I’ve seen it hundreds of times: women/wives gregariously roaming the malls while the men/husbands wait patiently for their often indecisive and/or impulsive partners to make a purchase. Let’s face it, the malls of Riyadh aren’t equally male-friendly so if there is a place that you could show your hubby some mercy (Haha!) then maybe a trip to SACO will appeal to his manly-side and perhaps, if you aren’t already, the homemaker in you.
SACO is Saudi Arabia’s very own superbrand when it comes to hardware, tools and home furnishings. They also have extended their products to kitchenware, home decor, sporting goods and even children’s toys. Their branch along Takhasussi Road was the one we have frequented when I was growing up and around roughly two years ago, I heard that the place burned down. However, they have since renovated and a new, improved store stood tall once again! I was actually told by a friend that the infamous Ball Mason Jars were being sold there so I decided to pay SACO a visit last week. However when I arrived, I was informed that it had already sold out (Boo! Waiting for next shipment tho). So, I decided to make the most of my stay there since it was prayer time and I realized that, hey, we’ve never featured SACO yet before and it’s an awesome store to find neat stuff…for men, women AND children…thus, I clicked away.
First and foremost, let’s explore the main highlight of their store: the tools for the handy man. They have all the nuts and bolts for building and fixing things — old-school habits before electronic gadgets became the new cool for dudes. But hey, if you are an independent woman and likes to get all DIY with drills, screws and chainsaws, then perhaps you’d find something that you need in here too:
I just have to say this is a nostalgic childhood moment. I have so many memories as a kid doing crafts using Elmer’s Glue and playing with it by applying it on my hand and pretending I was being skinned alive after drying it out. I have to admit I squeezed some in my hand and waited for it to dry for old times’ sake. Sorry (not sorry). 😛
It’s been a year since I have been slowly immersing myself in the world of cooking (attempting the Food Network-style) and lately, despite the allure of the red signs of department stores in the malls, I find myself drawn to scouting for chef knives,ingenious food machines that can be a big help in the kitchen and china that can be great for plating. Lo and behold, SACO is not short on these items.
SACO also has a designated area for all your bathroom and toilet needs. They even have whole jacuzzis and shower room samples that you can choose from. Spare parts for plumbing are also available. Truth be told, plumbing is one of the sciences that I’d like to learn…I mean, if a pipe broke down in my bathroom, I’d like to know what to do!
After all the years of shopping in Riyadh, heaven knows we need storage bins to keep everythang we have bought (hoarded)! They also have beauty organizers for our make-up and cases for our classifying our jewelries. For the shoe-aholics, you’re gonna want to see this:
The SACO store in Takhasussi St. has two floors with the second floor filled with Outdoor furniture and equipment along with a separate area for Indoor Seating and the Sporting Goods. They have an extensive selection for gardening tools (possibly to those who could afford landscaping in their own homes).
They have huge area for all the outdoor furniture that they have. I only took note of those that I found unique:
More outdoor items:
From dining tables to coffee tables; from barcaloungers to computer chairs…take your pick:
If you are looking to take on a sport in the comforts of your own home, there are plenty to choose from: build your own gym by getting a treadmill some weights and an exercise mat; or install a basketball hoop on your building’s wall and play with some buddies over the weekend; or buy a bike and start riding around your area. If you want some real life interaction with your guests, how about a pool table or a foosball table?
Last but not least…there’s also something for the kiddos:
Evidently, there is something for everyone in your family when you go visit this store. I found most prices of the items to be very reasonable. If you like being hands-on in building or fixing things at your home (whether it’s redecorating, house painting, woodwork or plumbing) then this is the place to go to — especially for the handy husbands! Women who like to cook and bake can find some unique items in their kitchenware section with new appliances coming in every now and then. Youngsters can discover some new sporting activities and get fit — or even better, it can be a good field trip for a dad & son / dad & daughter bonding to show and teach them how certain tools are used. In my two hours of walking around the store alone, I was already amused! I hope you (and your husbands) will be too.
There are 10 Branches of SACO in Riyadh. Click here to find the nearest to you.