I admit that they seemed to have a lot of stuff. One section was purely nautical, great for decorating a cottage, particularly if you’re fond of plastic tuna and killer whales. Throughout the store, it is possible to pick up a life-sized or slightly larger than life-sized molded-plastic figure. I saw Elvis (so it’s true, the king lives), Marilyn Monroe in her famous scene from Some Like it Hot, and of course a number of Stan Laurels and the occasional Hardy. There are lots of candles and gift items as well as some great food items. Everything for Halloween is here, oh, make that Christmas, oh, make that Valentine’s, and it goes on from season to season. You say you want a life-sized cow wearing a cowboy outfit? Got one, you bet. A pig in a chef’s hat? Of course, several.
The store is also a great place for kids as there is a free petting farm and a pet shop with puppies, a place to eat, and a theatre. The kids might be a little bored while mom and dad are selecting kitchen cabinets or insulation in the large building center, or perhaps mulling over a leather recliner in the huge furniture store. So it’s a gift shop, hardware store, furniture emporium, supermarket, and entertainment center ad infinitum. Why would anyone traveling through stop in for a look-see? Same reason we did--because it’s there and after all, it might actually be the world’s largest.
Riverview, New Brunswick
September 29, 2003
From journal Travelling in Eastern Pennsylvania