It seems that Hastings was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of store closures. The semi-local K-Mart and less-local Toys R Us that I like to frequent are calling it quits. The TRU, interestingly, is slated to close by the end of the month! I'm really upset about the TRU in particular; this store is one of two in my favorite shopping-city, and the store that's closing is the one I have the best luck finding things at. (Probably because it's so out of the way and not frequented by the locals)
Thankfully, the roads were clear after our little bit of snow we got yesterday, and so I was able to head out on a farewell tour. I wish I'd taken pictures in the TRU, people were pushing carts loaded down with everything you can imagine. The American Girl display had been taken down, and the Claire's area was likewise removed, but the rest of the store was on sale up to 50% off!
I don't know if any of you guys remember when Nickelodeon used to have their "Super Toy Run" sweepstakes, where a lucky kid would get cut loose in a Toys R Us (later Kay Bee) store to grab as much as they could for free in a few minutes, but minus the countdown clock, that's very much what this was like.
I'd like to take a moment to apologize in advance for the terrible quality of the photos in this post. I have shamed the blogosphere with these and I am sorry.
Anyway, here's my (rather reserved in comparison) haul from TRU:
Tune in next time, when Rudolph tries on pony clothes, Peeta makes it out of his box (maybe!), and I give up on using a camera that takes potato pictures!