We often visit .99 cents only stores. I was interested in thrifting, but never took time to explore it. My Wife is the one, who is very much interested in exploring this .99 cents stores, she is the one who patronises the local .99 cents only stores and each time we visit there, she is able to dig and pull out few good household stuffs.
The Merchandise store is a Mini Super Market, where we find all our basic household requirements like gardening, toys, decorative items, cheap cooking utensils etc., getting fulfilled.
Heard 99 Rs. only/- shop is getting famous in India too.
Whether you patronise or not, keep digging is the mantra in each such stores.