The neon sign outside Jack's may flash "99 cents," but in fact only the first floor of this mart has items for a buck; upstairs, where it's called Jack's World, tariffs are higher. Still, they're nothing to complain about: During a rapid sweep (you try it and see how long you can stand hanging out in any one of these places) we turn up a velveteen dreidel, plush but spinnable, for only $1.99; surprisingly fashionable picture frames, encrusted with pearls to give them a Chanel-ish air, are $5.99.
Even without a lingering recession, Jack's would be the de rigueur bargain store in town, thanks to the variety of cheap stuff they have that can fill your hopes and dreams--and house--for a fraction of what it would cost anywhere else. Why buy Fantastik for three-plus bucks when Jack's sells Fabulous for a mere dollar, and it's virtually the same thing! The same goes for Jack's paper towels, glass cleaner, and tissues, not to mention dollar pasta, clam sauce, pickles, and just... More »