Unearthed Video Captures The Experience Of Shopping At Toys ‘R’ Us In The Early ’90s

Remember going to Toys ‘R’ Us as a kid? Perhaps this 20-minute collection of raw footage from a November 1991 store visit will refresh your memory. Journey with me back to the days when we bought video games with slips of paper and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had their own dedicated aisle.

Uploaded earlier this week from the same YouTube account that gave us a peek into early ‘90s Nintendo, this video is like a window to a simpler time. The footage, shot inside a New York City TRU location, show folks with bad haircuts but far fewer worries than we have, as they go about their day-before-Thanksgiving shopping.

Gaze upon shelves filled with Cabbage Patch dolls, which just a few years earlier would have caused a riot due to demand and scarcity. I can almost hear the shelf stocker whispering, “Never again,” under their breath as they stack boxes of $26.99 fake babies.

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