That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

January 1, 2007

goodbye Mervyn’s

Filed under: dead stores — Anita @ 6:05 am

goodbye Mervyn’s
Originally uploaded by TheDamnMushroom.

{this is from one of my Flickr friends}

The Mervyn’s chain of department stores has stopped operating in the states of Washington and Oregon as of 12/31/06. I was in the Puyallup store when the death knell sounded — a bouncy male voice which had previously told us EVERY item of clothing in the store was 50¢, then 25¢, then 10¢, announced that everything had been sold except for the fixtures; so long, it’s been great to know ya.

Since I’ve always been adverse to shopping at Mervyn’s — too many horror stories in youth from school shopping and in my adulthood from my mother’s birthday and Christmas gifts — I was there to check out the nonclothing items. I was interested in display cases but as a member of the unemployed work force I lack that kind of coin; I considered getting a 3′ tall display from the shoe dept for use as a TV stand and the price was good, but it didn’t really go with the rest of my livingroom so passed; the ‘lectronics were priced close to that of new so I said noooo way; I was tempted by this flocked narrow 7’ Christmas tree for $99 but again I shouldn’t be spending that kind of cash (yeah, never mind that I just bought a $250 chainsaw and $330 mattress/boxspring)…

This left the office supplies. The compression date stamp has years from 1988 to 1993 (and universal others in that column like “REC’D” and “ANS’D”) but is stuck on JUN 18 1992. The “All Sales Final” stamps must have been used extensively this month, and only came in a two-bundle (and I can’t return one because, you know, all sales final) so I’ll likely recycle the wood block of one of them with something from my growing stack of unmounted rubber.

Yeah, that’s right, I go to a store closing where everything is 90%-95% off, then liquidating for spare change, and I’m buying the only things which are still the marked price. (Anita: A dead Mervyns looks just like a live one, but with less signage.)


1 Comment »

  1. I’m honored to be quoted verbatim! 😀

    Comment by The Mushroom — February 2, 2007 @ 5:53 am | Reply

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