Sometimes returns are the real treasure. Take today. I am traveling, and got into town and had a minute to check a Target near the hotel. I was surprised to see quite a few 2008-2010 Hot Wheels models hanging on the pegs. I took a look at a few, and based on the models that were there (mostly licensed), I decided to dig in.
I checked the pegs and the bin below. By the time I was done, I had put these aside:
Almost all of these are models I have wanted to add to the collection after passing on them when they were actually out, and while I have the R32 Skyline, I wasn't going to leave it. And that Evo! (I think I left another. Should I go back and get it?) And considering these were $.79 each, I think I did pretty well.
And as great as those Hot Wheels finds were, it was the Matchbox pegs that really delivered. I moved down the aisle to the Matchbox section and saw that they too were holding some older models. It was a little treat to flip through the pegs to see what treasures were hidden behind each other. And treasures they were:
Ah, the Golden Age of Matchbox, represented right here at Target. Remember when this was the bulk of what was hanging? I got a little nostalgic to be honest while going through these.
And the cool thing? These were EXACT SAME pegs that inspired the "Mattel, we want Matchbox back" post that I wrote a few weeks ago, and that garnered quite a bit of attention. These magic pegs are really trying to tell us something...
So yeah, returns are wrong. And yeah, returns are awesome. What a fund day of finds.