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20 Weird Retail Shops You Never Knew Existed

In the retail world, we have pet retailers, wine retailers- and zombie apocalypse retailers? Here are 20 interesting retail shops that you never would have thought existed. But oh, they do.

1. Zombie Apocalypse Store (Las Vegas)

The Las Vegas-based store sells everything from survival blankets to children’s books to educate the little ones about potential zombie attacks. To them, “zombies” can be a metaphor for many things: earthquakes, terrorists, the Government, or “anything that you think you and your family should prepare yourselves for- or against.” Intense.

2. Mr. Throwback (New York)

Mr. Throwback sells vintage sportswear, sneakers, starter jackets, NBA champion jerseys, snapbacks, toys, and video games that scream nostalgia! Born out of the Hell’s Kitchen flea market in 2011, it has now become so successful that it opened up a store in Manhattan. What makes Mr. Throwback even more awesome? They use Bindo’s POS *wink*

3. My Man Cave Store (Myrtle Beach)

A wife’s worst nightmare but a husband’s best friend, this store has all the tools you need to build your man cave. Whether you men mentally escape the real world by chugging beer or by listening to rock or by watching football, this South Carolina-based store has got you covered. Just make sure you treat your wife to the spa after she finds out you’ve bought a giant pool table.

4. The Time Travel Mart (Los Angeles)

Next time you travel back in time, you might want to buy some time travel sickness pills. Luckily, you can find them at The Time Travel Mart. While you’re there, why not pick up some robot milk or dinosaur eggs? With 2 locations in Los Angeles, this store will definitely be your go-to place the next time you run out of mammoth chunks.

5. DapperCadaver (Sun Valley)

Ever want to buy the props you see in Pirates of the Carribbean or Breaking Bad? Just visit DapperCadaver and you can! Whether you need a sheep’s brain for a psychology teacher or more burnt bones to add to your skeletal collection, this store has it all. If it’s good enough for Lady Gaga or Ke$a (just some of the musicians they work with), it should be good enough for you.

6. Wall Drug Store (South Dakota)

When you’re driving through South Dakota, you’ll have to stop by the Wall Drug. Founded during the depression, the store is not just a drug store, but an experience, says customers: There’s a chapel, a fudge store, southwestern art pieces, postcards, boots, and a huge selection of Christmas cards. And yes, they do fill prescriptions.

7. NicNacs4Peanuts (Philadelphia)

Just the name of The store instantly grabs your attention. Having named her store after her two daughters, NicNac and Peanuts (yes, they’re nicknames), the storeowner sells eclectic, vintage products that you can’t find anywhere else (see the Marijuana, billions stoned sign up there?). Next time you want a unique gift, you’ll know where to go (if you’re in Philly).

8. Gamblers General Store (Las Vegas)

Gambling addicts beware! The Gambler’s General Store has over 15,000 gambling products and can manufacture personalized custom chips for you, just like it did for The Soprano’s, Ocean’s 11, and Rush Hour 2. But gambling for them doesn’t just stop with cards, the Gambler’s General Store even has books on horseracing, sports betting, and bingo. Talk about a gambler’s dream come true!

9. American Science & Surplus (Milwaukee, Chicago, & Geneva)

This store’s range of eclectic products, many with a scientific or educational edge, is surely for those who are fascinated by discovery and invention- or for those who just love DIY projects. American Science & Surplus, which seems to attract both the young and old, is more than a store, says customers, it’s a total experience. They often end up spending hours in there.

10. San Francisco Sock Market (San Francisco)

Made for financiers of the fashion world, The Sock Market mirrors “the stock market,” offering “Blue Chip” socks to the well-established businessmen and “Penny Socks” for the kids who have “tremendous growth potential.” The website boasts 3 “sock markets” that you should check out: The San Francisco Sock Market, The Las Vegas Sock Market, and The Los Angeles Sock Market.

11. Alternate Reality Comics (Las Vegas)

The reviews had me sold at Ralph. He’s the owner of the store who has been described as “nothing but nice and helpful.” Another store run by a husband-wife duo, Alternate Reality Comics not only has a wide variety of comics, but plush toys and paintings from local artists. Still, I definitely want to meet Ralph.

12. Requiem Oddities (New Orleans)

If you like surrounding yourself with animal taxidermies and skeletal jewelry, you’ll find yourself spending hours upon hours in Requiem Oddities. Not to mention, this “morbid curiosity shop” has one of the kindest (and coolest!) storeowners you’ll ever meet, according to customers. Ask about her history, they say.
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13. Rainbow Feathers Co. (Las Vegas)

Anyone a fan of feathers? If so, you’ll definitely want to visit Rainbow Feathers in Vegas. They’ve got every single kind of feather you can think of in every single color you can think of…for any kind of purpose you can think of.
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14. The Freemans Sporting Club

Functional and long lasting garments are not the only reason why we loveFreemans Sporting Club, or F.S.C., we also love them because they too chant the mantra, “Made Local, Buy Local.” They support what is in the essence of this whole #ShopLocal trend: handmade goods with quality and durability made by skilled artisans. Oh, and they’re also a barber shop. Neat.

15. Wacko Soap Plant (Los Angeles)

Don’t let this store’s name fool you. Wacko Soap Plant doesn’t just sell wacky soaps. The LA-based store sells books, ceramics, unique jewelry, and leather jackets worn by people like Elton John and sponsored by fashion brands like Levi Strauss. With inventory of over 2 million items, you’ll probably end up spending a lot of time in this store. It looks like Paris Hilton definitely has.

16. Woolly Mammoth Antiques & Oddities (Chicago)

Another oddities store, Woolly Mammoth Antiques & Oddities focuses on animal themed-ephemera, taxidermy, medical devices, funeral objects, circus products, and art made by the owners. They even have classes like “How To Skin a Bird” so that you can make your own taxidermy and cool videos like this, showing wacky devices that can cure baldness and arthritis.

17. Eyes Gallery (Philadelphia)

The background of the Eyes Gallery is almost as cool as the actual store. Having completed a 3 year stint with the Peace Corps working as Art Advisors to the Ayamara and Inca people of the Andes mountains of Peru, this husband-wife duo opened Eyes Gallery and sells the coolest vintage and folk art you’ll find in town.

18. Farmacia Y Botancia Million Dollar (Los Angeles)

What happens when you want someone to fall in love with you but it just seems impossible? Buy love potion, obviously! You’ll find them at Farmacia Y Botanica Million Dollar, along with bath oil that quells gossip and medallions to protect children.

19. Bonanza Gifts

If you’re going to open the world’s largest gift shop, it should definitely be in Vegas, baby! This store has over 40,000 square feet of shopping, selling virtually any “gift-shop product” you can think of. But as the storeowners themselves say, this ain’t just your daddy’s old t-shirt and postcard store!

20. The Thing (New York)

If you’re obsessed with digging through crates for old records and being overwhelmed with that feeling of nostalgia every time you come across an unexpected oldie, you have to come here. They even have “Diggin’ for Dummies” notes telling you how to dig through crates correctly. The Thing has thousands, maybe millions, of records- some going for only $2.

Know of other quirky stores to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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5 Types Of Customers Dreaded By Grocery Store Cashiers

Being a cashier is an extremely annoying and mind numbing job. You have to deal with hundreds of people a day who all think you’re the human equivalent of a burning pile of feces. Anything that is wrong in their life is instantly your fault.

If I don't smile I will be forced to clean the toilets! How are you doing today?

Just The Facts

  1. The median expected salary for a typical Retail Cashier – Full Time in the United States is $20,716
  2. Cashiers spend all day handling hundreds of dollars, almost every transaction a cashier does in a day the total amount spent is more than the cashier will make for an entire day’s work.
  3. Cashiers spend a majority of their day thinking of ways to hurt themselves so they can go on workman’s comp

Nature’s Bitch

Who is this?

This customer believes that he or she is making a significant impact on the environment by using reusable bags instead of plastic, even though both options present negative effects on the environment. Nature’s bitch will not opt for the default plastic bag. Maybe they will be around to witness the effects of their eco-friendly choice or they just refuse to be normal.

These bags make me look more pompous!

Why they are hated

This customer is usually accompanied by a pompous attitude and will sometimes attempt to explain how plastic bags will doom our planet… as if you give a fuck. Groceries can be bagged in plastic faster and require less skills acquired through tetris. The entire process is delayed by having to hold open their reuseable and god forbid you must use a plastic bag if space runs out in their bags. The sooner you send this customer on their way, the sooner you can scan all of those damn coupons.

The Coupon Collector

Who is this?

This is that ass that shows up to the grocery store with what use to be a newspaper. They usually make multiple purchases of the same item or buy things they don’t need just to save a few cents.

"Maybe I can use this Breyer's coupon to save $1 on 4 tubs of Edy's?"

“Maybe I can use this Breyer’s coupon to save $1 on 4 tubs of Edy’s?”

Why they are hated

Their shopping list is nearly identical to that of other coupon collectors and these guys sometimes fail to check the expiration date on their coupons. This becomes a problem when they refuse to accept the fact that expired coupons cannot be redeemed. This is impossible to explain to them. Some collectors are also illiterate and try to use coupons on the wrong items.

The Price is Right

Who is this?

This person apparently has not figured out the concept of the price tags or those scanners things that are located throughout the store. They only want said product if it falls under an arbitrary number in their head.

Because reading the tags is just too much thinking.

Why they are hated

These people need every item in their cart to be price checked before they will commit to buying it. And once it’s checked they complain about the price. As if the cashier cares one way or another whether you purchase a sweater or not. Making minimum wage tends to make a person not give a flying fuck about Ms. Stingy paying 15cents more for that bag of candy.

Nevermind I don’t want this

Who is this?

After you price check the item and it is pennies more then they are willing to pay or you finally finishexplaining that the system won’t accept their coupon that has been expired since 2005, this person decided that they no longer want this item.

Why they are hated

Who gets to put this item back, well it surely isn’t them, and assuming the item is a product that needs refrigerated the item needs to be written off and thrown away. And whose fault is this? Yours, the cashier, because you control the prices of all the items in the store and you have the ability to change expiration dates at will

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Confessions of a Cashier

Ever wonder why that cashier is in a bad mood while you’re waiting to be checked out at the grocery store?  Do you think maybe it was something you did?  Or perhaps the customer in front of you did?  Or maybe they’re just having a bad day?  Do you want to have a pleasant experience while checking out at a grocery store?  Have you ever wondered if that cashier is thinking something about you?  Here are some common insights from a real cashier and most of these insights relate to all cashiers.  It’s the truth about what goes through most cashiers’ minds.


I am able to write this because I was once a cashier.  I was promoted to the customer service desk, but I still understand the frustrations that come along with being a cashier.  I’m going to tell you the main things that go though my head, as well as most other cashiers.  It is the honest, yet sometimes ugly, truth behind cashiers and customers.  Who knows; after reading this, maybe you won’t give that cashier such a hard time, or if you’re not that type of person, maybe you will just gain insight and understand cashiers better. Some of you might find this a bit humorous and end entertaining because you know what it’s like working in a retail environment. Sadly, while working in a retail environment, you get to see first-hand just how nasty some people can be. Again, this doesn’t go for everybody. I’ve met a lot of really great people who have turned my bad day into a good day just by saying something as simple as “Hang in there.”

Note: These are not listed in any type of order.  These are also written as though they are coming directly from a cashier’s point of view which is why I use the words “us”, “we”, “I”, “me”, “you”, etc.  Also, I know there are some really great people out there who haven’t done anything on this list to any cashier in their entire life, so please don’t take any offense to anything on here.  I’m not saying all cashiers feel this way, I’m saying most cashiers think this way.  I’m also not saying all customers act this way, because I know only some customers act this way.  The intention of this blog is not to make customers look bad; it is simply just to give people an insight on what goes on in the grocery store from a cashier’s point of view.

  1. Never take your frustrations out on us if we weren’t the cause of it.  How would you like it if I randomly started giving you an attitude just because I was having a bad day?  Although I will admit, I have witnessed some cashiers give customers attitude just because the cashier was having a bad day.  I guess some people can control it and others can’t, but that’s not an excuse to not try to contain it.  You’re in public for goodness sakes.
  2. It is considered rude to not empty your handheld basket and instead, you just set it on the belt and expect us to empty it.  Believe it or not, it will actually help you get out of the store faster if you just weren’t lazy and emptied the basket yourself because we have to reach in and pull stuff out instead of normally just reaching out and scanning the item right away.
  3. If you want us to load up the groceries into your cart for you; just ask us politely!  Yes!  It’s that simple.  Key word politely.  Most grocery stores that I’ve been to don’t require the cashier to load up your cart/basket for you and you are supposed to do it.  The way we look at it is, you certainly didn’t have any problem getting the items off the shelf and into your cart, so why at checkout do you have issues putting bags full of those items into your cart?  If you can’t load them up into your cart, then how are you going to get them into and out of your car without any help?  I once had an elderly woman give me incredible attitude because I did not load up her cart.  I didn’t even know she wanted her cart loaded up by me until after she already gave me attitude.  I didn’t say anything to her, I just started helping her put her groceries in her cart and then that’s when she said to me “Oh don’t even worry about it.  It’s too late now!” when she only got one of her bags into her cart.  So not only did she give me attitude after I didn’t know I had to load her groceries into her cart, but after I started helping her, she then refused my help.  If you’re going to complain about one something, then don’t complain when I try to help you with it.
  4. Treat me with respect and I will treat you with respect.  Treat me with kindness and I will treat you with kindness.  Treat me like garbage, well then don’t expect any good treatment from me.  Always remember, I am God over your entire grocery order.  I have the power to smash your bread, break your eggs, bruise your produce items, and still make it look like an accident.  I also only get paid to be a cashier, not to be your emotional punching bag because of whatever is wrong in your life.
  5. Yelling at me won’t solve anything.  It might make you feel better for whatever reason, but I will just have to call my manager over and get them involved.
  6. It’s considered rude to be on your phone during checkout.  I, personally, don’t care if you’re on your phone if I’m taking care of another customer; but when I’m taking care of you, then I do consider it rude if you’re still on your phone.
  7. Please be considerate about giving us cash.  We don’t really enjoy taking money from you that’s been in your bra, mouth, or a sweaty pants pocket.  They have this wonderful thing called a “wallet”, please get one.
  8. Always remember, plastic bags are usually easier and faster for us to pack than paper and the reusable bags.  If you want to help the planet, that’s fine, just don’t get upset if we’re not going as fast as we normally would if we were packing your items in plastic.
  9. We secretly get really aggravated, frustrated, P.O.’d, etc. if you use your Foodstamps for really expensive foods that you don’t need such as seafood.  I can’t afford crab every month, but you don’t see me using other people’s money for it.
  10. We also get really mad when you use the cash side of your Foodstamps to purchase tobacco products and/or stuff you don’t need.  I don’t work this hard to support your bad habit.
  11. It makes you look really bad when you come into a grocery store with your hair done, your nails done, a fancy smartphone, and a Louie Vatton/Coach/Gucci bag, yet you’re on Foodstamps.  Funny how that stuff works isn’t it?  If you do this then you’re just as bad as the people who purchase cigarettes with the cash portion of their Foodstamps.
  12. Please do not tell me what I should do with my life.  Yes, believe it or not I’ve had people tell me what color to dye my hair, what makeup I should wear to make myself look better, etc.
  13. If you don’t know how to use a self-scan register, then don’t go to one. It will be less frustrating and probably less of a wait for you to just wait in line with a normal cashier.

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