Building 19 is a great place to get cheap crap for really cheap. It has no pretense of being anything else.
fuck the host, this store looks awesome
In the 80s, it was like stepping into Tijuana ca. 1975.
It was always a big treat when I got to go there as a kid.
Building 19 hasn't beenthe same since they brought in outside consultants (who'd previously worked for Target) back in 2001. In the 80s and early 90s, when it was all strange warehouse deadstock, it was incredible. Now it's just a chain of huge dollar stores that happen to have really good carpet warehouses attached.
Learn more about the whole debacle here:
Incidentally, Building 19 has always a policy of affirmitive action hiring for the physically disabled and retarded BECAUSE THEY WORK CHEAP. Not joking.
(take out that space that got inserted in the URL).
It's actually a genuinely good read.
My parents LOVE this place, calling it "Ruby Vine's without the kickass record department."
My first psychotherapist was a PhD psychologist who dabbled in a home recording studio. He recorded the Building #19 Cheap Commercials for Jerry and his wife. True story.
This place is like a Big Lots abortion.
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+2 for making me want to go to New England. The only store like this around here has nothing but old lady clothes.
is this anything like mardens of maine? because walking into one of those stores was like walking into the mens locker room. and an escher drawing.
Reminds me of the old B and I in Tacoma. Used to go there a lot as a child. They used to have a gorilla there named Ivan. Scarred the piss outta me when I was six years old. From what I remember, it's still there and much more ghetto.
Anyone from the Sea/Tac area know what I'm talking about?
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A few years back, my wife and I went to see her family during the holidays in Alabama, a place I had never been.
When we get to one of the neighboring towns, we drive past a place called Little Lots #2. I demanded that we pull over and explore. It was much like this, but not quite as dirty. I bought a (real) cast iron pan for $4 and a giant fleece blanket for $2.50.
A few days later, we went to a bigger city, and discovered a strip mall, completely converted to Little Lots #1, #3 through #6! They were loaded with flea market grade tools, obsolete school supplies, Star Trek TNG commemorative collector plates, and what could best be described as "Vintage Lingerie".
I bought a cassette called "Kooky Kountry" and I listened to half a song before throwing it out the window.
So, yeah, anyway, if you're in Alabama, explore Little Lots. Thank you.
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