Daiso is a shop that quickly turns into an addiction. The Japanese chain store, with multiple locations across Los Angeles County, sells most of its stock for just $1.50 a pop, ensuring that it's almost impossible to leave with just one item. Venture into the stationery aisles and you may walk out with a shopping bag filled with everything from sleek business card cases to kawaii stationary. The best bargains are the “multipurpose pens” — four-colored pens with a mechanical pencil, sold in two-packs. They're the cheapest pens we've ever found that actually work, while the hardcover notebooks are just as durable, and almost as lovely, as the Moleskine clones they were selling last year. High-priced items include leatherlike iPad cases in stylish summer colors — for all of $4. The stock changes regularly, and many items sell out quickly, so you'll want to stop by Daiso often. —Liz Ohanesian
Multiple locations, including 621 S. Western Ave., Koreatown, 90005. (213) 637-0336, daisojapan.com.