About 2 years ago I was in my local branch of WH Smith, a stationary and magazine chain we have in the UK. They’re known for the poor state of their shops, ridiculous prices and also for being my Dad’s least favourite place to shop in my hometown. There’s even a Twitter page documenting the “urban decay” found in stores.
I found myself at the back of the shop where I discovered a neglected “toy section” with about 4 or 5 Matchbox hanging forlornly. Being as it was 2018, It was a surprise to see they were 2013 models. I pulled a Jaguar XK120 Coupe off the pegs and got out of there before the store swallowed me and I got trapped forever. I left behind a couple of fantasy castings and a Chevrolet Convertible, but never bothered venturing back into the depths to retrieve it. Until just before we were hit with another raft of Covid restrictions, I decided to go back out of curiousity. AND THEY’RE ALL STILL THERE?! These mainlines are now *seven years old*. And they’re now marked *up* at £2.49?!
It’s got me thinking if any of you Lamley faithful have had any similar finds? Maybe you’ve found some buried treasure that’s miles out of date, or hit a small shop in the back of beyond only to find the Hot Wheels cards have gone yellow and are still partying like it’s 1999?
Share your experiences in the comments or give me a tag on Instagram @alex_the_hoarder. I’m also found behind pictures of things in my cupboard at Facebook.com/alexthehoarder.