First off, let me say that I am very sad to see Toys R Us closing all of their 800 stores in the United States AND laying off 31,000 employees with no benefits or severance packages either. It’s a very sad thing indeed. According to this CNN Report (click here) Toys R Us can’t blame Amazon for their demise. They can only blame themselves because the company was mired in just too much debt. Toys R Us couldn’t pay the debt back, so they went out of business.
No more will we hear the Toys R Us jingle:
I guess Toys R Us was forced to grow up and face their maker. Heavily in debt, no amount of selling could ease the company’s decline. Needless to say, Toys R Us are liquidating most of their merchandise at huge savings. They are NOT, however, offering any discounts on any of their Lego lines of toys. They must have a special deal with Lego. So, if your children or grandchildren are into Legos, they’ll just have to wait.
In the interim, run, do NOT walk and go shop to your heart (and wallet’s) content at a Toys R Us near you. You’ll find Barbie dolls that retail for $20, on sale, for only $8. Novelty items are pennies on the dollar. Books, puzzles, games, pool equipment, bicycles, Disney products, science projects, Tonka-like items…………whatever……all heavily discounted.
As a financially challenged grandma, such as myself (we are limited to spending only $25 per event per child) I took on a no-holds-barred challenge and bought my two granddaughters whatever they wanted. I took pictures at the store, messaged them to my daughters and we all decided what I would buy and what I would not buy. In the end, my granddaughters will be getting a bunch of great toys that weren’t available to them before. Today, I felt extra special being a grandma! It was a very happy event, despite the sadness of the closing of the stores. (I did speak to some of the employees and most have already found other jobs, thanks to our new, great economy. It’s all good.)
Toys R Us officially closes April 15. Here’s my haul for today:
What the inside of the store looked like (everybody is happy!):