I had lived in Joburg for years before I’d even heard of Discount Warehouse. A huge, airport hanger sized building filled from floor to ceiling with anything you can imagine. Guns, beds, plugs, posters, make-up, car speakers, baby toys, the thing you make poached eggs with, poker chips, fireworks, a dolphin shaped pencil holder that says ‘I me love you too mine friend’. It’s all there.
Whilst it’s no Harrods at Christmas, it does have a bizarre ‘like with like no matter what’ aesthetic that is really interesting. Next time you’re looking for pretty much anything in the universe that Woolworths doesn’t sell, and you don’t mind adding the VAT on in your head, make for Discount Warehouse. Just don’t take pictures, it makes them real moody.