If you have collected for awhile, there is a good chance this has happened to you. It has happened a few times to me, and it is always exciting.
It is the back-in-time find. The out of leftfield experience when you happen upon some gems from the past. Just hanging there, daring you to purchase them at the standard store price.
I am not talking about the convention find, or the swap meet find. It is the in-store find.
There are a couple of ways this can happen. One, someone returned a bunch of stuff to your local big box store, and you benefit. The other, you walk in to a random store you haven't visited before, and the stock seems to be stuck in time. You have no idea how long the models have been there, but you don't care. There is some awesome stuff.
That happened to me yesterday. I do a fair amount of wandering through rural areas for my job, and while waiting for a meeting to start in one of those rural towns, I wandered into a nearby store. Little did I know I would also be going 7 to 10 years back in time.
A plethora of 2006 and 2009 Hot Wheels models, with cards as crisp as brand new. Old stock? Returns? I have no idea. Don't really care. Each of these were $1.25, and I bought a few:
The white '69 Vette was a Kmart exclusive, so would indicate these came from someone. But I wasn't going to ask. I just bought the models above. And I left a lot too.
It made for a fun day. It reminded me of another cool day at Target:
There have been others too. It happens when you least expect it. Just enjoy it when it does.