Saturday, December 10, 2016

Hasta la vista, Hastings

Our local-ish Hastings store closed for good this past October. Over the years, the company seemed to flail about for a sense of identity. Were they a cheap movie rental store with a newstand? Mostly a book store? Software? Music? Comics and collectibles? Even they didn't know.

Having seen how Waldenbooks/Borders began frantically throwing any and everything up on the shelves as that chain fell into the death roll that it didn't recover from, I had been suspicious that this was coming for a while. It didn't make it any easier to accept that there's now not a real "book store" in 50 miles of me, though. In retrospect, I wish I'd taken some photos of the interior, with its late 90s-early 00s geometric decals still on the walls. They were cheesy, but it was familiar cheese.

At any rate, here are a few of the things I acquired as the store closing progressed:

This isn't a full loot pile. A few things have already been distributed to their new home. I've mentioned getting Lego Dimensions previously, (along with a Louise Belcher shirt), but I think everything else in this pile is new. The most expensive thing I bought is still Dimensions, with the Star Wars droids model set a close second.

I actually didn't realize that this was a model set when I bought it. I actually thought it was a larger pair of figures, maybe 1:6 scale or close to it. R2 and 3PO are still in their box.

Also in the loot pile are a BUNCH of books (10 for $1 by the time of my last raid, a mere day before final closing!), a copy of Zootopia on dvd/digital/3D, an Adventure Time pint glass (wish I'd gotten more of the glassware!), a Cyborg Lego Dimensions expansion kit, a Rocket Raccoon scalers figure, Christmas Story mini leg lamp, and a Princess Tiana fashion set. The majority of these items came from the last visit, for which the store was crowded, had no air conditioning, there was a storm bearing down on the area and no shopping carts that I could find. I literally had all I could carry, and it totaled up to about $20. I think the receipt speaks for itself, though:

And a bargain at twice the price, clearly!
Here are a couple of other items that didn't get photographed, but still ended up in my cart on the various shopping trips I made before the store closed: Most of these pics are from Amazon!

A collapsible lunch box, similar to this one on Amazon: Not the same brand, though.  This lunch box was a gift for a friend, who just started a new job and needed something fun to take food to work in.

Chocolate de Puzzle chocolate making kit (ver. A, iirc): Another gift. I'm kind of curious as to how it ended up working! A little tempted to grab one for myself on Amazon!

Green Tea Pocky, yet another gift. I've had this flavor before and didn't care for it at all - but I know someone who really loves green tea, so...

Pejoy Chocolate, which I had eaten both packages of inside of 24 hours. I think this was also my dad's first Pocky-type candy! He liked it! He made me explain what it was about three times before he'd try it, though.

A sleep poncho and eye mask set by Adrienne Vittadini. The set I got was cream color, however. I would just take a picture of mine, but I'm wearing it and there's a cat in my lap. (sorry, internet pics is all we got!) This thing is stupidly comfortable and warm. The mask? Okay, I tried it. It just keeps me up, though.

A Cool Gear gel filled tumbler, like this one. (I actually purchased a clear one, though.) I hate ice in drinks. I really, really hate ice in drinks. This was only $2.50, iirc, and seemed like a good alternative. I've only given it a try once so far, but my first impression is that the thing makes your drink have a "plastic" taste. Not sure if I'll keep this thing.

By the time the store closed, everything was in disarray. Items as diverse as cookware were showing up on the lonely-looking shelves by the end. It was almost addictive to search through the whole bookshelf, reading titles and trying to find hidden gems in the vast quantities of political biographies that were still in abundant supply. And saving more money than you spent? That was thrilling! 

I already miss this store. The fact that the two comic series that I've been following seem to have ended (meaning I'd be making fewer trips over) doesn't dilute the sting at all. So long, Hastings. You are already missed.