This entry is part of a photo challenge with Carly and Duane, to post pictures of kitschy souvenirs from our respective locales. I'm quite interested to see what souvenirs you walk past every week without buying, so feel free to post your own response to this photo challenge and leave a link.
As usual, I'm in overkill mode on this, so I'm going to do it in two entries. Tonight will be souvenirs found at Walgreen's only. Tomorrow we'll expand our horizons a little.
Most of this stuff requires minimal explanation, so I'll try to be less wordy than usual.
First I tried one of the newer Walgreen's locations. They didn't have much. Either it was all gone or in storage because tourist season is over, or the bulk of the tourista tschochkis were never stocked at this store. They did, however, have postcards, the obligatory cheap T-shirts, and rubber saguaro car antenna toppers.
Left: saguaro antenna toppers. Right: Shall I buy the Enquirer, or some postcards with cacti on them?
Tonight I went to a much older Walgreen's, the one where the late Tracy Murray worked in 1990. The Arizona souvenirs were mostly on clearance, or at least on "Manager's Choice." Oh, yeah, that's the stuff: Kokopelli everything, chili pot holders, piggie banks, photo frames, live (or possibly fake) cacti for only $1.99, souvenir spoons, and best of all, real scorpions encased in Lucite! You know you want one. No? Well, actually, me neither.
Arizonapalooza at Walgreen's!
Anybody wanna buy a cactus, cheap?
The classic tacky Arizona souvenir of all time - dead scorpions in plastic paperweights.
Tomorrow: other classes of Arizona souvenirs.
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