Edited 6/6/07 to try to make the second photo enlargeable, but was unsuccessful. I'm putting "Learn HTML" on my to-do list.
Yesterday after work, I was running here and there downtown doing errands. Once of my stops was Daiso, the Japanese "livingware" store that now has a few North American (West Coast) locations. It is kind of like a dollar store, except:
1) most things are $1.50,
2) it has at least 20x the selection of any dollar store I've ever been to, and
3) everything is adorable in that way that only Japanese products can be.
From kitchen gadgets, laundry organizers & stationery to aprons, pet toys & toiletry travel bags, Daiso has got you covered. Seriously, I can't even begin to describe their selection, you've just got to see it. The first time I went, I was there for 2 hours taking it all in.
Yesterday I noticed an endcap of sewing notions. They've got elastic, safety pins, crochet thread, measuring tapes, etc. There was a little set of machine needles, but I wasn't sure if they would fit my Pfaff. They even have invisible and regular zippers, in sets of 3 short or 2 long, and yes, they are only $1.50.
Okay, I'm not sure of the quality, but I'm willing to do a little research to find out. And it sure beats schlepping into Joann.