Sanrio slowyly appearing everywhere ...

On Thursday I went to Target with Tommy because he needed to buy groceries.
While I was there, I rummaged through the dollar bins and found these
Keroppi notepad/small notebook. There was a lot more different Keroppi
designs but I just ended up loving these two the best. :3

Usually when you go to places like Walmart or Target you usually just
see the occasional Hello Kitty items which you get tired of (and
especially when you already own a lot of Hello Kitty crap).

Lately, ever since Sanrio's 50th Anniversary, I've been noticing different
characters other then Hello Kitty popping up in department stores.
It made me really happy and thankful that Sanrio was going all out
with their 50th Anniversary.

It might not seem like a big deal for some people since they live near
stores that generally sell stuff imported from Asian countries or they
live in the countries themselves and have an easy access to the stuff.

About a year ago two anime-ish stores that were extremely near me closed down.
I was pissed and so were all my friends. -___-
One store was called "Japan HQ" and the other was called "Oriental Trading".
Both stores had the same type of inventory. They both carried anime/manga
merchandise, plush dolls, sanrio/san-x stuff, Japanese magazines ... pretty
much they were the typical place for a Japanophile to shop at.

After these stores closed down I had to rely on ebay and other
online sites to do all my japanophile shopping at.

There is an official Sanrio store that's 40 minutes away though I rarely
go to the area in where the store is located. :'p When I do get to visit
the store I would generally stay in there for an hour.
(I actually had a chance to go two weeks ago. c: )

Despite all that above, a few months ago I started to slowly notice
all these sanrio stuff popping up at Walmart, Target, and
Toysrus ... and the stuff is priced cheaper because Sanrio had manufactured
the stuff specifically for these department stores.

This was waaay before the 50th Anniversary and its a pretty common type of
item. I saw it at Toysrus when I first noticed them selling HK stuff. This
plush was around $5-6.

Then at Toysrus I started to see these other characters other than HK.
At the time when I bought this 'My Melody' they had her, Badtz-maru, Keroppi,
and some other character I can't remember. I really wanted Badtz-maru but
the one they had in stock was really dirty and he was the only one left.
I'll get a badtz-maru someday. -_- This My Melody was ... $6 I believe.

Now when I saw this I had already known about the 50th Anniversary but I didn't
know that they'd sell HK dressed up as every old popular Sanrio character. *-*
Especially my favorite Sanrio character when I was a child, Pochacco.
I immediately bought this and it ended up being like $7 at Toysrus.
I also saw these at Target too and they still have them.
(Or at least at the targets near me they're still in stock)

Oh god ... I was surprised to see these cuties over at Walmart. What surprised me
even more is that they were each $5.
I snagged 3 out of the 4 they had.
They had more Sugarbunnies stuff but I was mostly interested in the plush dolls.
They're all scented too. :DD I always smell them whenever I walk by them ...
I think they still have them at Walmart.

Here are the two items I bought while at the official Sanrio store:

I hope in the future Sanrio will have their own aisle at places
like Walmart/Target ...

Have you noticed anything you've really liked show up at local department store?


Britt+Whit said...

cute post! I loved those when I was in school! I love the name of your blog!

love from San Francisco,

Ice Pandora said...

I love 1 dollar/euro bins haha
It's good to see Sanrio is rulling the world haha
I want to see loads of San-x products as well :)
Too bad to hear those 2 anime shops closed :(

I'm from NL and we are mayor oldfashion..
altho we do have a lot of Hello Kitty but that's all.


Lorina said...

He's my absolute favorite ever since I was a wee toddler :D

I'm really shocked that those items are in Target. I NEVER find Keroppi anywhere except for Sanrio stores and they still don't have a nice collection x(

I like Hello Kitty but I got tired of her after seeing her eeeeverywhere with no love for the other characters x ___x But that's franchise for you.

Donkuri said...

kawaii things *_*

Anonymous said...

oh gosh soooooo cute! >.< i want these plushies, too *~* unfortunately at my place aren't any shops which sell san-x stuff or anything similar. so if i want to buy sth like that i always need to rely on ebay =_=


KyandiiCandy said...

I love Hello Kitty! =D xx

Kristen said...

I've seen some Sanrio characters here being sold and Keropi was there!


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MizArWeN said...

That's cute ^^

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☆(´O`)RabbitoBonbon☆ said...

Hello Kittyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy~~~♥♥

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Drea ♪ said...

I am SO jealous!!!
Here they mostly just have Hello Kitty =o=
I want Cinnamoroll and Chococat D:
Btw, when I saw you first pic, HK in that leopard print thing, I thought it looked like the one I got from work (for free) XD

Oh yeah some weeks ago I was all excited to go to a Japanese Bookstore 40 mins driving from my boyfriend's place.. when we got there .. it was gone. They had so much Hello Kitty stuff D:

Drea ♪ said...

I'm still sick btw XD
Went to work today and they made me do all the hard work D:
Need to find more dorama to keep me distracted haha!

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