Tina Visits the Dollar Star on Mt. Pleasant Street


Do not be deceived. Dollar Star, at 3219 Mount Pleasant Street is no Dollar Store. The Mount Pleasant Main Street Business Directory (yes, this exists and I own it) bills it as “a mini-big box department store.” I am not sure what the owners bill it as, but in the 30 minutes I spent wandering the aisles I found only 4 items that sold for one dollar; bleach, rubbing alcohol, single rolls of toilet paper, and some Spiderman pins.

Dollar store or not, this place is totally insane and filled with all kinds of crazy junk. I read a review on Yelp that said places like this are “amusing to look through, but contain little of value.” I beg to differ. Where else can you find anything quite like this!?!


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And with a price tag of $45.99 there is clearly someone, somewhere, who thinks this item is of significant value.

Among the other fantastic finds inside Dollar Star were an Islamic Prayer clock for $16.99, a bargain of a pregnancy test for only $1.49, a bottle of Citroma – the “lemony flavor sparkling laxative,” a real steal at only $1.25 and, my personal favorite, a Lady Marmalade-esque lamp reminiscent of the “leg lamp” of A Christmas Story fame.


This fantastic item can be yours for the low price of $69.99.

Joking aside, this place is also full of useful items, like laundry detergent, kitchen wares, clothing, school supplies and more all at fairly reasonable prices. I did do some searching around for the most and least expensive items I could find, and came up with a 75 cent can of soda, and a quite large floor rug for a whopping $399.99.

By far, the most amusing part of my trip was the stock clerk who stopped me in the aisle presumably to inquire as to why I was taking pictures and writing things down in a little notebook. Instead he asked if I was married, and then told me that my future husband was a lucky man. I was quite flattered, if not a little creeped out. At any rate, though I left empty handed this time I will most certainly be back as I know this place is full of wares that will make amazing birthday treats for all of my friends!

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  • “Bargain pregnancy test?” I dunno, there are some things that it probably is worth buying a name brand. The only thing worse than that might be the “factory 2nd condoms.”

  • I once bought a $.99 bottle of El Windexico and went home to do some much needed cleaning in my group house. The blue liquid in the bottle beaded on surfaces and didn’t really provide the streak-free-action I was hoping for. I haven’t been back since.

  • They are a great place for those last minute pinata runs!

  • Before Why I hate DC started sucking there was a very good post on this store. http://whyihatedc.blogspot.com/2008/05/no-joke-its-staggering-how-much-more.html

  • A “sparkling laxative”? Wow.

    And, for the ladies, an off topic story/suggestion. I used to date a guy who lived in Mount Pleasant, and get hit on with some regularity by somewhat unsavory dudes at the 42 stop. Saying I had a boyfriend tended to spark the ever-charming “You got a man? I could be your man” conversation. Now, my mother works with a relatively poor and uneducated population, and she had told me that when the people with whom she worked were shacking up, they would always say they were “engaged”. No ring, no wedding plans, but apparently that’s more acceptable than co-habitation. So I figured, let’s see how that works. Every time I said I was “engaged” (a complete lie and I was never wearing a ring) the guy backed off. Well, except for one much older drunk guy with a guitar. But still a decent batting average.

  • Lau- “Now, my mother works with a relatively poor and uneducated population”

    Oh please.

  • stay classy Lau

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