And yet, Baseline Road on Sunday afternoon was lined with these, at neat five-foot intervals, accompanied by a sign spinner next to the bus stop.
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour when the Mart of K goeth belly-up.
First, though, a quick tour of what else was involved in the afternoon. To nobody's surprise at all, I'd gone in the morning on a long walk to the 99 Cents Only for groceries with a stop at its nearby CVS to see if there were more Sparkle Girlz fakies like I saw on Saturday. Short answer: no. Got marvelous groceries -- Jamaican empanadas! cream puffs! -- then missed the return bus and walked home, so having done a three-mile round trip, of course, it seemed logical to go on an even longer trek to south Phoenix in search of more CVS outlets and more dollar stores.
The CVS at Central and Southern had no Sparkle Girlz fakies but had extended its Nicole coverage to include the articulated quinceañera line.
|Mi amiga se ve como Anne Hathaway, pero mi heroína es Paulina Rubio.|
There was also the mysterious off-brand 99 Cent Store just above Baseline, which was mostly a make-up and party supply store where very little was priced at 99 cents. I bought mini hair clips.
|Everything is cuter when it's tiny.|
|Wow. I can finally get some of this hair off my face.|
|Soy un autobús de mal humor.|
|Hint: the oddity is not my hair color.|
Meanwhile, the Dollar Tree Beauties have turned into mermaids. Let us pause for a moment to contemplate the meeting at the factory in China that led to that decision.
|Mr. Li, we have run out of doll legs! What are we to do?|
|Working on the iconography of who'd be emerging from under the Virgin's skirt...|
not sure I want to keep working on this problem.
|A Kmart generates the most excitement it has seen in years.|
For a moment, I considered nabbing the last three-pack of identical deep-brown Swap Mart Beauties, but having the non-articulated underclass consist entirely of dolls of color is not really where I want to go with this, and I never like face-ups on the white versions.
However, I wanted a memento of the demise of the Kmart/Sears retail empire -- which I think is going to collapse after a disastrous holiday season. Maybe the plan to re-lease the space will work out wonderfully, scattering Whole Foods and Dick's Sporting Goods across working-class suburbs (though the defunct Kmart around Dreamy Draw took almost five years to fill with @Home), but the actual stores are probably at their last gasp.
|Krys wonders what on earth is THAT?|
In any case, commemorating Kmart, home of the Blue Light Special, obviously called for getting the blue one.
|"Rock" is a word little girls like, right?|
Nothing online explains what a Maria Rock - Rock Doll is, whether these ever had characters or a back story. Agglo, the maker, apparently specializes in private-label toys for discount and dollar stores, so they may be behind an awful lot of Swap Mart Beauties, including the ones branded as Just Kidz. Or not. I suspect there's an entire district of Shantou devoted to making Barbie-ish knock-offs... and just for giggles, I looked up Shantou after typing that, and toys are indeed the city's major export.
Debagging proves traumatic.
|Like Cinderella, I have lost... my entire leg? Eep.|
|As a result of my leg operation, I appear to have cellulite, just like a real woman.|
Take that, Barbie!
Since I was pretty sure this is different from Dolores the Dollar Store Beauty, I pulled out the latter for comparisons. She is no forwarder on her re-rooting. If I neglect it much longer, I may start over with something other than yarn.
|We have dramatically different body types!|
Dolores has much healthier calf muscles, but less arch to her feet.
|We're not even going to think about how this pose was achieved.|
The gals have different hand molds: Dolores lacks fingernails.
|Only one of us gets manicures.|
|Rerooting me would be a much larger project.|
|The sunset goes with my color scheme.|
|Go west... life is peaceful there... Go west... in the open air.|
Mini-Kyla is not sure what to make of the whole thing but thinks she will name her blue compatriot Kistiñe. This makes her Basque, which is perfectly logical.