” spelled out in neon papers. You are drawn like a moth to a flame. And then you spot the piles of bento boxes.

Daiso: Bento Boxes

You turn your head to avoid being blinded by the glory of adorable lunch boxes and you are met with the site of even more lunch boxes, some of them fancy enough that they cost $3, $4…even some that are $5. Those are really special.

Daiso: Bento boxes

As you move a few feet down the aisle you spot some cute foil and paper cups. This is perhaps the largest assortment of paper cups you have ever encountered. All the different shapes! All the different patterns! There are pink things!! Oh my!

Daiso: more paper cups

But then you move along and discover even more paper cups! Yowza!

Daiso: paper cups

The next aisle over has picks, silicone cups, little bottles, and more decorative food dividers than you have ever seen in your life. There are chopsticks too, and little forks and spoons but your photographer failed to take a picture of those.

Daiso: dividers

I spent about $25 in the store, but very few of the items I got were bento related. I bought some baskets to organize our freezer, a mini-piggie bank for my desk at work, a calender, plus some other odds and ends. I did end up getting two bento boxes and a couple of little forks though.

Daiso Bento purchases

When he saw these forks in the case, Wyatt told me, “These cases are here so that if I maybe poke you in the bottom with my forks they don’t get all dirty.” Ha ha. Sheesh.

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  • Cris

    Yeah, but I want to see your freezer all organized. I need to borrow some ideas!

  • Cris

    Yeah, but I want to see your freezer all organized. I need to borrow some ideas!

  • http://www.wendolonia.com/ Wendy

    Er…coming soon.

  • http://www.wendolonia.com Wendy

    Er…coming soon.

  • http://www.rookiemoms.com/ RookieMom Whitney

    How fun! I am so tempted… to believe that my son would eat more new foods if he had them in these cute containers. He LOVES when I cut cheese with cookie cutters and just that one cute item (a teddy bear-shaped piece of cheese) makes his whole meal look cute.

    Maybe when he goes to Kindergarten, I’ll change my lunch box strategy.

  • http://www.rookiemoms.com RookieMom Whitney

    How fun! I am so tempted… to believe that my son would eat more new foods if he had them in these cute containers. He LOVES when I cut cheese with cookie cutters and just that one cute item (a teddy bear-shaped piece of cheese) makes his whole meal look cute.

    Maybe when he goes to Kindergarten, I’ll change my lunch box strategy.

  • http://experiencelifewisely.blogspot.com/ holly*

    i havent be to that one. i need to hit up a diaso pretty soon actually. i need some small storage boxes and some grape gummy candies. yum!

  • http://experiencelifewisely.blogspot.com/ holly*

    i havent be to that one. i need to hit up a diaso pretty soon actually. i need some small storage boxes and some grape gummy candies. yum!

  • Karol

    OMG! OMG! OMG! I would go slap crazy in that place. Man alive, I have never seen such in all my life and these old eyes have seen some sights, let me tell you. There is not one any where near me and that is probably a good thing as I am trying to put back money for my China trip in a few months.

  • http://kknowles3223@yahoo.com Karol

    OMG! OMG! OMG! I would go slap crazy in that place. Man alive, I have never seen such in all my life and these old eyes have seen some sights, let me tell you. There is not one any where near me and that is probably a good thing as I am trying to put back money for my China trip in a few months.

  • Aunt Linda

    It is so cool to see what a real city has to offer!! It’s also great to read the comments of what people your age

    Wendo… I know that $25.00 was showing great restraint! Holy cow, how could you even make a decision with all of those cool things to choose from? Like your Aunt Sue says, “Packaging is everything!”

  • Aunt Linda

    It is so cool to see what a real city has to offer!! It’s also great to read the comments of what people your age

    Wendo… I know that $25.00 was showing great restraint! Holy cow, how could you even make a decision with all of those cool things to choose from? Like your Aunt Sue says, “Packaging is everything!”

  • http://kelliestrickland.wordpress.com/ Kellie

    Oh my goodness gracious is that just not heaven on earth?? I have always wanted to jump on the bento bandwagon…but didn’t know where you all found such wonderful little bento boxes, papers, picks and all that cool stuff. I am def looking this store up and see if there is one near me. This could possibly change my kids lunches FOREVER!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • http://kelliestrickland.wordpress.com Kellie

    Oh my goodness gracious is that just not heaven on earth?? I have always wanted to jump on the bento bandwagon…but didn’t know where you all found such wonderful little bento boxes, papers, picks and all that cool stuff. I am def looking this store up and see if there is one near me. This could possibly change my kids lunches FOREVER!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • http://brooksblogbaby.blogspot.com/ Brook

    Wow, I have to say I recently bought both of these boxes online and was only marginally over charged-plus sh&h lol. Watch out for the life which bounced one, those side flaps have popped open when swung around and dropped at light speed by my 4yr old. But she loves it(hers is pink). I would go crazy in that place. Definitely a cash only, “don’t even think of bringing any plastic or checkbook or even leaving those suckers in the car kinda place”! But I do need a band for my birdie box!

  • http://brooksblogbaby.blogspot.com/ Brook

    Wow, I have to say I recently bought both of these boxes online and was only marginally over charged-plus sh&h lol. Watch out for the life which bounced one, those side flaps have popped open when swung around and dropped at light speed by my 4yr old. But she loves it(hers is pink). I would go crazy in that place. Definitely a cash only, “don’t even think of bringing any plastic or checkbook or even leaving those suckers in the car kinda place”! But I do need a band for my birdie box!

  • http://nicolerussellwillis.typepad.com/imagine_that/ Nicole

    I LOVE your bentos…you have a great blog! I am keeping them all in mind for when my daughter goes to school!
    That store looks fabulous!! I would have been tempted to spend $100 bucks in that aisle alone!! :)

  • http://nicolerussellwillis.typepad.com/imagine_that/ Nicole

    I LOVE your bentos…you have a great blog! I am keeping them all in mind for when my daughter goes to school!
    That store looks fabulous!! I would have been tempted to spend $100 bucks in that aisle alone!! :)

  • http://comptines.over-blog.com/ Nicole

    I am relly amused… there is a spelling mistake on the blue box!!!
    In french you do not finf the word “fleures” but “fleurs”
    :-)))))))))))))))))

  • http://comptines.over-blog.com Nicole

    I am relly amused… there is a spelling mistake on the blue box!!!
    In french you do not finf the word “fleures” but “fleurs”
    :-)))))))))))))))))

  • http://littleskye.blogspot.com/ Stephanie

    I am a frequent reader, but this is my friend time commenting. :]
    I am so jealous at how big the bento section is of your daiso! mine here in san diego is rather small. While they seem to carry pretty much the same things, your selection of paper cups and boxes is quite a bit larger than mine!

  • http://littleskye.blogspot.com Stephanie

    I am a frequent reader, but this is my friend time commenting. :]
    I am so jealous at how big the bento section is of your daiso! mine here in san diego is rather small. While they seem to carry pretty much the same things, your selection of paper cups and boxes is quite a bit larger than mine!

  • http://celiaescuela.blogspot.com/ celia

    Oh, I want t g there!
    I need it!!!!!!!
    Great pics and thanks so much for sharing!

  • http://celiaescuela.blogspot.com celia

    Oh, I want t g there!
    I need it!!!!!!!
    Great pics and thanks so much for sharing!

  • http://paperchainsandmelodrama.blogspot.com/ Melibee

    Glory glory hallelujah! You are so lucky to be near a real like Daiso store! Color me green with envy. Thank you for the pics!

    I don't know how I've missed this post of yours. I've been reading your blog for a long time and was pretty sure I'd seen all the bento related ones! :)

  • http://paperchainsandmelodrama.blogspot.com/ Melibee

    Glory glory hallelujah! You are so lucky to be near a real like Daiso store! Color me green with envy. Thank you for the pics!

    I don't know how I've missed this post of yours. I've been reading your blog for a long time and was pretty sure I'd seen all the bento related ones! :)

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