I found this artifact of late 90s e-kitsch in the Dollar Bargain, which—hooooooly crap, if you’re ever in north-central Ohio and you’re a very specific kind of weird, you have to check this place out. It’s like someone built a K-mart around the ancient burial grounds of a dozen long-dead dollar stores and decided to sell everything (including, like tilework and pieces of shelving) for 59 cents each. I spent four hours there.
There’s a great write-up on it over at Heather Loves Things, but the long and short of it is that the place looks like this:
And also this:
…And if you can believe it, it’s going out of business. On Christmas Eve, no less, because that’s the only thing that could’ve made this more depressing. Hurry now, if you want unopened booster packs for the WCW card game and (by the looks of it) every single copy of The Cassandra Cat* ever printed!
(*Here’s a YouTube synopsis of the movie, in case that clip wasn’t bonkers enough: “A strange cat arrives in a small village. The cat wears glasses, and when someone takes them off, she can color people, according to their nature and mood. The grown-ups of the village consider the cat to be dangerous, but can’t stop the kids from loving her.” I’m pretty sure they copied-pasted that premise for Grumpy Cat.)
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