Well, I think I have a little time so here goes...
My wife and I have been to the most recent two events at our local Kmart.
The first one was in mid Sept of last year. We were not sure what to expect, or where to go the first time, so I kinda got us there an hour early. ( mostly, because I knew I would need to sit and wait because of my back pains, but also because I kinda was expecting a hoard of people to be there with brass knuckles on their keyrings...)
After going right to the HW section, ( which was pretty much empty) and asking someone where it would be held, ( at the "Deli" snack bar place) we ended up passing the stockroom door just as the guy was pulling the flatbed through it.
And the angels sang, the doves did fly, and the area did glow a bright light. ( yeah, it has been a few years since I'd seen 3 or 4 double cases of unmolested cars. Lol)
We followed him to the front customer service desk, looking for places to roll the guy under and run to a remote corner of the store to rip and run... Alas, there was not that ideal situation, so we just followed him.
When we got to the "Deli"..( term used loosely). It was almost full with senior citizens having a good time laughing and joking around. I was curious and wasn't sure what the deal was.
We found some seats and waited until 9 am. At which time, they opened the mall entrance and 3/4 of them scampered away. It seems they get in at the Kmart door, sit and talk, then get their morning walk in the comfort of the a/c. ( good for them!)
Now... It is 9:00. GO TIME!!
The guy pushes the car up to the group of us, and starts handing out ticket halves. I'm sure it was unintentional, but the guy split a ticket in half, and handed my wife and I each 1 of the halves. EEERRRRNNNNNNTTTTTTTTTT!!! lol
We fixed the snafu and proceeded.
Long story short, I was drawn second to receive my 36 car box. My wife was second to last. Bummer, but she brought it to me, and we grabbed and hoarded and hoarded and grabbed...
Round two... Seems, everyone was awarded a box. And in went the tickets again. Why he didn't just hand each of a box I dunno. To make it more suspenseful and random maybe? Perhaps. Well, my wife was drawn second for the remaining 4 or 5 cases. WOOHOO!! GO GIRLY!!
and we grabbed and hoarded and grabbed and hoarded...
Then everyone started trading cases and digging and grabbing and grabbing and digging...
45 minutes later... It was realized, everyone had a regular TH or 4 ( that wanted the cloak and dagger) and NOONE found a STH.
And I had to whittle over a hundred cars down to what ended up being over 60.
20 we had to open for the cards we needed to send in. ( most of which were purpleish challengers I was gonna one day repaint... Still haven't touched a one, not a year later. Lol). Some were to be saved for their " exclusiveness" ( that's French for... "No one cares really"). Lol and some were kinda cool.
I will say this, if you need any empty cases for storage, or to carry around the flea market... That's the place to get them!!! There's 4- 36 car cases to a double box. I ended up with 6 of the smaller one, and 1 giant box.
Only to realize later... It is much easier for my very understanding wife to... Wellll... " determine, calculate and BUST me on my addiction"!!! LOL. :)
Sooooooo, we had fun. Enjoyed the day, traded a bunch of the 60 cars off for some better ones at the flea market to the dealers not able to attend and went home.
End of story?
The mail in promo deal:
Buy 20 cars ( that event's deal anyways)
Meet the specific bar code requirements.( just buy the minimum amount that day, from the cases used on that day. You'll be fine. In other words... No old cards will be eligible, and they won't... Repeat WON'T send anything back to you.
Go online to the HW site, fill out and print their order form.
Send the cards, the order form, the receipts you have, and the minimal shipping and handling fee (about $3.50)
To the address on the form, and wait patiently.
They will email you when they process the order with an estimated date of arrival.
And it really did not take too long. A couple of weeks really.
The cars are BEAUTIFUL!! and arrive in a blister protector clam shell.
You'll actually damage the card if you try and remove it from the shell. BE CAREFUL!
I hope i did not bore you to tears.
We DID have a good time.
Oh yeah, each " Case" gets an 8x10 printed card with the mail in cars details on it. Kinda cool!!
Feb 14, 2015...
Who decided that date?? I dunno.
Same situation, same deal, only without the angels, the near felony assault, and the fear of a dozen or so feisty elders whacking me around for the STH.
nope, no one found one that day either. ( STH) but we did find 4 regulars. Still not sure why I bought them. Habit I guess.
ALL IN ALL.... Don't expect much... And you'll surely almost be happy!!!