August 23, 2018


Mum of two, Jesika Mullins, from House of Jes has shared her funny story of collecting the Coles Little Shop Minis and how they soon have you sneaking around like a drug dealer.

Jes wrote on her Facebook page, House of Jes, “I looked down at my phone, yes this was the right address, I slowly walked up the front path, as I turned back my kids faces were so full of hope. As I raised my hand to knock on the door, this overwhelming feeling came over me, I thought to myself “is this what my life has become…”…

The door opened, we barely made eye contact “pet food?” she asked, “yep, weetbix?” I responded.

We both exchanged our goods swiftly with a quick awkward giggle and a ‘thanks’.



I almost ran down the footpath and got back into the car. I was bombarded with “did you get it? which one?”.


A quick glance at my phone, just one more stop.. as I pulled up at the next house a wave of relief came over me, phew this one is just in the mail box, as I walked up path, with ziplock bag in hand a wary neighbor glanced over “afternoon”, I quickly opened the back of the mail box, grabbed the envelope with my name on it and left my baggy with my end of the exchange.

I practically flew back to the car, again to be bombard with “Mum, mum, did you get it? Was that the last one? I’ve got the whole mini collection now, right”… I think to myself, fuck yes that’s it I’m done, I’m not cut out for this. “yes kids that’s it, we (I mean I) did it, we collected all 30 minis.”

My Dealing Days Are Done…Or Are They?

As I started the car thinking my dealing days were behind me, the voice of my youngest hit me like a ton of bricks, “now mine mum?”.

I turned around to see his little face, full of hope, could I really shatter his dream of having a full set like his older sister… “oh mate, it’s one per family, you can share with your sister”..

I knew deep down this wasn’t going to fly, he started crying. I had to dig my heels in, “sorry mate that’s not my rule, it’s the shops, its one set per family”… then the 6yr old pipes up “mum, its 1 mini per $30, they don’t know when you have the full set”.. shit, when did she get so smart, she’d caught me out, nope I’m sticking by it..

“No, they know, we can’t break the rules” I crossed my fingers, please let me have this one kid!! “Mum, are you snowing us?” FUCK!! I’m done! “Umm, nope I’m not”… “mum, let’s go to Coles now and we will check.”. Shit. Fuck. Damn. “Ok, well it was worth a try, I guess we are collecting another set”.


I’m sure if you have kids these teenie tiny grocery items have been mentioned in your house, love them or loathe them kids are OBSESSED. And as much as it was totally awkward with the first set, I’m now a total veteran at pulling up at strangers houses and doing an exchange of these tiny items, I even had one mum say “I feel like a druggy doing deals”… your not alone sista. The things we do for our precious offspring.

And to be completely honest my two kids aged 6 and 3 who usually fight over everything have really bonded over these Little Shop items (let’s be honest I’ve threatened selling them on eBay once or twice). They have been sitting, talking, swapping, playing shops and even trading for hours each day. And hey teamed with a $3 play money set from Kmart and the Coles catalogue we’ve all been doing some learning about Australian currency.”

coles little shop

This post originally appeared on House of Jes. Read more on Facebook here.

Can you relate to Jes’ story?

Share your comments below.

  • Ha ha, yes I completely felt the same!


  • I wonder which supermarket chain will start something similar.
    Some people have been advertising their surplus for very high prices. Some started doing that within a week of the promotion starting.


  • LOL I am so glad my ‘drug dealing’ days are over! Was so relieved when I picked up the last one!


  • Hahaha, this made me laugh. It’s made grown-ups act in ways they might not normally. My 17 year old has decided to get on board too and it’s really funny to watch!


  • haha, too funny. Must admit, I love them too.


  • this seems to be a real obsession!


  • This is a funny story. I think its definitely been fun for kids to collect the sets.


  • This whole mini’s thing …. I just don’t get it …. what’s the attraction?

    • Different things to different people – the chase for some people, collecting for some, resources to use for some for play activities and the list goes on. I have just enjoyed it! :)


  • Lol, this is funny. My kids love the Coles mini’s, but don’t chase the whole set.


  • We are the opposite – we swap over coffee and chats – openly and happily! :)


  • Haha funny! The kids love it. Don’t spoil it for them!


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