I’m sitting here attempting to use the rest of our Toys ‘R Us gift cards and I’m feeling a little sad. I can’t help but feel that my kids are going to miss out on something.
It’s not like we go to the toy store all the time – it’s actually a rare treat. But it’s always nice to know it’s there. A giant, entire store FILLED with toys. I mean where do you even start? In this day of instant gratification and being able to get anything in 2 days (sometimes sooner!) courtesy of Amazon Prime, the toy store was a place where I feel like kids could still peruse, touch, and decide.
I still remember the jingle when the commercial would come on. And not that I want my kid to be a “toys ‘r us kid” or anything – but I’m wondering now where I’ll take them for that occasional visit. A toy section in Target is a possibility. But there was just something about buying toys in a place that didn’t also sell home goods and clothing.
I guess this is a sign of the times though – as I think about all the other retailers that have either gone out of business or are in the midst of bankruptcy filings – our kids’ world is going to be a little different. They will do more digitally and virtually. And perhaps the physical stores they go into will me more experiential – movie theaters, trampoline parks, etc.
I will spend the rest of my gift cards but with a little sadness in my heart – the last purchase I will ever make at a Toys ‘R Us store.