I have to share some weird things I've seen over the past week. If you've visited my blog over the course of the last few weeks, you've heard me bemoan the loss of our Borders. Our store was a real revenue maker so it is staying open as they try to sell as much merchandise as they can before closing for good. The workers in the store told me they would be receiving products from other stores that have already been closed.
The book sections are really picked over and fantasy, mystery and the literature sections are still only 30% off but I still stop in when I'm near the store to see what might have been shipped in. Borders has always had a great selection of journals and calendars. I often browsed the game and jigsaw puzzle shelves though Borders' stock was a far second to B&N's. One could always find some pens, gift bags, cups and a few other odds and ends that made cute gifts for the hard-to-buy-for relative.
But today I went into Borders and saw things that made me laugh out loud. I can only guess these items were shipped in from other stores. Stacks and stacks of bath towels, adult bundles and pink and blue infant sets. Not far inside the door was a table full of gift sets of fragrances, male and female scents. I couldn't quite believe it. Was I seeing one of the reasons the business failed? Who buys towels at a bookstore? The aisles near the books were packed with people browsing but I didn't see a single person looking at the towels or colognes.
I know some of you have witnessed the slow, ugly melting of their Borders. Have you seen some odd things appearing as they shuffled merchandise from store to store? What is the most out-of-place thing you've ever seen in any bookstore?