Monday, December 5, 2016
Finds like this don't happen every day...
Four years in December ago I was traveling for work through a rural part of Utah. This small town had a Kmart (since closed), and after dinner I decided to stop by to see if there was anything interesting.
I was surprised to see a small dump bin near the toy aisle, and a peg tree on wheels next to that. I had never seen a dump bin in a Kmart before, and I haven't seen one since. Considering it was 7 at night, and the nice lady working in the toy section told me they put it out a few days earlier, I didn't have a lot of hope, but I thought I would look anyway.
It wasn't long after that I found the first Ford Focus Super TH. I was shocked to see it, and figured someone just missed it. But I kept digging. It was at this point that the nice lady returned with a cart, telling me it might be easier to look through them if I had a cart to empty them into. (That was definitely a first and only.)
I found the second and third Focus while dumping models into the cart. I found the fourth and fifth on the peg tree nearby. Those five Focus Supers have forever been my most prolific Super TH find of my collecting days.
Today, for the second time in my life, I found five Super Treasure Hunts in a dump bin. This time it was Walmart. A rural Walmart to be sure, but not as rural as the Kmart from four years ago. It was about 2 in the afternoon, and like at Kmart, I was shocked to find what I found.
I wandered into this Walmart hoping to find some Zamac Batmobiles. Several collectors on IG had reported Q case dump bins hitting their local Walmarts, so I was hoping that maybe a store around me would have them. Most Walmarts around me didn't get the Q Case bins with the Zamacs the first time they hit, so I was holding out hope they would this time.
I first went to pegs to see them mostly bare. I made my way to the other side of the aisle to look around, and before turning to head out I saw a bin.
It might be a little sad that we collectors can do this, but you know a hit bin when you see one. There are telling signs, like soft corners, one side of the bin piled higher than the other, cars not laid out like they are in the case, and foreign objects in the bin that were dumped by other shoppers.
This bin looked hit. Cards were strewn about, and there was a priceless wand, a set of small baskets, some ribbon, and some shoe insoles mixed in. I did see a Tesla Zamac near the top, so I knew it was the Batmobile bin. Assuming this bin was hit, I started digging hoping the last person had missed a Bat.
Halfway down the first side, after coming across several Tesla and Viper Zamacs, I was starting to lose hope that I would see a Bat. That is about the time I came across the first Carbonic Super.
Was I excited. I guess, but it is the Carbonic. Ford GT or Chevy II would have elicited more of a response, but it is always fun to find a Super. I figured the last person missed it (it is easy to miss), but it did give me a little more hope that a Bat was hidden somewhere.
Then I found two Batmobiles.
Woohoo! Mission accomplished! I had a couple of carded Zamac Bats, one of the best models of the year - Zamac with ghost flames! - and a Super to boot! But of course I am going to keep digging...
And Number 5.
That was a trip. Five Supers. And 27 Zamac Batmobiles.
I grabbed the Supers, as well as a few Bats, and went on my merry way. It doesn't happen a lot, but occasionally it does. I'll remember this one...