Twitter mentioned going to a place called McKay's (used books, CD's, video games, etc.) -- which was previously unknown to me -- after seeing what they got, and how much they got it for... I decided to try see where this place was. Much to my delight, I found that this store is exclusive to Tennessee and North Carolina, now it was just a matter of figuring when I could go.
There are three locations in Tennessee, Knoxville being the closest, so that settled the "where". The "when" was figured out thanks to a timely eBay selling promotion, in which I was able to sell a couple of things within just a day of their listings. I think the stuff sold on a Thursday, and I made my way to Knoxville the following Saturday (two weeks ago).
I can tell you right off the bat that it was well worth the trip, normally I end up being disappointed by places that I really want to check out, this was definitely not one of those times. Now I'm just a little annoyed that I've lived in this state for three years, and I'm just now finding out about this place.
Next was a whole mess of board games (I'll try to get a pic next time I go), I do love board games, but I don't have anybody to play them with so my heart wasn't really into looking through them all that much.
On the other side of part of the board game section was a pegboard wall full (maybe three quarters) of action figures, some in package, and some loose in bags. The stuff ranged from a few original MOTU figures, to some of the newer Star Wars releases. There was some really good stuff there, the only problem was that it was stuff that I already have. They did have a bunch of mid 90's basketball SLU's though, which I was tempted by, especially with their $1.95 price tags, but ultimately I decided to pass. It's funny, those figures were on clearance at just about every store for what seemed like years, and now even twenty years later, people still don't want them. Although in retrospect, I should have probably grabbed a few for some of my fellow bloggers.
After finishing up with discount section, it was time to hit the television aisles:
After getting done with the DVD's, I went over the video game/expensive collectibles in glass cases section. I didn't take any pictures because there was just too many people around. This seemed to be the area where all the rude patrons were congregating, not that I was overly surprised by this, as this was the section where all the "retro" games were, and it's been my experience that people who identify themselves as "retro gamers"... tend to be dicks. And for the record, I do buy and play old video games, but I'm not a "retro gamer", I'm just a dude who buys, and plays (heavy emphasis on "plays"), games that he grew up with, that's all!
I didn't find anything that I couldn't live without, so I decided to head upstairs, which is where you find the CD's, records...
Even though I need more books to read, like I need another hole in my head, I still went back downstairs and walked down a few of the bajillion book aisles, which yielded...
It was at this point that I was soooo ready to leave, between the sensory overload, and the insane amount of people that seemed to be showing up (at least 200 in the store), I was officially done.
And here's where my only real complaint about the store comes in, like I said, there was a lot of people in the store, and probably 25 waiting in line... with only two cashiers! Granted, the line was moving fairly quick, but those two employees should not have to work under those conditions, especially when there was two other closed checkout stands.
After the line started moving, I spotted a three-shelf cubby hole type thing at the end of that board games/action figure shared wall, this shelf just happened to be labeled "laserdisc", Laserdisc! Are you kidding me? I walked right by it at least twice and now I have to see it when there's a good fifteen to twenty people behind me in line. Also, did mention that I was ready to leave?
I was trying so hard to ignore this new development, but I have not had the opportunity to look through stacks of laserdiscs since I moved to Tennessee, meaning that it's been at least three years. So after letting out an audible four-letter word (which drew the attention of the person in front of me), I stepped out of the line.
While is was fun to be able to look through the laserdiscs, I have to say that I hate where they're located. People walking into the store have walk right by you, and people in line are watching you (or rather me)... definitely not good for someone with social anxiety.
With my new LD in hand, I got back in the now even longer line, paid for all my crap, and was finally able to leave.
It's hard to believe that the sale of really just one card, that was sitting in my closet in a box that I never looked at, could pay for this whole trip, as well as the card show that I attended the following weekend (posts coming), and if I don't do anything stupid, the baby National at the end of September will be covered as well.
So there you have it, my first trip to McKay's. For anyone in the North Carolina/Tennessee area who has never been, I would highly recommend checking out your nearest location.
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