Friday, 1 July 2016
My Most Successful Day of Diecast Hunting! (EVER)
Stop 1: Grocery Store
My first stop was at a grocery store with a small toy section. On the second shelf from the bottom were a bunch of Matchbox 5-packs stacked on top of each other. I spotted an older style package and got excited. Bingo! An Exotic Rides 5-Pack from Matchbox, with 4 exclusive models! I might've been happier for this find than the Super I found later in the morning.
Stop 2: Drug Store
I was hoping to find some Matchbox here, but to no avail. There was a Heritage 'A' case on the pegs though, and 1 Datsun 510 left. Sweet.
Stop 3: Grocery Store
A bunch of old pegwarmers. Strikeout.
Stop 4: Wal Mart
Another strikeout. Nothing new since I'd checked last.
Stop 5: Grocery Store
A bunch of 2014/15 mainlines I already have or didn't want to begin with.
Stop 6: Toys 'R Us
A fresh case of short cards on the pegs. Picked up 3 basic models I hadn't yet found. Moderately successful stop.
Stop 7: Wal Mart
Checked an out-of-the-way Walmart I'd had luck with in the past to grab some M2's I'd left behind last time. They were gone. I was kind of bummed until I turned the corner and bingo, a Green Machine 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 staring right at me. Successful trip. Next, I went through the Mustang Series cars, and finally found the only car I wanted from the set, the Mach I. Another find I was happy about. The short cards looked to be overflowing with fresh stuff. No supers or regulars, but 3 Integras. Cool enough. Finally, I reluctantly checked the long card mainlines. The pegs were overflowing with 'C' case cars, which if you live in Canada, you are exhausted of by now. I decided I'd quickly check for supers. 3 Hornets. All regular. Was about to give up and then saw 2 NSX's. I pulled them out to look just like I've done with probably 500 other Acura NSX's over the past 6 months. First one was a mainline as I figured. As I put it back I was shocked to see the second was a SUPER. Bingo! Just my 5th wild super for 2016 and at the same time that I found a Green Machine. Boy, was I stoked. Oh and I nearly forgot, the Matchbox City 5-Pack was also at this store; sooner than I'd expected to see it.
Stop 8: Grocery Store
Picked up 2 mainlines I needed. Okay.
A friend tipped me off that this store was selling Majorette's for 2.99 a pop. I had many as a kid, but hadn't seen them since, so I had to stop off. Picked up two models I liked: The Honda CR-Z and the BMW Station Wagon.
All in all, I had a heck of a lot of fun. 9 stores yielded a Super TH, a Green Machine, Majorettes, an old Matchbox 5-Pack, a Datsun 510 and some nice short card models. Sweet. Another interesting note: Of 9 stores I hit, 3 were total duds, and another 2 yielded nothing more than a couple decent mainlines. Only 4 of my 9 stops had anything worth writing home about. Moral of the story is persistence, I guess.
Happy hunting and collecting!!